Stay for free at Madarao’s newest ski lodge in Japan

Chances are you've had ski and snowboard friends tell you about Madarao, Japan. Well, those that like to boast anyway. The rest stay quiet...

Gunma, Japan – go, ski/board there before everyone else does!

The Japan skiing of yesteryear - you know, no crowds, cheap lift passes - is not as easy to find now as even five...

Aviation geeks will love this hotel with flight simulator in Japan

Love planes in a slightly obsessive way? Then you will love this hotel near Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Haneda Excel Hotel is opening the...

Aizu – the Japanese ski region with no crowds. None. Ever.

It's the mythical Japanese ski world that is just starting to get attention as the number one place you need to experience. It's called...

Skiing and boarding Madarao’s abandoned snow resorts

During the Japan ski boom of the 1980s, the nation's ski resorts were filled with long lift lines, crowded slopes and lots of money....

Tenjindaira, a big mountain Mecca for skiers and boarders in Japan

Over a decade ago I looked up a friend in Tokyo after a trip to Niseko and he suggested I catch the Shinkansen to...

One foodie’s dining guide to Akakura Onsen in Myoko Kogen

You go to Japan for the powder, right? Sure, if you can ski or snowboard. Our family ski trip to Myoko Kogen was booked...

How to pee in a toilet in Japan, a guide for...

Enter the hallowed pristine halls of Japanese ablutions and you may well regress to your potty training days when everything was new and foreign....

10 reasons to ski and snowboard in Nozawa Onsen Japan

You never forget your first time to Nozawa Onsen in Japan. It's not just the bucket loads of deep over the head powder snow...

Have some respect! The ultimate etiquette guide to skiing in Japan

We get it, you're on a ski or snowboard holiday, high on powder life and the sheer novelty of all things in 'planet Japan' brings...

Big mountains, big luxury: Japan’s best-kept secret resort

Japan's newest ski resort combines big mountain free ride skiing and snowboarding with ski in ski out luxury not far from Tokyo.  Lotte Arai resort...

9 secret ski resorts of Japan you haven’t heard of, yet

Head to Niseko and Hakuba these days and you're more likely to hear an Aussie accent sitting next to you on the chairlift than...

Insider Guide to Hakuba for skiers and boarders in Japan

Tony Harper is the name behind Balls Deep Inn and self contained villas in skier and snowboarder Japan paradise, Hakuba Valley. He's been skiing in...

Insider Guide to Madarao ski resort Japan with Emma Schryver

Emma Schryver landed in Madarao last season, worked the entire winter and loved it so much she's gone back, working with Miyuki Snowsports. She...

Insider’s Guide to Hakuba with Matt Gillespie from Hakuba Snow Tours

Matt Gillespie is heading into his third season living and working in Japan. He loved it so much he bought a lodge, The Ranch,...

Is this the coolest yurt accommodation launching in Japan?

Madarao ski resort in Nagano, Japan, will be home to a new luxe yurt this winter with the launch of Snowball Chalet's 'luxury suite'.  Picture...

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