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Shhh!!! Haha. I think these two areas + Tazawako were my favourite spots that I want to come back and explore further.
Tazawako has big potential. Good lift infrastructure already there, but some expansion of the ski runs further around Mt Akita-Komugate similiar...
Yes, good BC skiing indeed :nerd:
I was quite surprised at how easy the drive up from Fukushima city was to Minowa resort and this Bandai region. Very accessible.
The terrain and vegetation looks quite similar to Mt Annupuri in Niseko, although much higher and close to the SOJ. Judging by the pretty extreme...
Good vibes in Hachimantai. Still very rural, though not too far from civilisation.
Man I miss Japan.
Yes - side trails of Tsugaike Ski Resort. Looking down towards this hydro station.
Getting warmer. A little bit more north.
Bingo. Now, for extra points...where in Nagano prefecture?
Don’t the Happoshu beers give you terrible hang overs?
What in particular do you think attracts Taiwanese to Tohoku? Onsen? Hiking?
We stayed on Lake Tazawa (at Cafe+Inn That Sounds Good). It is very isolated there, so car almost necessary. Skiied mainly up at Tazawako....
And not to be confused with Akita-Hachimantai resort, which is apparently still open and located on the other side of the Hachimantai Aspite Line....
Okay, summary and take-outs of the trip.
I think I'll do this by region, as they were all slightly different.
AIZU/FUKUSHIMA - Grandeco, Minowa,...
Ahh no idea what the resort used to be called. Maybe @Ramenman might know??
But it was up on the Hachimantai Aspite Line. You access it from the...