Distance from Tokyo: Approximately 200km by car
Resort Details: http://www.snowjapan.com/e/resorts/resortdetail.php?resid=50
Resort ‘Category’: Snowboard Park
Resort Rating: 7/10
Resort Value: 10/10
Resort Homepage: http://www.hotakasan.co.jp/hotaka/index.html
Hotaka Bokujyou is a relatively small resort with many features great for snowboarding. The thing I liked most about it was the distinct absence of skiers. It’s also the best in terms of affordability. If you are staying at one of the pensions in the area (I recommend Pension Tsukasa – Booked through Tocoo) you can get a full day pass with a 800 yen food voucher for 2800 yen.
I would recommend this resort to beginners all the way through to advanced snowboarders who are looking for a good area to practice jumps, boxes and halfpipe. They have a lift that runs just the course of the jumps, making it easy to get in many runs without going down the whole mountain.
Unfortunately the snow condition wasn’t too good when I went (Twice in February) but is most likely due to the warmer winter here this year. I am looking forward to going again next year mid winter.
Note that they do not accept credit cards, so take enough cash for the day.