Welcome to SKI TV® Japan. Japan is a world class ski and snowboard destination with abundant, high quality snow, beautiful scenery and relaxing hot springs. For the Japanese version of SKI TV® Japan, click on the Japanese flag in the top left hand corner of this page. There are over 500 ski resorts across Japan from the northern island of Hokkaido to the southern main island of Kyushu, which vary in size from large resorts with dozens of runs to small one-lift slopes. The best resorts and snow conditions are found in northern Japan (Hokkaido andTohoku) and in the mountains along the Sea of Japan Coast (especially Niigata and Nagano). While there are no ski resorts within the borders of metropolitan Tokyo, it is feasible to go skiing or snowboarding in a daytrip from Tokyo. Some of the most easily accessible and most popular resorts for daytrips are located in the Yuzawa region of Niigata Prefecture, which can be reached in only 90 minutes by shinkansen. There are also a couple of small resorts on Mount Fuji. For those who are interested in experiencing snow, but who do not want to ski or snowboard, most resorts have play zones designed for families with small children. Often, they do not require paid admission, except for activities such as sledding and snow tubing.
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At Chalet Myoko, we have twin rooms and loft rooms that sleep 3 and 4 people. These are perfect family rooms, with 2 beds in the loft and one or two beds below. Our king singles can be joined together to form a huge double bed. Find out more at www.chaletmyoko.com - The ski accommodation is in a quiet location but close (less than 160 m) to the free shuttle bus stop, giving easily access the 4 Mt Myoko resorts of Akakura Kanko, Akakura Onsen, Suginahara and Ikenotaira. It is about 2 minutes on the shuttle bus to the Akakura gondola and less than a 10 minute walk. This makes it the ideal Myoko Kogen accommodation for ski bunnies who want to be in the heart of the action. Surrounded by other pensions and forest, there is space for outside play including building snowmen, snowball fights and even an igloo. The Mt Myoko resorts are amongst the best ski resorts in Japan for snow quality and quantity. From Chalet Myoko there is easy access to each main Mt Myoko Kogen ski resort, as well as many other nearby resorts. You’ll be spoilt for choice. At Chaley Myoko, our knowledgeable and helpful staff will either organise or provide information to meet all your needs. Transfer services can be book through our team, as well as day or half-day tours, on the off chance you don’t want to hit the slopes. They know what makes Myoko fields some of the best ski resorts in Japan, and will help you make the most of your time with us. Our aim is to give our guests unforgettable holiday experiences full of amazing memories of some of the world’s best skiing. Whether it is your first trip or you are a seasoned Japan snow enthusiast, we want to help you have a great snow accommodation experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact Chalet Myoko for further details on our rooms, packages, location and availability. Find us online at www.chaletmyoko.com -
Niseko is the most famous ski resort in Japan, known for having tons of light powder snow, spectacular backcountry and a large number of foreigners - especially Australians - who in recent years have been responsible for popularizing the resort area with the skiing/snowboarding community outside of Japan. For the Japanese version of SKI TV® Japan, click on the Japanese flag in the top left hand corner of this page. As a result, Niseko's resorts are very accessible and welcoming to foreign visitors, which they keep busy with plenty of vast, long ski runs, endless powder, and a growing number of after-ski activities.
In addition to kilometers of ski trails, many of Niseko's resorts offer winter adventure seekers the option to explore off trail skiing, a relatively uncommon attraction at most other ski resorts in Japan. The backcountry can be accessed through special gates around the resorts or experienced on guided tours and helicopter tours. The latter is also possible on nearby Mount Yotei, a nearly perfect volcanic cone, which can be seen from Niseko.
Niseko's ski resorts are all located on Mount Niseko-Annupuri. Three major resorts, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri, cover most of the southeastern half of the mountain while a few smaller resorts dot their perimeter. The big three are joined together with each other at the top of the mountain, and it is possible to ski between them, while shuttle buses connect them at their bases. A special combination ticket, the Niseko All Mountain Pass, gives access to all three resorts for 5600 yen per day.
Grand Hirafu is the largest of the resorts with over a dozen lifts and a secondary base at Hanazono on the east side of the mountain. Grand Hirafu is the only of the three resorts that has a sizable town area around its main base, Hirafu Town, which is packed with a variety of hotels, pensions, and holiday homes. The town also offers an interesting range of restaurants and bars with an active nightlife.
Hirafu Town is very foreigner friendly, and an evening stroll about the area will take you past plenty of lively restaurants with the sounds of English voices wafting out. It is almost like visiting a foreign country within Japan, as many of the eateries offer English menus by default and local convenience stores sell a wider range of imported foods than elsewhere around the country.
A 15 minute bus ride to the east of Hirafu is the town center of Kutchan with Kutchan Station. The biggest city in the area, Kutchan has more shopping and dining options, but is not as convenient a base for skiers as Hirafu.
The next largest resort on the mountain is Niseko Village (formerly known as Higashiyama). Located west of Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village has two large hotels at its base, including the upscale Hilton Niseko Village, which provide a variety of restaurants and bars in addition to after-ski activities such as a hot spring. Presently there are few dining options outside of the hotels, but future plans call for the development of an entire new resort town. Further west lies Annupuri resort. Its ski trails are not quite as steep or as wide as those of the other two resorts, but they also tend to be somewhat less crowded. At Annupuri's base stands a resort hotel and a small collection of pensions and holiday homes. Nearby dining and nightlife options are scarce. Moiwa is a small, fourth ski resort that lies just west of Annupuri. Moiwa is not covered by the Niseko All Mountain Pass, nor is it possible to ski from Moiwa to the other resorts. As such it tends to be less crowded and is popular among those who prefer a smaller sized resort and among beginners. A few hotels and pensions are spread near Moiwa's base, but they do not create much of a town feeling. About a 15-25 minute bus ride from Niseko's western resorts lies the town center of Niseko with Niseko Station. The small town does not offer many dining or nightlife options, nor is it a convenient base for skiers. Resorts that have joined together to create the largest combined ski area in Japan. Shiga Kogen is so large that it would take at least two days to cover it all, yet a single lift ticket gives you access to all 71 lifts, gondolas and ropeways in the area. Located in the highlands of Nagano Prefecture, Shiga Kogen is divided into two areas that are joined at Hasuike. The southern area leads to the top of the 2305 m tall Mount Yokote and has ski runs and hot springs along the way to the summit. The northern area leads to Oku Shiga Kogen and is flanked by a number of 2000 m high peaks providing an immense area for skiers and snowboarders to explore. The northern area's Higashidateyama Resort hosted the slalom and giant slalom events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Lift tickets cost 5000 yen (plus a 500 yen deposit that is refunded when you return your IC card lift pass) and give you access to all of the resorts in Shiga Kogen. Most of the ski areas are connected such that you can easily travel between them on ski or snowboard; however, there is also a shuttle bus that serves the resorts from December to early May (free for lift ticket holders). Accommodation is provided by the many hotels located throughout the area, especially around Hasuike. Shiga Kogen does not have much of a town, so after ski activities usually take place at the hotel. Entertainment can also be found at the nearby hot spring resort towns of Shibu Onsen andYudanaka Onsen or the Jigokudani Monkey Park, whose wild monkeys bathe in natural hot springs. By local bus from Yudanaka Station - There is approximately one bus per hour from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen, stopping at Shibu Onsen shortly after leaving Yudanaka. In Shiga Kogen, all buses stop at Hasuike (30 minutes, 840 yen) to make a connection with a bus bound for southern Shiga Kogen and before continuing on to Oku Shiga Kogen. From late April to early November, some buses continue as far as Mount Shirane, where traveler can transfer to a different bus down to Kusatsu Onsen. By express bus from Nagano Station. The Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express serves various stops in Shiga Kogen. During the ski season, busesdepart about once an hour from platform 3 of the Nagano Station East Exit. All buses stop at Hasuike (70 min, 1700 yen) from where the majority continue on to Oku Shiga Kogen while a few continue south. In addition, there are shuttle buses serving the northern and southern resorts from Hasuike. Outside of winter, express buses from Nagano to Shiga Kogen operate less frequently. From late April to early November, some continue as far as Mount Shirane, where traveler can transfer to a different bus down to Kusatsu Onsen. Zao Onsen is a well known hot spring and ski resort in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture. It is one of only a few places in Japan where juhyo or "ice trees" can be seen. Also known as "snow monsters", the trees take on curious shapes due to the heavy snowfall and freezing winds. The snow monsters form around the peak of the Zao Ski Resort and are usually most spectacular around mid February. Access to the monsters is provided by a ropeway and a gondola for both skiers and non-skiers. In the evenings, the monsters around the summit are lit up to be enjoyed outside or from a warm seat in the cafe. Night skiing, however, is offered only in the lower elevations of the resort. Zao's ski resort is one of Japan's oldest and offers over thirty lifts, gondolas and ropeways and a variety of different courses suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, especially beginners and intermediates. The longest course starts in the territory of the snow monsters at the summit of the mountain and is about ten kilometers long. Furano Ski Area is one of Hokkaido's famous snow resorts. Located in a town known for its flowersand television dramas, the resort offers an exciting attraction for the cold winter months. It is a good place for a multiday family snow trip as there are lots of varied runs and other family oriented snow attractions. The ski area consists of two connected peaks, each offering long fast runs that have been used for World Cup races. There are also a number of wider, gentler slopes suitable for beginners. For the more advanced or adventuresome, there are terrain parks, downhill courses and a World Cup sized half pipe. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Furano Ski Area offers a Family Snowland where you can try other snow activities, such as snow rafting, snowmobiling, parasailing and dog sledding. At the base of the ski resort stand two large Prince Hotels with rear entrances leading directly into the ski area. Furthermore, there are lots of small pensions, family run lodgings with Western style rooms that resemble B&Bs and are a very pleasant and reasonable way to stay in Furano. Hakuba (白馬), located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's most popularski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from. During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained world wide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events. Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump. Hakuba can be reached relatively easily not only from Tokyo, but also from the Nagoya and Kansairegions. While it is possible to do a day trip from Tokyo, Hakuba is best enjoyed overnight. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are hot springs (onsen) available around town.
Twelve of the major resorts (including all of those listed on this page) have teamed up to offer the "Hakuba Valley Ticket" package, which gives discounts on multiple day lift tickets to be used at any of the participating resorts. Two 1-day tickets (valid over a three day period) cost 10,000 yen, while three 1-day tickets (to be used over a five day period) cost 14,900 yen. A variety of other combination tickets are also available and some locals hotels offer further discounts to staying guests. The Appi Kogen Ski Resort is located in the Appi Highlands (安比高原, Appi Kōgen) in Iwate Prefecture, about 50 kilometers north of Morioka. It is one of the best ski resorts in the Tohoku Region, offering a large variety of wide, long ski courses, including groomed and ungroomed runs and mogul terrains. The average yearly ski season lasts from early December to Golden Week in early May. The ski courses are situated mainly along the slopes of Mount Maemori (1305 meters), with two runs on the adjacent Mount Nishimori (1328 meters). At the peaks of both mountains there are observation points from where the surrounding mountain range, in particular Mount Iwate and Mount Hachimantai, can be seen on clear days. Other attractions include a snow park with rails and other obstacles for snowboarders to try out stunts, and a family park with sleds, snow tubes and mini courses for children to enjoy the snow. At the foot of the slopes stands the resort center, where rental equipment, shops and food establishments are available. There is also a ski school where skiing and snowboarding lessons are offered.
Hotel Appi Grand is the resort hotel at the base of the ski slopes, consisting of multiple large buildings and a hot spring bath house with gender separated indoor and outdoor baths. The entire hotel area is so large that a shuttle bus runs between its various buildings every 15-20 minutes. In the small town below the resort hotel, alternative lodging options are offered by a few pensions. Opened in 1924, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort in Nagano Prefecture is one of Japan's oldest ski resorts. But far from being outdated, the resort features modern high speed lifts, two gondolas and long, fast runs. On a clear day you can see the Northern Japan Alps and the Sea of Japan from the mountain. And to top it up, onsen bathing awaits skiers in the town below the slopes. The resort has runs suitable for every skill level, from long gentle ones for beginners, to parks, a half pipe, moguls, and a 39 degree incline for the hardcore skiers and snowboarders. Nozawa Onsentown and its ski resort are foreigner friendly and English maps, signs and pamphlets are available. The resort hosted the biathlon events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. A ski museum (300 yen, open every day and closed on Thursdays, or on the following day if it is a holiday) which displays historic skis from around the world as well as a history of skiing in Japan is located near the base of the Hikage Gondola. Outside of winter, the resort plants flowers along several of the ski slopes, and opens parts of the resort to mountain bikers and hikers. Other outdoor activities such as mallet golf and camping are also available during the off season. Yuzawa (湯沢) in Niigata Prefecture is one of the largest and the most easily accessed ski areas fromTokyo. You can be on the slopes from Tokyo Station in under two hours. Yuzawa is known for deep powder and a long season, with some of its resorts open from mid November to late May. There are approximately twenty resorts in and around Yuzawa, varying in size from one to over thirty lifts. While some are near the town center, others are more remote, but they are all accessible by public transportation. A few resorts team up to offer combination lift tickets that give you access to all of the participating resorts. They are typically connected to each other so that you can ski or snowboard between them. Yuzawa is also known for its onsen (hot springs), with baths located at the ski resorts, hotels, public bath houses and shinkansen stations, including a sake bath as well as a sake museum at the Echigo-Yuzawa Station. Sapporo Teine (サッポロテイネ) is the largest of several medium sized ski resorts on the outskirts ofSapporo. Just 40 minutes outside of the city center, the resort features a variety of ski trails from wide, gently sloping hills to long and fast advanced courses which include two runs used for some ski events during the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics. The Olympic Torch still stands above the resort as a monument overlooking Sapporo and the Sea of Japan below. Sapporo Teine's good selection of trails are spread out over two zones and connected by a gondola and a six kilometer long trail. The upper Highland Zone reaches 1000 meters above sea level and features medium to advanced courses, off trail runs, and a snow park with jumps, boxes and rails. The lower Olympia Zone has wider, less steep trails suitable for beginners, as well as a family park offering sledding and tubing.
Rusutsu Resort (ルスツ) is considered one of the best ski resorts in Hokkaido. It has a large ski area that covers three mountains, each having a variety of long runs with a good mix of groomed trails, great powder and tree runs. It is located close to Lake Toya (Toyako) and is just on the other side of Mount Yotei from Niseko.
A large hotel complex sits at the center of the resort, consisting of the highrise Rusutsu Tower, the North and South Wings, the Highland Lodge and several trailside log cabins. A monorail connects the buildings with each other. In December 2015, the tower part of the hotel is scheduled to be re-branded into a Westin resort hotel. Several independently run pensions can also be found in the nearby town center of Rusutsu. Besides skiing, Rusutsu Resort offers numerous other attractions, including restaurants and shops, pool facilities and hot spring baths, as well as places catering to foreigners such as the Cricket Pub sports bar. Summer activities include golf and an amusement park with over 60 attractions and 8 roller coasters. For the Japanese version of SKI TV™ Japan, click on the Japanese flag in the top left hand corner of this page. Multiple ski resorts can be found on the slopes of Mount Bandai in Fukushima Prefecture and the surrounding mountains. The resorts offer courses for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, high quality powder snow and an attractive natural surrounding that includes Lake Inawashiro. There are over a dozen resorts in the area, some on the southern front side of the mountain (Omotebandai) and some on its backside (Urabandai), varying in size and the number of lifts and runs available. The resorts typically open from mid December to early May. Some offer shuttlebus services to Koriyama Station (the nearest shinkansen station) or Inawashiro Station. Kusatsu Kokusai Ski Resort (草津国際スキー場, Kusatsu Kokusai Skījō) is the winter transformation of the steep slopes along the road from Kusatsu Onsen to Mount Shirane. The resort is essentially one long trail from top to bottom that, at eight kilometers, is one of Japan's longest continuous runs. The upper half of Kusatsu Kokusai has a few medium and advanced diversions from the main trail, while toward the base of the mountain the trail opens up to a wide field suitable for beginners. The resort is just a short walk from some of Kusatsu's famous hot spring baths, where it is popular to take a long hot soak after a day of hitting the slopes. In the summer the resort offers mini golf, grass cart and mountain boarding at its base. A network of hiking trails leads up the mountain toward Mount Shirane, and the resort's ropeway can be used to bypass part of the trail. Tomamu Ski Resort (星野リゾートトマム, Hoshino Resort Tomamu), is a modern, high class ski resortin central Hokkaido, about 90 minutes by train south of Sapporo. The resort covers two mountains and has a large selection of trails to choose from. In addition to beginner slopes and groomed trails, Tomamu has several courses aimed at enthusiast skiers including expert runs, a well maintained terrain park, and sanctioned tree skiing within resort boundaries (a rarity among Japanese ski resorts). Tomamu also offers a host of other activities such as snowmobiling, snow rafting, backcountry tours (including heli and cat skiing), cross country skiing, paraskiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. For the Japanese version of SKI TV™ Japan, click on the Japanese flag in the top left hand corner of this page. Lessons are available for beginner skiers and snowboarders, and there is a large kid's snow park to entertain smaller children with ski lessons, a snow playground, sledding and snow boat rides. Fujiten Snow Resort is a small ski resort along the northern base of Mount Fuji in the Fuji Five Lakesregion. Fujiten is the larger of two ski resorts on Mount Fuji and offers good facilities and views of the mountain. The other one is the Snow Town Yeti on the mountain's southern base. Fujiten has a respectable selection of runs with something to suit every ability. Its two 1300 meter long main courses are suitable for beginners, while a 500 meter long family slope is reserved for beginning skiers. The resort also features steeper, advanced courses and a terrain park with several large jumps, rails and boxes that attract talented skiers and snowboarders. Snow canons provide the resort with man made snow when nature does not cooperate, which is not an uncommon occurrence. Fujiten also has a large kids park where children can sled, innertube, jump on a trampoline, learn to ski or just play in the snow. Admission to the kids park costs 600 yen per person, but is free for holders of full-day lift passes. Some of the activities require rentals or separate fees to participate in.
Snow Town Yeti is a small ski resort on the southern slope of Mount Fuji. It is notable as one of only two ski resorts found on Mount Fuji (the other is Fujiten), and because it is the first snow resort in Japan to open each season (around mid October with man made snow). The resort has two lifts and four runs. Its two main runs are each about 1000 meters long and well suited to beginner skiers and snowboarders. The shorter (500 meter) secondary runs are steeper and narrower and closed during night skiing. The resort also has a small terrain park with jumps and rails, and a separate snow play area for kids, sledding and beginner skiers. Snow canons provide the resort with man made snow when nature does not cooperate, which is not an uncommon occurrence.