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About Jonny Gleason

Jonny is a writer, photographer, matcha connoisseur and author of the popular website A Day of Zen, a publication that explores travel and culture in Japan. He's naturally a keen skier too, and lists Seki Onsen and Hakkoda as two of his favourite destinations. "Skiing in Japan is just undeniably special."
Latest Posts | By Jonny Gleason
Impressions of Niseko as a first time visitor
1 year ago

Impressions of Niseko as a first time visitor

I’ve had the pleasure of skiing in the alps for close to 20 years and over that period of time, I’ve come to know what to expect. From the overpriced …
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7 ways to ski Niseko on a budget
1 year ago

7 ways to ski Niseko on a budget

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As we all know too well, skiing is an expensive hobby. From overpriced hot chocolate to bank balance-destroying lift pass prices, the words ‘budget’ and ‘skiing’ are rarely seen together. …
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Where can I buy ski and snowboard gear in Tokyo? (and is it worth it?)
1 year ago

Where can I buy ski and snowboard gear in Tokyo? (and is it worth it?)

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It never takes much to convince me to buy new ski gear, and with a country like Japan that has some of the best snow conditions known to man, the …
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Do I really need to buy a JR Rail pass?
1 year ago

Do I really need to buy a JR Rail pass?

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Japan’s public transport is, more often than not, spectacular. It’s quick, reliable, and ridiculously clean. While it’s also not too expensive, any seasoned traveller will confirm that those small trips …
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The season pass that gives you access to 38 Japanese ski resorts
1 year ago

The season pass that gives you access to 38 Japanese ski resorts

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With over 500 ski resorts across the entire country, you’ll never run out of places to ski in Japan. In fact, with such a large number of resorts, you might …
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Japan’s new Shinkansen rules explained
1 year ago

Japan’s new Shinkansen rules explained

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Riding a bullet train in Japan is something you absolutely have to tick off your traveller’s bucket list. It’s fast, clean, and extremely comfortable. What more could you want from …
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Best gifts for people who love skiing in Japan
2 years ago

Best gifts for people who love skiing in Japan

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If one of your family members or friends loves skiing in Japan as much as we do, the chances are that you don’t hear the end of it. After all, …
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Yes, you’ll probably have to wear a mask in Japan this winter
2 years ago

Yes, you’ll probably have to wear a mask in Japan this winter

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Wearing a mask, for the most part, isn’t ideal on your holiday. It’s a time you’ll want to forget about the day-to-day concerns of your life, and put all your …
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6 ways travel in Japan has changed since the pandemic
2 years ago

6 ways travel in Japan has changed since the pandemic

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Japan was one of the most reluctant countries in the world to re-open its borders after Covid. Now, after more than two years they’ve finally unlocked the door, but how …
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How to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) and do a ski season in Japan
2 years ago

How to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) and do a ski season in Japan

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Japanese ski seasons are the stuff of legends. With many ski resorts averaging 10–12 metres of snow a year and, in some instances, more than 20, nowhere comes close to …
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