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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kurumayama-kogen SKYPARK Ski Resort
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama 3413
    Because of the high altitude of this ski resort the quality of the snow is good and the slopes are always kept in prime condition. The weather is almost always good and from the top of the mountain and slopes views can be had of the Shinshu mountains. Slopes are designed so that both beginners and advanced skiers can enjoy themselves to the max. When spring comes the Natsuyama Observatory Lift starts running. You can enjoy all the wild plants and trekking on the highland plateau. The sunrise unkai (sea of clouds) lift from where you can see a sea of cloud from the summit at 1925 meters is also very popular.
  • Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort
    Nagano Pref. Chinoshi Kitayama 4035-2541
    The Pilatus Tateshina Snow Resort boasts one of the highest elevations in the country, long runs, and spectacular winter scenery with views of the three ranges of the Japanese Alps and the Yatsugatake Mountains. It offers a wide variety of courses, including its Juhyo Course with snow-bound trees and lots of powder and its Technical Slope used for ski and snowboard certification. Its four-kilometer-long course you reach via a 100-person ropeway is famous.