“Snow Monsters” and ”Snow Monkeys”
(Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture)
—Two great attractions of a snow resort—
Yokoteyama-Shibutoge ski ground as seen from above by a drone
*Drone video of the Yokoteyama-Shibutoge ski ground: https://youtu.be/-RpELDimTtg
Snow and fantasy go well together. A panoramic silvery scene entices people into the unreal. Maybe for that reason, for skiers and non-skiers alike, the term “powder snow” has an appealing ring to it. Although there are not so many powder-snow ski resorts in Japan, one of the most famous on the main island of Honshu is Shiga Highland in Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture, which is also well known for having been a venue for alpine events during the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. Hearing that this ideal ski resort has tourist attractions enabling not only ski enthusiasts but everyone to enjoy a world of fantasy, I set off to report on it, armed not with a pair of skis but with a drone.