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Monday, September 27, 2021
The Tateyama Road Gap on the famous Tateyama - Kurobe Alpine Route between Nagano and Toyama Prefectures has to be about the ballsiest leap you can make in Japan on skis or a board. Heading along the famous tourist route you will ride on trains, ropeways, trolley buses and buses. In spring that includes the trip through the amazing Yuki-no-Otani snow wall at...
Qantas has just released more details on their new international flight plans for the long-awaited comeback from COVID. Key take outs are: Flights to most international destinations to now resume late October 2021Trans-Tasman flying to ramp up from July 2021 - subject to governments allowing thisNew flexibility for international bookings, with unlimited flight date changes (see below) Qantas and Jetstar are now...
We love Kamui Ski Links, one of Hokkaido's best smaller ski resorts. Kamui's founder Maeda Mitsu is one of the true pioneers of 'Japowder'. He established Kamui from day one as 80% powder courses /20% groomed runs. Back in the 1980's that was truly visionary. That makes him, and Kamui, original Hokkaido powder legends. When Hokkaido got on the radar of...
Good and bad news for foreign passport holders in Japan for JR East Tohoku and JR East Nagano/Niigata area Passes. First the good news. From April 1st JR East Rail Passes will be available to all foreign passport holders you regardless of your visa type. Previously the popular JR East pass varieties were only available to those with 'Temporary Visitor'...
Niseko is Japan's #1 international ski destination, but with no international skiers this year they have launched a new 'Glamourous Snow' campaign to attract the local market who love to shop. Especially upmarket shoppers looking for a luxury winter experience. So gnarly pow dogs don't have to worry, not much competition even if the campaign takes off. We have often asked Japanese...
Hachimantai Cat Skiing (aka Hachimantai Cat Tours) is a recent and still largely undiscovered Japanese powder stash gem on Mount Chausu in Iwate Prefecture. Owner/guides father and son team Ikuo 'Boss' Kuragane and Junya Kuragane are both back country ski legends. Iwate is the second most sparsely populated prefecture in Japan, after Hokkaido. They have one of the best records for...

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