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Snow Boarding


Alas, Fukuoka Prefecture is not exactly a boarder’s paradise. There are two sites that have gained a respectable amount of popularity, but sadly they are both indoor artificial snow parks: Big Air Fukuoka (Hakata Bayside, Tel 092-263-5755) and Snowba Kashii (Tel 092-674-4688). The runs are quite short in length, but are open all year round.

In Kyushu

For quality boarding and skiing, you will have to set your sights outside the prefecture, but you don’t necessarily have to go as far as Nagano or Hokkaido. Closest to Fukuoka in Kyushu would be Gokase Highlands Ski Park (Tel 0982-83- 2144) in Miyazaki Prefecture, where boarders are only allowed a few days of the week, and Tenzan Highland (Tel 0952-58-2336) in Saga Prefecture. Both are artificial snow parks but offer pretty decent runs. There are also a few small points of interest in and around the Kuju-Aso National Park of Oita and Kumamoto prefectures. One such place is a mere five minutes from the giant caldera on Mount Aso. For more info check out: www.snowjapan.com