• fresh powder with First Tracks Hanazono
    First Tracks Hanazono is Niseko’s best day out
    May 12, 2018, Comments Off on First Tracks Hanazono is Niseko’s best day out

    First Tracks Hanazono is the simplest way to guarantee you get exactly that – plenty of first tracks – in Niseko. Run by the awesome team at HPG (Hanazono Powder […]

  • Skiing powder at Shiga Kogen
    Shiga Kogen rules for consistent powder and great value
    May 6, 2018, Comments Off on Shiga Kogen rules for consistent powder and great value

    Shiga Kogen is a great choice for consistent powder snow, less competition for it, and great value – especially with some of the Prince Hotel’s Early Bird deals available now […]

  • Kusatsu hot springs
    Kusatsu Japan’s most amazing onsen ski town
    March 20, 2018, Comments Off on Kusatsu Japan’s most amazing onsen ski town

    Japan has so many onsen ski towns, but Kusatsu is different. Where else does a huge flow of thermal water power through the main plaza right in the centre of […]

  • Temple steps Zao Onsen
    Zao Onsen Yamagata’s best
    March 18, 2018, Comments Off on Zao Onsen Yamagata’s best

    Zao Onsen is the heart of skiing in Yamagata, and the best of the many resorts in this north western prefecture of Tohoku. The quaint village that sprawls along the […]

  • Sapporo has Japan’s best aprés ski
    February 28, 2018, Comments Off on Sapporo has Japan’s best aprés ski

    Sapporo is a city, you thought, not a ski town? Well think again! Everybody who skis or boards knows Hokkaido is the powder capital of the planet, and Sapporo is […]

  • Riki Japow Guide skiing Grandeco
    Grandeco offers great value uncrowded powder snow
    February 22, 2018, Comments Off on Grandeco offers great value uncrowded powder snow

    Grandeco was day 11 of our month long Japowder mission, and just when you think it can’t get any better, it did! We arrived to more fresh Aizu region snow […]

  • powder skiing Kiroro
    Kiroro is the powder snow capital of the planet!
    January 24, 2018, Comments Off on Kiroro is the powder snow capital of the planet!

    Kiroro has to be the snowiest major resort on the planet. Sure, Utah and plenty of other places get their share and on their day are awesome. Nearby Niseko gets […]

  • Tanigawadake gondola in Gunma
    Gunma more Japowder less competition
    January 24, 2018, Comments Off on Gunma more Japowder less competition

    Gunma Prefecture offers a whole region full of great Japowder resorts still mostly off the radar for international visitors. The dramatic sudden eruption of Mount Moto-Shirane peak of Kusatsu-Shirane, home […]

  • Tokyo day ski trips are easy
    January 17, 2018, Comments Off on Tokyo day ski trips are easy

    Tokyo day ski trips are easy thanks to the mighty shinkansen – even if you have only a day spare in Japan’s capital there’s no reason not to hit the […]

  • Tokachi Mountains Rule
    December 20, 2017, Comments Off on Tokachi Mountains Rule

    With the Tokachi Mountains off to their best start in 30 years time to revisit this – it’s as good backcountry powder skiing as anywhere in the world on its […]