How to ski 10 Japanese resorts in 10 days: it’s possible!

Central Honshu’s Nagano and Niigata Prefectures offer a treasure trove of options for all types of skiers. Powder? Of course there is powder! How about Japan’s oldest chairlift...Steepest run...Longest run...and onsens to soak away the day’s muscle soreness. With a base in Madarao (Iiyama) there are 10 great resorts that can be accessed by shuttle …

10 reasons to take your kids skiing in Madarao, Japan, this summer

In late February 2018, my family and I traveled to a small, but emerging resort in the Nagano Prefecture, called Madarao (or Madarao Kogen), where we took our kids skiing for the first time. The kids took to skiing like ducks to water, loved the culture and generally just loved the entire experience, from the trains to the food to the endless amount of snow. After many years of skiing on my own, I can sincerely say I enjoyed the family trip so much more than I ever thought, and for different reasons too. The following is our story.

Recipe for Japow: the Japanese snow machine explained

Japan is one of the hottest skiing tickets in the world right now, and why wouldn’t it be? It’s got great culture, delicious food, friendly people and colossal amounts of the lightest and driest snow found anywhere in the world. Japan’s snow quality, reliability and proximity to Australia is why more and more Aussies are …