Ishinomaki in Miyagi-ken was one of the cities worst-hit by the 11th March earthquake and tsunami. Several thousand residents lost their lives (hundreds are still missing) and tens of thousands lost their homes.
Monday was the second anniversary of the disaster and at the weekend I attended one of the memorial ceremonies being held in the town.... Read Full Entry
Ryuoo ski park is really charming. Thank you SnowJapan for the opportunity to try it out.
I was coming from Nagoya so it was a bit of a long haul but I really enjoyed the trip there as well.
For someone new to taking trains---I would recommend taking the Snow Monkey train from Nagano station all the way to Yudanaka.
From there, take the... Read Full Entry
Mt Kosha Review
London: 6am-10pm. Definitely No parking.
March 2nd and 3rd 2013
Kosha? takaifuji? there were lifties even wearing norikura jackets. I honestly dont know where the hell i... Read Full Entry
No wind in the morning, but no snow either. The car was nice and clean, not a good look. I really pefer to get up and see the car covered in snow. There must have been some places in either Niigata, Nagano or Gunma where it snowed, on the way home saw heaps of cars coming into the services just after the Nagano interchange that had snow on them,... Read Full Entry
It seems like we have been talking about 'soon' for an age now
, and the small group of people here working on the new version of SnowJapan certainly feel like we've been working full-on for such a long time now.
We're now going through all of... Read Full Entry
It looks like this weekend is going to be crazy snow time - hope so - and this morning the sun was out and so it was time to do some Iwappara-ing.
Iwappara in Yuzawa, always somewhere I say is perfect for beginners. There's a few pics here showing how wide the main area is. There's really two main bits to Iwappara - the lower wide bit and the... Read Full Entry
Yesterday i decided to use up the ticket I won for Minamiuonuma by going to Ishiuchi Maruyama. The weather report said it was going to be warm and sunny so I expected spring.slushy conditions as this resort is very low. From the minute the sun came up, there wasn't a cloud to be seen in the sky. The weather was glorious!! I had been... Read Full Entry
After muikabochi's report on Mt Granview....
.... it shot to the top of places I needed to visit, above more famous places like Hakuba and Hakuba.
As no doubt it did for most people... Read Full Entry
Luke, Ryo, and I took a staff shred day at Iowanopuri. We got a pretty early start and luckily beat the crowd of people that flooded the backcountry today. The snow was extremely "surfy" which means that you don't really feel anything and have a floating sensation the entire... Read Full Entry
Muikamachi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
: Saturday 21st January
: ManInJapan with one friend.
: Reasonably priced at 3,500 for a 1day ticket, 3,000yen for a 5hr ticket or 2,500yen for a 3hr ticket. (All prices are for adults). There are also single lift coupons available too.
Accessbility:... Read Full Entry
Earlier this week we saw the first snowfall of the season on the upper slopes of Nozawa.
Hardly any, and quickly gone, but snow all the same! Read Full Entry
Well, seeing as there's no snow, we will have to make do with some pies.
But what a jolly good alternative they are.
Pity Japan doesn't do pies like back home.
But, as much as for myself as anyone else, I'll keep an eye on what I get up to this winter. When winter arrives. Not here yet, you see.
Until then! Read Full Entry
This is all very new isn't it.
All of my skiing errors will be laid out bare here.
Need snow first though. Read Full Entry
Howdy and welcome to my bit of the new Forums setup.
I think I'll post some stuff from here in Hakuba during the season.
That will be jolly won't it.
The big question is whether it will be bottomless this season. Or perhaps topless. Or both.
We shall see! Read Full Entry
Hey, do you all remember that 3 day all inclusive stay at the Gakuto Villas in Hakuba that was in the SJ giveaways back in January? Well, how about that... I won it. My wife and daughter were tickled and couldn't wait to stay at some place other than our regular handful of "low budget" Hakuba lodgings.
So, after hashing out the... Read Full Entry