Aussie / Kiwi managed business acquires Japanese resort

Active Life Japan, an Australian /New Zealand managed business, has entered into an agreement to purchase Palcall Tsumagoi Ski Resort, in the Karuizawa area, Japan. Active Life announced that they are proud to add Palcall to their growing list of properties, which includes three major hotels in the nearby resort of Madarao. Palcall is located …

Japan is off to a very slow start, but rest assured – snow is coming!

If you're traveling to Japan's main island this Christmas, get your snow dancing shoes on and start busting out your best moves! That's the message from snow-industry managers all over Honshu, who are presently sweating on the snow Gods to deliver a season starting dump! A quick review of the long term snow-fall statistics, compiled …

How to get from Tokyo to Nagano (and Iiyama): a beginners guide

International travel for the uninitiated can be a bit scary at the best of times.  Throw in a couple of connecting flights, some trains and a bus, and it is enough to send even the  most seasoned traveler catatonic!  However, fear not: travel in Japan is easy.  Signposts are in English, the Japanese staff are …

Three really cool things to do in Tokyo on your way home from the snow

Skiing and snowboarding in Japan is the hottest winter sports ticket in the world at the moment, and why wouldn’t it be: it consistently records the lightest and driest snow on earth, and it falls in quantities that’ll make your head spin – every time! If like many Aussies, you punctuate or even book-end you …

Ever wanted to own a Japanese ski lodge? Ryuoo Ski Lodge is for sale, and it’s cheaper than you think!

Nagano! Everyone's heard of Nagano, right? It's home to Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Myoko and of course, Hakuba. But would it surprise you if we told you the region is home to literally dozens of resorts, most of which you've never heard of? For example, if we mentioned Seki Onsen, Lotte Arai, Kita Shinsu, X-Jam …

First time JaPOW: the only question is Hakuba or Madarao? Why not both?

Our legion of followers have been very busy recently, traveling the world, experiencing some of the best snow on offer.   Here, guest reporter, Hamish Macphee, gives us the low down on his first trip to Japan, taking in the popular resort of Hakuba and up-and-coming ski area, Madarao (or MadaPOW as it's known affectionately). Madarao …

Don’t be a bogan in Japan this winter

Bogan, n. An unfashionable, uncouth, or unsophisticated person, esp. regarded as being of low social status (Oxford English Dictionary). Ok, so maybe 'bogan' is a bit strong. But with increasing levels of ill-feeling toward Australians abroad, and a noticeable increase in the Aussie 'bogan' element in some of the Japanese ski fields, we thought we'd …

If you’re looking for a value ski holiday with a difference, you need to read this!

Those that have followed us for a while will know that this year we are actively promoting Madarao in the Nagano Prefecture, Japan, as a family ski destination.  And before we go on, let us disclose that - yes - we are working with the resort and one of their accommodation providers, Active Life, and …