Mad Dog Jam 2019 – Niseko’s Premiere Spring Park Event

The third annual Mad Dog Jam was recently held in legendary Niseko, and was a success with a huge turnout and great conditions. This fun, community event is always a great time, with beats played...

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Walk through the Hakuba Gateway Hotel

The Hakuba Gateway Hotel is an affordable hotel located in Hakuba that’s a quick five-minute walk to Happo One lifts and is right next to restaurants, resort shuttles and public buses. The hotel...

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Guide to multi-resort passes in Japan

Epic Pass

One of the world’s biggest multi resort passes is the Epic Pass with offers at 69 resorts worldwide including two of Japans biggest resorts – Hakuba Valley and Rusutsu. Holders of the Epic...

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Benefits of Booking Early

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One of the most obvious and best benefits to booking a Japan ski holiday early is the savings. Most resorts and accommodations offer early bird specials with significant discounts for the whole season. If...

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Guide to Skiing Japan in March

March is the unsung hero of the ski season, especially in Japan. There are no crowds, stunning weather, and the chance of some serious Japow (yes even in March). There’s also the sweetener of reduced...

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Guide to Sapporo

Japan' fifth largest city, Sapporo is a clean, friendly and relaxed city where you can experience nature, great cultural and historical sites and amazing food! No matter what time of year you visit, there's plenty of...

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Sakura – The Symbol of Spring

Japanese cherry blossoms, or sakura, have been regarded as a symbol of spring since the Heian Period (794-1185). The charming flower symbolises renewal, vitality, and beauty and is deeply ingrained in the art, literature and...

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Sisterhood of Pow

Japan is a dream ski destination not just for amateurs and enthusiasts, but for world-renowned professional skiers too. During the 2017/18 season, we were approached by a team of professional female skiers and snowboarders to...

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Lunar New Year in Niseko

Japan is fast growing as one of the world's top destinations for the Lunar New Year holiday period. Boasting an immersive culture ripe with unique food, dress, sightseeing and tours, travellers can enjoy free reign...

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Kyoto – Where Tradition Meets History

Japan is a nation full of rich history and fascinating tradition. The ancient city of Kyoto is home to some of the most stunning temples, shrines, streets and castles in all of Japan, and is...

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Guide to Niseko Village

Formerly known as Higashiyama, Niseko Village ski area is one of the four inter-connected ski resorts of Niseko United. It’s a popular base for beginners and families due to its two resort-style ski in/ski...

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Après Skiing in Japan – What to do after a day on the slopes

Skiing in Japan is fantastic, but one of the best things about a winter holiday is the rest and relaxation and nowhere does that better than Japan. The nightlife in Japan’s resorts is a mixture...

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Hokkaido up in Lights – A look at Hokkaido’s Stunning Ice Festivals

Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido receives some of the most snow on the planet, with temperatures remaining below zero most of the year. This climate may be tough, but creates perfect conditions for snow and...

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Guide to Kutchan Dining – Eating out in Hokkaido’s Snowiest Town

The food in Japan is unlike anywhere else on earth and is a huge drawcard for travellers from across the globe. Niseko is known for having some of the best restaurants of any ski...

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Capsule Hotels in Japan

Originating in the late 70’s in the Umeda district of Osaka, Capsule Hotels were initially designed for commuters and drunken businessmen who had missed the last train home and in need of a basic, no-frills...

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New Year Traditions in Japan

New Year (shogatsu or oshgatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan, with New Year celebrations being not so much about partying and fireworks but instead about spending time with one’s family and inviting good...

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Hello Hakuba! The Best way to see Hakuba and Japan

The Hakuba Valley is one of the most popular and well known ski resorts in Japan – famous for its combination of great powder snow, long runs, and huge choice of terrain. Being in...

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Niseko’s Heli Skiing

Heli skiing is the ultimate skiing adventure – there’s the thrill of flying, big machinery, and amazing skiing down some of the biggest and best mountains. Niseko is lucky to host an award winning Heli...

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Rusutsu Joins the Epic Pass

The award winning ski resort of Rusutsu, in Hokkaido’s west, has joined the Epic Pass for the 2019/20 season! Holders of the Epic Pass will receive a total of five unrestricted consecutive days at...

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Beginners Guide to Japan

Japan is a stunning place with a rich culture, history and of course amazing ski resorts, but it can be daunting for first-time visitors. Don’t worry, because we’re here to share our top tips and...

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Choosing the right Japanese resort for your family

With so many resorts in Japan to choose from it can be tough to pick the right one for your family. Flights to Tokyo and Sapporo are becoming cheaper from Asia & Australia, and Japanese...

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Hokkaido Wilds – A New Online Resource

Hokkaido is one of the best places for ski touring on the planet. The island receives a huge amount of snow all season, and there are rolling hills and mountains everywhere you look. The landscape...

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Asahikawa – Japan’s Ski City

There are so many reasons that people love to travel to Japan. There’s the culture, the food, the cities, and of course the snow. Many people don’t think they can get all of these amazing...

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Japans Major Resorts – Opening Dates 2018/19

Winter is right around the corner and all the major resorts have announced their opening dates for the 2018/19 season. Make sure to mark these dates in your diary and stay up to date with...

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The Best of Japan’s Early Snowfalls

Winter is almost here and there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the snow starting to settle across the Japan’s resorts. Most of the major resorts have had their first taste of snow, offering a first...

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Historic Hakuba – Matsumoto Castle

First built in 1504, Matsumoto Castle is one of the best preserved traditional castles in all Japan. This historic site features a dramatic six storey keep that overlooks a huge moat, as well as a...

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Freeride World Tour – Hakuba 2019

The calendar for the Freeride World Tour has been announced, and the legendary big-mountain competition will kick off in Japan’s Hakuba Valley. From the 19th of January 2019 till the 26th, over 50...

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5 inspirations to enjoy a White Christmas in Japan

New Zealand and eastern Australia might be the first countries to enjoy a visit from St. Nick on Christmas Eve, but there’s good reason for him to be dressed for the elements with the island...

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Spring into Niseko – Top Reasons to Book Your Ski Holiday in Spring

We all know Niseko delivers that world-famous bottomless pow throughout winter, but the growing popularity, especially during the peak Chinese New Year period, means interest is in overdrive! Fortunately, the low seasons offer a more...

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Niseko United announces full partnership with Mountain Collective

Breaking news for powder lovers around the globe! The fabled Japanese ski resort, Niseko United and The Mountain Collective have teamed up, with the world's powder capital becoming a full partner for the upcoming 2018-2019 winter season,...

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Chitose Airport Cheat Sheet

There are two types of travelers; the ones who arrive in the nick of time and catch their flight 5 seconds before it departs, and those who are worried they might miss their plane so...

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Splitboarding in Japan – Earn Your Turns

Everyone knows the snow in Japan is among the best in the world, and the resorts are improving lift services to give local and international guests the best powder experience possible. But what if...

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The Icy Jewel of Japan: Sapporo Snow Festival

Nestled in the heart of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is the country's fifth largest city with a population of almost 2 million people. The far-northern location offers a wide climate range between summer...

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Skiing for Days: The Longest Ski Runs In Japan – Myoko Kogen

Long ski runs and powder? To any skier this sounds like heaven. Where does one find such a thing? You would think Canada, Europe or North America, right? While northern Japanese resorts have...

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8 Things To Do During Your Tokyo Stopover

On your Japan winter holiday there's a high chance you will spend some time passing through Tokyo city, and in a place so large it's easy to be overwhelmed with options. Fortunately there is plenty...

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Beginner’s Guide To Accessing Tokyo

If you have just set foot on Nippon terra-firma, chances are you’re standing in one of two Tokyo airports; Narita or Haneda. These airports are the main gateway between all that is deep and...

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Discover Shiga Kogen

You’ve heard of Niseko and Hakuba when people talk about skiing in Japan but you might be surprised to find that Shiga Kogen, not yet so well known in world-skiing circles, is one Japan’s...

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5 of the Best Niseko Yotei Views

Niseko is beautiful all year round but we especially love it in the Winter time when Niseko's famous powder snow blankets everything in white. If you've ever wondered about where Niseko's best views then...

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