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Monday, July 13, 2020
Get a 50% subsidized Japan ski holiday? Sounds too good to be true! UPDATE: Well maybe it is just that, too good to be true? JNTO in Japan are reportedly saying it only applies to Japanese taking domestic holidays - but if you have a Japanese friend book it will they be asking for...
Where is the World's safest skiing with COVID-19 on the rampage? Some might think that's a crazy question after we've seen the resort shutdowns and shocking scenes out of Europe and America. Never mind those headlines about rich Aussies fleeing Aspen lockdowns to fly home even after testing positive, and then swanning about as if rules/responsibility to...
Nikko is way off the grid for most international ski visitors to Japan, and pretty far off grid for locals skiers too judging by the empty slopes we encountered at Nikko Yumoto Ski Area. Which is all the more surprising given that Nikko City is a fantastic and very popular World Heritage site, home to arguably the...
Hokkaido's highest mountains tower behind Asahikawa
With the effects of Covid-19 virus causing mass closures of ski resorts across much of the World here's a little (relatively) good news story from Asahikawa. As of Tuesday March 17 they had a grand total of 10 confirmed cases, up 1 in a week for this area of 375,000 people. 9 in Asahikawa city, and 1 in Aibetsu...
Iox-Arosa and Taira ski areas in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, are another couple of pretty much totally off the western skiers' grid areas well worth checking out. There's a lot to see and do around Nanto City (actually a collection of towns and rural areas amalgamated into one local government area - it's very relaxed round here)...
skiing Minowa ski area with a view to Mt Bandai
Minowa and Numajiri in Aizu are a couple of off grid Japan secret stashes you have never heard of. Good! Neither have the pow hungry hordes in Hakuba or other areas already overrun. After nearly 30 years covering skiing in Japan we love nothing more than finding new places where we are still often the only westerners...