1. Nozawa Onsen
That is an extremely picturesque mountain and village, positioned on the base of the mountain and blanketed in snow in the course of the winter season. The township itself is barely hilly, being on the very foot of the mountain, and completely oozes character. There are 13 free Onsens scattered across the township the place you may take a dip if you happen to take your individual towel and soaps. Along with this there’s one bigger Onsen complicated close to the ski subject and a pair extra inside a fast drive.
2. Myoko Kougen
Myoko has grow to be extra accessible just lately now that they provide a shuttle from Nagano Station for lower than 5000 yen. This can be a pretty hidden space and isn’t frequented like among the different areas because of the issue in getting there. There’s nonetheless a number of actually pleasant snowboarding / boarding to be finished on this space and the snow is normally superb. The slopes are greatest suited to newbie and intermediate skiers / boarders. The Onsens are very good with Akakura Onsen overlooking the entire snow-blanked valley at a top of 780 meters above sea stage.
3. Shiga Kougen
Shiga Kougen is definitely a string of individually run skifields that are all linked collectively. This was the positioning of most of the occasions for the Nagano Winter Olympics. As a result of Shiga Kougen is a bunch of mountains that are greater up than most of the ski fields in Tokyo surrounds, it usually has the balanced and most powdery snow. Because of the giant variety of ski fields there’s a wide range of choices for boarders and skiers alike. As a result of it’s so excessive up there is no such thing as a village connected to Shiga Kougen and many of the lodging and eateries are usually inns constructed earlier than the bubble burst in 89. This can be a excellent place to discover the terrain and can usually present dependable snowboarding when different slopes are getting moist snow.
Hakuba is a valley nestled within the back-country of Nagano prefecture. There’s a actually sensible choice of mountains to ski at, with Happo One and Hakuba 47 being the most well-liked. Tsugaike, Cortina, and Iwatake are all extremely advisable. Different resorts within the space are Solar Alpina, Goryuu Tomi, and Norikura. All of those slopes are enjoyable in their very own proper and are nicely value testing. You might want to spend a minimal of a day's snowboarding at every. The snow is normally fairly good good right here and there are many eateries round if you happen to discover the realm. There are additionally a few good Onsens.
Gala Yuzawa has its personal bullet practice station and will be reached by practice from Tokyo in simply over an hour. It is usually fast to get there by automobile, taking simply over two hours, which makes this slope some of the fashionable (and crowded) ski resorts round. Undoubtedly keep away from this place on public holidays. Nonetheless, if you happen to solely have a day to ski, it is a good mountain which provides incredible views on a transparent day. There are onsens and loads of amenities for the entire household.
6. Naeba / Kagura
Naeba is positioned in Yuzawa together with Gala Yuzawa and Iwappara and is arguably probably the most well-known ski resort in Japan attributable to its proximity to Tokyo and fame for good powder. Naeba ski subject is enhanced by its linkage to the Kagura resort by the use of the "Dragondola". Between the 2 resorts there’s a enormous number of runs and terrain to expertise. For only a brief skip from Tokyo this is without doubt one of the greatest locations to go. Beware, Naeba can get very crowded.
Kusatsu is a resort city nestled within the mountains of Gunma. The township itself is extraordinarily fairly and boasts a geothermal spring which steams up from the bottom within the very middle of the city. Kusatsu is a well-liked household resort and has a barely up market really feel to it. There are many onsens, eating places and memento retailers to buy the native delicacies. The ski subject (Kusatsu Kokusai) itself is sweet for novices and intermediate ranges. It could possibly get a bit crowded throughout vacation intervals.
Ontake is an efficient sized mountain with loads of lifts and slopes to board / ski. It boasts pretty views on a transparent day and is slightly nearer to Tokyo than Hakuba. It’s positioned on the South Western facet of Nagano prefecture and is near the Chuo Douro. There will not be many Onsens however there are public baths close by that are good to soak in.
Karuizawa is an prosperous resort city which boasts a reasonably large outlet mall, onsens, and its personal ski subject. The ski subject shouldn’t be very difficult however is nice for a household. There are many issues for others to do if there are non-skiers in your group additionally. Karuizawa makes a really perfect day journey from Tokyo because the ski subject may be very near the station.
The Minakami space is within the north of Gunma prefecture within the Tanigawa mountain ranges. This space is known for its Onsens and there are a wealth of actually picturesque spots to wash after a day's snowboarding within the snow. The world boasts 10 ski and snowboard resorts together with; Minakami Houdaigi, Minakami Kougen, Minakami Kougen Fujiwara, Minakami Okutone, Norn Minakami, Ohana, Tanigawa Onsen White Valley and Tanigawadake Tenjindaira. Solely 70 minutes by practice from Tokyo this spot is oftern ignored by the crowds in favor of Yuzawa and Naeba. Nonetheless, this space is much less crowded and much superior whenever you add within the stunning Onsens. Houdaigi is extremely advisable for boarders as there are some very nice runs to the left and proper as you get to the highest of the mountain. The valleys are formed like large half pipes and make this a hidden gem (because the title suggests). Don't anticipate the mountains to be as large as Naeba / Yuzawa, however there are 10 fields to select from.