The Top 10 Photos From Japanuary – Gallery

January 28th, 2016

As the powder arrives so do the masses. The line-up on the way to The Peak. Image:: Niseko Photography

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This season has been a bit of a rough ride for pow-seekers in Japan. Things started off a little slow in December, but queue the Christmas-New Years period and the powder finally arrived.

As you’ll read in the latest Japan Snow Wrap, the Hokkaido snowpack is once again back in its natural late-January state. Down south in Honshu, the conditions have been a little more up and down. But with snow in the Honshu forecast this weekend, there are powder days ahead.

To celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back at our top ten moments from the month so far. Got something you think we should see? Throw it up on Instagram with a #mountainwatch or send an email to


This was a welcome sight in early Jan. Image:: Niseko Photography

The locals in Niseko wasted no time getting the goods. Image:: Glen Claydon

Mid-January stoke face. Image:: Niseko Photography

Now that is how celebrate NYD, Myoko style Image:: Myoko Snowsports

Is there a better feeling? Image:: Myoko Snowsports

The pizza box chairlift – uniquely Japanese. Image:: Ben Ey

This is the definition of face-deep! Image:: Glen Claydon Photography

Furano has been the quiet-achiever so far this year, it’s been dumping non-stop! Image:: Furano

Popping through the powder-pillows in Hirafu. Image:: Niseko Photography

It pays to have the widest skis you can when in Hokkaido. Image:: Niseko Photography