Overall Rating

Tazawako

Tazawako3.5/53
Tazawako3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
  • Recommend
    67%
  • Would Revisit
    67%
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Tazawako - Reviews

Tazawako - Reviews

Tight trees

Olivier24/05/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Tight trees

Olivier24/05/2018
Tazawako was the first of 2-day stop in our 4-day trip in the Tohoku region. Following previous reviews, our expectations were pretty high, and although snowfalls was just 2 days before, we had good hope to find some freshies assuming that Tohoko is less popular.
Unfortunately that wasn't the case, the whole terrain had tracks all over and we had to be creative to find some fresh lines. The trees were offering only a limiting option because of how tight they were.
In the end we had a good time, and you know Japan will always be amazing for the people, the culture, the accommodation and food experience, but the skiing in Taza was certainly not at the level that I had seen before in Honshu...
I would recommend Tazawako as a 1-day trip if you're certain to have a lot of super fresh pow, in which case then yes you'll have good fun.
Sharing here a video of the 4-day trip so there's also shots of Geto Kogen in that.

About Tazawako and Akita, the backcourtry ski and board.

Tami11/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

About Tazawako and Akita, the backcourtry ski and board.

Tami11/02/2018
Hi, I am Tami, a migrant to this area.
Tazawako ski resort is medium-sized in the course, but you can enjoy wonderful powder snow by cat tour and hiking up from the slopes.
Moreover, I feel that there are three elements of the highest level.
The first is arriving in Tokyo from Shinkansen in 2 hours 50 minutes.
The second is that the Nyuto onsen hot-spring and deep Japanese resort of Japan's leading hideout resort is close.
And while the third one is in this environment, it is still not well known to you.

http://www.akitafan.com/en-snow/
access route, cat guide and so on.

Please enjoy the powder snow above the waist.

Powder On Tap

POWDERHOUNDS.COM04/06/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Powder On Tap

POWDERHOUNDS.COM04/06/2016
Top Dog enjoying the plentiful freshies
Line after line of fresh powder
The smile speaks volumes
"Nipple" onsen
Check out the crowds on-piste
On first glance, Tazawako is seemingly a dinky little ski resort that’s somewhat typical of so many ski areas in Japan. It’s reasonably small, not particularly steep, and it looks like paradise for intermediates, yet on second glance you find the fabulous tree skiing and the abundant powder stashes. It’s well and truly off the beaten path for foreigner travellers, so we could do line after line after line and continue to find fresh powder both on-piste and off-piste. We had an absolutely amazing time – the powder was on tap!

The weather was somewhat typical for Tazawako – generally disgusting and blizzardy, so had there been other people chasing the powder (which was not the case), the snow would have been quickly re-set. It was mighty cold and it was the only time all trip that I put my puffer jacket on under my shell, which is saying something. In between the blizzards, we got short glimpses of the lake and could see why so many people rave about the lake views.

Overall Tazawako is a great ski area for powder hounds on a powder safari of northern Tohoku. See the Tazawako overview page for more on our thoughts on the pros and cons and also see the Japan ski resorts ratings to see how it compares.