The first ever Gay Ski Week in Ja­pan is com­ing up in Hakuba in 2019.

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HUS­BANDS Justin and Greg are set to host Ja­pan’s first gay ski week in March, 2019 – and it’s all hap­pen­ing be­cause of their love of ski­ing and each other.

“We got mar­ried in Hakuba in a moun­tain­side chapel in March. Ev­ery­one was dressed in tra­di­tional Ja­panese ki­monos (pic­tured), which was fun and mem­o­rable,” says Justin. “It was not only the first for­eign wed­ding in Hakuba but also the first gay wed­ding.

“We hosted friends and fam­ily from all over the world so they could ex­pe­ri­ence part of our lives in the Ja­panese Alps, from ski­ing, on­sens (hot springs), his­toric sites, cherry blos­soms, amaz­ing Ja­panese food and cul­ture.

“The wed­ding was such a big hit with friends that many re­quested we do it again! So the idea of a gay ski week was born.”

The cou­ple, a Cana­dian and an Aus­tralian, re­lo­cated to Ja­pan nine years ago to pur­sue their love of ski­ing there. They opened the Penke Panke Lodge and then the Penke Bar And Bistro as the busi­ness grew.

Gay Ski Week Hakuba will be an in­ti­mate event where skiers and snow­boards can ex­pe­ri­ence the best ski­ing along with fully hosted nights in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. Imag­ine com­ing off the slopes, en­joy­ing a mulled wine by the fire pit, din­ner at a lo­cal Ja­panese restau­rants and then hit­ting the hot-springs with a bunch of butt-naked fel­low snow bun­nies.

To its credit, Ja­pan is in­creas­ingly en­cour­ag­ing LGBT vis­i­tors. The lat­est ini­tia­tive, re­ported in the Ja­panese Times, hopes to at­tracted us to help re­ju­ve­nate some re­gions, with a govern­ment agency of­fer­ing sem­i­nars “on how to cre­ate an ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment to wel­come LGBT trav­ellers”, the re­port said.

Ski­ing in Ja­pan is in­cred­i­bly af­ford­able with lift tick­ets in March at around $US50, and ac­com­mo­da­tion start­ing from $US60 per per­son, per night. With some of the best ski­ing in the world, it’s the per­fect place to learn.

Gay Ski Week Hakuba is of­fer­ing a prize –a free week’s stay, daily break­fast, rentals and a three­day ski pass for two peo­ple dur­ing the 2019 Gay Ski Week. For de­tails, visit the web­site.

Justin and Greg are look­ing for­ward to host­ing guests from all over the world in Ja­pan.

MORE: gayski­weekhakuba.com

WHAT: Gay Ski Week, Hakuba

WHERE: Hakuba, Ja­pan

WHEN: March 8 to 17, 2019

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