Snow-search Japan

From the makers of the acclaimed World Snowboard Guide comes the first in a new series of in-depth guides; Snow-search Japan.

Combining independent and authoritative reviews on the major resorts, with a detailed travel and cultural guide to Japan, Snow-search Japan will be a unique and indispensible book for any skier or snowboarder looking to visit this fascinating country.

Released in November 2009



Ski+Board Magazine- Feb 2010

‘’ At last – a really good guide to skiing in Japan ... It’s bright and breezy and generously illustrated with maps and inspirational photography, with sections on culture, history, food (of course), and the vexed question of the confusing signals many Japanese resorts send out about skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry. ’’


Cooler Magazine- Feb 2010

‘’ we can't recommend it enough ’’

Images,- Jan 2010

‘’ it’s not only the best ski guide on Japan ever to have been published, but one of the best ski guides out there, full stop ’’

Images Feb 2010

‘’ absolutely recommended for any skier and snowboarder interested in what is almost certainly the most amazing snow country in the world ’’


  • 256 pages full in colour
  • In-depth resort reviews and piste maps
  • Hundreds of colour photographs
  • Access town / city reviews
  • Comprehensive travel guide
  • Language and culture guide
  • Directory listing of relative contact agencies and businesses
  • Backcountry information
  • Working and doing a season in Japan

Book contents

  • Introduction
  • Culture
  • Japanese History
  • Skiing in Japan History
  • Onsen - what is an onsen, what are the rules, favourite onsen
  • Food & Drink - what type of food and restaurants are there
  • Travelling to & Getting around - international and domestic flights, hiring a car, getting around on public transport
  • Accommodation - the variety of places to stay
  • Working a season in Japan - what kind of work is available, what are the regulations and what can i expect
  • Gateway Cities
  • Tokyo City - full review with city and subway maps
  • Osaka City - full review with subway map
  • Sapporo City - full review with subway map
  • Kyoto City - full review with subway map
  • Backcountry & Off-piste - what the regulations are, essential kit, safety, places to go
  • Photo Gallery - inspiring shots
  • Resorts & Ski town reviews
  • Hokkaido - Sapporo City, Kiroro Snow World, Sapporo Bankei, Sapporo Kokusai, Sapporo Teine, Niseko Hirafu town, Niseko United, Nisko Weiss, Rusutsu Resort, Niseko Snow Adventures, Niseko Moiwa, Furano town, Asahidake, Furano Ski Resort, Kamui Ski Links, Tomamu, Kurodake, Mt Racey, Sahoro, Tokachidake backcountry
  • Niigata - Yuzawa town,Naeba - Kagura, Pine Ridge, Kandatsu, Gala Yuzawa, Ishiuchi-Maruyama, Iwappara, Joetsu Kokusai, Maiko Korakuen, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Myoko town, Myoko Akakura, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Suginohara, Seki Onsen, Tangram Ski Circus, Madarao Kogen, Charmant Hiuchi
  • Nagano - Hakuba town, Hakuba 47 + Goyru, Happo One, Hakuba Cortina + Norikura, Tsugaike-Kogen, Iwatake, Yanaba, Sun Alpina linked resorts, Nozawa Onsen town, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Shiga-Kogen, Ryuo Ski Park, Sugadaira, Norikura Kogen, Takaifuji, Ontake, Tatayama backcountry
  • Gunma - Minakami town, Tanigawadake Tenjindaira, Minikami Kogen, Kawaba, Norn Minakami, Minakami Houdaigi, Minakami Okutone, Kusatsu Kokusai, White World Oze Iwakura, Marunuma Kogen
  • Fukushima - Inawashiro town, Alts Bandai, Snow Paradise Inawashiro, Urabandai Nekoma, Grandeco, Listel Ski Fantasia
  • Yamagata - Zao Onsen, Riser Resort, Gassan
  • Miyagi - Miyagi Zao, St Marys, Sumikawa (cat ski)
  • Iwate - Appi Kogen, Hachimantai, Shizukuichi
  • Kansai + Chubu - Kyoto city, Katsuyama Ski Jam, Takasu Snow Park, Dynaland, Washigatake
  • + Hakkoda, Tazawako, Hunter Mountain, Owani Onsen
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