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  • 北海道Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan where temperatures are low and you can enjoy powder snow. Its high quality of snow is known throughout the world and many travelers come from outside of Japan. There are various resort hotels with a large scale of ski slopes and many condo-type accommodations that are convenient for long stay travelers.
    Superb snow, especially in the Niseko area, attracts foreign travelers worldwide every season. Foreigner-friendly environment with signboards and menus written in English are well prepared. Choices of activities like snow rafting, snow mobile/machine riding, and snow-shoe tours are offered. Fresh seafood is abundant and vegetables from local, vast farms are delicious. Accessibility is good with frequent transportation available between local airports and ski resorts. Also, you can find resorts close to the city of Sapporo.

  • 東北Tohoku

    Tohoku consists of 6 areas and is accessible from Tokyo by flight or the Shinkan-sen, bullet train.
    Resorts with varieties of slopes and size exist in the area. Tohoku is located in the northern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan, which provides good quality of snow. You can find unique resorts from big snow resorts interconnected by ski lifts over mountains to peaceful snow resorts with an at-home atmosphere deep in the mountains.
    Urabandai-kogen, highland in the Fukushima area, is surrounded with mountains such as Mt. Bandai where snow volume is stable and there are various popular ski resorts. One feature of the Tohoku area is to enjoy not only skiing but also sightseeing, such as areas like Matsushima, one of Japan's Top 3 scenic views, and trees totally snow-covered in Zao. It is also known as place to produce Sake and taste fabulous locally brewed Sake. You can enjoy a cold noodle dish, Kiritampo a local hot noodle, Kitakata a ramen noodle, Wagyu beef, and local cuisines in addition to skiing & snowboarding.

  • 新潟Niigata

    Niigata is known as one of heaviest snowfall areas in Japan. Ski resorts mostly locate on its inland area side, Joetsu and Chuetsu areas, where it is accessible from Tokyo just 90 minutes by the Joetsu Shinkan-sen, bullet train. Most ski resorts in Yuzawa area are accessible easily from the cities with close by stations and highways.
    You can enjoy skiing with a combination of groomed slopes and off-piste and also find waist-deep snow in the peak season.
    In the Myoko area, ski resorts are gathered at the bottom of Mt. Myoko surrounded by nature. Varieties of Onsens, hot spring baths, are in all areas and hotel accommodations with Onsen and public-use Onsens exist. Niigata is known as a place to produce rice and famous Sake brands are from this area.
    Onsen facility and a Sake specialty shop with over 90 selections are in Echigo Yuzawa station, hub station in Yuzawa area. Snow, Onsen, and delicious Sake are Niigata's attractions.

  • 北陸Hokuriku

    Hokuriku is the general area name that consists of several prefectures along the Sea of Japan such as Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui. From small scale to mid-scale a range of ski resorts are located around the foot of Mt. Tateyama in Toyama, the foot of Mt. Hakusan in Ishikawa, and the Katsuyama area in Fukui. Most of the resorts can be accessed easily from nearby cities and they feature an at-home atmosphere with local skiers and snowboarders. It is 3 hours from Osaka and many skiers visit from the Kansai area and the west of Japan. It is known as one of heaviest snowfall areas and snow heights often go over 3 meters in peak season. Tateyama-Kurobe Alpen route opens in the Spring and you can experience the "Big Snow Valley Walk", going between over 10 meters high snow walls around Mt. Tateyama.
    Also you can see traditional houses with an A-framed architectural style and thatched roof in an old village in the deep mountains of Mt. Goka, which has been registered as the world heritage.
    It is Hokuriku where you can enjoy both mountain sourced foods and seafood.

  • 群馬Gunma

    In Gumma prefecture, ski resorts are scattered over 4 areas, Minakami, Numata, Katashina, and Agatsuma. They are close to Tokyo and most of resorts are accessible within 2-3 hours from the center of Tokyo by car. Snow conditions are stable over the season since snow in Gumma is drier and ski resorts are located on high altitude mountains. Some ski resorts open from November to early May therefore you can enjoy a long ski season. You can go for one-day skiing easily from Tokyo, however, it is recommended to stay longer and relax in various Onsen hot spring towns. Especially Kusatsu Onsen with old history is famous and popular in Japan. Minakami Onsen hot-spring village is also famous where hot springs line up along the valley. Skiing on quality snow in the daytime and wandering through the Onsen villages, that's the way to enjoy snow resorts in Gumma.

  • 長野Nagano

    Nagano has outstanding ski resorts where the Winter Olympic Games in 1998 were held. Alpen courses and ski jump facilities used in the Olympic Games remain in operation. Mountain ranges called "Nihon Alps" lay in the prefecture and most of the resorts are located up in high altitudes. Popular ski resorts such as Hakuba, Shiga-kogen, and Nozawa Onsen, draw many visitors from abroad. Each area has its uniqueness, big-scale slopes with high volume of snow in northern part, stable snow conditions with steady snow, and those located in the eastern part offer good access from Tokyo.
    Soba noodles are an authentic product of Nagano and you can find excellent Soba noodle restaurants. Wasabi radish is also a local product and varieties of unique souvenirs such as snacks using Wasabi are lined up on shelves. There are many Onsen hot-spring towns and Onsen Ryokans, which are traditional Japanese accommodations with hot spring baths, and public-use Onsens are facilitated.

  • 中国/四国Chuugoku/Shikoku

    hough not known as a heavy snowfall area, snow resorts do keep sufficient snow volume and snow quality stably throughout the season with artificial snow fall machines in Chugoku and Shikoku areas. Some ski resorts open from November by fully utilizing snow fall machines and others are located in high altitudes with good snow volumes. There are ski resorts that features panoramic views of the Sea of Japan.
    A variety of slopes are offered and some are over 3 km long. You can go on one-day skiing from the Sea of Japan side and the Sea of Setonai, which allows you to wander around sightseeing spots.
    For example, Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome that are the world heritages. Shimanami Kaido is also a popular spot that is a series of bridges connecting small islands in the Sea of Setonai. Izumo Shrine in Shimane prefecture and old Kurashiki city in Okayama prefecture where you can feel the romance of its history are highly recommended.

  • 岐阜Gifu

    Most of the ski resorts in the Chukyo area are gathered in Gifu. Ski resorts are located around Okumino, Hida, and the foot of Mt. Ontake, which boasts one of the largest ski resort areas in western Japan. Especially the Okumino area has the most slopes on a large scale, some courses totaling 5km in length and others are open to free skiing down the mountains. There are ski resorts that start operation from November by using artificial snow machines and some ski resorts open from 5 am in the morning during certain periods.
    It can be accessed within 3 hours from Osaka and 90 minutes from Nagoya, which brings many people on the weekends.
    One of features in Gifu is the world heritage "Shirakawa-Go", traditional houses with an A-framed architectural style and thatched roof in an old, scenic village. In the prefecture there are many Sake producers who offer varieties of famous Sake and a special, local liquor is also popular. One of representative local foods of Gifu is "Keichan", which is grilled chicken marinated with Miso paste or soy source.

  • 関西Kansai

    People visit ski resorts mostly from Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hyogo in the Kansai area. Resorts in northwestern Hyogo can be accessed within 2 hours from Osaka by car. It takes 1 hour from Kyoto and 2 hours from Osaka to get to ski resorts around Lake Biwa, where you can ski with panoramic views of Japan's largest lake. In Hyogo prefecture, there are various sizes of slopes accommodating everyone from families to experts where they are easily accessible from any cities in Kansai so you can enjoy sightseeing from the hub points of Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara.
    Soba noodles are an authentic produc If you want to enjoy foods, Osaka is highly recommended where cozy stores and restaurants line up in shopping arcades to offer famous local foods, Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, and Kushikatsu at reasonable prices.
    Soba noodles are an authentic produc On the other hand, Kyoto and Nara are historical towns where temples and shrines over 1,000 years old, and old burial mounds exist.