Comments on: Theme parks make a comeback thanks to grandma and grandpa How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jeffrey Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:05:50 +0000 Piggy-backing on SUSO, long gone are the days when a ski area anywhere could survive let alone thrive on lift ticket sales alone.

The whole modern economic model for a ski resort (ski areas are losing ground fast in the U.S.) doesn’t work in Japan as too few people take ski vacations. Real estate sales/rental, food service and retail sales are what pay for resorts today. Japanese don’t take even long weekends for skiing trips primarily because there are no long weekends or extended national holidays in Japan during the winter. Shougatsu doesn’t count as many areas on Honshu aren’t open even by the end of December or are too remote even from Tokyo to benefit if they are.

Pile on this the wrong demographics for skiing (60+ comprising too much of the population).

The only reason Niseko and a few other areas on Hokkaido are thriving is because foreign visitors make up something like 30% of the business.

I give the sport a decade more on Honshu before it disappears altogether.

By: suso Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:34:09 +0000 Interesting, during my travels most of the ski resorts I’ve seen were in bad shape or already abandoned. Whith the exception of a few near Sapporo and Fukushima.