When winter comes, those who love skiing and snowboarding always head towards the popular ski resorts near Tokyo. This is also a great season to take a vacation and enjoy some quality time with your whole family.

You don’t know how to ski? That’s not really a problem because these resorts always have a beginner course for those who want to learn these popular winter sports. So what are you waiting for? Take a trip and take your first step in becoming a pro in these 10 ski resorts near Tokyo!

1. Mt. Naeba Ski Resort

Mt. Naeba Ski Resort is one of the most popular destination because of its close proximity to Tokyo. The resort is managed by the Naeba Prince Hotel so you can be assured of your accommodations. The 20 km area of the resort is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. There are also 15 lift transports that the guests can use to navigate around the resort. The Naeba Ski Resort is a resort that is combined with 4 ski areas and hereby called Japan’s longest gondola.

From Tokyo: The resort is 184km from the northwest of Tokyo and is accessible by Shinkansen from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa (approximately 70-90 minutes travel time). From the station, the Naeba Prince Hotel buses shall pick you up and the journey lasts for around 30-50 minutes.

Address: 949-6292 Niigata Prefecture, Minamiuonuma District

Website: http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/naeba/

2. Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort

Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort is another popular ski resort in Niigata Prefecture. There are two areas of the resort and they are called the main “Kogen Area” and the lower level “Nunoba Area”. These two areas are connected by the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway which has a capacity of transporting 166 people. The ropeway gives a spectacular view of the surrounding landscapes during spring and autumn also. During winter, the ropeway allows people free reign to travel within the resorts two main areas.

From Tokyo: Yuzawa is located 200km northwest of Tokyo. You can arrive at the town of Yuzawa via bullet train (approximately 75-80 minutes).

Address: 949-6101 Yuzawa 490 Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata-ken

Website: http://www.yuzawakogen.com/en/

3. GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is open from the start of the winter season up to the
month of May. Upon arrival at the GALA Yuzawa train station, you need to take the rope-way that will take you to the base of the resort.If you happen to carry a JR Pass, then you can get discounts on some of their packages in the resort. If you didn’t bring any winter sports gear, you may rent them at the resort and the equipment that you will get are all well-maintained.

From Tokyo: You can take the shinkansen from Tokyo (approximately 75 minutes travel time). The booking of GALA YUZAWA SNOW RESORT is conveniently located in the same building of the GALA Yuzawa shinkansen station.

Address: 1039-2 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun 949-6101, Niigata Prefecture

Website: https://gala.co.jp/winter/english/

4. Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort

Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort has 16 different courses that are catered for all ages and different levels of ski and snowboarding proficiency. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or an experienced skier, you will find the place to your liking. Another interesting part of this ski resort is the facilities that are specially made for children to enjoy this winter wonderland. Playgrounds like the Smile Kids Park, Smile Kids Room and the Jet Train Park will entertain your kids and make sure that their vacation is an enjoyable one.

From Tokyo: Yuzawa Nakazato is just an hour away from Tokyo by train. Once the train arrives in the Echigo Yuzawa Station, you will have access to free shuttle bus services that will take you to the resort (approximately 15min travel time).

Address: 5044-1 Tsuchitaru, Yuzawa, Minamiuonuma District, 949-6103, Niigata Prefecture

Website: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/yuzawa-nakazato-ski-resort

5. Karuizawa Prince Snow Resorts

Karuizawa Prince Snow Resorts is just an hour away from Tokyo which makes it one of the ideal winter sport destinations. The snow machines ensure that the resort is well maintained. The majority of the trails is catered towards beginner and intermediate leveled skiers. If you are looking for souvenirs, the big shopping complex that is conveniently located at the resort will ensure that you find great gifts to bring back home.

From Tokyo: Take the shinkansen and it will only take an hour for you to arrive at the Karuizawa train station.

Address: Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun 389-0103, Nagano Prefecture

Website: http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/karuizawa/

6. Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resorts

Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resorts has a total of 13 courses and have 5 lifts that will take you to the steeper courses. Aside from the beginner course, this resort will give a challenge to the intermediate and experienced skiers that will set foot on their slopes. Surprisingly, they have night skiing that is available only on Saturdays that lasts until 4am.

From Tokyo: Upon arrival at the Echigo Yuzawa Station, you may take the shuttle bus to reach the Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resorts (approximately 10 minutes travel time).

Address: Kandatsu 4121-1, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata-ken, 949-6102

Website: http://www.kandatsu.com/

7. Tambara Ski Park

Tambara Ski Park is a 2 hour journey from Tokyo. This resort offers great views overlooking the Lake of Tambara. Located at the North of Numata city in Gunma Prefecture, this resort is a great place to spend your winter vacation. There are 8 courses that are bound to entertain people of all age groups. The snow park area is designed especially for beginners. It is a 700-meter course that is littered with children and adults watching over them.

From Tokyo: Ride the Joetsu Shinkansen fromthe Tokyo Station (approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes travel time) to the Jomon Kogen Station. From the station ride a bus towards Tambara Ski Park (Approximately 50 minutes travel time).

Address: 378-0071 Tambara Kogen Numata-shi Gunma-ken

Website: https://www.tambara.co.jp/winter/

8. Fujiten Snow Resort

Fujiten Snow Resort is one of the only two ski resorts that is found in the foothills of Mount Fuji. It is located in Narusawa village and offers a great view of the surrounding landscapes especially highlighting Mt. Fuji. The resort has 7 courses and 4 lifts that will make you feel like a pro. A beautiful resort that is great for those who want to learn skiing in Japan.

From Tokyo: Ride the train at Shinjuku Station headed to Kawaguchiko Station (approximately 2 hours travel time). Upon arriving at the Kawaguchiko Station, you can ride a taxi that will take you to the Fujiten Snow Resort (approximately 20 minutes travel time).

Address: 8545-1 Fujisan, Narusawa-mura, Minamitsuru-gun 401-0320, Yamanashi Prefecture

Website: http://www.fujiten.net/pc/en/

9. Fujimi Panorama Resort

Fujimi Panorama Resort is one of the popular ski resorts in Japan especially for family outings. There is a family slope that is ideal for beginners and children to try their first skiing lessons. The Kid’s Park will allow the younger ones to play in the snow to their heart’s content. The resort is also known as one of the biggest mountain bike park when it’s not snowing. Fujimi Panorama Resort is also beautiful place especially during July and August. Beautiful lilies with different colors cover the fields and the scenery is simply amazing.

From Tokyo: Take the train from Shinjuku Station that is headed to Fujimi Station (approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes travel time). Upon arrival at the Fujimi Station take the bus headed for Fujimi Panorama Resort (approximately 10 minutes travel time).

Address: 6666-703 Fujimi, Fujimi-machi, Suwa-gun 399-0211, Nagano Prefecture

Website: https://snow.gurunavi.com/guide/htm/r0297ens.htm

10. Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort

Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort has one of the longest continuous runs in Japan spanning 8 kilometers. Without a doubt this is a great place for experienced skiers to showcase their skills. Near the bottom of the slope lies the area for beginners. The nearby Kusatsu town is a very popular hot spring resort that is available all throughout the year.

From Tokyo: From Tokyo Station head towards Takasaki Station. From Takasaki Station head towards Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Station (approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes travel time). Upon arriving at the station ride the bus towards the Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort

Address: 158 rinhan Kusatsu-Shirane National park, Kusatsu-Machi, Agatsuma-Gun, 377-1711 Gunma Prefecture

Website: https://www.932-onsen.com/winter/index(Japanese Only)

Data is as of December 2017

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