Winner’s Announcement

Mr. Timothy  Cushing  VIC

Ski holidays in Japan has become a staple menu item for Australian travellers, but there are still many undiscovered places around Japan. One of these hidden gems go by the name of Katashina Village.
This place is tucked away in Gunma Prefecture, just under two hours from Tokyo city.

Katashina Village is located high above sea level, and it’s home to three of Japan’s top 100 great mountains (Mt. Hotaka, Mt. Nikko Shrine and Mt. Shibutsu) so you can expect some spectacular mountain views throughout the year.

Because of its location, the village experiences heavy snow fall in the winter, which is rare for the Kanto region. Also thanks to the snow that comes over the Echigo Mountains, you can expect quality, dry powder snow at any of the five ski resorts in the area, including White World Oze-Iwakura Ski Resort and Marunuma-Kogen Ski Resort.

Katashina Village has so much to offer beyond its quality powder too. The mountainous, nature-rich conditions that the village sits in results in an abundance of high quality spring water and fresh produces, which visitors can enjoy at the village’s local eateries. The village also has many natural hot springs to relax in après ski.

All of these amazing offerings can only be truly understood through experience, so Katashina Village invites you to enter the Discover Katashina’s Snow and Beyond Giveaway!
Enter now for your chance to win a trip for yourself and a friend! All you need to do is to answer our survey on this page and wish for luck.

Discover Katashina’s Snow and Beyond Giveaway!


The winner will receive return flights to Japan and accommodation at Iwakura Resort Hotel for TWO. Plus the winner will also receive lift passes to access all five of Katashina Village’s ski resorts!


ONE lucky winner will receive TWO return tickets to Tokyo from Sydney/Melbourne, valid for travel from 1 February to 30 November 2019. Flight bookings are subject to the following terms and conditions:

Prize ticket conditions
  • All seating is subject to availability at time of booking
  • Flights are unavailable from mid-March to mid-April 2019
  • Additional payment may be required should seating allotment by airline not be available on prize winner’s specified date
  • Amendments or cancellations are not possible once a booking has been finalised
  • Not included domestic transportation expenses
  • Please note the carrier of your return flights may not be Japan Airlines.

Experience Japan

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Iwakura Resort Hotel is located next to Oze Iwakura Resort which is the bigget scale ski resort in Katashina Village.

Iwakura Resort Hotel offers comfortable and high quality guest rooms and lobby area. The restaurant here serves unique meals prepared using local ingredients. They also have their own natural hot spring, ‘Ichiyama-no-yu’ which filled with spring water from the vast nature of Oze. The hot spring is known for its healing qualities, especially great for your skin and to aid in the recovery from skiing, being active in the village or after a long journey there. Enjoy a high quality resort life at Iwakura Resort Hotel!

This prize includes four nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner.

2609 Tsuchiide, Katashina-mura, Tone-gun, Gunma
Phone: +81-278-58-7131

Hotel Accommodation Conditions

  • Guest rooms are unavailable on 28 February to 2 March 2019.


The winner will get four days lift voucher for the five ski resorts in Katashina Village!

  • One day lift ticket for Oze Iwakura Resort
  • One day lift ticket for Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort
  • Lift tickets for two days to choose from the five ski resorts in Katashina Village

See below  for further information on each of the five resorts.


Thanks to the high altitude that the village is located on, the ski resorts of Katashina Village boasts high quality powder and lengthy runs down the mountain for a longer snow season. There are five ski resorts in the Katashina Village area that you can enjoy, each with its own unique offerings. The winner of the giveaway will receive a lift pass that will allow them access to all five!

Oze Iwakura Resort

The 2,800 metre long course, the Milky Way course is one of Oze Iwakura Resort’s eighteen courses but it’s possibly the best one. You can expect to experience all kinds of terrain here.

Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort

A combination of quality powder, gorgeous views and longer snow season makes Marunuma Kogen a skier & snowboarder’s dream. The highest point of the resort is located 2 kilometres above sea level, which means that the snow stays longer than the others.

Katashina Kogen Ski Resort

This ski resort is the only place in the Kanto region that is exclusive for skiers. If you are a first time skier or have a great passion for skiing and skiing only, this is the place to go! Complete with kid-friendly areas in the resort, everyone in the family can enjoy their time in the snow here.

Snow Park Oze Tokura

Snowboarders must check this place out. Snow Park Oze Tokura is known as the pioneer of snowboard parks and it is home to closest super half-pipe to Tokyo. There are plenty of other fun features here for snowboarders including plenty of kickers and jibs.

Oguna Hotaka Ski Resort

Oguna Hotaka Ski Resort expands from Mt. Hotaka at just over 1,800 metres above sea level. The longest run here is 3.5 kilometres on the Hotaka Sky Way, where you can take in the views of the surrounding area down a long run.


Once spring sets in, a greener Katashina Village is revealed from under the snow. From a pristine white scenery to a green and colourful one, the entire village transform from season to season – with cherry blossoms in the spring and changing leaves in autumn.

The Oze National Park is one of the must visit spots for the green season. Marshlands that are decorated with seasonal flowers and an abundance of nature makes this the perfect place for hiking.

Over at Lake Sugenuma, which is known for the clearest water in the main island of Japan, you can take stand up paddle board tours of the lake and take in the surrounding scenery from a unique point of view.

The village is in a very convenient location to reach Nikko city. Just an hour out of the village will land you in the world heritage listed Nikko Toshogu Shrine. This shrine is located within Nikko city, and it is the head shrine of all 130 or so of the Toshogu shrines across the nation. It is also where Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the last Shogunate that ruled Japan for 250 years, is buried.

Katashina Village is a great place to get active and enjoy the great outdoors, no matter what time of year.




G’Day Japan! – “Discover Katashina’s Snow and Beyond Giveaway!” Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

1. Entry to the “Discover Katashina’s Snow and Beyond Giveaway” prize draw (the “Promotion”) is limited to residents of Australia aged 18 years or over, and anyone professionally connected with it is excluded from entering.

2. The Promotion is run by JAMS.TV PTY LTD, Suite 3704, Level 37, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000, phone (02) 9252 6307 (the “Promoter”). All enquiries regarding the Promotion should be emailed to

3. The Promotion begins at 12:00 (AEST) on September 3, 2018, and ends at 12:00 (AEST) noon on December 3, 2018, and entrants must complete and submit the survey form available on the G’Day Japan website at by then to be eligible for the prize draw.

4. Submission of an entry constitutes an acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

5. Only one entry per person is permitted.

6. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, or misdirected entries. All entries become the property of the Promoter.

7. Incomplete, indecipherable or illegible entry forms will be deemed invalid.

8. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.

9. The winners will be drawn at random by the close of business on December 10, 2018 at Suite 3704, Level 37, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000.

10. Total value of the prize pool is $4,080.00, which includes return airfares from Sydney to Tokyo, and 4 nights accommodation for two people to be won by a total of ONE winner.

11. Winners may claim their prizes through the following methods: i) Requesting delivery by mail to a preferred postal address in Australia, or ii) Claiming in person from Suite 3704, Level 37, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney NSW 2000.

12. Entrants are eligible to win a maximum of one prize from the total prize pool.

13. Prize winners do not have to be present at the time or place of the prize draw.

14. The Promoter will take reasonable endeavours to announce winners by publishing their names and state on the G’Day Japan website within 3 months of them being drawn. The Promoter does not accept responsibility for the inability to make contact with a prize winner within a reasonable time after the end of the Promotion, in which case another winner will be selected and notified as set forth in these Terms and Conditions.

15. The Promoter’s decision as to the winners of the prizes will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to the conduct of the Promotion or otherwise.

16. The Prizes are not transferable, refundable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.

17. If a prize is unavailable, the Promoter, in its absolute discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize to the equal value and/or specification.

18. The Promoter will not be held responsible for the loss, theft or damage to any prize after it has been awarded.

19. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to verify the eligibility and identity of any participant and to disqualify any participant who does not comply strictly with these Terms and Conditions.

20. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Promotion, including but not limited to, where arising out of the following:

(a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control);

(b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference;

(c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter;

(d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions;

(e) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or

(f) use of the prize.

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22. If this Promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond reasonable control of the Promoter, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by the law to

(a) disqualify any entrant; or

(b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the Promotion, as appropriate.

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