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Ski Japan Eyecare Conference 2021

Furano, Japan. March 6, 2021 

RESCHEDULED to March 5, 2022

 COVID-19 Update, January 2021

The 2021 event has been cancelled due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. 

Certainly, those of you who have paid a deposit can get a full refund at any time.

Located in the centre of Japan's north island of Hokkaido, snow conditions are usually excellent at this time of the year. The resort usually remains open until May each year so we are still in midseason. The weather and snow quality is usually superior to the more coastal resorts such as Niseko. It's a spectacular location amongst national parks

The venue is the New Prince hotel. This has a perfect ski in ski out location directly on the slopes. It makes it very easy to have a quick break from the slopes and return or meet up with friends. As always, these are multidisciplinary events open to all arms of the eye care industry. Friends and family are always welcome to tag along for the fun.

Furano is well services with a modern lift infrastructure and an impressive vertical drop of around 1000m  [>3,000ft]. It caters well for beginners through to expert snow lovers. There are great early skier options adjacent to the hotel and the ski school is good. There is also night skiing from the hotel with a very worthwhile area open until about 8.30 daily so you can have a 12 hour ski day if you want!

The academic program will evolve over time and formal talks will be held between 4 and 7 pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be plenty of networking and reflection periods. 





Nozawa Conference information emails



Here is a link to a town map with the hotel locations. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UsuAt-D7VwMAXlsyfiZukK2tIgzRVLvV/view?usp=sharing

The basic conference agenda is:

Sat Feb 29. Arrival day. Informal Drinks in the meeting room at the Nozawa View Hotel 6.30 to 7.30pm

Sun March 1:  Informal networking during the day. Conference registration 3.30 followed by talks until 7pm.

Mon March 2: Informal networking during the day. Formal talks 4pm until 7pm.

Tue March 3:  Day trip to a surprise ski resort. Busses collect us* outside the Grand Hotel with an 8.30 departure, arriving back between 5 and 6pm. No formal talks.

Wed March 4: Informal networking during the day. Formal talks 4pm until 7pm. 

Thu March 5: Free networking day. Optional day trip to see the Snow Monkeys etc [separately booked, not part of the conference package]

Fri March 6:  Informal networking during the day. Formal talks 4pm until 7pm. 

* Bus day trip not included for the few who did not take up the accommodate packages.

The two common ways of getting from Tokyo to Nozawa are by coach or train. Also note that Tokyo has two airports, Narita and Hanaeda.
Train transfer details and tips for train and coach can be found here: https://www.nozawaholidays.com/getting-to-nozawa-onsen/
Coach transfer, another option is here  https://naganosnowshuttle.com/Reserve/AirporttoResort.aspx?Ref=Powderhounds
Private Taxi, you can get a quote here: http://air.chuotaxi.co.jp/index.html?lang=jp&tm=1574086481006  

Please make your own arrangements for transfers and also think of your exit strategy.


If there is enough interest will organise a private bus snow monkey tour on the Thursday. There are options of a full day monkey park,  Nagano  and Zenko-ji Temple tour as per: 


Or just the snow monkeys tour. Both options mean you would miss out on a days snow sports although the snow monkey only one is classed as a half day trip.

This trip is NOT included in your package

If you’re keen on a monkey tour use the shared spreadsheet to express your interest  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15M66IAGq42cP24Z7GYh-ZIuG8A1_gonBsrFiZjOYwM8/edit?usp=sharing

Potential prices and details are on the spreadsheet


I have sorted a good ski hire option. Nozawa is a subtle town and there are not a lot of ‘in your face’ ski shops about. Mark Baumann runs a good hire place and knows Australian tastes and sizes. The venue is decent 10 min plus walk from our venues but he has offered to collect us on demand and back to the hotel or just transfer the gear back. He can also arrange storage on the mountain so you don’t have to walk to the lift or carpetway in boots. Handy if the place is icy.

To sort the pick up you can call on 09096696026 or same with Whattsapp +819096696026.   

To book your hire use this link https://www.nozawaholidays.com/ski-gear-clothing-hire/  clothing can also be hired there and they will look after you. Make sure you mention you are part of the eye conference group.


Nozawaholidays can arrange this https://www.nozawaholidays.com/services/ 


Katy O’Connell, the director of linkCPR, will be giving a talk. She can combine this with full CPR accreditation if it’s time to renew your stuff 

[APHRA requires this every 3 years]. She will bill you separately for the accreditation.

Logistically she will be giving the 6pm talk on Wednesday. Those getting accreditation will hang around post talk to sort it. Makes for a very convenient way to update it.

If you’re wanting to book for this do so directly with Katy as per:

To enrol in HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation please click on the registration link below. 

The course is $65 per person and is fully accredited. You will be invoiced separately after enrolment. 


Kind Regards,
Katy O'Connell
CEO Link CPR Plus
RTO 45426

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mobile in Australia : 0419743193


Here is a very handy guide to the many hidden gems of Nozawa:



Nozawa View Hotel Shimataya. 8858 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen, Shimotakai District, Nagano 389-2502, Japan  Phone: +81 269-85-2124 All the meetings are at this venue.

Nozawa Grand Hotel. 8888 Shinyu, Nozawaonsen, Shimotakai District, Nagano 389-2502, Japan
Phone: +81 269-85-3151  

Residence Yasushi 8853-1, Toyosato, Nozawaonsen, Shimotakai District, Nagano 389-2502, Japan
Phone: +81 (0)269 670 527

Kawamatoya:  8955番地 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen, Shimotakai District, Nagano 389-2502, Japan
Phone: +81 269-85-2064


This has come and gone. A great week exploring the town and mountain was had by all

This is a very Japanese town and lovely ski area and the snow and weather at that time of the year is usually excellent. On the main Japanese island [Honshu] makes travel easy, a flight to Tokyo being a good point to start. You may want to add a few days pre or post conference to explore this exciting city. An alternative would be to fly to Osaka and visit places such Kyoto, Hiroshima and Matsumoto castle on the way, so many options. 

It’s not easy to arrange a Nozawa conference as there are no large corporate hotels there I have done a lot of groundwork for this with my Japanese speaking daughter and have 3 hotels, all in close proximity, fully booked including a brand new apartment style hotel. I’ll have room options from well priced traditional Japanese style rooms to very nice apartments in the mix for this one.  Two hotels I’ve got have their own onsens and one even has some ensuite rooms with a private onsen tub on the balcony.

We are in a very nice part of town, a few minutes walk to an access ski lift and easy 5 minute walk to the centre of the town.

Nozawa is much more than a ski village, it has a long history and is thought to have been founded by a Buddhist monk in 724 but occupation goes back much longer. It has been recorded as a popular tourist attraction as far back as 1250AD and has a thriving farming culture. It’s full of little hole in the wall restaurants and has some lively bars.

The ski area has an excellent lift structure with two large gondolas and lots of fast chairs and nice varied terrain and about 1000m vertical. I will be packaging in lift tickets and a day trip to a surprise nearby resort to add a bit of variety and fun to the week. It's a great way to experience Japanese skiing.

Please email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for prices and room options.

Important information for registered delegates has been sent via info emails. They can be also accessed here  http://www.skiconf.com/japan-2020/info-emails