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Japans Major Resorts – Opening Dates 2018/19

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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 all the latest.

Niseko

Hokkaido’s powder mecca, Niseko United will be officially opening on the 23rd of November 2018 but the opening date might be delayed due to weather. Once it does open the lifts set to spin at both Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri. Niseko Village and Hanazono will follow suit shortly after with both opening on the 1st of December. Follow our Niseko Snow Report for daily updates all season, and Niseko.com on Facebook for weekly forecasts and local news.

Kiroro

Kiroro Resort is set to open on 23rd of November 2018, matching the date of Niseko. The mountain resort is at a higher elevation those nearby, so there might be some decent terrain on opening day – pending early snow falls.

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Furano

The central Hokkaido resort of Furano will open its main area on the 25th of November 2018, with the secondary area of Kitanomine opening in mid-December 2018. Furano is well known for its mix of excellent, steep terrain and great beginner areas.

Tomamu

Heading a little further east, Tomamu Resort will open on 1st December 2018 – a bit later than other Hokkaido resorts on the list. That doesn’t mean it gets any less snow though, with an average of 14 meters of snowfall throughout the season, rivalling numbers to even that of Niseko.

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in Winter

Calling all early birds! Have you already decided where to go for skiing and snowboarding this year? We have the answer – Hoshino Resorts Tomamu! Whether it's your first time or you've visited us before, we look forward to welcoming you here!

Posted by Hoshino Resorts Tomamu, Japan on Thursday, May 4, 2017

 

Hakuba Valley

Happo-One in Hakuba Valley are planning to open 23rd of November 2018 with many of the surrounding resorts to follow suit. There are some awesome deals for rentals in Hakuba making an early season trip much more tempting.

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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!