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Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Nagano

  • Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunnozawaonsenmura Toyosato 7653
    One of Japan’s foremost ski and snowboarding resorts offering elevation differences reaching 1085 meters. The resort is popular for its wide array of courses enjoyable from beginners to experts. The resort also has a wide and gentle slope for children as well as a kids’ park for young ones to play in the snow making it a great destination for families as well. Another attractive point is the resort’s moving walkway which extends from the hot spring district directly to the slopes.
  • Hakuba Happo-one Winter Resort
    Hakkan Village Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    A ski and snowboard resort located in Hakuba Village in the Kitaazumi District Hakuba Happo-one boasts one of the largest standalone ski/snowboard areas in the country. Particular points of interest include the beautiful scenery of the surrounding Japanese Northern Alps and the highly diverse courses stretching across over 1000 meters in elevation. The panoramic view from the 1830 meter high summit is truly a sight to behold. The resort also served as the venue for alpine skiing during the Nagano Olympics.
  • Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort 
    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    In addition to five beginner, two intermediate, and three advanced slopes, the Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort also has a Free Ride Park and a pole practice run open from about mid-January. It’s great for beginners too with ski and ski wear rentals, and with its snow park, you can have a good time even if you don’t plan on hitting the slopes. There is also a ski school for kids from three to nine years old with boots sizes ranging from 15 to 23 centimeters.
  • Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort
    Otari village Kitaazumi-gun Nagano prefecture Tsugaike plateau
    Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort is popular among beginners and families for its safe terrain. The Kane-no-naru-oka course slopes gently down the hill and has a generous width of over 1200 meters. Skiers can also enjoy the fantastic atmosphere when the slopes are lit up during night skiing. The uma-no-se (horseback) course for advanced skiers is set on a narrow ridge with large humps continuing down the steep slope. On fine days Mt. Fuji can be seen from the highest point at an elevation of 1700 meters. For the adventurous why not try out the special Heli-ski and Snowboard activity.
  • Fujimi Panorama Resort (Ski resort)
    Nagano Pref. Suwagunfujimimachi Fujimi 6666-703
    This ski resort is in Fujimi Fujimi Town. Besides winter sports there are many activities that showcase Mt. Nyukasa’s natural seasonal scenery. You can enjoy trekking and mountainbike riding in spring and summer and in autumn you can go on one of the many gondola rides and see the scenery illuminated by the Mt. Yatsutagake sunrise; options include the “premium sea of clouds gondola” “fall foliage gondola” and “night gondola” rides. In addition because the ski slopes make a heart shape when viewed from the Yatsutagake observation platform onsite the area is known as a sacred lovers’ spot.
  • Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro 22184-10
    With an elevation of 1515 meters at its highest part called Alps-daira Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort has some true alpine slopes. With an elevation as high as this powder snow and quality snow is all but guaranteed. The magnificent Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) can be experienced up close and the city of Hakuba sprawls out down below. In early spring you can see the shape of the Takeda family crest on the mountain side from the observatory on the roof of the gondola summit station. Even people who don’t ski or snowboard come here to relax enjoy a meal and take in the stunning scenery.
  • Ryuoo Ski Park
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Yomase 11700
    In winter, Ryuoo Mountain Park is renamed Ryuoo Ski Park. The famous Kiotoshi First Track is a special area with 100% completely non-compact snow and a highest gradient of 36 degrees. It’s for ultra-advanced level skiers and doesn’t open unless there’s enough snow. The zone around the top lift station is called the Skyland Area and caters to beginners and intermediate level skiers.
  • Madarao Mountain Resort
    Nagano Pref. Iyamashi Madaraokougen
    The popular Madarao Mountain Resort has a wide range of slopes and zones including beginner runs, a park area, tree runs, and areas geared toward kids and families. It offers other ways to enjoy the winter mountain too, like snow rafting, snowshoe tours, backcountry tours, and more. The Madarao Sports Academy is a highly regarded ski school that serves everyone from kids to advanced level skiers.
  • Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Kamishiro 24196-47
    This ski resort in the Hakuba area is known for a regular amount of snowfall of superb quality. Consisting of eight routes, half pipes, and a kids slope. It connects with Hakuba Goryu at the summit, and you can come and go between them with the same lift pass. The Route 3 course in front of the gondola station at the summit is an action-packed run where moguls have been left the entire way. Hakuba 47’s hallmark Route 1 run also comes highly recommended. It’s the first slope groomed in the morning, and you can enjoy great scenery while skiing down towards the village of Hakuba.
  • Okushiga Kogen Ski Resort
    Okushiga Kogen in Yamanouchi-cho, Shimokitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    This is the most remote resort in Shiga Kogen, Japan’s largest ski area. It occupies 2,009-meter Mt. Yakebitai’s northeastern slope and boasts some of the best powder snow in Japan. The area is dotted with high class hotels, and the slope as a whole has an elegant ambiance. Their Kuma-Otoshi Course for advanced level skiers features Okushiga Kogen’s steepest drop with a highest gradient of 30 degrees. With facilities like its Kids Park that’s easily accessible via a moving walkway, skiers of all levels love this resort.