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Ski resorts in the Tohoku area are popular among both Japanese and foreign skiers. The snow quality is excellent, and you can enjoy a magnificent view from the ski slopes. Here are five of the most popular ski resorts in the Tohoku area.
Zao Onsen Ski Resort
With 26 trails and 41 lifts, this is one of the biggest ski resorts in the area. In addition to the wide range of trails, visitors can also enjoy hot springs at the resort. Ski lessons are available.
Website (English): http://www.zao-spa.or.jp/english/index.html
Appi Ski Resort
This resort has a total of 21 trails, which include 12 long trails extending over 2 km. The wide range of trails include well-maintained slopes where fluffy powder snow is compacted, as well as three ungroomed powder snow trails. Ski lessons are available.
Website (English): http://www.appi.co.jp/foreign_country/english/winter/index.html
Nakua Shirakami Ski Resort
The main feature of this resort is its popular long trail that extends for 3.4 km. The resort is acclaimed for its stable snowfalls and the quality of the snow. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the Sea of Japan and the Tsugaru plains from the ski slopes.
Website (Japanese): http://www.naqua-shirakami.jp/winter/
Information in English: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/aomori/ajigasawa/naqua-shirakami
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
This resort has 29 trails which include gondola trails where you can enjoy a long cruising, as well as ungroomed powder snow trails with naturally formed bumps. From beginners to experts, anyone can enjoy skiing at this resort.
Website (English): http://www.alts.co.jp/english/
Onikobe Ski Resort
This resort has a wide variety of slopes that will satisfy skiers of all levels, from beginners to experts. Ungroomed trails where you can enjoy skiing on freshly fallen snow are one of the popular features of this resort. Snowboarders can enjoy the trails all day long. The resort offers ski slopes for families, a day-care center and a kids’ menu at the restaurant, so it really is a family-friendly destination.
Website (Japanese): http://www.onikoube.com/
Information in English: http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/miyagi/osaki/onikoube
Ski resorts in the Tohoku area are less crowded, and you can ski quite comfortably. Access to these resorts is quite easy as shuttle buses are available at the closest stations train stations and airports. If you want to ski on powdery snow, Tohoku area is your place of choice!