5 of the Most Popular Ski Resorts in Nagano with Natural Onsens

Ski resorts in Nagano Prefecture are easily accessible from the greater Tokyo area. Situated amidst mountains with high-altitude confirms perfect quality of snow with a splendid view of the Northern Japanese Alps as a backdrop!

1. Shiga Kogen Highlands – Yakeibitaiyama Ski Resorts

View of ski slopes and distant snow-covered mountains

You can enjoy the grandeurs of a panoramic view (360 degrees) from the peak of the mountain at about 2,000m (6561ft.) – above sea level. The ski resort offers a wide variety of courses to choose from, including those for novice skiers and expert skiers. In addition, there is a beautiful course with conifers which features the beautiful natural topography. Moreover, skiing lessons for foreigners are also available.

Website (Japanese): http://www.shigakogen-ski.com/
Information in English: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/yamanouchi/shiga-kogen-yakebitaiyama

2. Nozawa Onsen Ski Resorts

Snowboarders at Nozawa Onsen ski resort
Photo by Christine Wang on Flickr

The ski slopes are surrounded by an abundance of natural scenic beauty while the resort offers a total skiing area of 297ha (734ac) with a vertical drop of 1,086m(0.67mi) and a total of 36 skiing slopes; making it perfect in terms of scale of the resort, quality of snow and the views. The natural onsens/hot springs in the surrounding areas adds to the attraction. Skiing lessons are also available here.

Nozawa Onsen Website

Hakuba Happo-One Ski Resort

The Nagano Olympics was held in 1998 at this ski-resort. Tourists can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the skiing slopes. The skiing slopes are wide enough with a vertical drop of 1,071m and long enough for a non-stop skiing experience.The hot springs at Hakuba Happo Onsen resort can be enjoyed due to close proximity.Skiing lessons for foreigners are available, too.

Happo-One official website

Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort

A popular skiing destination for both the novice and visitors with family. About 80% of the entire resort consists of gentle slopes. In addition, there is a heli-ski, which takes you to an altitude of 2,200m (approx. 7218ft) at one go (only available in the spring) and is well-suited for experts.

Website (Japanese): http://www.tsugaike.gr.jp/
Information in English: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/otari/tsugaike-kogen

Yabuhara Kogen Ski Resort

This ski resort, built along a gorge, offers 13 skiing slopes with a wide choice of courses in tandem with the natural contours of the area. The immense popularity of this resort is due to easy proximity to the National Route 19, about 10-minute drive only.

Website (Japanese): http://www.yabuhara-kogen.jp/
Information in English: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/kiso/yabuhara-kogen

Onsen resorts surrounding the ski resorts are one of the attractions offered by Nagano and a great crowd-puller for skiing enthusiasts. Visitors will certainly experience the luxuries of relaxation by submerging themselves in the natural hot springs after a tiring skiing stint.

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