• Gear Review – Suunto GPS Watch, AMBIT 3 VERTICAL

    Intro: If you’re a skier or snowboarder with a craving for data and a penchant for backcountry skiing/snowboarding, then the Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical is probably the watch for you. The brand new addition to the Suunto Ambit 3 family measures everything from altitude and GPS location (which can also be marked) to the amount […]

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  • Tsukiji Fish Market – The Worlds Biggest

    Last week I visited Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market for probably the third time in about 6 years and I can say that even after three visits it’s still fascinating. Located about a 5-10 minute walk from Shimbashi train station on the Yamanote Line, Tsukiji Fish Market or “Tokyo Fish Market” turns over about $5 billion […]

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  • Capsule Hotel Anshin Oyado – Well Worth Trying!

    Capsule hotels, they are all the rage right now…well not really, but you have to give it a go at least once in your life. I gave it a go and I survived – in fact I thrived. Dressed in my Capsule Hotel standard issue uniform, locked floors and communal showers, it felt a little […]

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  • Kanazawa – The Most Beautiful City In Japan?

    Kanazawa is without a doubt a very very beautiful city – even the train station is right up there with the best in Japan with millions spent to make it as impressive as possible. Kanazawa is immaculately designed, it has Venice like waterways, a rich Samurai and Ninja history, one of the most well resorted […]

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  • Day Trip To Nagano – Blue Skies, Zenkoji Temple & Fujiya Hotel Gourmet Lunch

    Sunday was always going to be a blue sky day in the Nagano prefecture as the storm which had dumped one metre+ of snow over 3 days finally cleared. With the girlfriend in town and the powder well and truly smashed over 2 solid days a trip to Nagano was a perfect way to cap […]

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  • Hakuba Snow Blog – Day Trip to Itoigawa and The Sea of Japan

    On Friday, just as heavy snow fall and high winds rolled into Hakuba, I took the opportunity to visit Itoigawa and The Sea of Japan about 30k’s North of Hakuba. Conditions weren’t ideal for a day trip but I was pretty happy when the train rolled up as it got me out of the snow […]

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  • Hakuba Snow Blog – Another Hakuba Powder Day 60-80cm

    A day and a half of stormy/blizzard like conditions was followed yesterday by another brilliant blue bird powder day in Hakuba. The final storm total could be estimated at somewhere between 60-80cm and provided some amazing skiing and boarding. Fast runs, deep turns and plenty of face shots. The guys in the picture below, were […]

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  • Hakuba Snow Blog – Snow Is Coming! Another Epic Powder Day, Hopefully!

    After a warmer few days and no snow, the forecast is starting to look much better with snow in the Hakuba Valley predicted for most of the week. Snow Travel Magazine use Snow-Forecast.com to get an idea of what powder is in store for us and while the numbers below don’t seem that high, typically Snow-Forecast […]

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  • Hakuba Snow Blog – Another Day, Another 60CM+ at Hakuba Cortina

    After puking down all afternoon the day before, we were expecting in the morning that the snow flurries would have abated and left us with a blue bird powder day, but to our surprise and perhaps the reason why it was just so deep today was the fact that it probably snowed non-stop all night […]

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  • Hakuba Snow Blog – Rest Day – Best Ice Cream in the Hakuba Valley

    A day off, Ice cream and Spicy Chicken following one of the most epic sessions at Hakuba Cortina yet this season. Despite the crowds yesterday, the powder spoke for itself and provided some pretty epic turns, lines and bails. What better way to soothe a sore body than with an ice cream and one piece […]

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