Today we find our own powder turns, high above the resort of Akakura Onsen. After which we drank beer from yet another vending machine, before a taxi ride to Seki Onsen.
Snow, snow, more snow, and a single man chair lift. The tiny resort of Seki Onsen is a powder hounds dream. With light fluffy snow up to your eyeballs; it’s often hard to see where you’re going, but it’s always a joy getting there.
Meet Mr Inoue-san, the owner of Seki Onsen, in his crazy little office. He arranges us a guide, with a little flag on the end of a piece of bamboo. We take a long hike above the resort, through pristine birch forest, before blasting back down.
Sadly we leave town through more falling snow, after a quick morning on the board. Mark and I agree that it’s easy to love Japan, and we vow to return for another snowboarding adventure really soon.
British Airways offers direct flights from Heathrow to both Tokyo airports – Narita and Haneda – from £580 return.
Best option is to buy a Japan Rail Pass starting from £166.00 for 7 days travel £265 for 14 days www.jrpass.com
Limousine Bus, Airport to down Town £17 each way.
Dancing Snow Back Country Guides. One day tour is ¥15,000 per person (£85), which includes guide fee, insurance, lift tickets, lunch, and transportation. www.dancingsnow.com
Ski/Snowboard Hire Ski and Boots from £26/day Snowboard and boots from £20/day www.spicy.co.jp/english
Where to stay
Pete Coombs stayed at the Akakura Hotel Annex – Myoko Hotel www.myokohotels.com and the Yama no Yu Sekizen Hotel in Seki Onsen