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...

The Snow Chasers guide to Nozawa Onsen snow resort in Japan

Jen and Mick, a.k.a The Snow Chasers, hit up Nozawa Onsen in Japan last season. This is their guide to Japan's most authentic feudal...

Over 80% of Japan’s Airbnb properties disappear overnight

If you're looking for Airbnb accommodation on your next Japan ski and snowboard trip then your search just got a little harder. The home...

15 Japan snow travel tips, tricks and hacks

Alex Parsons reveals her top 15 hacks to make ski trips in Japan even better. Aussies flock to Japan's famous powder snow. I do. You...

Why you need to ski Madarao in Japan before everyone else

Let's face it, it's hard to find a ski resort in Japan not filled with Australians. Most times you have to travel further afield...

The coolest hotel in Tokyo hidden in plain sight

In Japan there are hotels, then there are ryokans. Traditional style inns in scenic countryside locations that date back to the 8th century, many...

Hakuba Valley Japan partners with the Epic Pass

Vail Resorts today announced a long-term alliance with one of Japan’s largest and most renowned mountain regions —Hakuba Valley, located in the northern part...

There’s frontier skiing still to be found in Japan

In 15 years the ‘aroma’ of Japanese snow has gone from a far-off frontier powder dream to  an accessible, affordable option. Despite this, few...

Shizukuishi, five syllables for untracked skiing in Japan

25 years ago Canadian rapper ‘Snow’ released his chart topping hit ‘Informer’, in the same year Shizukuishi (pronounced SHIZ-U-KUW-ISH-EE), 26kms northwest of Morioka in...

I skied Japan before you did, no really, I did

After 10 days skiing in Japan for the first time in almost a decade, one thing has become obvious. Everyone skied Japan before I...

All you need to know about Japan’s new Lotte Arai ski...

Be safe, they said. Every Japanese person I told I was going to Arai had the same words. Stay safe, be safe, go safe....

Buying snow gear in Tokyo to ski or board in Japan

So you're heading to Japan to ski and you've packed everything you don't need for a day on the slopes. Lucky for you Tokyo...

Backcountry Hakuba with Steve Lee – and two Everest legends

Fresh powder snow. It’s the mystical magic gift of nature that many seasoned skiers and boarders dream of. The reality however is that genuine...

Volcano erupts near Japanese ski resort, avalanche claims life

Skiers at Kusatsu-Shirane in Gunmo Prefecture on Japan's main island have been injured from a volcanic eruption and resulting avalanche that has caused at least...