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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.