Gliding Hokkaido's Powder
Japow refers to Japan's world-famous powder where skiers delight in making tracks in heavenly virgin snow. An ideal place for this in central Hokkaido Prefecture ... on Mount Asahidake and Mount Sandanyama in the Daisetsuzan mountain range. Slovenian Cveto Podlogar, an international mountain guide, rides the powder along with local, professional skier Ken Fujikawa. They glide through Japow knee-deep, sending powder flying in the air.

Asahidake Ropeway

Asahidake Ropeway is in a national park. Since it's not part of a resort there are no ski patrol or rescue teams. Skiers are responsible for their own safety.

Hakuginso Lodge

Hakuginso is a town-operated facility at the Mount Sandanyama trailhead. Meals are not provided. But there is a fully equipped communal kitchen. It has hot springs and nearby there's also the wonderful Fukiage open-air hot spring.

Asahikawa Ramen Village

Asahikawa is famous for ramen. Drop by Asahikawa Ramen Village, which has 8 popular restaurants, to try out the regional specialty.


To reach Mount Asahidake and Sandanyama, fly from Haneda Airport to Asahikawa Airport. A direct bus takes you to Asahidake Ropeway in 50 minutes. To Hakuginso, it's another hour by bus.