Skiing in Japan is on every skier and snowboarder’s bucketlist. The photos of 3 feet of powder with a backdrop of Mt. Fuji are inviting and intoxicating. The resorts are very accommodating to westerners and many people speak english. They don’t however, speak english on the PA system. If there is an emergency or a weather warning, it will only be in Japanese. If you hear something and you’re worried, I recommend asking a local or one of the workers if you need to take caution.
The food options on the mountain are plentiful. While they don’t have all the western options like a Mexican burrito atop Vail mountain or chili at Whistler, I found the options satisfactory. If you’re feeling risky, there are numerous Japanese food options as well. Nothing says Japan like a belly full of hot Ramen and making fresh tracks on the mountain.