We’re back in Australia

Hey snow fans!

Firsly we would like to apologise for the lack of update to the website over the last few days. We had some back to back day trips to satellite mountains around Furano, and had a very full schedule meeting with some key Furano personalities to interview and film for our website and documentary.

Thursday night was our last night in Furano, and after a full day and evening of boarding with Mari San, the manager of the Furano ski host program followed by back to back interviews, we made our way to Ajito bar for our wrap party and to thank and farewell all our Furano friends. Friday morning, we made our way back Tokyo and spent Saturday exploring Shinjuku before flying back to Australia and arriving Sunday afternoon.

We will be updating the website with snippets of footage and more posts over the coming week. We would like to thank all the Furano locals who made our trip so special and memorable and the filming of our footage for the documentary possible. In particular we would like to thank:

  • Ken McBride – Manager, Furano Tourism Association
  • Mari Yamazaki – Furano Ski Host Manager
  • Djan Aston – Manager, Rhythm Snow Sports Furano
  • Nii Takeyuki – Ajito Bar and Dining owner, Onsen and Snow Mobile guide
  • Tomo (Tomoyuki) Saikawa -Ajito Bar host and cocktail mixer extraordinaire
  • Miki – Ajito Bar host and awesome snowmobile guide
  • Noriko Omori – Personal massage therapist from BB Forest, Furano
  • Rumi Itagaki – Snowboard instructor and stunning Tyrol cafe host
  • Kojima Hiasyuki – Alpine snowboarding legend and Furano business entrepreneur
  • Meguma – Japanese to English translation genius
  • Yoh Kubayashi – Kitsusuki Bar Owner and local Furano guitar legend
  • Simon and Roger – Our Swiss powder guides 😉
  • Takahashi San – Owner of Pension Furanui
  • The staff at R’s – For cooking the best damn doria north of the equator

Please check back with the website over the next couple of days and weeks. If you have any photos or videos you would like added to the website, please email them to leroy@snowboardinjapan.com.

Lastly, we will be booking out next trip to Furano in the next month or so. Next season is going to be bigger, better and just as much fun. We hope to see all our Furano friends again very soon and do it all again!

Leroy and Iao.


Enjoying an OJ in Jetstar Star Class on our way home 🙂

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