Category Archives: SNOW

Snow Town Yeti: Family Ski and Snowboarding Day Trip From Tokyo

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If you’re looking for a cheap and chilled day out with the family, take them to Snow Town Yeti where they can ski and snowboard their hearts’ content, all while enjoying up-close views of Mt Fuji.
What is Snow Town Yeti, exactly?
We admit that Snow Town Yeti sounds like a questionable monster or a questionable movie about said monster, but we assure you, it’s legit. Also known as Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti, it’s a ski resort on Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture, and, though small, it’s fully kitted out for families.
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There are two very gentle slopes for beginners (and two far less gentle options for more intermediate snowsters), an area featuring bits of snow made to look like sweets (specially for the kid

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Easy Ski and Snowboarding Day Trip: Tokyo to GALA Yuzawa Resort

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GALA Yuzawa is a decent skiing and snowboarding resort in Niigata Prefecture. It’s one of many in the area, but what sets it apart is that it has its own bullet train station (aptly named Gala Yuzawa Station)—and it’s only 90 minutes away from Tokyo. That means you can hop on a train just after 6 am in Tokyo, be grinding the slopes by 8 am, and get back into the capital by nightfall, in time to feed your cats/child/pet rock.
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Who should visit GALA Yuzawa?
The place is well suited to beginners, with a range of gentle slopes (and a snow sledding slope!) in the central area. There are some intermediate options too, with a couple of expert courses in the northern and southern parts of the resort. There is also a

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Rent, Buy or Ship: A Guide to Getting Ski and Snowboard Gear in Japan

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Powder perfect snow. Healing hot springs. Fast and accessible transport. Excellent-quality ski gear. It’s no mystery why Japan has become one of the world’s most increasingly popular ski destinations.
Skiing or snowboarding in Japan is also incredibly affordable—there are plenty of packages available, and lift tickets and accommodation are a fraction of the price compared to Europe. Renting or buying ski gear in Japan, however, isn’t always cheap. But if you’re willing to do a bit of research, you can find a bargain.
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As an overview, we’ve put together this little guide. Here you’ll find all you need to know about:

where to buy ski gear in Tokyo,
where to rent on the two major resorts (in Niseko and Hakuba),
the

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