I really enjoyed my holiday to Japan. Zao was amazing! I just hope it doesn't get over-run by foreign tourists (especially Australians). The hotel was only a few minutes walk from the nearest chair lift and rope-way and there were enough challenging runs on the mountain for me to enjoy. I met several friendly locals and not speaking Japanese was not as restricting as I thought it would be. I will be trying to learn as much Japanese as I can before my next holiday though as this will help me travel outside of the popular tourist areas which is what I prefer. Thanks again for your help.