THREE MORE MAG­I­CAL MI­CRO-RE­SORTS

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - TRAVEL + LEISURE -

IKAWA KAINAYAMA, TOKUSHIMA PRE­FEC­TURE

Less than an hour from the se­cret, misty Iya Val­ley, of­ten con­sid­ered Ja­pan's Shangri-La, this two-lift mi­cro-re­sort of­fers 1.8 kilo­me­ters of piste at el­e­va­tions up to 1,175 me­ters. ikawaski. jp; day pass from ¥3,500.

SOL-FA ODA, EHIME PRE­FEC­TURE

Near the jazz and haiku city of Mat­suyama is this wee three-lift re­sort with a mogul course, snow tub­ing, and sled lanes. Warm up af­ter your run to the tunes of the all-fe­male jazz band Lady Bird at Monk Club; with a soak in the his­toric Dogo Onsen, the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Stu­dio Ghi­bli's Spir­ited Away; or on a haiku cock­tail crawl with lo­cal poet Iris. sol-fa.com; day pass from ¥4,100; mat­suyama­haiku.jp/ haito mat­suyama/eng/bar.

ESASHI SHIEI KOEJI, IWATE PRE­FEC­TURE

In the north­ern stretch of To­hoku's Ou Moun­tains, this four-lift re­sort in the val­ley basin is best known for its slopes that are pro­tected from strong wind gusts, and of­fers a ded­i­cated kids' ski day the third Sun­day of each month. esashi­i­wate.gr.jp/ koeji/course. html; day pass from ¥2,600.

Snow tub­ing at Sol-Fa Oda.

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