Ever wanted to ski in Japan? Japan is famous the world over for its first-class ski and snowboard resorts offering high-quality powder snow, beautiful scenery and relaxing hot springs. Whether it's in Hokkaido, Yamagata, Niigata or Nagano, you'll be able to find slopes for all skill levels and resorts that provide the perfect base to recharge.
In this passage, we would like to introduce the top 10 best ski and snowboarding resorts for powder snow in Japan.
Let's discover great ski and snowboard holidays to Japan this winter!
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10) Zaō Onsen(蔵王温泉): Yamagata Prefecture
Zaō Onsen is one of the most famous skiing and snowboarding resorts located in Yamagata prefecture as well as a popular all year traditional onsen hot spring resort village. The longest course starts in the territory of the "snow monsters", trees coated with ice and snow that take on a surreal appearance, a rare winter phenomenon worldwide at the summit of the mountain and is about ten kilometers long.
Address: 708-1 Zao Onsen, Yamagata-City, Yamagata 990-2301
9) Naeba(苗場): Niigata Prefecture
Naeba Ski Resort (苗場スキー場) is a ski resort on the eastern slope of Mount Takenoko(筍山) in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture. The entire area is called “Mt. Naeba”, which consists of 4 ski areas and has many fans from home and abroad. Naeba is one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan due to its accessible location from Tokyo and relatively long snow season with snow making machines.
Address: 202 Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata 949-6292
8) Myoko Kogen(妙高高原): Niigata Prefecture
Myoko Kogen(妙高高原) is a town in Kyoto-shi, Niigata Prefecture. Myoko Kogen is famed for its ski resorts which were founded in the 1930s, making it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world. Winter skiing and snowboarding options in Myoko Kogen’s powder snow and the surrounding regions are almost endless!
Address: Suginosawa 272, Myōkō-shi, Niigata 949-2113
7) Hakuba(白馬): Nagano Prefecture
Hakuba(白馬村) is a village located in Kitaazumi District in far northwest Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba is an internationally renowned ski resort town in the northern Japan Alps. As the surrounding valley has an annual snow fall of over 11 meters, it is the central hub for 10 ski resorts with more than 200 runs. The view from Hakuba47 is truly spectacular, with rugged mountains providing and dramatic backdrop!
Address: 24196-47 Kamishiro, Hakuba-Mura,, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano 399-9211
6) Shiga Kogen(志賀高原): Nagano Prefecure
Shiga Kogen(志賀高原) is a ski resort and hiking spot, located in the Joshientsu-kogen National Park in the highlands of Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture. The resort was the site of several events in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Entertainment can also be found at the nearby hot spring resort towns of Shibu Onsen(渋温泉) and Yudanaka Onsen(湯田中温泉) or the Jigokudani Monkey Park(地獄谷温泉), whose wild monkeys bathe in natural hot springs!
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Address: Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi-cho, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano 381-0400
Experience the wonders of a Japanese winter with skiing & snowboarding in Japan holiday! Be sure to read part 2!