From the Yotei Valley in Hokkaido, through the untapped snow paradises of Tohoku, and to the magestic Japanese Alps of Nagano and Niigata, we work with the myriad of ski resorts that dot Japan’s mountainous topography. Here are a few that we highlight.
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Hakuba Valley was the main site of the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The valley actually is comprised of 10 individually run ski resorts; Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Happo-One, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura, Hakuba Cortina, Jiigatake, and Kashimayari. Thankfully now, you can purchase one lift ticket that gives you free reign to all.
Located at the Yuzawa town in Niigata prefecture, Mount Naeba describes the Naeba and Kagura resorts (which are connected by a dragondola) and the Tashiro and Mitsumata areas. Naeba is one of the most famous and popular of Japanese ski resorts because of its proximity to Tokyo. That said the snow is ample and backcountry tracks plentiful.
In the Northern region of Nagano prefecture sprawls Shiga Kogen, an amalgamation of 18 different mostly interconnected ski resorts. Shiga Kogen is also famous for the Jikudani snow monkey park where you can see monkeys taking a dip in the onsen.