I will seriously consider attending next year's Worlds....even as just a spectator. Glad to see it is a nice looking track! Yes, it is definitely in a remote area of Japan... not anywhere near Tokyo.... or Yatabe Arena for that matter. Hope accomodations aren't too costly considering it isn't in a cosmopolitan area.
Yup... all the major Japanese RC companies are coming out with Off-Road kits... particularly 4WD since that is what is popular in Japan. Let's see... Jconcepts BJ4 & BJ4-WE, Losi XX-4 & XXX-4G+, Yokomo, Kyosho, Tamiya, X-Factory X-5, Durango, X-10 Predator, Academy, Schumacher... that is already a dozen different 4WD kits right there! Should be a Blast of a Race to watch for sure!