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Location DB > Japan > Chiba > Nishi Funabashi > SSAWS
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created by Kuroneko on 5/16/2005 12:46 PM
last modified by Kuroneko on 12/18/2008 12:57 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information

Nishi Funabashi, Chiba
Owner: Ikea
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1993
    Closed: 2002
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    Like a lot of Japanese bubble development, what was the world’s largest indoor ski center SSAWS has now gone. Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter, Skiing (pronounced ‘zows’) cost USD400 million to make.

    Vertical Drop: 80 m. Two quad chairs, plus an escalator for the bunny-slope. The longest trail was 500m. Lift tickets were 4,300 yen for 2 hours.

    The slope needed to generate an average of $70 (US) each from the 1,300,000 visitors it needs to attract each year to make its target annual revenue of $104 million. At this revenue level, it was to meet its $40 million annual operating costs and break even by 2011, 18 years after opening. I love Japan. Whoever lent the money for this obviously had rocks in their head, was yakuza controlled, or probably both.

    Opened 1993 it closed in 2002, The site is now being prepared for Japan’s first Ikea store. Progress…

    (Not very thrilling, but worth a click or two...)

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    SSAWS - The Demolition
    Mon, May 16th, 2005
    posted by Kuroneko
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 12/19/2008 5:48 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 19 08 at 5:48, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 18 08 at 12:57, Kuroneko changed the following: Publically Viewable
  • on Aug 4 06 at 19:15, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 24 06 at 11:32, Kuroneko updated gallery picture ikea.jpg
  • on Jul 24 06 at 11:32, Kuroneko updated gallery picture ikea.jpg
  • on Jul 24 06 at 11:31, Kuroneko added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Nov 29 05 at 13:07, Kuroneko changed the following: Web Links
  • on May 18 05 at 13:20, Kuroneko changed the main information
  • on May 18 05 at 13:19, Kuroneko changed the main information
  • on May 16 05 at 14:31, Kuroneko changed the main information
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