Japan's Gay Ski Weekend
It sounds like such a blast; Hakuba, a small town in the Nagano prefecture (a region of Honshu, Japan's biggest island) is famous for the most wonderful combination ever: great skiing, and natural hot springs. The springs, also known as onsens, are all over the Hakuba area and so those that don't feel like skiing will most likely soak in one all day. I could stop right here. But no!
The entire Hakuba Highland Hotel was rented out for this weekend, so the whole weekend sounds fabulous. February 14th is the big party night, including the very Japanese "all you can drink" bar, dancing, shows, gogos, and even an underwear party; the only way to enjoy hot springs in the cold at a gay ski weekend. There are even some videos of last year's party on Youtube, check them out here. This mountain hotel is situated up in the snowy slopes and has a natural, open-air hot spring pool built right on location. So, to recap: a fully rented hotel full of gay ski boys, open bar, and underwear party. Need I say more?
As if the news couldn't get any better, this event is not purely debaucherous, the proceeds will go towards the ILGA, the only international gay rights organization, and Gay Japan News. So, if you're in the Hakuba area, or anywhere in Nagano (or anywhere near or in Japan), hop on over now as I would bet quite a few yen that there's some space for you at Asia's sexiest ski party.