Top 10 Best Ski Resorts for Powder Snow in Japan (Part 2)

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!

This article is split into two parts, so be sure to check out part 1 as well!

5) Gala Yuzawa(ガーラ湯沢): Niigata Prefecture

Yuzawa (湯沢町) is a town located in Minamiuonuma District, Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region. Gala Yuwaza is a ski resort with 15 runs and nine lifts. Gala Yuwaza has a respectable dining area and a spa (Onsen & unisex swimming pool, so take your bathing suit) for soaking after skiing. Just come to Gala empty handed and enjoy playing in the snow!

Gala Yuzawa(ガーラ湯沢)

Address: Aza Kayabira 1039-2, Oozawa Yuzawa, Yuzawa-cho Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata  949-6101
・By Train: Taking Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo station to JR GALA Yuzawa station. (77 mins)
・By Bus: A free shuttle bus service from major hotels, the station, and other places to the ski resort is available throughout the day, starting early in the morning.
Operational Dates: December 16, 2017 - May 6, 2018
Tel: +81-25-785-6543
Tickets: https://gala.co.jp/winter/english/season/index.html
Website: https://gala.co.jp/winter/english/

4) Nozawa Onsen(野沢温泉): Nagano Prefecture

Nozawa Onsen(野沢温泉) Snow Resort is a skiing venue located in Nozawa onsen in Nagano prefecture. Nozawa Onsen is a large ski area that opened over 20 years ago. Covering 297 hectares (730 acres), the southern part of the resort was used for biathlon competitions at the 1998 Winter Olympics. The abundance of 100% natural, high-quality powder snow allows you to enjoy skiing well into early May!

Nozawa Onsen(野沢温泉)

Address: 7653 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture 389-2502
Access: ・By Train & Bus: Nozawa Onsen Liner Bus to Nozawa Onsen from JR Iiyama station. JR Iiyama station. You will get to JR Iiyama station in 100 minutes by Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo station. 
Operational Dates: November 23, 2017 - May 6, 2018
Tel: +81-269-85-3166
Tickets: http://www.nozawaski.com/en/lift_charges/
Plan your Stay: https://booking.nozawakanko.jp/
Website: http://www.nozawaski.com/en/

3) Sapporo Teine(サッポロテイネ): Hokkaido Prefecture

Sapporo Teine(サッポロテイネ) is a recreational center in Teine-ku, Sapporo in Hokkaido Prefecture. In 1972, Mt. Teine was the site of the first Winter Olympic Games in Asia and hosted the giant slalom and slalom events in alpine skiing. Dynamic, challenging, and exhilarating, the Highland Zone will enchant you with its spectacular views from the summit.
Looking down on the city of Sapporo with its 1,950,000 people and Ishikari Bay, the course is so long that it seems you could ride it all the way into the city.

Sapporo Teine(サッポロテイネ)

Address: 593 Teine-Honcho Teine-ku Sapporo Hokkaido  006-0029
Access: ・By Train & Bus: 
- From JR Sapporo station to Teine station, it takes 10 ~ 15 minutes by train.
- From Shin-Chitose Airport via the Rapid Airport train, approx 49 minutes.
- From JR Otaru station to Teine station, it takes 22 ~ 30 minutes by train.
Operational Dates: November 18, 2017 - May 6, 2018
Tel: +81-11-682-6000
Tickets: https://sapporo-teine.com/snow/lang/en/price.html
Website: https://sapporo-teine.com/snow/lang/en/

2) Kiroro(キロロ): Hokkaido Prefecture

Kiroro(キロロ) is a town located in Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido Prefecture. Kiroro Ski Resort is a place for people who carve a different path. Uncompromised, unspoiled and undiscovered. Kiroro is Five Star snow and lush summer forests in pristine Japanese wilderness. In Kiroro, the winter valleys are the snowiest on earth and the best place to experience powder snow!

Kiroro Ski Resort (キロロ スキー場)

Address: 128-1 Aza-Tokiwa, Akaigawa-mura, Yoichi-gun, Hokkaido 046-0593
・By Train: Rapid service and local trains operate between New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Otaru Chikko Station.
・By Bus: Chuo Bus, Kiroro and operate buses to Niseko from Sapporo City, Otaru Station, Niseko or New Chutose Airport daily.
Operational Dates: November 23, 2017 - May 6, 2018
Tel: +81-135-34-7111
Tickets: https://www.kiroro.co.jp/lift_price/
Plan your Stay: https://www.kiroro.co.jp/stay/
Website: https://www.kiroro.co.jp

1) Niseko(ニセコ): Hokkaido Prefecture

Niseko(ニセコ) is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido Prefecture. There is famous for a wider area of ski resorts encompassing Hokkaido's Mount Yōtei(羊蹄山), often referred to as the "Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido", and Annupuri ranges. With its rich variety of terrain and beautiful winter woods, Niseko offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of skier/snowborder!

Niseko Annupuri SKI Resort (ニセコアンヌプリ国際スキー場)

Address: 485 Aza Niseko, niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido 048-1511
・By Train: Rapid service and local trains operate between New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Otaru, Kutchan and Niseko. Bus or taxi service is available from Kutchan or Niseko Station to Niseko United.
・By Bus: Chuo Bus, Niseko and operate buses to Niseko from Sapporo or New Chutose Airport daily.
Operational Dates: November 25, 2017 - May 6, 2018
Tel: +81-0136-58-2080
Tickets: http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/lift/index.html
Plan your Stay: http://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/niseko-accommodation/index.html

Website: http://niseko.ne.jp/en/niseko/

Experience the wonders of a Japanese winter with skiing & snowboarding in Japan holiday! Be sure to read part 1!

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Koki Miyashita

Author & Editor