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Adventure Guide: Skiing Japan's Hakkada-san
Your guide to Japan's haunted backcountry and the resorts that await beyond.

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SKI AREAS: English-speaker Simon Bernard's Hakkoda Powder Snow Tours can guide you into the bountiful Hakkoda-san backcountry ($35 a day, $15 per gondola ride; Pack your own avalanche beacon, shovel, probes, and compass. For higher vertical and a more resort-like experience, check out Hokkaido's Niseko ski area ($40 for a lift ticket;, which is growing increasingly popular with Australian and American skiers.Map: Japan's Hakkada-san










GETTING THERE: Japan Airlines runs several 12-hour flights a day from Los Angeles to Tokyo's Narita Airport ($680; Transfer to Haneda Airport and hop a 90-minute Japan Airlines flight to reach Aomori ($245) or Sapporo ($227), the gateway city to the Niseko resort area.

WHERE TO STAY: The Sukayu Onsen Hotel ($85; is a ryoken, or traditional Japanese inn, that's a favorite place to recoup after a day on Hakkoda-san. 
RESOURCES: The Japan National Tourist Organization ( provides travel advice in English; Snow Japan ( has helpful online reviews.  
—Rachel Scheer

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