Editor’s Note: This feature is presented by our partners at Hachimantai Snow Resort.
For those unfamiliar with Japan’s rich skiing heritage, the history of riding snow in Japan dates back to the early 1900s. It’s said that skiing was introduced to present-day Hachimantai City more than a century ago – around 1918 – in the mountainous area of northern Honshu, Japan’s main island. The origin of today’s Hachimantai and Appi Kogen Snow Resorts is the Matsuo Mine, which was called “the best sulfur mine in the East.” At its peak, about 15,000 people lived in a huge apartment complex built at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, making it famous as a paradise above the clouds. The prosperity of the mine brought prosperity to the area and laid the foundation for the snow resorts that followed and have made powder dreams come true for visitors to the area since.