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Alts Bandai Boarding

Listed under Snowboarding in Tohoku, Japan.

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Japan is very popular with Australia and New Zealand boarders and you’ll find lots of talent here ripping up the four parks. There’s good powder and wide open runs which are pretty ordinary during the day but really come alive at night under the lights. The two pipes are pretty popular here and if you want to see some great tricks this is the place to come. If you’re coming in February bear in mind you’ll see the Japanese Open Competition, which I went to a couple of years ago and it blew me away, but you probably won’t be able to get a look in on the pipes yourself. There’s only one resort to stay at here and it’s not cheap, so it’s not too busy, but it’s a really good place to come to learn some new tricks and us Antipodeans are known for our friendliness, so you’re bound to find someone to help you master your tricks. Locals like to improve their English skills and contrary to what I thought about the Japanese, they like to get up late, board late and party into the night. They’ll also tell you the snow here is pretty reliable.

Written by  Sally James.

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