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JAPAN Contents Why Japan?

~Reasons to ski/snowboard Japan~...................................................................... 3

g Hokkaido

~Overview~.................................................................................................................... 4

g Niseko

~Exceptional powder, World renowned!~............................................................. 6

g Furano Ski Resort

~Japanese country town with amazing snow~.................................................... 8

g Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention

~Hokkaido’s Largest Single Ski Resort~.............................................................. 9

g Kiroro Resort

~Long courses, amazing terrain, deep powder!~............................................10

g Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

~Hokkaido’s No.1 Family Friendly Ski Resort~.................................................11

g Nagano and Niigata

~Overview~..................................................................................................................12

g Hakuba Vallley

~Japan’s Premier Alpine Resort~...........................................................................13

g Shiga Kogen

~Japan’s Largest Winter Resort~...........................................................................14

g Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

~Modern resort in a perfect hot spring village setting~................................15

g Myoko Ski Area

~Enjoy the great powder snow~............................................................................16

g Madarao Mountain Resort

~MadaPow!~................................................................................................................17

g Tohoku

~Overview~..................................................................................................................18

g Zao Hot Springs Ski Resort

~Riding through the “Ice Monsters”~...................................................................19

g APPI Resort

~Amazing Scale, Priceless Winter Experience, Perfect Winter Resort Inviting you to Japan !~..... 20

g Hakkoda

~A Deep Powder Paradise Like No Other~........................................................21

Access. ..................................................................................................................... 22 Useful Information.......................................................................................... 23 2

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JAPAN?

Why

Reasons to ski/snowboard Japan

Experience the finest powder snow at some of the best resorts in the region. Japan offers great runs, varied terrain and amazing alpine scenery. Soak up the culture, indulge in the local cuisine and relax in the natural hot springs after a day in the powder. Only 10 hours north of Australia, you won’t arrive feeling jetlagged, so you can hit the slopes as soon as you touchdown. Experience Amazing Powder Snow! Chilly winds from Siberia translate to heaps of quality powder snow being dumped on Hokkaido from November to May. The Tohoku, Nagano and Niigata areas on Honshu also receive consistent high quality snow throughout the season. Onsen (Hot Springs) One of Japan’s greatest assets. Nothing beats a relaxing soak after a day in the snow.

Enjoy delicious cuisine and Japanese hospitality Fabulous food and friendly faces. Japan is renowned for its excellent cuisine and the warmest hospitality. Location, Location, Location Japan is less than 10 hours from Australia. The two hour time difference means no jetlag, so you can hit the snow as soon as you get there. It’s affordable There are loads of reasonable ski packages available...and the lift pass prices won’t break the budget. Exceed your expectations! Japan has a wide variety of snow resorts beyond your expectations. Check them out at: www.snowjapan.com

Sapporo

Sendai Niigata

Hiroshima Fukuoka

Nagano Tokyo Nagoya

Kyoto Osaka

All information is based on data as of September 2014 and is subject to change without notice.

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Hokkaido

Hokkaido

Sapporo

Sendai Niigata

Nagano Kyoto Tokyo Nagoya Hiroshima Osaka Fukuoka

Furano Niseko

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Overview Japan’s nor the rn island, Hokkaido has the best quality snow in Japan. You can enjoy famous Hokkaido Powder without losing your breath thanks to the low altitude.The explosion in popularity of skiing in Japan among Australians started here in Hokkaido. The island is an all-season nature paradise and is home to many natural wonders including Daisetsu-zan National Park,

w h i c h fo r m s t h e r o of of H o k k a i d o; t h e s e c l u d e d Shiretoko Peninsula, the UNESCO World Heritage listed; Kushiro Marsh, home to many precious living things including the Japanese crane; the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, home to many volcanoes and lakes; and the ever changing Shakotan Coast. There are also countless hot springs, like Noboribetsu Onsen, Jozankei Onsen and Sounkyo Onsen, where you can rela x and rejuvenate after your journey.

H o k ka i d o b oa s t s o n e of the busiest event calendars in Japan with over 1,200 festivals and events t h r o u g h o u t t h e y e a r. I n winter, there is the Sapporo Snow Festival, the Otaru Yu k i a k a r i n o m i c h i (O t a r u Snow Light Path ) and the Monbetsu Ice Floes Festival. I n s u m m e r, t h e r e i s t h e Furano Lavender Festival, as well as port festivals in every coastal town to pray for a good catch and safe fishing.

Access from Narita Airport Fly from Haneda Airport to Shin- Chitose Airpor t: 9 0 minutes, Narita Airport to Shin-Chitose Airport: 105 minutes and Kansai Airport to Shin-Chitose Airport: 110 minutes. Further information on Hokkaido, visit Visit Hokkaido! http://en.visit-hokkaido.jp/ Powder Snow Hokkaido http://www.skiing-hokkaido. com

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Niseko Exceptional powder, World renowned!

Hokkaido consistently produces some of the world’s best quality and largest quantity of snow. Notably, Niseko’s four resorts: Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village, Niseko HANAZONO Resort and Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort; enjoy these top snow conditions. In addition to the great conditions, locals pride themselves on sharing their authentic culture and providing the finest Japanese hospitality, making every stay memorable. Each aspect of the area’s four resorts are briefly outlined below. Ski Areas Niseko HANAZONO Resort’s varied terrain and access to massive off-piste areas has made it popular amongst visitors to Niseko. Offering gentle long slopes and dedicated learning areas for beginners, as well as three terrain parks and a variety of snow-play activities, Hanazono has something for the whole family to enjoy. Grand Hirafu operates the largest number of lifts amongst the four Niseko resorts, offering visitors fast and easy access to the vastest and most diverse terrain in the area. Lifts open at 8:30am and for those who still have energy at the end of the day, powder can be skied until 8:30pm in Japan’s largest night skiing area, Grand Hirafu. Niseko Village boasts some of the best and longest powder skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country. Scenic courses lead through beautiful natural forests and family focused activities are abundant. On piste, Niseko Annupuri caters for novice to intermediate levels of skiers, while its access to a huge backcountry area, where skiing is permitted, makes it popular with more advanced skiers too.

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Accommodation

Hirafu village ha s ma ny kinds of accommodation, including hotels, condominiums, lodges & pensions. One recommended accommodation is the Hotel Niseko Alpen which features a ski-in ski-out location, 124 rooms (from ¥11,000 per person including breakfast), shops, heated swimming pool, hot springs (inside & open air), foot & body treatment, as well as a day care center. Niseko Village is the perfect base from which to enjoy a huge variety of outdoor activities. The Green Leaf Niseko Village and the Hilton Niseko Village both offer ski-in ski-out access throughout winter. Be sure to check out the happy hour deals for après ski at Hilton’s EZO Pub or the Tomioka White Lounge & Bar at The Greenleaf Niseko Village. Guests can enjoy our natural Onsen located at each hotel. Soak in the natural hot spring bath before choosing from our restaurants. In the Annupuri area, a suggested accommodation is the Niseko Northern Resort, An’nupuri. Located at the base of Niseko Annupuri Ski ground the hotel has 152 rooms (rooms from ¥14,600 for 2 people including breakfast) as well as Japanese & Western cuisine (buffet style, set course, meals, and other reasonably priced dishes).

Access

Chuo bus and Donan Bus companies operate buses daily between ShinChitose Airport and Niseko: 2 hours 30 minutes. Japan Rail runs services from Shin-Chitose Airport to Kutchan: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Dining and Drinking

There are over 80 restaurants and bars in Hirafu Village, of fering an array of cool bars, delicious noodle houses, scrumptious Italian pizza bars and restaurants serving Hokkaido’s freshest seafood. There are three bars and total of seven restaurants in Niseko Village offering wide varieties of gourmet cuisines from Japanese to Western. In the Annupuri area guests can enjoy Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisine at the restaurants in Niseko Northern Resort, An’nupuri and NOOK Annupuri. BBQ dinner is available at Mokumokutei in Hotel Niseko Ikoino Mura. HANA ZONO 308 offers an array of Western and Japanese lunch options, including the famous Kani Ramen.

After Ski/Nightlife

Guests can choose their favorite bar in Hirafu Village and enjoy talking with the locals and guests from all over the world. At Niseko Village, guests can enjoy hot springs, spa treatments, or Karaoke. Horse riding, snowmobiling and snow shoe trekking are ideal activities in Annupuri. The HANAZONO Adventure Park has a range of fun and exciting snow-play activities for all ages, including the Winter zipline, snow tubing, sle dding and snow mobiling.

Regional Specialities

Because Niseko is not only famous for its powder snow but also hot springs (onsen), visiting Niseko is the perfect opportunity to experience this favorite Japanese past time and soak in the steaming water of an Onsen while enjoying the breathtaking snowscape. Lift Pass Niseko All Mountain Pass: 8-hour ticket ¥5,600, 1 day ticket (8:30am8:30pm) ¥6,400, 2 day ticket ¥11,500. Grand Hirafu / Hanazono only : 8-hour ticket ¥4,600, 1 day ticket (8:30am8:30pm) ¥5,100 Niseko Village only : 5-hour ticket ¥3,900, 8-hour ticket ¥4,600 Annupuri only : 5-hour ticket ¥4,000, 8-hour ticket ¥4,600 Rental Equipment Grand Hirafu: ski/board set 1 day ¥4,650, 2 day ¥8,250, 3 day ¥10,350 Niseko HANAZONO Resort Niseko Sports ski/board set 1 day ¥4,600 2 day ¥7,500 3 day ¥10,000 Niseko Village: ski/board set 1 day ¥5,300 Annupuri: ski/board set 5 hours¥3,800~ Number of Courses Grand Hirafu: 21 Hanazono: 11 Niseko Village: 27 Annupuri: 13 Niseko United All Mountain: (Beginner 36%, Intermediate 38%, Advanced 26%)

Hotel Niseko Ikoino-Mura is famous for its rotenburo (open air hot spring). Other famous hot spring areas such as Konbu-Onsen & Yukichichibu can also be easily be accessed.

Number of Lifts Grand Hirafu: 13 Hanazono: 3 Niseko Village: 7 Annupuri: 5 Longest Course Grand Hirafu: 4.6 km Hanazono: 4.55 km Niseko Village: 5 km Annupuri: 4 km Further Info Grand Hirafu: www.grand-hirafu.jp/winter/en Niseko HANAZONO Resort: www.hanazononiseko.com Niseko Village: www.niseko-village.com/en Annupuri: http://annupuri.info/winter/english/ Niseko United: www.niseko.ne.jp/en Niseko Promotion Board: www.nisekotourism.com/en/

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Furano Ski Resort Japanese country town with amazing snow So much more than a ski resort, Furano is a vibrant country town  that happens to have an amazing ski area adjoining it. This magic combination of town and resort gives you the opportunity to turn your ski holiday into the cultural experience of a lifetime. Famous for its bluebird days and lack of wind, it also produces abundant quantities of some of the lightest and driest snow you will ever ski on.

Accommodation

In Furano you will find a full spectrum of accommodation choices including backpackers, Japanese lodges, B&Bs, self-contained apartments as well as the two ski-in ski-out Prince Hotels.

Access

Shuttle buses from Asahikawa Airport to Furano take 70 minutes. From New Chitose Airpor t (Sapporo) shuttle buses take 2 hours 15 minutes to Furano.

Dining and Drinking

A ski holiday in Furano is as much about exploring the local bars and restaurants as it is the skiing. The resort area of Kitanomine and downtown Furano are bursting with quaint lo c a l re st aura nts of fe ring traditional Japanese fare, as well as western and Chinese choices at very reasonable prices. Most restaurants provide menus in English for your convenience.

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After Ski/Nightlife

Visitors are spoiled for choice with local bars in the downtown area as well as a couple of western style bars with billard tables and darts. Hot springs and massage treatments are available, and are a great way to wind up after a day carving up the powder. Snowmobiling, snow shoeing, sledding, ice hole fishing and hot air balloon flights are just some of the activities you can try if you want to take a break from skiing.

Regional Specialities

Furano is close to a numbe r of other nearby ski areas. If you wish to explore the ex tensive powder skiing options the central Hokkaido area offers, local operators provide guided and unguided day tours to Kamui Ski Links, Tomamu, Asahidake, Tokachidake and Kurodake.

Lift Pass Furano Ski Area is accessible on one single pass. The lift pass can be used to ski in other resorts as follow (conditions apply-please check with the resort): 5-7 day lift pass > 1 day can be used at Kamui Ski Links or Tomamu. 8+ day lift pass > 1 day can be used at Kamui Ski Links and 1 day at Tomamu. Rental Equipment Extensive rental is available including snowboards, carving skis and powder skis. Number of Courses 23 (Beginner 40%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 20%) Number of Lifts 10 + 2 Magic carpets Longest Course 4 km Further Info www.princehotels.com/en/ski/ furano.html

Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention Hokkaido’s Largest Single Ski Resort Rusutsu Resort is situated in a beautiful natural highland covering 1,700 hectares near the base of Mt. Yotei. In winter it is Hokkaido’s premier ski resort with three mountains (East, West and Isola) serviced by four gondolas, seven quads and seven lifts. The ski area, with a total run distance of 42 km including a 3.5 km legburner, has 37 beautiful courses. The board park is filled with challenging hits. The night skiing, the restaurants and shopping mall will certainly keep everyone busy during the evening as well.

Accommodation

Yo u c a n c h o o s e f r o m a d i ve r s e range of room types that together accommodate over 3,000 guests. They are spread across four lodgings: the informal Highland Lodge, the Travel Lodge, the European st yle North and South Wings and the 24 storey Rusutsu Tower. Authentic log houses and cottages suitable for ski groups and families are also available. Fr e e H i - s p e e d W i F i i s ava i l a b l e anywhere in Rusutsu Resort Hotel i n c l u d i n g g u e s t r o o m s , l o b b y, restaurants, public areas etc.

Access from Narita Airport

Airpor t Limousine takes you from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport in 75 minutes. Shin-Chitose Airport is 90 minutes from Haneda Airport. Bus from Shin-Chitose Airport to Rusutsu Resor t: approx. 2 hours (Rusutsu Resort to Niseko: 60 minutes).

Dining and Drinking

Restaurants range from casual fast food shops and fun filled restaurants,

to authentic Western, Chinese and Japane se re staurants. T he re a re twelve restaurants in Rusutsu Resort. You will find an abundance of dining options here, from grilled burgers and fried potato at Daniel’s Street to sushi and sashimi at Sekkatei, and comforting Italian at Costa Terazza.

After Ski/Nightlife

A mong the facilitie s that c a n be enjoyed after returning from the slopes are shopping malls, game centres, ‘Rusutsu Resort Hot Springs’ and an indoor wave pool. You can also enjoy local beer while watching sports on TV at our sports pub Cricket.

Regional Specialities

There are plenty of fun activities right outside your door, including fitness ski, snowmobiling, dog sledging, snow tubing, snow rafting and snowshoe nature tours. Why don’t you take a d ay t r i p to t h e S a p p o r o S n ow Festival during your stay in Rusutsu in February? For seven days every February, Sapporo turns into a winter wonderland when the city is home to some 300 ice and snow sculptures. Frequent bus services are available between Rusutsu and Sapporo.

Lift Pass Lift pass prices are relatively cheaper than those at the major ski resorts in the USA, Canada and Australia. 1-day ticket ¥5,500, Night Skiing Ticket (4pm-9pm) ¥2,300 Rental Equipment Ski set and snowboard set 1-day ¥5,100 Number of Courses 37 (Beginner 27%, Intermediate 43%, Advanced 30%) Number of Lifts 18 Longest Course 3.5 km Further Info http://en.rusutsu.co.jp/

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Kiroro Resort Long courses, amazing terrain, deep powder! What does Kiroro Resort offer? Kiroro has 21 trails, skilled ski and snowboard instructors, a variety of restaurants and shops, plus amazing powder snow that is said to be the best in the area. The resort appeals to international and Japanese guests alike with its delicious food and fun activities. One guest wrote, “Kiroro is one of the best family ski resorts in Asia. Long and wide advanced slopes, great kids program. Wonderful food, kindly staff and comfortable accommodation.”

Accommodation

Kiroro Resort has two hotels. The luxurious Hotel Piano offers Japanese and Western-style rooms including suites and deluxe king rooms. Guests on Floors 11 and 12 enjoy special benefits including drink coupons and free access to the Japanesestyle hot spring. Or you can stay at the Mountain Hotel adjacent to the ski area. Choose from standard and deluxe Japanese and Western-style rooms.

Access

The Hokkaido Resort Liner provides bus transfers between New Chitose A irpor t and Kiroro, and bet we e n Kiroro and Sapporo. From Otaru take the Hokkaido Chuo Bus from Otaru Station, or catch a taxi. Kiroro Resort offers guests a free shuttle bus service from Otaru- Chikko Station. From Niseko to Kiroro is about 60 minutes by c a r. B u s e s r u n f r o m Ku tc h a n Station to Mountain Hotel.

Dining and Drinking

E x p e r i e n c e a va r i e t y of f l avo u r s with restaurants offering every kind of cuisine from Italian to traditional

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Japanese. Most restaurants are located in Hotel Piano, but there are places to eat in Mountain Hotel and the ski area. Skiers and snowboarders can e njoy sce nic views from the restaurant at Mt Asari summit.

Lift Pass Kiroro offers a choice of lift tickets to suit everyone’s needs. There are hour-tickets or day-tickets, plus lots of discount options. An adult dayticket costs ¥5,100.

After Ski/Nightlife

Rental Equipment Kiroro Rental Station offers a huge range of high quality ski and snowboard gear, high grade models plus clothing and accessories.

Apart from the skiing and snowboarding Kiroro offers a range of activities, like Segway rides and banana boats, to make for a memorable stay. After a day on the slopes you can relax your body and mind in the Kiroro hot spring. Or if you are after excitement, try the BB bar in Kiroro Town.

R e g i o n a l Specialities

I n F e b r u a r y, n e a r Kiroro, there are two events definitely worth seeing. At the local Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi, or Snow Light Path Festival, carved ice figures line the road while candles form snowy lamps. The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s biggest winter festivals, with huge ice statues and traditional meals and activities on the Sapporo streets.

Number of Courses 21 (Beginner 8, Intermediate 5, Advanced 8) Number of Lifts There are 1 Gondola lift, 5 highspeed covered and hooded lifts and 3 pair lifts Longest Course 4 km Further Info www.kiroro.co.jp/en Annie Kids Ski Academy: The academy was founded by Annie Famose, and has the highest standards and very good reputation as a ski school for children between the age of 3 and 12.

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Hokkaido’s No.1 Family Friendly Ski Resort Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is a self-contained ski resort filled with attractions for all the family. The 145-hectare skiable area includes a kids-only snow park, a scenic 4200-metre trail along the mountain ridge and an offpiste trail through wooded terrain. Within the resort there is also one of Japan’s largest indoor wave pools, an ice village and a wide snow-fun area where you can ride snowmobiles and enjoy snowshoe walks.

Accommodation

Four towers, ski area, 30m x 80m indoor wave pool, open-air bath, and 10km snowmobile course all located wi thi n th e 10 0 0 h e c t a r e s th a t i s Tomamu resort. There are two ski-in ski-out hotels, The Tower and Risonare Tomamu, each with its own unique characteristics. The Tower is located right at the heart of the resort and has easy access to all that Tomamu has to offer. Rooms range in size from 30 square metre twin rooms to 60 square metre rooms that accommodate four. Risonare Tomamu resembles a luxury ski resort getaway. Each room is a spacious 100 square metres and is equipped with an in-room jet bath and sauna. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms, hotel lobbies and the bookshop and cafe.

Access from Narita Airport

Take a 90 -minute domestic flight to Shin-Chitose Airport from either Narita or Haneda Airports. From ShinChitose Airport take the Resort Liner bus, operated by Hokkaido Access Network, direct to Tomamu resort. Or

train lovers travel by rail to JR Tomamu S t ati o n wh e re th e re s o r t s hu t tl e bus will pick you up. From ShinChitose Airport to Tomamu resort is approximately 110 minutes by either bus or train.

Lift Pass A 1-day All Mountain Pass is ¥5,200 for adults and ¥3,800 for children aged 6 to 12 years. Lifts operate 9am-4pm with some also available 4pm-7pm for night skiing.

Dining and Drinking

Rental Equipment A full range of ski and snowboarding clothing and equipment is available including fat skis for powder lovers. Rent a complete set of gear for ¥5,200 per day.

After Ski/Nightlife

Number of Courses 25 (Groomed 15, Non-groomed 8, Partly-groomed 2)

With more than 13 restaurants and bars you may have difficulty deciding where to eat. Choose from full range buffet restaurants, Italian eateries, local ramen, sushi, izakaya … After a day in the snow, soaking in an outdoor bath is a must. Or restore the warmth to your body with an afternoon in the large indoor wave pool which is maintained at a comfor table 27 degrees all day long. After the sun goes down, visit the resort’s ice village and enjoy an experience unique to Tomamu.

Regional Specialities

Tomamu is located at the centre of Hokkaido and is within an hour of Furano and Sahoro ski resorts. A daily bus service connects Tomamu to these two resorts. The region’s untouched mountains offer backcountry and snowcat skiing.

Number of Lifts 6 (1 gondola, 3 quad lifts, 2 pair lifts) Longest Course 4.2 km Further Info www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/ topics2014/english

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Nagano and Niigata

Sapporo

Sendai

Nagano Hiroshima

Niigata

Kyoto

Fukuoka

Tokyo Nagoya Osaka

Myoko Madarao

Niigata Nozawa Onsen Shiga Kogen

Hakuba Nagano

Overview The prefectures of Nagano and Niigata are dominated by 2,000-3,000 metre-class ste e p m ount a ins a nd a s such are home to a variety of resorts and diverse ski runs. The year round natural beauty of Nagano Prefecture is spectacular with the snowscape in winter being pa r ti cula r ly b e au tiful. In w i n te r, s k i e r s a n d s n ow sport enthusiasts flock to the prefecture’s many ski resor ts. The prefecture’s capital, Nagano City, hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. In addition to its snow fields, Nagano is famous for hot springs including Nozawa Onsen, and Shibu Onsen w h i c h i s we l l k n ow n fo r the snow monkeys which bathe in the hot spring at Jigokudani Monkey Park. The Echigo Mountain Range 12

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runs across the south east part of Niigata Prefecture, w i t h 2, 0 0 0 m e t r e c l a s s m o u nt a in s s t a n din g o n e af ter another to form a stretch of highlands across the prefecture. The areas bet ween mountains are dotted with ski resorts and hot springs. Niigata is home to many of Japan’s leading sake labels, whose product is made using the finest quality rice and water. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy the local sake with fresh seafood. Access from Narita Airport JR Narita Express from Narita Airpor t to Tokyo: approx. 6 0 m i n u te s . J R N a g a n o Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tok yo to Nagano: 85-110 minutes. Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen can be accessed from Nagano Station.

Further information about Nagano and Niigata, visit Classic Resorts Japan www.snowlove.net/japan Go! Nagano www.go-nagano.net Enjoy Niigata w w w. e n j o y n i i g a t a . c o m / english Jigokudani Monkey Park h t t p : // w w w. j i g o k u d a n i yaenkoen.co.jp/english/html/ top_e.htm

Hakuba Vallley Japan’s Premier Alpine Resort With eleven ski resorts including Happo, Goryu & Hakuba 47, Iwatake, and more than 140 runs spreading along the 3,000m high ranges of the Japan Alps, Hakuba Vallley is one of Japan’s largest and most respected world-class winter resorts. With ten metres of seasonal snowfall and a 1,071m vertical rise, Hakuba Vallley offers skiers and snowboarders good powder, many exciting trails ideal for the novice through to the expert, terrain parks, and backcountry fields for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. All this makes Hakuba Vallley a great location for your next ski holiday Accommodation

With around 700 different types of accommodation on of fer, Hakuba Vallley provides a good selection of properties ranging from one-star through to five-star resort hotels, as well as traditional Japanese “ryokan” hotels, “minshuku” Japanese inns, pensions, cottages, private cabins and budget backpackers.

Access from Narita Airport

JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tok yo: approx. 60 minutes. JR Nagano Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano: 95-110 minutes. Express bus from Nagano Station to Hakuba Vallley: 1+ hour depending on the resort, Shared taxis are also available from Nagano Station to Hakuba Vallley and return. Char tered coach from Tokyo: 5 hours.

Dining and Drinking

Enjoy dining and eating out at any one of the more than 150 restaurants, shops, cafés, and bars. You have a choice of dishes from all over the world including Japanese, French, Italian, Mexican, and Chinese. Experience the local cuisine in the

Japanese-style atmosphere at many local “izakaya” Japanese pub or soba (noodle) restaurants.

After Ski/Nightlife

The night shuttle bus “Genki-go” runs in Hakuba village to take you to many shops restaurants, bars and pubs for your après-ski entertainment.

Regional Specialities

When you gaze at the mountains in the Hakuba valley, you will see why this resor t stands apar t from the rest. Huge 3,000 metre high jagged peaks tower above the town below. To stand on top of these snow covered mountains and gaze at the valley below is awe-inspiring and the views a re postca rd wor thy. Indoor and open air public hot springs, foot spas and hotel hot springs, are great for relaxing and rejuvenating after a day out on the mountain, and will make your stay all the more worthwhile. Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium and the Winter Olympic Memorial Museum will remind you of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games. You can go up to the top observation deck of the jumping hills to look over the jumper’s area of

flight and view the town below. Lift Pass Happo–one 1-day ticket ¥5,000, A variety of consecutive and nonconsecutive 2-day and 3-day passes, Hakuba Valley Passes and senior tickets are available Rental Equipment Good quality ski & snowboard equipment is available from as little as ¥3,800 per day Number of Courses 149 (Beginner 35%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 25% ) Number of Lifts 110 Longest Course 8 km Further Info www.hakubavalley.jp

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Shiga Kogen Japan’s Largest Winter Resort With 19 ski fields, 52 lifts and more than 80 courses, Shiga Kogen is the biggest snow resort in Japan and caters for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. It is located in the Joshinetsu National Park and blessed with powder snow equal to Hokkaido in quality. There is no doubt you will enjoy skiing and unwinding at Shiga Kogen.

Accommodation

Regional Specialities

There are approximately 10 0 h ote l s , r yo k a n a n d minshuku in Shiga Kogen, with prices from ¥7,000.

Access from Narita Airport

KEY TOWN

OUCHI

JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tok yo: approx. 60 minutes. JR Nagano Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano: 95-110 minutes. Express bus from Nagano Station to Shiga Kogen: approx. 70 minutes.

Kita-Shiga Kogen Yudanaka &

Shiga Kogen

Shibu Spas Dining and Drinking

Number of Courses 84 Niigata ●

Kanazawa ●

Komatsu Airport

Toyama Airport Hakuba

Matsumoto Airport

Osaka Airport

● Hiroshima

After Ski/Nightlife

Nagoya

Nagoya Airport

● Osaka

Osaka

Chubu Centrair International Airport

Kansai International Airport

Skier’s bar, ethnic food restaurant and izakaya (Japanese style bar) can be found in some hotels. You can also reserve a table at the hotel’s restaurant.

by Train From Tokyo

Yudanaka & Shibu Spas is a generic term used to refer to nine hot spring areas in the town and have a history going back some 1,350 years. The area boasts one of the best high-quality Onsen water and its volume in Japan. There are many accommodations in the town, vary from small to big, or from Ryokan (traditional Japanese style inn) to modern style hotel. For dining you may enjoy tasting Japanese cuisine at your accommodation or eating out at local restaurants. Relax and immerse yourself, both body and spirit, in the hot spring and get lost in a heavenly moment.

Narita International Airport

From Nagoya Osaka

Most of Shiga Kogen area is covered by the Core Areas and the Buffer Zone of biosphere reserve of UNESCO’s MAB programme. The area is developed with coexistence of nature and mankind in mind, and is well-known as one of the largest winter resorts in Japan and also as the venue for Alpine ski events in 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Paralympics and 2005 Nagano Winter Special Olympics. Shiga Kogen houses 19 ski areas and 52 lifts and gondolas. Extensively long and wide-elevation ranges from 1,300m to 2,300m. Together with panoramic view and high quality snow, Shiga Kogen never bores you.

From Nagano

JR Narita Experess (1hr.)

Kansai International Airport

Tokyo

JR Kansai Airport Line (50min.)

Nagano

Nagano Dentetsu Railway (45min.)

Nagano

by Express Bus (70min.)

Nagano

Nagano Dentetsu Railway (30min.)

YUDANAKA

★ Yamanouchi

Nagano

Karuizawa ● ● Matsumoto

Shin-Osaka

by Bus (35min.)

● Takasaki

Akihabara

Kiso ●

Longest Course 4 km Tokyo ●

● Narita

Narita Tokyo International International Airport Airport

Further Info www.shigakogen.gr.jp

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen (via Nagano) (1hr.30min.)

Meitetsu Rwy Tokoname Line (30min.)

Central Japan International Airport



Mt.Fuji

● Nagoya

● Kyoto

Zenko-ji Temple

Snow Monkey Town

Kurobe Dam ●

Takayama Kyoto

Naoetsu ●

Toyama ●

Gokayama

Hiroshima

Niigata Airport

Number of Lifts 52 Itoigawa ●

Hiroshima Airport

Kita-Shiga Kogen, endowed with nature, is famous as a production area of Soba (buckwheat). The intangible folk cultural asset of Nagano Prefecture ‘Sugakawa-soba’, which has been passed down for generations in this area, uses fiber of Oyamabokuchi (pokeweed) leaves as the binding agent. Very aromatic, chewy, nice and smooth. You can also try bamboo craft using Nemagaridake which has descended from the Edo period. Kita-Shiga Kogen is known as a winter sports resort. Four distinct areas await you to enjoy all kinds of winter sports including skiing and snowboarding.

Rental Equipment Hotels supply good quality ski and snowboard equipments from ¥3,000.

Transportation

There are a variety of restaurants in Shiga Kogen. They serve original Kogen Shibu Spas dishes.

a Kogen

Lift Pass 1-day ticket ¥5,000 for all lifts and includes shuttle buses. 3-day ticket ¥13,400, 5-day ticket ¥21,600 and 10-day ticket ¥41,200 are recommended.

Shiga Kogen has seven hot springs: Kumanoyu, Kidoike, Hotaru, Shigayama, Takamagahara, Hoppo and Makuiwa . It also has breathtaking scenery most notably the beautiful view of the North Alps, snow monsters, and the setting sun over the sea of clouds. A range of events, including snowshoe hiking are held during winter. And don’t miss the famous snow monkeys in the rock baths at Jigokudani Monkey Park.

Nagoya

Nagano

JR Chuo Line (2hrs.50min.)

JR Tokaido Shinkansen (1hr.)

Nagoya

Nagano

JR Chuo Line (2hrs.50min.)

Nagano

SHIGA KOGEN

SHIGA KOGEN Shinshu Nakano

by Bus (30min.)

KITA-SHIGA KOGEN

by Car Toyama Airport

Hokuriku Expressway-Nagano Expressway=3h15min/277km

Tokyo International Airport

Kan-Etsu Expressway-Joshin-Etsu Expressway=3h30min/274km

Narita International Airport

Joshin-Etsu Expressway=4h/322km

Chubu Centrair International Airport

Chuo Expressway=4h/327km

Kansai International Airport

Chuo Expressway=6h/500km

Y a m a n o u c h i T o w n

Information Yamanouchi Town Tourist Association Tel.(+81)269-33-2138 [email protected] http://www.info-yamanouchi.net

2014.03.2000

ine & n in hi Town

UNESCO’S Man and the Biosphere

Shiga Kogen

Mt.Uraiwasugeyama 2,341m

志賀高原

Mt.Iwasugeyama 2,295m

Mt.Terakoyayama 2,215m

TERAKOYA

P B

B

YOKOTEYAMA

HIGASHIDATEYAMA

B

P

Mt.Yakebitaiyama 2,009m

P



P

B

ICINOSE FAMILY

P

Kita-Shiga Kogen

P



B

B

ICHINOSE YAMANOKAMI

B

P

P

P

B

GIANT

HOPPO BUNADAIRA

ICHINOSE DIAMOND

B

P

B

KIDOIKE

Mt.Nishidateyama 1,756m

HASUIKE

NISHIDATEYAMA

X-JAM TAKAIFUJI

B



B

P

B

P

P

P

P

P

B

Mt.Kasadake 2,076m

P

P

RYUOO SKI PARK B



Shiga Kogen Sogo Kaikan 98 Shiga Kogen Information Center ・Nagano Pref. Shiga Kogen Nature Preservation Center ・1998Nagano Olympic-Paralympic Commermorative Hall ・98 Hall



B

P

KOMARUYAMA

P

only for skiers

B

北志賀高原

Kita-Shiga Kogen is a longrea of good Soba. Mid-June to Early-July is the lled ‘Nemagaridake’ . Only enoko, but visitors can taste g - Miso soup, Tempura or ies in this town. splendid place to grow varies, peaches, Kyoho grapes, and plums. ries, blueberries and apples. bean-jam filling) : Onsennfectionary sold at souvenir e hotel in hot spring villages. ference. n: Ramen, Sushi, Katsu-don are available in many restau-

B

TANNE NO MORI OKOJO

B

YAKEBITAIYAMA Mt.Ryuoosan 1,900m

Mt.Hachiyama 2,041m

TAKAMAGAHARA MAMMNOTH B

P only for skiers

Mt.Shigayama 2,037m

KUMANOYU

B

P

B

OKUSHIGA KOGEN

SHIBUTOGE

Mt.Akaishiyama 2,109m

Mt.Higashidateyama 2,030m B

Shiga Highland Biosphere Reserve

Mt.Yokote 2,307m

P

B

P

i

P

MARUIKE

B

P

SUNVALLEY

B

B B

P Mt.Kosha 1,351m

YOMASE ONSEN

Yudanaka & Shibu Spas

JIGOKUDANI YAEN-KOEN (SNOW MONKEY PARK) P

湯田中渋温泉郷

B

Yudanaka Station

i Roadside Station ‘Kita-Shinshu Yamanouchi’ Information, Rest place, Light meals, Souvenirs

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i

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P Halfpipes for Snowboarding

Night Skiimg Area (only on fixed days) Ski Schools

B

Bus Stops

i

Information Centers

+ Clinics P Parking Post Offices

Koban

Lavatories Hot Springs(Onsen)

Shiga Highland Biosphere Reserve was one of the first to be assigned as a Biosphere Reserve in 1980. Biosphere Reserves is part of the MAB (UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere) programme in Natural Sciences sector to integrate conservation and sustainable use of the ecosystem (coexistence of nature and people). In Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi Town, Mt.Shigayama, Shijuhachiike and Onumaike are assigned as “Core Areas” for its long-term conservation, and the surrounding areas are assigned as a “Buffer zone” where conservation of nature including environmental education and learning, and ecotourism are prioritized for its use. Furthermore, a “Transition Area” surrounds the “Buffer zone”, where sustainable agriculture and living is carried out, and effort is made to raise the value of local produce and region. Shiga Highland Biosphere Reserve and its surrounding areas are Japan’ s top rated recreation areas attracting over 2 million visitors a year. The area was rapidly developed mainly to establish a ski resort from the 1960s, but the “Core Areas” have not been artificially affected and its primary forest has been preserved in a vast area. Its surrounding area also houses beautiful lakes and high moors in subtle and profound alpestrine coniferous forest.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort Modern resort in a perfect hot spring village setting Since 1930, Nozawa Onsen has always been at the top of the Japanese skiing scene, and more recently snowboarding has become popular in the area. It was the first place in Japan to install ski lifts and also holds numerous major skiing and snowboarding tournaments each year. Although, the snow resort of Nozawa Onsen offers modern facilities for both skiers and snowboarders, the village of Nozawa Onsen strives to maintain a traditional atmosphere. During the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Nozawa Onsen hosted the Biathlon competitions. Accommodation

More tha n 3 0 0 of hote ls, r yoka n (Japanese style inn) and minshuku ( B & B s) we l c o m e yo u w i t h w a r m hospitality.

Access from Narita Airport

JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tok yo: approx. 60 minutes. JR Nagano Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano: 95-110 minutes, JR Iiyama line from Nagano to Togari Nozawa Onsen: approx. 60 minutes. Bus from Toga ri Noz awa O nse n Station to Nozawa Onsen: approx. 20 minutes.

Dining and Drinking

Enjoy local dishes at any of the 43 restaurants. They serve not only soba noodles or onsen-manju (steamed bun) but also wild vegetables such as nemagari-dake (bamboo shoots) and mushrooms. Nozawana-zuke, pickled green vegetable, is one of the local specialties.

After Ski/Nightlife

Lift Pass 1-day ticket ¥4,800, 2-day ticket ¥9,000, 3-day ticket ¥12,600

Regional Specialities

Rental Equipment There are some ski and snowboard rental shops. Ski set ¥3,000, New model ski set ¥4,000

Nozawa Onsen has over 60 cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy. In the centre of Nozawa Onsen you can see white steam rising up from almost ever y where, enabling you to feel the warmth of this village of hot springs. There are more than 30 sources of natural hot springs in Nozawa Onsen. The 13 cooperative spas called “Soto-yu” are assets shared by the village and have been protected since ancient times by a system known as “Yu-nakama” which means spa group. Remarkably “Sotoyu” are free of charge, so enjoy!

Number of Courses 36 (Beginner 40%, Intermediate 30%, Advanced 30%) Number of Lifts 22 Longest Course 10 km Further Info http://nozawakanko.jp/english/

Dosojin Fire Festival (January 15th)

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Myoko Ski Area Enjoy the great powder snow Four major ski areas stretch across the eastern face of majestic Mt. Myoko—the interconnected Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko resorts, Ikenotaira Onsen and Myoko Suginohara. To the north is the smaller (but popular for its deep snows) Seki Onsen. Add to that more than 17 meters of snow annually, and the diversity of these areas means something for every skier, from beginners to steep-and-deep powder hounds.

Accommodation

Myoko has a wide range of accommodations for every traveler, from intimate family-run pensions to luxurious resort hotels. The area was originally established more than 200 years ago because of the excellent onsen (hot springs) here—still a great attraction for wintertime guests.

Access from Narita Airport

Take the Narita Express to Tokyo (60 minutes); transfer to the JR Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano (95 to 110 minutes). At Nagano Station, transfer to the Shinetsu Line to Myokokogen Station (approx. 40 minutes); many hotels will pick up guests at Myokokogen, some at Nagano.

Dining and Drinking

A wide range of restaurants in the Myoko se r ve a r a n g e of cui s ine, largely Japanese but also Western and Chinese. For local specialties, try the soba (buckwheat noodles), mountain vegetables or fish dishes from the

nearby Sea of Japan. Nightlife tends to be a bit quieter than some resorts, but there are bars and karaoke spots that stay open a bit later (heavy snows often close things down!).

After Ski/Nightlife

There are many hot springs, and a range of good local restaurants and bars.

Regional Specialities

Originally founded in the 1800s as an onsen destination, the Myoko area became one of the world’s first modern ski resorts with the building of the Akakura Kanko Hotel in 1937. It retains a unique, small-Japaneseski-town feeling unlike other more modern resorts. It’s a beautiful, natural world as well, with ski runs that wind through beech forests.

Lift Pass There are many areas, and many packages available. The Myoko Big-4 Lift Pass, especially for international travelers, allows access at any of the four main resorts: Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira and Suginohara. Price is ¥4,600/ day; ¥4,100 for seniors and children. Please visit the Myoko Tourist Office at myoko.tv/english Rental Equipment There are many rental shops in the area, particularly in the Akakura area. Some of the larger operations have larger boots and skis, as well as equipment for the powder. Number of Courses 60: 25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced. Number of Lifts 34 Longest Course 8.5km (Myoko Suginohara) Further Info www.myoko.tv/english

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©Myoko Snowsports

Madarao Mountain Resort MadaPow! Madarao is located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, between Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen. Mt Madarao has two ski areas, Madarao Mountain Resort and Tangram, with 40 trails and 22 lifts in a unique bowl shape. There are groomed and ungroomed runs, wave runs, a tree run, free ride park and kids park. Something for everyone from first timers to advanced skiers. Sixty percent of runs are ungroomed so there’s every chance you’ll ski fluffy deep powder. Not everyone likes powder so there’s not too much competition for the slopes.

Accommodation

There are more than 80 choices of accommodation from hotels to lodgestyle accommodation.

Access from Narita Airport

Take the JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo (approx 60 minutes), then the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Iiyama (approx 120 minutes). The express bus from Iiyama Station to Madarao Mountain Resort takes about 30 minutes.

Dining and Drinking

There are more than 10 restaurants and bars on Mt Madarao where you can enjoy a variety of food from Italian dishes to Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake). In Iiyama City at the foot of the mountain you’ll find more than 60 restaurants and bars.

After Ski/Nightlife

Madarao has several restaurants and bars where you can unwind après ski.

Regional Specialities

From the summit of Mt Madarao you can enjoy superb views. You can even see the sea in the distance. You can find rare tree orchids along the trails and enjoy skiing safely through the forest on the well-patrolled runs.

Lift Pass Madarao 1-day Area Pass ¥4,500 An extra fee applies for a Mountain Pass (includes Tangram) Rental Equipment Good quality ski and snowboard equipment is available for rent from as little as ¥3,500 per day. Number of Courses 29 Madarao Mountain Resort (9 beginner, 10 intermediate, 10 advanced) 40 including Tangram Number of Lifts 22 Longest Course 2.5 km Further Info http://www.madarao.jp/ski/_en/

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Tohoku

Sapporo

Tohoku

Aomori

Hakkoda

Sendai Niigata

Nagano Kyoto Tokyo Nagoya Hiroshima Osaka Fukuoka

APPI

Akita

Iwate

Yamagata Miyagi Zao Fukushima

Overview

The Tohoku region located in the northern part of Honshu receives heavy snowfalls and has many resorts scattered across its six prefectures. Tohoku is also rich with a variety of traditional festivals and onsen (hot springs). Hakkoda in Aomori Prefecture boasts untouched powder snow on which skiers glide throughforests of snow-covered trees known as “snow monsters”. Magnificent resor ts located in Iwate Prefecture are APPI Kogen and Shizukuishi, both of which have great snowfields and many attractions for visitors. Akita Prefecture has many traditional festivities and unique events throughout the year and you should not mis s any of them. Among the most well known events are the Akita Kanto Festival which is representative of the entire Tohoku region, the Kamakura (snow hut) Festival in Yokote City, and the Namahage Sedo Festival in Oga City. Se nda i, the c a pit a l of Miyagi

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Prefecture and also the centre of Tohoku, is home to the Tanabata (Star) Festival. Not far from Yamagata City in Yamagata Prefecture is the resort of Z ao O nse n whe re you ca n experience the amazing powder snow and spectacular sight of the famous windswept snow covered trees known as ice monsters. Fukushima Prefecture has more t h a n 15 0 h o t s p r i n g s a n d i s home to L ake Inawashiro and the Bandai Plateau both which offer an abundance of seasonal tourist attractions including skiing, skating and swan watching.

Access from Narita Airport

JR Narita Express from Narita A i r p o r t to To k yo: a p p r ox . 6 0 minutes. JR Tohoku Shinkansen and JR Tohoku Line take you from Tokyo to Aomori (via Hachinohe) in 3 hours. JR Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo to Akita: approx. 3 hours 45 minutes. JR Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata: approx. 2.5 hours.

JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Morioka: approx. 140 minutes, to Sendai: approx. 90 minutes, to Fukushima: approx. 90 minutes.

For further information about the Tohoku region, visit

Tohoku Wide-area Tourism Guide www.tohokukanko.jp/english/ Aomori apti.net http://en.aptinet.jp/ A Trip to Iwate www.japan-iwate.info/ Akita fan.com www.akitafan.com/en/ Miyagi Touring Navigation www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/EN/ index.htm Welcome to Yamagata www.yamagatakanko.com/english/ index.html Sights in Fukushima Japan www.tif.ne.jp/lang/en

Zao Onsen Ski Resort Riding through the “Ice Monsters” Zao Onsen Ski Resort offers a variety courses for beginners, advanced level skiers and families. The excellent snow quality also attracts skiers from all over the country every year. Zao is also well known for its "ice monsters." Due to the particular climate of the area, fine snow and small pieces of ice cling to the fir trees on the mountains producing a spectacular natural work of art. Skiing through the ice monsters during the day and then viewing them illuminated at night is an experience that can only be found here!

Accommodation

Downhill from the ski resor t lays the hot spring town of Zao Onsen. Visiting a hot spring during a stay in Zao is very easy and relaxing too. The 100 hotels, ryokans (Japanese inns) and guesthouses in Zao Onsen can accommodate about 9,000 people. There are many gift shops and small bath houses in Zao Onsen, which will make your stay today, feel very much like one from the days of the old time Japanese health resorts.

Access from Narita Airport

JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tok yo: approx. 60 minutes. JR Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata: 2.5 hours. Shuttle bus bound for Zao Onsen from Yamagata Station: 40 min – 1 hour, depending on the traffic.

Dining and Drinking

Because of the many restaurants on the ski slopes (there about 40 restaurants), one can take time out from skiing or snowboarding to enjoy a nice lunch without leaving the resort!

A famous dish in Zao is the Genghis Khan (lamb barbecue). Fresh unfrozen lamb in sauce provides a variety of tastes in the different restaurants. There are a range of flavours to suit all tastes.

After Ski/Nightlife

Viewing the illuminated ice monsters is one of the special treats of Zao. They are truly fantastic and look very different than they do in the sunlight. As well as being able to see the ice monsters close up, you can also see them from the ropeway car s, the viewing platform and restaurants

Regional Specialities

Born from the distinctive climate, the sheer number of ice monsters in Zao presents one of the best sights in the world. As a sculpture of snow and ice, the ice monsters truly are one of nature’s amazing artworks. Also, since the ski fields are connected to the hot spring town of Zao Onsen, it is possible to ski down in front of the ryokans and straight into the hot springs!

Lift Pass 1-day ticket ¥5,000, 2-day ticket ¥9,200, 4-hour ticket ¥4,300, 5-hour ticket ¥4,500 Rental Equipment Ski set 1-day from ¥3,000 and up, Snowboard set 1-day from ¥3,500 and up, Other small items are also available for rent. (Ski set=Skis, boots and poles, Snowboard set=board, boots) Number of Courses 26 Number of Lifts 41 Longest Course 10 km Further Info www.zao-spa.or.jp/english/index. html http://data.yamagatakanko.com/ english/sightseeing/zao.html www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/ regional/yamagata/zaou.html

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APPI Resort Amazing Scale, Priceless Winter Experience, Perfect Winter Resort Inviting you to Japan! The highland of APPI Kogen sits adjacent to TowadaHachimantai National Park in nor theast Honshu. Amazing powder covers APPI’s entire 828 metre vertical from peak to base. APPI’s 21 trails are easily and comfortably accessible by two eight-person gondolas and three high speed, detachable, hooded quad chairs. And you can’t beat APPI Kogen’s variety: there is everything from bunny slopes to a 5.5 km cruiser to steep and deep! APPI Kogen has received the highest marks from a number of major ski magazines, and continues to be a mecca for skiers and boarders alike. Accommodation

APPI’s hotels, Hotel APPI Grand, APPI Grand Villa and APPI Grand Annex, boast a capacity of 4,000 guests and a fabulous array of facilities to fit any preference or budget. And don’t forget to wash away your fatigue at one or both of our two natural hot springs!

Access from Narita Airport

JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tok yo: approx. 60 minutes. JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Morioka Station: 130 minutes. JR Hanawa Line from Morioka to APPI Kogen: 50 minutes. Shuttle bus or local bus from APPI Kogen Station to hotel: 5 minutes. Iwate Kenpoku Bus operates highway buses from Morioka Station to APPI Kogen: 50 minutes.

Dining and Drinking

In addition to the relaxed atmosphere a n d e x c e l l e n t v i e w, e n j o y l o c a l produce as fine cuisine. APPI’s hotels have twelve restaurants ranging from Japanese, Western, Korean BBQ to “Kamakura” (snow igloo) lunch.

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After Ski/Nightlife

Hotel APPI Grand has Bar PO (open 6pm till midnight), and Pool Bar San Remo (open 8pm till midnight). APPI Grand Villa 1 has Lively Café Lobelia (open 5.30 pm-10.30 pm). Plus, at Karaoke box, the various oversea’s songs are available (open till midnight).

Regional Specialities

Hotel APPI Grand has a large hot spring bath and a barrier-free private spa. APPI’s hot spring “Patio”, with direct corridor access from APPI Grand Annex, has its outdoor bath in a courtyard, with two large baths and one of Japan’s largest saunas.

Lift Pass 5-hour ticket ¥5,100, 8-hour ticket ¥5,400, Night ticket ¥2,500, 2-day ticket ¥9,700 Rental Equipment Ski/Board Package 8-hour ¥5,200, Wear (Top and bottom) 8-hour ¥4,100 Number of Courses 21 (Beginner 30%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 30%) Number of Lifts 18 Longest Course 5.5 km Further Info www.appi.co.jp/foreign_country/ english

Hakkoda A Deep Powder Paradise Like No Other Hakkoda is a backcountry powder ski mecca – a holy grail for those seeking a challenging snow adventure in Japan. The mountain’s iconic frost-covered “Snow Monsters” provide an unforgettable scenic backdrop to your adventure, and with an average snow base of 4+ metres, there will always be fresh snow for you to enjoy. So come experience the deep powder that graces the mountains of Hakkoda – Japan’s truly unique ski resort.

Accommodation

At the base of the Hakkoda Ropeway, t h e g a teway to t h e wo r l d’s b e s t powder snow, you’ll find traditional Japanese onsen inns, chalets, and luxury resorts that are popular for their restaurants and hot springs.

Access

Hakkoda is a mere half-hour drive from Shin-Aomori Station and Aomori Airpor t, which are linked to major transport hubs such as Tokyo and Seoul. Shin-Aomori Station is a scenic three hour ride by bullet train from Tokyo. Daily flights connect Aomori Airport and Haneda Airport and take just over one hour. From the airport or train station you can catch a taxi to Hakkoda, which will take you about 30 minutes. From the station you can also catch a JR bus, which is more economical if traveling solo but takes twice as long.

Dining and Drinking

At the base of Hakkoda are restaurants that serve cuisine made with fresh local products. The region

is surrounded by the ocean and is famous for its seafood. Particularly recommended are the world famous tuna and scallops.

Lift Pass 5 Ride Ropeway Ticket: ¥5,050 1 Day Chairlift Pass: ¥3,000 Monthly Pass: ¥20,000

After Ski/Nightlife

Rental Equipment Ski / Snowboard Set: ¥3,500/day

Relax and rejuvenate your body in a traditional Japanese hot spring after a powder-packed day. Sukayu Onsen Ryokan features a hot spring bath with over 300 years of tradition. The gigantic “thousand person” cypress mixed bath is a sight that is not to be missed.

Regional Specialities

T h e H a k ko d a r e g i o n i s h o m e to excellent seafood, distinct traditional culture, and the world’s best powder snow in a stunningly beautiful natural environment.

Number of Courses 5 (Beginner 20%, Intermediate 30%, Advanced 50%) Number of Lifts 3 (1 ropeway, 2 chairlifts) Longest Course 7 km Further Info It is recommended that you book a ski guide if you wish to enjoy the backcountry safely. Hakkoda Official Guide: • Mt Hakkoda Guide Club • Hakkoudasan Ski School & Guide • Sukayu Onsen Tour Guides • Hotel Jogakura Ski Guides hakkoda-ropeway.jp http://www.hakkoda-ropeway.jp/lang/ en.html

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Access Asahikawa Airport Furano Kiroro Tomamu Niseko Shin Chitose Airport Rusutsu

Shin Aomori Aomori Airport Hakkoda Nagano•Niigata • JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo: Approx 60 minutes. • JR Nagano Shinkansen(Bullet train) from Tokyo to Nagano: 80-110 minutes. • Nagano Snow Suttle from Narita Airport to Nagano Ski Resorts Approx: 5.5 hours

Appi Morioka

Yamagata Myoko Madarao Nagano Hakuba

Bullet Train Nagoya Hiroshima

Zao

Nozawa Onsen Iiyama Shigakogen Narita Airport Tokyo Haneda Airport

Osaka Kansai Airport

Hakata

Hokkaido • For Shin- Chitose Airport From Haneda / Narita Airport: Approx. 90 minutes From Kansai Airport t: Approx.110 minutes • For Asahikawa Airport From Haneda / Narita Airport: Approx. 100 minutes From Kansai Airport: Approx. 135 minutes

Tohoku • JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo: Approx. 60 minutes. • JR Tohoku Shinkansen and JR Tohoku Line take you from Tokyo to Aomori (via Hachinohe) in 3 hours. • JR Yamagata Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata: Approx 2.5 hours.

At Tokyo Station, Tohoku,Yamagata, Akita and Nagano Shinkansens depart from platform 20 – 23. For the Map of Tokyo Station: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e1039.html

Luggage Delivery Japanese home delivery service is highly reliable and the loss of parcels is rare. Also, as delivery to most of towns is made almost

Japan Rail Pass

on time on the day following the day it is dispatched, Japanese use home delivery service for business purposes on a daily

Obtain your Japan Rail Pass by exchanging your Exchange

basis. The delivery of ordinary suitcase costs 1,500 to 2,000 yen

Order at the airport’s Japan Railway (JR) ticket counter (open

per piece.

daily 6:45 am to 9:30 pm). The date of validation of your Pass can

If you dispatch your baggage from a hotel you are staying to a

be any day within 3 months of the issuing date of your Exchange

hotel for the next stay on the day before you start long-distance

Order. You can use the Pass for the JR train trip between Narita

travel, you can travel at least only with your personal belongings.

Airport and Tokyo. With the Japan Rail Pass, foreign visitors to

Offices handling home delivery service are located in various

Japan can enjoy discounted travel on nearly all services of the

places, but for foreign tourists, it is convenient to use one of the

extensive JR Transportation Network, including the Shinkansen

convenience stores established in about 44,000 locations across

or ‘bullet train’.

the country, or ask the front desk of a hotel or Japanese inn

For more Detail: http://www.japanrailpass.net/

where they are staying.

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Useful Information

ATMs

Mobile Phones

You can withdraw cash using your international brand credit,

You can use your mobile phone in Japan in SoftBank Mobile or

debit, prepaid and cash cards nationwide at ATMs of Japan Post

DOCOMO’s 3G (3rd Generation) service area. All you have to do

Bank and Seven Bank. Citibank ATMs are also in service but

is bring your own SIM card and insert it to a rental phone or your

number of ATMs is very limited with most of their ATMs located

own 3G handset.

in major international airports and in their branch offices. Please

For more details, please check with your local mobile phone

note that no other Japanese banks currently accept international

service provider. Rental phone service is also available upon

transactions. To find ATMs near your destination, Visa provides

arrival at Narita Airport or Kansai Airport.

an ATM locator on their website which you can use to locate ATMs by your nearest subway/train station.

Driving in Japan

Notice: Certain Maestro cards with IC chips are able to

There are two types of Car Rental companies. One of them is

make withdraw only at AEON Bank’s ATMs (not Japan Post

the corporately owned Car Rental companies that are widely

Bank ATMs and Seven Bank ATMs).

available in Japan, and the other one is the independently owned

Please refer to the URL below for more details.

companies usually in sightseeing areas and small islands.

http://www.mastercard.co.jp/personal/atm-notification.html

They all have branches at main railway stations, airports, and

Internet Access

sightseeing locations. Car Rental requires a Japanese driving license or an international driver’s license. The international

Currently, “WiFi Spots” are being rapidly established throughout

driver’s license is valid for one year, and it is necessary to be

Japan, and most transportation hubs, such as airports and large-

issued in the driver’s own country. International driver’s license

scale railroad stations, as well as large-scale hotels have “WiFi

issued by Geneva Conventions is valid for Car Rental. License

Spots”. Also, an increasing number of individual restaurants and

issued by Vienna Conventions and EU is not acceptable.

commercial facilities in town have installed “WiFi Spots,” and the

However, driver’s licenses issued in Belgium, France, Germany,

number of locations where a “WiFi Spot” has been established

Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan with Japanese translation are also

and registered on the website of the FREESPOT Association

acceptable for Car Rental.

amounts to over 11,000 across the country (as of August 2014).

When you register for Car Rental, there are options available for

You can search for information on “WiFi Spots” established in

child seats and ski carriers. Stud-less tires are always provided

the country on the website of the FREESPOT Association.

during the snow season in location such as Hokkaido. General

FREESPOT MAP

payment is acceptable by cash or credit cards. Your vehicle will

URL http://www.freespot.com/users/map_e.html (in English)

have a full tank of gasoline at departure, and it is necessary to return with a full tank of gasoline. Many companies accept the vehicles to be returned to a different branch.

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Travel Agencies ASIA ESCAPE HOLIDAYS

NISEKO SKI TOURS

www.asiaescapeholidays.com.au

www.nisekoski.com.au

AWL PITT AUSTRALIA

NIPPON TRAVEL AGENCY / SACHI TOURS

www.japanpackage.com.au

www.sachitours.com.au

BLUE POWDER TOURS

SAIZEN TOURS

www.bluepowder.com.au

www.saizen.com.au

DEEP POWDER TOURS SKI HOLIDAYS

SKIJAPAN.COM

www.deeppowdertours.com

www.skijapan.com

EXPERIENCE JAPAN

SKIMAX

www.experiencejapan.com.au

www.skimax.com.au

JAPAN HOLIDAYS

SNO ‘N’ SKI VACATIONS

www.japanholidays.com.au

www.snonski.com.au

JTB AUSTRALIA

SNOWCAPPED TOURS

www.japanski.com.au

www.snowcapped.com.au

LIQUID SNOW TOURS

SNOWSCENE

www.ski-resorts-japan.com

www.snowscene.com.au

MINT TOURS

THE SNOW TRAVEL COMPANY

www.minttours.com

www.snowtravel.com.au

MOGUL SKI WORLD

TRAVEL JAPAN BY H.I.S.

www.mogulski.com.au

www.traveljapan.com.au

MYSNOW HOLIDAYS

TRAVELPLAN AUSTRALIA

www.mysnow.com.au

www.travelplan.com.au

More information on Skiing/Boarding in Japan

Travel information on Japan

SNOW JAPAN

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

www.snowjapan.com

www.jnto.org.au

BOARD THE WORLD www.boardtheworld.com

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