Experience Myoko

“I don’t think I’ve ever, ever, EVER seen this much snow in my entire life.”

If you think you’ve experienced some big snowfalls in the past, you may need to think again! Here’s a great Myoko video shot back in January which covers the last few days of a Japan ski trip. It snowed over 4 metres in the 3 days they were there producing truly epic conditions.
“Myoko is an absolutely incredible resort, there’s just so much here to do … there’s something for everyone, there’s heaps of snow and great tree skiing.”

Have you ever had it this good in Myoko? Maybe you were there? Share your thoughts below or send us your video. If not Myoko, where and when was your deepest experience of Japowder?

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Powder Junkies

It’s been a great week for snow in Japan and many resorts in the northern half of the country are now open and have lifts turning. We were out riding in Niseko today and, after a metre of fresh over the last 48 hours, the snow was fresh & deep and everyone had a big smile on their faces. We’ll be bringing you videos and snow reports with more frequency as the season progresses to make sure you’re kept fully up to date with how much snow is falling here in Snow Country.

In the meantime, we’d recommend watching this trailer for the upcoming Japanese snowboard film “S”Trippers & Powder Junkies to get you in the mood for winter. Featuring a host of talented and well known Japanese riders, everyone looks like they’re having a great time smashing park and powder all across the world and, of course, back in Japan. Be safe and have fun :D

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Extreme Japan

Check out this footage of deep powder skiing shot across several resorts in Niigata, Nagano and Hokkaido. Epic conditions and super smooth riding in some of Japan’s best known ski areas. Watching it gets us excited for the start of the season which is now only a few weeks away!

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“Stupid Amounts of Almost Daily Pow”

“Why is it that a country that features in almost every snowboard movie ever made and has twice hosted the winter Olympics, still gets greeted with “I didn’t know you could snowboard in Japan” whenever you mention it to non-riders? In fact, over 70 per cent of Japan’s land is mountains, so while it’s slightly smaller than the state of California, it has over 500 ski resorts. And yes, everything you’ve heard about the Land of the Rising Sun’s endless storms and incredible pow stashes is true. The country takes facefulls of the cold air streams coming down from Siberia, which pick up moisture on their way over the Sea of Japan, so when they hit the mountains they bust their almighty load in a big way. The average resort has never seen a snow cannon in its life – instead (poor things) they have to make the best of 10 metres or more of the driest natural powder in the world … if it is stupid amounts of almost-daily pow you want, then get there in January and February.”

Taken from the introduction to the Japan section of the new Whitelines Snowboard Resort Guide.

There are travel books that contain less detailed information than this guide – and it’s all right up to date. Plus the whole thing is filled with the kind of photos you’d expect from Whitelines – shot on location by the world’s best snowboard photographers. Head down to WH Smiths and grab yourself a copy now!

Visions

Not so many wintery scenes this week but what you do get is a collection of beautiful visions that really capture some of the reasons we love being in Japan. Plus an endearing appearance by the snow monkeys of Jigokudani. I’d like to think that anyone who has been to Japan will smile watching this and those yet to visit would want to go more as a result of watching it.

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Abominable Snowman

We’re heading down South this week for fresh lines and deep powder in Myoko and Hakuba. Check it out, smiles guaranteed:

Footage from the glory days of Feb 2011

Now Taking Bookings 2011-12

Japan Ski Experience is now taking bookings for Japan ski accommodation and guest services in the ski resorts of Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko! Experience world class powder snow, incredible night skiing, Japanese culture and visit the Japanese snow monkeys.

Use our Accommodation Search Engine to check live availability and prices for accommodation in Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko!

To find out more about Japan’s ski resorts and which one is right for you, follow links for Niseko, Hakuba and Myoko resorts.

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Travel Safety and Support for Japan

The events of March 11th and current travel restrictions

On March 11th a magnitude 9 earthquake shook the north east coast of Honshu resulting in a devastating tsunami which caused around 28,000 deaths. The earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear incident in Fukushima which, although very serious, has not caused any deaths to date. It is now illegal to enter a 20km evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant, and as a precautionary measure, the UK government advise British citizens to remain outside a 60km radius. Travel to the north east coast of Honshu which was directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami is also advised against.

How this affects Japanese ski resorts

The ski resort of Niseko lies more than 600km from the Fukushima facility on the northern island of Hokkaido and was not directly affected by the earthquake, tsunami or the disruption caused at the nuclear plant.

The ski resorts of Hakuba and Myoko lie just under 400km south west of the Fukushima facility, and were also not directly affected.

The UK government did not, at any time, advise against travel to these Japanese ski resorts because of their distance from the affected areas.

How this affects Tokyo

The city of Tokyo lies more than 200km from the Fukushima plant. The UK government advised against all but essential travel to Tokyo until April 7th because of the general disruption to services following the earthquake and tsunami (Sir John Beddington, Gov’t Chief Scientific Advisor). Since April 7th the UK goverment has lifted all advice against travel to Tokyo.

Goverments worldwide including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany and China, as well as organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations also do not advise against visiting Tokyo.

Support for Japan

Governments, businesses, charities and organisations worldwide are calling for international support. The tourist industry is just one part of the Japanese economy to have been financially affected by the tragic events of March 11th, threatening countless people’s livelihoods. By travelling to Japan this year, you will be supporting local people and helping Japan to recover from the economic effects of this disaster.

Our thoughts are with all those who have lost their homes, their lives and their loved ones in this tragedy, and to the Japanese people whose strength and spirit knows no limits.

Message from Myoko

While Niseko lies on the northern island of Japan, approximately 700km from the tragic events of March 11th, Myoko and Hakuba on the mainland of Japan have also been almost completely unaffected. Here is a message straight from the people of Myoko, telling you of their situation and reassuring international travellers that it is safe to travel to Japan.

 

Celebrating 100 years of Skiing in Japan

2011 marks a century of skiing in Japan and the main celebrations take place in Myoko Kogen this weekend, the 15th and 16th January. If you’re in or near the Myoko area, make sure to be at the ‘birthplace of Japanese skiing’ and join the party!

You can also click here for further information