13 Nov

Japans Best Ski Resorts

TEN years ago few Australian skiers would have considered Japan for a winter holiday. Now we’re heading there in record numbers, lured by reliable snow – lots of it – the choice of 600-plus resorts, ranging across the country from the northern island of Hokkaido to Kyushu in the south, and lift tickets at about...
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13 Nov

Land of the Rising Snow

IN the time it takes to read the US-flavoured news in The Japan Times and eat a Japan Rail bento box breakfast (smoked fish, sesame pork, nori roll, vegetables, pickled radish, sour plum, rice, green tea; about $10), my shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo has hurtled across Honshu, Japan’s main island, and climbed almost imperceptibly...
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13 Nov

Time Magazine Best of Asia 2007

Scorching droughts, desperate famines, rising sea levels, blah blah blah. When it comes to global warming, ski bums want to know one thing: How will it affect the powder? There’s already a snow crisis brewing in warmer resorts around the world. But few areas are as insulated from global warming as Japan’s northern island of...
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15 Jun

Niseko Skiing’s Hidden Jewel

Niseko, known for housing the best ski resorts in Japan, is nestled in the Japanese Northern Island of Hokkaido in the Abuta District. It is situated approximately two hours from the airport in Sapporo. It provides tourists and locals alike with amazing ski slopes and beautiful scenery. The Niseko area is essentially divided into four...
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