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Yubari Intro


Don’t forget about Yubari

3 videos from Hokkaido’s most lovable ski area

that you’ve never heard of.

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Yubari Intro


Don’t forget about Yubari

3 videos from Hokkaido’s most lovable ski area

that you’ve never heard of.

SnowLocals has created a 3-part video series again. This time, we bring you to a ski area on Hokkaido that is small, undiscovered and wonderfully Japanese. Yubari Resort - It's our new favorite place.

There is deep snow, of course. But there is also much more: a troubled history of population decline, famous melons, genuine locals, and legendary mascots. This is just a  apiece of Yubari as we see it. For the rest you've gotta visit.

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Melon Kuma


Melon Kuma

 


 

Melon Kuma


Melon Kuma

 


 

Episode 1:  Melon Kuma [melon bear]

Melon Kuma is the Japanese word for Melon Bear.

Any attempt to portray Yubari without mention of Melon Kuma that falls would be a very incomplete illustration of Yubari, Mount Racey, Hokkaido, or even Japan.

Melon Kuma is probably the most unique yet simple mascot in Japan -it's a bear with a half melon half bear for a head - that comes from Yubari (the melon rich town on the island of Hokkaido) and a bear that is (was) frequently found on Hokkaido. 

Simple. Creative. Cute and Scary. 

This is why we wish we could dedicate a feature film about Melon Kuma but sadly we only have this short edit of him skiing. 

One of the main reasons we travel to Japan is to experience something outside of our culture. Melon Kuma, Yubari, and Mount Racey all embody this more than other resort in Japan. 


 

Making of Melon Kuma


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Yubari POW


Yubari POW

 


 

Yubari POW


Yubari POW

 


 

EPISODE 2:  Yubari Pow

You can take the Melon Bear out of the pow but you can't take the pow out of Japan. I think the saying goes something like that, yeah. 

Episode 2 focuses on the pow. We kinda feel redundant saying how much it snow's in Japan but it's the truth and as long as it keeps powing we'll keep making pow videos. 

Enjoy.


 

MAKING of yubari pow


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Yubari Life


Yubari Life

 

Yubari Life


Yubari Life

 

EPISODE 3:  yubari life

Episode three of the Yubari series shows you the enthusiasm of Yubari. This fast paced edit to Japanese drums shows you life behind the scenes of the Melon Bear and the deep pow. 


Life in Yubari has seen some changes over the past twenty years. The Yubari region was once Japan’s coal mining capital but has since seen a staggering population exodus as the coal industry disappeared in the 1980's. What remains attached to the ghost town today is the Mount Racy ski resort and a few friendly locals who are hoping for a comeback rooted in tourism rather than tunneling. 

The truth, however, is that Mount Racey and the town of Yubari is one of Japan’s best-kept secrets that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to the far east. In the spring there is the aptly named Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, then a cherry blossom festival, and a summer festival before the gorgeous colored leaves are celebrated in autumn.  
 

So as you can see don't judge a town by its buildings because there's more life in Yubari than most places we've ever been.

 


 

MAKING OF Yubari Life


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THERE IS NO RESORT IN JAPAN BETTER SUITED TO BEGIN OR END A LARGER JAPAN TRIP.  

“MOUNT RACEY WILL GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT IS LIKE TO SKI YOUR OWN PRIVATE SKI AREA”
 

Yubari Resort is one of those places that you just happen across while traveling and then keep returning to every year. It is easy to get to and just plain relaxing. The train quite literally drops you off in the parking lot. The hotel is then connected to the gondola via a covered bridge, and you will never feel the pressure to get first chair and first tracks because well... all of your tracks will be first tracks. Once you have had your fill of playful and powdery tree skiing, then spend a few runs ripping the GS course, the mogul zipper line, or the surprisingly well-maintained terrain park. Don't forget to hone your turning skills on a smooth groomer run in true Japanese fashion and then snack on some famous Yubari Melon bread.  Eat some dinner, marvel at the amazing assortment of melon bear (the Yubari mascot) merchandise, ski a few laps under the lights at night and then finish the day in an open air onsen. 

 

Yubari Resort will be your new favorite place on Hokkaido.