Ski Japan 2020
Japan 2020 from January 4 - 18th has come and gone and, we skied about 10 days in the Iwate Region of Northern Honshu where 'Gaigen or non-Japanese people' are rarely seen. Where is this you say? Suffice it to say, it is off the beaten path and alien to Foreign travelers. Although we can't say that we skied the renowned epic powder as expected as this was the worst start to winter in more than 20 years, we can certainly say we had an authentic Japanese experience.
This trip was tailored to our every need from arrival in Tokyo to our departure. Although the emphasis was on skiing, there was an opportunity to see the amazing sights and sounds of Tokyo itself. We rode the Shinkasen Bullet Train to and from Tokyo to our destinations in Northern Honshu and on our days off in Tokyo, got to see and experience some of this massive city.
One is our ski destinations, Geto Kogan, is known locally as the King of Snow and we did have boot deep snow to play with. The region is also well known for hot springs or onsens and our hotels did not disappoint; it was 2 weeks of Japanese hospitality, cuisine and culture.
The tour hosted 22 people who seemed to get along very well and enjoyed dining, bathing, relaxing and even sharing a common cold together. Other than the common cold, a great time was had by all and it was over all too soon.
The ski tour started in the resort of Geto Kogan and then north to ski the Skizukuishi Resort where we also enjoyed a cat-skiing run on an abandoned part of the resort as well as had a day of skiing at the Apihari Resort about an hour away. As mentioned earlier, we expected to see very few foreigners which was true, relaxed in onsens, and enjoyed unique cultural experiences and of-course amazing food.
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