The ryokan gave us a short ride to the bus-stop where we caught a bus to Haruike where we boarded the bus to Ichinose ski field in Shiga Kogen 志賀高原. I find skiing very difficult and you definitely need an instructor to teach you the basics. It was rather torturous for us haha but it was an interesting experience. I probably have phobia and will not want to try again =P I also recommend staying in a hotel in Shiga Kogen so you have more time to pick up the skills and practice. Hiro san told us that he is also a ski instructor when he saw our video haha we should have got some tips from him!