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Central Honshu

The main island of Honshu is home to Japan’s major ski areas, with four resort towns of particular note. Shiga Kogen and Hakuba resorts in Nagano hosted events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olymand are of world-class standard. These resorts are accessible by train or bus from Tokyo and are within easy reach of each other. Shiga Kogen is one of the world’s largest ski resorts, whilst Hakuba offers Japan’s steepest ski runs. Myoko and the surrounding region offer almost endless powder skiing and snowboarding options. The area boasts some of the best skiing conditions in Asia, with an average base of four metres each year – all just a short trip from Tokyo. Nozawa Onsen is the perfect resort to visit to experience the charm of an old-time Japanese village, while still enjoying the best that Japanese skiing has to offer.

 


HakubaHakuba Skiing

One of Japan’s top winter resort areas, Hakuba is located just 3 hours west of Tokyo in the heart of the Nagano prefecture. With a seasonal average of 10 meters plus of snow, 11 ski resorts, 200 runs, Hakuba is a powder snow paradise for skiers & snowboarders alike. Hakuba can easily be reached from Tokyo, but also from Kansai & Nagoya regions by train.

How to get to Hakuba
From Narita Airport: (Narita Express Train)⇒ Tokyo (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Nagano (Bus) ⇒ Hakuba
From Tokyo Station: (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Nagano (Bus) ⇒ Hakuba
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Season Period Early December – Early May Night Skiing Open Until 21:00
Average Snowfall 12 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1831 meters/1071 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 35%/40%25% Longest Run 8000 meters
Max Gradient (Steepness) 35 degrees Skiers/Snowboarders 60%/40% 
Number of Courses/Runs 77 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 100

The Snow Monkey Tour is departing from Hakuba this year! 


Shiga KogenShiga Kogen Mountains

Located just a short distance from Tokyo, Shiga Kogen is located in the Joshinetsu-kogen National Park in the highlands of Yamanouchi. It’s easily the largest ski area in Japan with a collection of 21 ski resorts spread along the Shiga Plateau.

How to get to Shiga Kogen
From Narita Airport: (Narita Express Train) ⇒ Tokyo (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Nagano (Bus) ⇒ Shiga Kogen
From Tokyo Station: (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Nagano (Bus) ⇒ Shiga Kogen
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Season Period Early December – Early May Night Skiing Until 21:00
Average Snowfall 12 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 2305 meters/975 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 40%/45%/15% Skiers/Snowboarders 60%/40%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 39 degrees Longest Run 6000 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 80 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 52


Nozawa OnsenNozawa Ski and Snowboard Landscape

Located in Northern Nagano, Nozawa is among beautiful natural surroundings and a number of hot springs. Nozawa ranks amongst one of the best ski resorts in Japan with 2 gondolas, 22 chair lifts and 50 kilometers of course to ski. The Nozawa Onsen village itself maintains a traditional atmosphere with beautiful old streets, a bustling small village full of history, culture and festivals.  

How to get to Nozawa Onsen
From Narita Airport: (Narita Express Train) ⇒ Tokyo (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Iiyama (Bus) ⇒ Nozawa Onsen
From Tokyo Station: (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Iiyama (Bus) ⇒ Nozawa Onsen
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Season Period Early December – Early May Night Skiing Not available 
Average Snowfall 12 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1650 meters/1085 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 40%/30%/30% Skiers/Snowboarders 60%/40%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 39 degrees Longest Run 10000 meters 
Number of Courses/Runs 20 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 20


MyokoMyoko Mountain Ranges

Boasting more than 13 meters of snow annually, Myoko sits snug at the base of one of Japan’s most beautiful mountains. There are enless ways to enjoy skiing here, with powder snow, long scenic slopes and mogul courses to conquer. With 3 distinctive areas spread across the base of Mt Myoko, this area has easy beginner runs to steep slopes.  

How to get to Myoko
From Narita Airport: (Narita Express Train)⇒ Tokyo (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Nagano (Local Train) ⇒ Myoko
From Tokyo Station: (Shinkansen Bullet Train) ⇒ Nagano (Local Train) ⇒ Myoko
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Season Period 
Early December – Early May Night Skiing Until 21:00
Average Snowfall 13 meters Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1855 meters/ 1124 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 45%/35%/20%Skiers/Snowboarders 60%/40%
Max Gradient (Steepness) 38 degrees Longest Run 8500 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 54 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 34


NaebaSkiing in Naeba

Located northwest of Tokyo in the Niigata prefecture, this high quality ski resort is the perfect getaway for a short Japan ski experience offering great snow facilities.

How to get to Naeba
A return train ticket on the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa station is included in Naeba package price.
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Season Period
 Early December – Early May Night Skiing Until 21:00
Average Snowfall Max Elevation/Vertical Rise 1789 meters/ 448 meters
Difficulty (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) 37%/40%/25% Skiers/Snowboarders 
Max Gradient (Steepness) Longest Run 6000 meters
Number of Courses/Runs 44 Number of Lifts/Gondolas 35


Manza

A beautiful hot spring resort town offering well groomed, uncrowded slopes combined with spectacular vistas in pristine surroundings. A great escape for skiers and snowboarders seeking a relaxing holiday not too far from Tokyo.