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This is Kagura ski resort last weekend (May 15th), and it was nicely crowded. I'm happy to see people enjoy skiing now after two years of COVID-19.
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I hope that having to stay at home has contributed to making skiing / snowboarding significantly more popular again for the locals. I miss Japan.
 
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The cost of the new lift = 500 million Yen. Norikura will make 3 to 5 new runs (including tree run?)
I think there will be a lot more than 3-5 new runs.
The lift most probably goes to the top of the hill on the left. You can see that this area already has a partly treed area.
All the the snow you can see here will be serviced by the new lift.

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And here is the same area from google maps:
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The runs on the south side will lead to the current track that you can see. I assume it will be used as a cat track to the bottom.
 
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I think there will be a lot more than 3-5 new runs.
The lift most probably goes to the top of the hill on the left. You can see that this area already has a partly treed area.
All the the snow you can see here will be serviced by the new lift.

DSC_0784b small.jpg


And here is the same area from google maps:
Norikura SE side & track.jpg

The runs on the south side will lead to the current track that you can see. I assume it will be used as a cat track to the bottom.

I think they'll start with 3 to 5 new runs next season. I mean, they've started constructing the new lift line this month and they say they will complete the construction in November, so I think they won't have much time to make a lot of new runs before next season. Anyway, some "insiders" say 3 to 5 new runs, so I wrote so.
 
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I think there will be a lot more than 3-5 new runs.
The lift most probably goes to the top of the hill on the left. You can see that this area already has a partly treed area.
All the the snow you can see here will be serviced by the new lift.

DSC_0784b small.jpg


And here is the same area from google maps:
Norikura SE side & track.jpg

The runs on the south side will lead to the current track that you can see. I assume it will be used as a cat track to the bottom.
Reminds me of that SE facing sunbaked slope at the top of Goryu ( though not as steep ). I think what they develop on the other side of that ridge will be more interesting.
 

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Some Yamagata's local media are reporting that the leader of Gassan ski resort's patrol team fell in a 8 meter depth crevasse and died. Mt.Gassan (Yamagata Pref) is one of the snowiest mountains in Japan and the ski resort is closed during winter due to too much of snow and opens in April. It's mid April but the snowdepth is 8 meters....
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A similar and more surprising (and sad) news was reported last night. Mt.Chokai is another very snowy mountain in Yamagata Pref. Yesterday, a body was found in a 8 meter depth of crevasse on Mt.Chokai. An amazing fact is, even on May 20th, the snowdepth of Mt.Chokai was as big as 8 meters. Here is the link of the news.


My old Tohoku ski guru often says Mt.Chokai and Mt.Gassan are the snowiest mountains he has ever skied (he told me he has skied at nearly 300 ski resorts in Japan). This is a video filmed around 1500m asl on Mt.Chokai on March 29th. The altitude of Mt.Chokai is 2,240m and the area around the peak is not too steep, so it's skiable and advanced BC skiers are riding from the peak (2,240m) in late spring - early summer.



This is Mt.Chokai + Sea of Japan. Mt.Chokai is a tall mountain very close to Sea of Japan, which makes the mountain amazingly snowy. There used to be a ski resort plan a long time ago. Unfortunately, no ski resorts on the mountain, so you need to hike all the way to the 2,240m peak.
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This month (from May 11th to 16th), there were BC tours on Mt.Chokai. As you can see in the image below, you can see the beautiful sunset over Sea of Japan while skiing on Mt.Chokai. Mid May means less hike because some roads on the mountain are open.
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This was filmed on Mt.Chokai around 1,600m during Golden Week (Golden Week = Japanese holiday weeks between the last week of April and the first week of May. A lot of people in Japan take 7 - 10 day holidays)
 
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Some local media are reporting this weekend that Fukuoka Airport (= the international terminal) will expand and the size will become double. Reportedly, the international tourists to Fukuoka Airport in 2012 was 3 million and it became 7 million in 2018. They say the new expanded Fukuoka Airport can accept 16 million international tourists per year.

I like Fukuoka city very much (not a ski related city at all, though). It is a very big city (= the biggest in Kyushu) but nicely compact, I mean, everything is close each other such as the airport, the Shinkansen station, shopping districts, mountains, ports, beaches, etc. Fukuoka is a gate way to Asian countries, so potential to grow.
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No more arrival testing for the majority of countries from June 1.

Cap to rise to 20k per day.
Link?

This would be the key that opens the tourist gate for Japan.
Ok, here it is:

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has decided to ease coronavirus border control measures as early as this summer by classifying overseas countries and regions into three groups based on positive COVID-19 test result rates at airports.​
The government plans to raise the cap on arrivals from the current 10,000 people daily to 20,000 on June 1. But it intends to keep the current quarantine system for now and to introduce the new category scheme this summer at the earliest. The announcement will be made on May 20 or later.​
Currently, all arriving travelers including Japanese citizens must submit negative PCR or other test certificates obtained within 72 hours before departure, and take quantitative antigen tests at the Japanese airport where they touch down.​
Under the grouping system, Japan will exempt people from countries and territories with the lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing, regardless of vaccination status.​
For travelers from the group with the second lowest positive rates, Japan will not require testing and isolation if they have been triple-inoculated with government-designated coronavirus vaccines. People arriving from the areas with the highest positive rates will need to go through the current procedure, including COVID-19 tests and post-arrival isolation.​
 
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Ok, here it is:

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has decided to ease coronavirus border control measures as early as this summer by classifying overseas countries and regions into three groups based on positive COVID-19 test result rates at airports.​
The government plans to raise the cap on arrivals from the current 10,000 people daily to 20,000 on June 1. But it intends to keep the current quarantine system for now and to introduce the new category scheme this summer at the earliest. The announcement will be made on May 20 or later.​
Currently, all arriving travelers including Japanese citizens must submit negative PCR or other test certificates obtained within 72 hours before departure, and take quantitative antigen tests at the Japanese airport where they touch down.​
Under the grouping system, Japan will exempt people from countries and territories with the lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing, regardless of vaccination status.​
For travelers from the group with the second lowest positive rates, Japan will not require testing and isolation if they have been triple-inoculated with government-designated coronavirus vaccines. People arriving from the areas with the highest positive rates will need to go through the current procedure, including COVID-19 tests and post-arrival isolation.​
So basically looks like:

Group 1. Lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing. No pre-flight test, no arrival test, no vaccinations required.
Group 2. 2nd lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing. No pre-flight test, no arrival test, but require triple vaccination.
Group 3. Highest positive COVID-19 results from testing. Require pre-flight test and arrival test, and require triple vaccination. (same as current system.

As I see it, there are flaws in the system.
- What does "lowest", "2nd lowest" and "highest" mean? What are the numerical cutoffs for each category?
- I assume that it's Lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing on arrival in Japan. If people from those countries no longer require entry testing, HOW do you KNOW those countries are STILL the lowest? LOL
 

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So basically looks like:

Group 1. Lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing. No pre-flight test, no arrival test, no vaccinations required.
Group 2. 2nd lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing. No pre-flight test, no arrival test, but require triple vaccination.
Group 3. Highest positive COVID-19 results from testing. Require pre-flight test and arrival test, and require triple vaccination. (same as current system.

As I see it, there are flaws in the system.
- What does "lowest", "2nd lowest" and "highest" mean? What are the numerical cutoffs for each category?
- I assume that it's Lowest positive COVID-19 results from testing on arrival in Japan. If people from those countries no longer require entry testing, HOW do you KNOW those countries are STILL the lowest? LOL
The government will examine the infection situations in countries and regions and categorize them into three groups: red, yellow and blue.

Passengers from the red group, the riskiest category in terms of infections, will be required to take the virus tests upon arrival and isolate for three days at designated quarantine facilities.

If they have received three vaccine shots, they can self-quarantine at home but still must take the tests upon arrival.

Those in the middle-risk yellow group will also be required to take virus tests and self-quarantine at home for three days. But if they have received booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, both requirements will be waived.

Those in the low-risk blue group will be exempted from the tests and quarantine rules, even if they have not received their booster shots.

The government will announce the countries and regions for each group next week.
 

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The government will examine the infection situations in countries and regions and categorize them into three groups: red, yellow and blue.

Passengers from the red group, the riskiest category in terms of infections, will be required to take the virus tests upon arrival and isolate for three days at designated quarantine facilities.

If they have received three vaccine shots, they can self-quarantine at home but still must take the tests upon arrival.

Those in the middle-risk yellow group will also be required to take virus tests and self-quarantine at home for three days. But if they have received booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, both requirements will be waived.

Those in the low-risk blue group will be exempted from the tests and quarantine rules, even if they have not received their booster shots.

The government will announce the countries and regions for each group next week.
as long as Australia is not categorized as a 'Red' group, im excited
 

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Some local media are reporting this weekend that Fukuoka Airport (= the international terminal) will expand and the size will become double. Reportedly, the international tourists to Fukuoka Airport in 2012 was 3 million and it became 7 million in 2018. They say the new expanded Fukuoka Airport can accept 16 million international tourists per year.

I like Fukuoka city very much (not a ski related city at all, though). It is a very big city (= the biggest in Kyushu) but nicely compact, I mean, everything is close each other such as the airport, the Shinkansen station, shopping districts, mountains, ports, beaches, etc. Fukuoka is a gate way to Asian countries, so potential to grow.
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Spent a lot of time in Fukuoka over the last 15 years as my daughter's eye specialist is near there. It is a great city. If I was going to live in a Japanese city it would be there or Kanazawa.
 

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This is Kagura ski resort last weekend (May 15th), and it was nicely crowded. I'm happy to see people enjoy skiing now after two years of COVID-19.
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Yesterday was the last day of Kagura's 2021-2022 season. As far as I know, ski resorts still open today are Gassan and Shibu Toge (Shiga Kogen). The video below was filmed at Shibu Toge yesterday (May 22nd). This season, many ski resorts were open till the first week of May.
 
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Yesterday was the last day of Kagura's 2021-2022 season. As far as I know, ski resorts still open today are Gassan and Shibu Toge (Shiga Kogen). The video below was filmed at Shibu Toge yesterday (May 22nd). This season, many ski resorts were open till the first week of May.

That's Shibu Toge alright.... In peak season on the lift, my skis were dragging on the snow in some places!!

At this time of year they'd access it from the bottom of the lift at the carpark, while in peak season, it can only be accessed from the top via the top lift of Yokoteyama.
 
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The Red Line going up to 1,598m is a Hakuba Norikura's new lift line opening in 2022 - 2023 season. With the new lift, the vertical drop of Hakuba Norikura will become bigger, about 900m. Good news.
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I think there will be a lot more than 3-5 new runs.
The lift most probably goes to the top of the hill on the left. You can see that this area already has a partly treed area.
All the the snow you can see here will be serviced by the new lift.

DSC_0784b small.jpg


And here is the same area from google maps:
Norikura SE side & track.jpg

The runs on the south side will lead to the current track that you can see. I assume it will be used as a cat track to the bottom.

I think they'll start with 3 to 5 new runs next season. I mean, they've started constructing the new lift line this month and they say they will complete the construction in November, so I think they won't have much time to make a lot of new runs before next season. Anyway, some "insiders" say 3 to 5 new runs, so I wrote so.

Some people are saying Hakuba Norikura will use next season to collect the data of the avalanche risks of possible new runs around the new lift. So it will be from 2023 - 2024 season when we can fully appreciate "New Norikura". This video was filmed around the new top lift station on March 9th 2019.
 
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Not sure what they need to know. There are several slide areas plus more terrain features that are hazardous and well known in the main area this lift will access. The area is well trafficed now by touring so all the info is there, perhaps they will be trialling avalanche control?? We'll ask and report back.

On a related issue there one of the key mistakes they currently make there is burning off the sassa grass in spring, allowing it to grow all green season and then not mowing it. Once it snows it all lays over and forms a slippery bedding surface. We see the results in glide cracks etc on open areas. Cortina suffered from that this season too. Mowing it in the fall and leaving a 50-100mm stuble would give the snow something to bind to.
 
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Not sure what they need to know. There are several slide areas plus more terrain features that are hazardous and well known. The area is well trafficed now by touring so all the info is there, perhaps they will be trialling avalanche control.

IMO, as long as they are BC terrains, ski resorts don't need to take the responsibility because skiers and snowboarders are riding "at their own risk". However, once the runs are on official trail maps of the ski resorts, they will need to assess the risks a lot more carefully and seriously.
 

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Some people are saying Hakuba Norikura will use next season to collect the data of the avalanche risks of possible new runs around the new lift. So it will be from 2023 - 2024 season when we can fully appreciate "New Norikura". This video was filmed around the new top lift station on March 9th 2019.

Those trees are pretty open on that northern side, which drops back to the top of Norikura Alps 6 lift.
 
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Not sure what they need to know. There are several slide areas plus more terrain features that are hazardous and well known in the main area this lift will access. The area is well trafficed now by touring so all the info is there, perhaps they will be trialling avalanche control?? We'll ask and report back.

On a related issue there one of the key mistakes they currently make there is burning off the sassa grass in spring, allowing it to grow all green season and then not mowing it. Once it snows it all lays over and forms a slippery bedding surface. We see the results in glide cracks etc on open areas. Cortina suffered from that this season too. Mowing it in the fall and leaving a 50-100mm stuble would give the snow something to bind to.
Yeah, my first thought was: the top gully looks like a gnarly terrain trap. Moreso if it's south facing.
 
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In recent years, Japanese ski resorts have been trying to attract more guests in green season as well and many are actually getting more green season tourists than before. In recent years before COVID-19, we were seeing an increasing number of Asian tourists in ski resort regions in green season as well. The graph below is Chinese camping market from 2014 - 2025. Just like ski market, it is likely to grow quickly and it might help ski resort villages in Japan in that Chinese people are going to spend a lot more than now for outdoor activities in general.
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Ryuoo's facebook account has closed, what's happenning?
 
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Ryuoo's facebook account has closed, what's happenning?
Changed url I'd say.

.../ryuooskipark

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Ah, sorry, it might be just because the bookmark address in my computer was wrong for some reason. I wanted to contact Ryuoo.
 

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This is what happens when you let 70+ year olds dictate government policy....
You mean like Australia?

Housing and Taxation policy is similarly driven by older cashed-up Aussies.

I take it that in Japan it’s more an age (class) distinction - perhaps less so, financial?

Cashed-up Jane’s investors of most ages, would surely want Japan to open up? Especially tourism?
 

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You mean like Australia?

Housing and Taxation policy is similarly driven by older cashed-up Aussies.

I take it that in Japan it’s more an age (class) distinction - perhaps less so, financial?

Cashed-up Jane’s investors of most ages, would surely want Japan to open up? Especially tourism?
Quite different to Aus.

Japan has an aging population. And lots of young people don’t vote.

But akso the older peopke have seniority. It is weird to have someone tell you their age when you meet them. They are trying to work out who has senilrity. We had a member of the Japanese national moguls team stay with us. Younger but far better skier than my moguls skier. According to him my son was senior because he was older. According to my son it was the other way around.
 
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It's called "Silver democracy" here in Japan. Japan makes a lot of new Japanese English words and I guess it's one of them. Silver comes from "gray hair" of old people. In Japan, silver = symbol color of old people. For example, "silver seat" is seat for elderly people. JR and many companies have silver seats. Actually, some amount of elderly people hate being called "silver", so a lot of companies are making new names for such seats for elderly people in recent years, though.

Silver democracy = the democracy for elderly people, and it's what I hate about Japan.

Speaking of seniority, it's Confucianism's influence and it's seen in East Asia, especially Korea has a very strong seniority culture.
 

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Quite different to Aus.

Japan has an aging population. And lots of young people don’t vote.

But akso the older peopke have seniority. It is weird to have someone tell you their age when you meet them. They are trying to work out who has senilrity. We had a member of the Japanese national moguls team stay with us. Younger but far better skier than my moguls skier. According to him my son was senior because he was older. According to my son it was the other way around.
Thanks for your clarification SC.

There’s a lot to learn about Japanese customs - 1 x 3 week trip to one resort plus Tokyo really doesn’t equip the traveller, sufficiently.

And then gender would amend this age determination?
 

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Thanks for your clarification SC.

There’s a lot to learn about Japanese customs - 1 x 3 week trip to one resort plus Tokyo really doesn’t equip the traveller, sufficiently.

And then gender would amend this age determination?
Gender not completely sure how much because ny situaion is quite sifferent to most. I am not the stereotypical female. I am old and have a mech eng degree and a MIP and own lodges so can pull rank in lots of areas.
 
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Tsukuba express is relatively a new JR line between Tsukuba city of Ibaraki Pref and Tokyo's downtown (Akihabara, Asakusa, etc). It's a very popular train line and the population along the train line has been growing. It's a very my personal interest. Some local media are reporting this week Tsukuba express will be extended to Ibaraki Airport (it's not a final decision, though). Ibaraki Airport is something very special for me (because our main home is in Ibaraki Pref). The airport used to be exclusive to Japan Self Defense Force but it has both domestic and international flights. Both Narita and Haneda have been expanded recently and they have more expansion plans. However, it is sometimes said "Tokyo area" will need another international airport at this rate (It's likely that more and more people from abroad are coming to Japan). Ibaraki Airport can be "the third Tokyo airport" in the future?? (sorry, I know it's only me who is excited about the news:p)
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A lot of new outdoor events and competitions are being held in Japanese ski resort regions. I showed some of them in this thread such as Shiga Kogen Hill Climb (cycle sport), Zao Hill Climb (cycle sport), etc. I know most people on this forum don't come to Japanese ski resort regions in green season, but I've seen some foreigners in those events. In such competitions, you are competing with the people in your age group. I mean, if you are 55 year old man, you can only compete with the people at the age of 50 - 59. A new sport event / competition is going to be held next month (=June 5th) on Urabandai Highland (one of our property sites). It's Ultra Marathon (100km one and 65km one). Ski slopes of three ski resorts are also parts of the ultra marathon such as Alts Bandai and Inawashiro ski resort). If I'm not posting at all in this forum for long in early June, it might be because I'm too exhausted due to the marathon. I know I won't complete, though:p
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This one is Zao Hill Climb 2022. The picture was taken last weekend (May 22nd). The road is closed in winter and it had plenty of snow last weekend as you can see in the picture. Mountains are beautiful in green season as well.
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Quite different to Aus.

Japan has an aging population. And lots of young people don’t vote.

But akso the older peopke have seniority. It is weird to have someone tell you their age when you meet them. They are trying to work out who has senilrity. We had a member of the Japanese national moguls team stay with us. Younger but far better skier than my moguls skier. According to him my son was senior because he was older. According to my son it was the other way around.
Its who bows lower when you meet someone in Nihon, if they're older you go lower as a sign of your respect to their seniority.
 
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You can see how the custom evolved!
Yes, with sore (oldies) back it did ring a bell!

(I’m not sure the younger, female, service staff in Hakuba (lifts, cafes, Black Cat, etc…) expected me to bow slightly - I didn’t think it soured the experience - as long as my back behaved!)
 
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