5 Best Ski Resorts in Nagano 2020

Nagano Ski Spots from Hakuba to Nozawa Onsen

Best Ski Resorts in Nagano

What is the most popular things to do in Japan in winter? In addition to soaking in Onsen (hot springs) and seeing shiny illuminations, skiing and snowboarding have attracted more and more attention from foreign tourists. There are numerous quality ski spots in Japan, and especially, Nagano is what you should travel for skiing with powder snow. Nagano is known for the host of Winter Olympics in 1998. Nagano is popular for not only the top-rated ski resorts but also accessibility from major tourist cities including Eastern Japan like Tokyo and Western Japan like Osaka and Kyoto. If you come to Japan for skiing and winter attractions, it is recommended to stay in Nagano for several days at least since lots of ski areas gather closely in the snow prefecture. Today, I would like to introduce best ski resorts in Nagano from the famous Hakuba to the local Nozawa Onsen and more. Enjoy hitting the slope with fluffy powder snow and the breathtaking views of the Japan Alps.

1. Hakuba Ski Resorts

The Japan Alps in winter

Many skiers and snowboarders may associate the name of Hakuba (白馬) with skiing in Nagano, and Hakuba is actually famous as the largest ski resorts in Nagano and Japan. The ski resorts in Hakuba were used for Winter Olympics in 1998. Hakuba consists of 10 major ski resorts: Jiigatake, Kashimayari, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba47, Hakuna Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura and Cortina, which are totally called Hakuba Valley. You can admit and enjoy unlimited lift rides in all of the 10 ski resorts with hakuba Valley Ticket.

Hakuba ski resorts attract numerous people with the various courses and powder snow, Onsen facilities, dining options and so on. It also takes only 3 hours to get to Hakuba from Tokyo. It is recommended to book Highway Bus to Hakuba from Tokyo For more details, please clock the links below!

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Map: http://bit.ly/387QItl

Access: 3 hours from Tokyo by car or bus

Season: It depends on the ski resort, but many of them are open from December to May.

Business Hours: It depends on the ski resort, so please check the website below.

1-Day Lift Ticket Price (Hakuba Valley Ticket): 6,100 yen (13 years old and older)/3,500 yen (6-12 years old)/Free (5 years old and younger)

Website: https://www.hakubavalley.com/en/

2. Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

Snowboarder at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort
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Nozawa Onsen (野沢温泉), located in the north east of Nagano, is one of the most famous and popular ski resorts in Nagano.  Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort has been visited by more and more foreign tourists for skiing and snowboarding recently. There are over 10 skiing sections in the ski resort which consist of over 40 slopes. Nozawa Onsen, which has been originally famous for the natural Onsen as the name of the area, has no shortage of hot spring options all over the area. It is another attraction to soak in the Onsen after playing hard in the snow.

Map: http://bit.ly/2FWqyNX

Access: 4-5 hours from Tokyo by car

Season: November 23rd, 2019 to May 6th, 2020

Business Hours: 8:00-17:00

1-Day Lift Ticket Price: 5,200 yen (Adult)/2,900 yen (Child)/4,200 yen (Senior)

Website: http://www.nozawaski.com/en/

3. Shiga Kogen Ski Resorts

Icon character of Shiga Kogen Ski Resorts
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Especially, for Japanese people, Shiga Kogen (志賀高原) is one of the first choice to ski and snowboard in Nagano. Shiga Kogen is one of the largest ski areas in Japan since it contains 18 ski resorts with over 70 lifts. You can enjoy gliding a long distance with the views of mountains in Shiga Kogen Ski Resorts. Of course, equipment rentals for skiing and snowboarding are available as well as other ski resorts in this article. It is recommended to get to Shiga Kogen from Tokyo by bus. Shiga Kogen is also accessible to Jigokudani which is famous for snow monkeys.

Map: http://bit.ly/3a7Wltc

Access: 4-5 hours from Tokyo by car

Season: It depends on the ski resort, but some of the Shiga Kogen ski resorts are open from December to the early May.

Business Hours: It depends on the ski resort, so please check the website below.

1-Day Lift Ticket Price: 5,500 yen (Adult)/4,700 yen (Senior and Student)/2,700 yen (Child)

Website: https://www.shigakogen-ski.com/en

4. Karuizawa Princehotel Snow Resort

Night views from Karuizawa Princehotel Snow Resort
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Karuizawa (軽井沢), located in the easternmost part of Nagano, is a popular tourist area in both winter and summer. Karuizawa Princehotel Snow Resort is one of the most popular ski destinations among people who live in and near Tokyo since it takes just 2 hours to reach Karuizawa from Tokyo by car and bus. And, faster by Shinkansen. There are 10 courses at every level from first-timers to advanced players. Night skiing is also available while the ski grounds are lit up. The adjacent Karuizawa Prince Hotel offers a large number of rooms, Japanese food, Onsen facilities and so on.

Map: http://bit.ly/38f5A9p

Access: 1.5-2 hours hours from Tokyo by car, bus or Shinkansen

Season: November 11th, 2019 to April 5th, 2020

Business Hours: 8:00-17:00

1-Day Lift Ticket Price: 4,900-5,700 yen

Website: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/ski/karuizawa/winter/

5. Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort

Skiers gliding the slope at Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
Source: https://sugadaira-snowresort.com/

Sugadaira Kogen (菅平高原), located in the center of Nagano, has been also a famous skiing spot for the vast land for a long time. In Sugadaira Kogen Ski Resort, there are about 60 courses which are especially suitable for mid-level skiers and snowboarders. Sugadaira Kogen Ski Resort has a variety of facilities for visitors to try to improve their techniques. The ski resort offer the chance to ride a special vehicle Snow Cat to explore the site viewing the scenery from top of the mountain and Snow Monsters (trees covered by snow).

Map: http://bit.ly/30pLoPj

Access: 3-4 hours from Tokyo by car

Season: December 7th, 2019 to April 7th, 2020

Business Hours: 8:30-16:30

1-Day Lift Ticket Price: 4,800 yen(High school students or older)/3,800 yen(Junior high school students and 60-69 years old visitors), 3,300 yen(70 years old and older)/2,800 (Elementary school students)/1,000 yen(4-6 years old)/Free (3 years old and younger)

Website: https://sugadaira-snowresort.com/


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