It is simply the best Japan-related website out there. If you're in the least bit interested in winter sports, check it out, you will not regret it. It also has probably the best and most popular Japan-related forums/bulletin board.
This site provides info on Yuzawa town - the setting for 'Snow Country', a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Yasunori Kawabata. Yuzawa is a perfect place to escape the bustle of Tokyo - only 77 minutes by bullet train.
The website is dedicated to winter sports, and with an online English language booking system makes it easy to book train tickets and accommodation - something that can otherwise be very difficult if you do not know Japanese.
This ski resort is easily daytrippable from Tokyo - by regular shinkansen (bullet train) it takes barely more than an hour to get there and the train station is adjacent to the cable car and equipment shop. It's around £60 for return travel and lift pass (combined ticket), but there is a super range of runs and reliable snow. You can hire absolutely everything you need there at reasonable rates and it's so well-organised that this makes a good value day out of town. A word of warning though - most Japanese snowboard, and if like me you ski, you my feel distinctly un-cool!
Snow Japan is an awesome website that makes leaving Tokyo for a day or more to go out and enjoy skiing and snowboarding easy for everyone. The site itself has as much info as you could want about resorts and things, but it's the popular forums and growing community - and the things that people submit to the site (reviews of resorts, photos, online diaries) - that really make it extra special. A fantastic resource for anyone living in Tokyo (or anywhere else for that matter!).
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