THREE MORE MAGICAL MICRO-RESORTS
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.