• Guide To Shizukuishi – One of Japan’s Most Underrated Resorts

      The land of the rising sun, the falling snowflake and the ski resort… if New Zealand has the most helicopters per capita, Japan has to be up there when it comes to ski resorts – with more than 500 liberally scattered ac [...]

  • The Complete Guide To Shiga Kogen

    Josh Daiek finding the sweet spot between optimal pitch and pow on a beautiful bluebird day at Shiga Kogen. Photo:: Grant Gunderson Legend has it Japan has seen some 500 ski resorts grace its many hills at some point in time (pred [...]

  • First Timer’s Guide To Hakuba

    Ten different resorts, 135 lifts and more than 200 runs– all pummelled by regular powder top-ups throughout the snow season. If you haven’t been to Hakuba yet, here’s why (and how) you should. [...]

  • First Timer’s Guide To Myoko

    So, you’ve skied Niseko and Hakuba, maybe even Furano or Nozawa Onsen. But have you been to Myoko Kogen yet? This is the powder mecca of Honshu – it gets dumped with more than 13 metres of snow every season and plays host to a [...]

  • Top 5 Luxury Ski Accommodation In Hakuba


  • Weekly Japan Snow Forecast Jan 31st – The Grasshopper
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  • Weekly Japan Snow Forecast Jan 10th – The Grasshopper

    Japan Forecast – A relatively settled and sunny week ahead

  • Weekly Japan Snow Forecast Jan 3rd – The Grasshopper
  • Weekly Japan Snow Forecast Dec 27th – The Grasshopper

    Hakuba Goya looking good on Christmas Eve. It will continue to look like this with a heap of snow on the way over the next five days. Photo: Hakuba Goya Resort  Mountainwatch | The Grasshopper [...]

  • Snow Trip Checklist – What You Need In The Snow


  • What’s On At Iwatake This Season

    Another one of Hakuba’s most popular resorts is Hakuba Iwatake. Just under 10 minutes drive from Happo we definitely recommend jumping on the shuttle bus to Iwatake during your time in Hakuba.  Iwatake continues to improve [...]

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