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Niseko United announces full partnership with Mountain Collective

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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, making it the only Asian ski resort to be a part of the illustrious alliance for this season. Mountain Collective Pass holders will receive 2 free days in Niseko and will also receive 50% discount on all additional days (with no blackout dates). An All Mountain Niseko lift pass provides access to all 4 resorts; Hanazono, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village & Annupuri. This makes the Niseko United lift pass one of the best Japanese lift passes in the country. Read more about the Mountain Collective Pass in Niseko here.

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

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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 definitely got the powder part of the equation well-covered, it turns out heading a little further south to the main island of Honshu yields some great vertical!   

If a perfect blend of prime Japanese powder snow and massive ski runs sounds right up your alley, book your next flight to Japan’s main island Honshu, and from there, make your way to Myoko Kogen in the heart of Japan’s of Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park.

Myoko Kogen’s ski fields are some of the largest ski areas in Japan and were established in the 30’s as Japan’s first international mountain resort, which makes Myoko one of the oldest established ski areas in the world. It’s not surprising that Myoko Kogen is a traditional mountain retreat for Japan’s imperial family. As testimony to the history of Myoko Kogen, you can find a Skiing shrine (Ski Jinja); a dedication to the protection of skiers in Myoko.

Visit the Ski Shrine at one of the world’s oldest ski resorts. Photo: www.myokotourism.com

 

Nowadays with a fast, efficient lift and gondola system, boasting 41 lifts, Myoko Kogen is a large-scale resort with great snow, terrain, and numerous ski runs catering for beginner through to advanced level riders. Myoko Kogen is composed of a 9 inter-linked resorts – the largest four: Suginohara, Ikenotaira, Akakura Onsen, and Akakura Kanko can be accessed on the Myoko Kogen Big 4 lift ticket. Myoko Kogen is also in close proximity to many other resorts such as Nozawa Onsen, Hakuba and a number of smaller scale locations, meaning there’s plenty of terrain to explore in the region!

From left: Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort, Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort, Akakura Onsen Ski Resort, and Akakura Kanko resort area. Photo: www.myokotourism.com

 

Located 3.5 hours north west of Tokyo, getting to Myoko is very straightforward; take the scenic Japanese bullet train ‘Shinkansen‘ to Nagano. Or if you’re flying into Narita, take the Narita-to-Myoko Kogen snow shuttle, straight to your accommodation property’s door.

After a good night’s rest, tucking into breakfast and picking up some onigiri from the local convenience store, make way to Myoko’s Suginohara ski resort.

Suginohara boasts Japans longest ski run, at approximately 8.5km, from top to bottom, you also have access to the largest vertical in Japan (1,124m) just shy of Tashiro Kagura Mitsumata (1,125m)

Skiing 8.5km and the biggest vertical in fresh powder tracks? Sign us up! Photo: www.myokotourism.com

 

Not only does Myoko Kogen boast Japan’s longest ski run, Myoko also possesses Japans steepest ski run, over at Akakura Onsen Ski Resort. At around a 38 degree angle it is also known as ‘The Wall’. Now that’s what you call getting steep and deep!

Myoko Kogen boasts not only the longest, but also the steepest ski runs in Japan. Photo: www.myokotourism.com

 

You’ll literally be skiing for days when you come to Myoko Kogen!

New Years Eve in Japow

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We’re fast approaching the New Year and it’s looking festive all around Japan’s great resorts. It’s not all DJ’s and shandies at your favourite bar, though (although there’re plenty of those!) If you’d like to experience your local resort’s annual celebrations then look no further than our New Years Eve in Japow guide below. Enjoy the first snow of 2018 with a fresh head this year!

NISEKO

20:30 – 23:00 Free night skiing!

23:45 Torch light skiing begins on the Grand Hirafu slopes. Watch from the village as hundreds of participants illuminate the slopes on their descent, followed by a stunning fireworks display.

Midnight – 02:00 “Hatsumoude” – the first Shinto shrine visit of the new year. Visit Yamada Shrine and join the locals in this traditional practice of praying for happiness in the coming year along with free sake and on-site food stalls

RUSUTSU

19:45 ~ Enjoy complimentary hot drinks at the West Mt. before a torchlight parade and fireworks display

23:00 ~ Head to the Cricket Bar for drinks, Bingo and NYE countdown

KIRORO

22:45 – 00:15 Traditional New Year’s soba noodles (Toshikoshi), sake, raffles, and countdown fireworks display at the Tribute Portfolio Hotel

23:00~ Live DJ and sake barrel opening ceremony at Ice Star Bar

TOMAMU

16:00 – 18:00 Toshikoshi soba & Japanese sake service at the Tower Hotel lounge

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Party and mini concert with free drink at Risonare Hotel

20:00 – 22:00 Free Toshikoshi soba

24:00 Fireworks display at Ice Village 

FURANO

20:00~ Live concert by a Japanese artist in the Chapel of the New Furano Prince Hotel

22:00~ Traditional food stalls, games, music and demonstrations at the base of Furano ski area along with NYE countdown and fireworks display

SAHORO

13:30~ ‘Mochi’ Rice Cake Making

17:30 & 19:30 Restaurant Concert at Sahoro Garden. Bookings necessary.

22:00 – 23:00 Free Toshikoshi Soba

23:30 – 00:30 Countdown Party

HAKUBA

22:00~ Free Night skiing at Happo One Ski Resort, Nakiyama Slope. Hot calpis & sake barrel opening ceremony, costume contests, prizes and fireworks.  Complimentary rice wine and Nagano apple for the first 500 people

NOZAWA ONSEN

23:30 Night skiing extended until 23:30. Complimentary mulled wine and sake while enjoying fireworks display

SHIGA KOGEN

22:00 – 23:30 Torch light skiing at Mt Yakebi No.3 high-Speed lift. Pre-booking required. shiga-rsv@princehotels.co.jp (English OK).