Dutchess op 21 October 2014 · 07:47
I do not really know how El Nino/La Nina affects Japan, but I do know that it snows often there. What they call a bad winter still has me, used to European conditions, stoked.
But Japan is so much more then a powdertrip. I would recommend booking several weeks, two minimum, for Japan. There is no way to go around the issue of pre booking when going to Japan, so best option is to take your time, take good friends, and a bag of money to spend on a rental car to keep you flexible when you're there.
The upside is, that in two or three weeks, there is guaranteed powder soemwhere in Japan. (Actually, I've so far not seen nor heard of a more then five days dry spell in Japan during january/february)