Hokkaido Journals

Mt. Kurodake - Spring Snowboarding

A February 2005 trip to Hokkaido by Oyaji

Spring Snowboarding Photo, Hokkaido, Japan More Photos
Quote: Here are the details of a perfect powder-snow snowboarding trip to one of the mountains in the central Taisetsu-san National Park area of Hokkaido.

Mt. Kurodake - Spring Snowboarding

Overview

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This is a great place anytime of year, but especially in winter, when there is hardly anybody on the mountain. The scenery is fantastic, the locals very friendly and helpful, and after a hard day of activity (ski/snowboard/snow-shoe), the range of hot springs can't be bettered. The hot springs here tend to be on the large-scale hotel type, with both in and outdoor facilities.Tickets can be prepurchased from the Kurodake ropeway office.Quick Tips: Some of the hotels have good deals for accommodation/lift tickets/meals--ask at travel information before going, as they have to be booked in advance.At the time of writing a 11,000 yen overnight with meals and 2-day lift ticket deal was on offe...Read More

Camping in the Forest

Hotel | "In the Forests"

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In Japan, especially Hokkaido, it is often possible to camp anywhere. In summer, it is not uncommon to see tents pitched right outside stations, even in the city! So if you like and are well-prepared for snow camping, Hokkaido is heaven. The number of hotsprings make winter camping a great way to explore Hokkaido on a budget. That way, you can spend your hard-earned cash exploring the variety of mountains and snowboarding options. If you like snow camping, basically find yourself a nice, quiet spot, as asking "Where can I camp?" will only end in looks of disbelief from the locals. At Kurodake, I've camped in the car park and behind a nearby shrine, but anywhere you like is fine. In summer, there ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Camping in the Forest

Hokkaido, Japan

Spring Snowboarding

Attraction

Spring Snowboarding Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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Fantastic--dry and deep--especially considering it was April (spring). SICK! The actual ski run has a gentle gradient and is somewhat limited. The out-of-bounds regions are extensive and offer lots of opportunity for exploration, especially if you are well-prepared and experienced. There are no ski patrols here, and getting lost would not be difficult.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Spring Snowboarding
Kurodake -Hokkaido
Hokkaido, Japan