By Keith Stubbs
Published by WSG Media
For a long time, Japan as a winter sports destination was known only to a few intrepid skiers and snowboarders.
It’s only in the last few years that the land of sushi and sumo has finally started getting the attention it deserves as a world class ski Mecca. With almost unlimited powder, over 500 resorts and a guaranteed cultural adventure, it’s about time that a decent ski guide to the country was published.
Amazingly, despite Japan’s excellent ski credentials, Snow Search Japan is the first Japan ski-guide to be published in 15 years (the last being “Ski Japan!” by T R Reid).
Author Keith Stubbs has really done this incredible ski country justice; the full colour book is well researched and offers the specifics on 70 of Japan’s best ski resorts, including those in Hokkaido, Nagano and Niigata.
It also offers handy cultural information with sections on Tokyo, Osaka, onsen (hot baths), accommodation etiquette and a brief language guide to help visitors get to grips with the lingo.
Snow Search Japan is comprehensive, informative and above all – inspiring. In fact, it’s more than just a ski guide; the book also delves deeper into the wonders of this fascinating country, capturing the excitement of Japan and its mountains and condensing it into 256 pages of goodness – as well as providing top-notch info on the ski resorts, après ski and terrain too.
Overall, Snow Search Japan is absolutely recommended for any skier and snowboarder interested in what is almost certainly the most amazing snow country in the world.
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