Rescue personnel on Sunday found three snowboarders who had been missing at Kagura Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, since Friday.
The three snowboarders from Tokyo -- Koju Neriko, 45, his wife Manami, 44, and their friend, Aki Yamamoto, 40 -- were reported as missing after failing to return to their lodge on Friday afternoon. They arrived at the ski resort on New Year's Eve.
Police and rescue personnel said the three were found on a mountain slope about two kilometers from the ski course, NHK reported. A helicopter picked them up just after 9 a.m.
Other than frostbite, the three had no injuries.
Kagura Ski Resort is popular among skiers and snowboarders because of its off-piste and back-country terrain.© Japan Today