8 Best Ski Resorts Near Tokyo for Winter Vacation

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Japan, the land of rising sun, is also the land of sliding over snow in winter. When every piece of land is covered under the blanket of magical snow, when lush green mountains transform into enchanting white peaks, that, my friends, is the time to get your adrenaline rushing. But, staying in Tokyo has some drawbacks. I do not have the luxury to wake up next to landscapes sandwiched between snow where I can go skiing. I need to travel for at least an hour to reach the mountain slopes perfect for gliding on the snow. I have visited some of the lovely ski resorts near Tokyo that offer different winter recreational activities. And, believe me, travelling for a couple of hours is worth all the efforts if you are an outdoor person.

This is the list of some of the best skiing destinations to get your heart pumping. Put on your gloves, tie those shoelaces, and hold on to ski poles to experience the thrill of skiing and snowboarding!

1. Fujiten Snow Resort –

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When someone says Japan, people like me start dreaming about the majestic Mount Fuji. Who wouldn’t want to embrace the beauty of this mountain in winter? If you are looking for the best ski resorts near Tokyo, you shouldn’t miss coming here. It has 4 lifts, 7 trails, and 6 different courses for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers. Children will love coming here as they get a separate kids’ island on the premises which allows safe skiing and snowboarding. There are special junior lessons for snowboarding and a snowboarding park with more than ten different items including kicker, rail, and boxes. All these things make it a perfect family-friendly destination in Winter in Japan.

Opening and Closing Dates - From beginning of December, 2017 to May, 2018

Distance from Tokyo - 113 kilometers

2. Karuizawa Prince Hotel ski resort -

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Planning a trip to a ski resort from Tokyo? Consider visiting Karuizawa Prince Hotel ski resort in Nagano Prefecture as it takes only an hour to reach here. Fully-equipped with snow machines, the resort starts as early as the first week of November. The trails are maintained in such a way that the beginners and intermediate level skiers will have a chance to practice skiing in a safe terrain. It also hosts numerous events throughout the season. Going for night adventures in winter and experiencing the enchanting beauty of mountains is something you shouldn’t miss. And even if you are looking for a day trip, the skiing area has many activities every day. Do not forget to wander through the big shopping center at the base.

Opening and Closing Dates - November 3, 2017 to April 1, 2018.

Distance from Tokyo -  171 kilometers

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3. Naeba Ski Resort -

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Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa is one of the popular resorts near Tokyo. Located on the eastern slope of Mount Takenoko, it offers 4 different ski areas and is also connected with Tashiro ski area by Dragondola. Two gondolas, 33 ski lifts along with snow making machines serve skiers throughout the long snow seasons. Naeba Prince Hotel with its 1,224 rooms and 20 restaurants can accommodate thousands of enthusiastic visitors. Naebo is also known for hosting Alpine Skiing World Cup in 1973, 1975 and 2016. And the best part is, it takes only a couple of hours to reach Naeba from Tokyo.  

Opening and Closing Dates - December 9, 2017 to May 6, 2018 (Closed on weekdays from April 9 to 27, 2018)

Distance from Tokyo - 194 kilometers.

4. Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort -

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Near to Tokyo and easy to reach, Gala Yuzawa has become the favourite skiing destination in Japan.  It is the only ski resort in Japan which has its own Shinkansen bullet train station and takes only 75 minutes to reach from Tokyo station. If you are going for this exciting winter activity for the first time, consider taking skiing and snowboarding from trained instructors here. This family-friendly ski resort offers numerous activities other than skiing. You can go for snow shoe trekking which will lead you to spectacular panoramic vistas. Choose to go for snowboarding or simply play in the snow with your loved ones. And what can be better than experiencing hot springs and delicious authentic Japanese food after a tiring skiing? The resort has it all.

Opening and Closing Dates - December 16, 2017 to May 6, 2018.

From April 2018 - Weekday 8 am to 4 pm and Weekend 8 am to 4:30 pm               

Distance from Tokyo - 200 kilometers

5. Shiga Kogen/Shiga Highlands -

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This second highest ski resort in Japan is favourite amongst enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders. Spread over 13,000 hectares, this site has been designated a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. Shiga Kogen is basically a group of more than 20 resorts that take care of your every little need. There are seven natural hot spring sources which help in making it a famous ‘onsen’ site. The resort has 51 lifts, gondolas, ropeways, and interlinked ski areas which let you have the time of your life here. Being one of the largest skiing areas in the world, it also have had the pleasure of hosting several games of 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Opening and Closing Dates - December 2017 to April 2018

Distance from Tokyo - 279 kilometers

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6. Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort -

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If you want to embrace winter with outdoor recreational activities in Japan, head to the Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort in Nozawaonsen, Nagano. This is the place to experience skiing on the challenging slopes, bathing in hot springs, pampering your taste buds with the traditional local cuisine, and backpacking through snow-covered mountains. It is also one of the few places that offer night skiing in Japan. Standing under the exquisite winter sky amidst all the magnificent beauty is an unforgettable experience. There are 36 different runs here, out of which 10 kilometers of a run is perfect to hone your skills. With an experience of over seventy years, the resort makes sure that you enjoy skiing to the fullest.

Opening and Closing Dates - November 25, 2017 to May 6, 2018

Distance from Tokyo - 281 kilometers

7. Hakuba 47 -

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Hakuba 47 Ski Resort has become a favourite amongst visitors because of its location. It is only five kilometers away from Hakuba train station. The view of snow-clad town with the backdrop of towering mountains is enough to take your breath away. Not exactly ideal for beginners and amateurs, this resort is perfect for experienced skiers. You will find rare terrain park and the halfpipe on the slopes. The resort, though small, has 6 lifts, 8 official runs, and 80 acres of piste terrain along with basic ski accessories available for rent. Coming here in the peak winter season will let you experience the thrill of the extreme winter sports in Japan.

Opening and Closing Dates - December 7, 2017 to May 6, 2018. (Estimated)

Distance from Tokyo - 270 kilometers

8. Hakuba Happoone Winter Resort -

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Slopes of Mount Karamatsu are home to lovely Hakuba Happoone Winter Resort. Located on the island of Honshu. This is one of the largest ski and snowboard resorts in Japan which has slopes designed for people with different skill levels. Relatively easy and less challenging, Sakka Kids Park and Sakka Beginner park are perfect for amateurs and beginners. Sakka Kids Park is a safe snow park and it also hosts different fun activities to do with kids every week. The resort has the experience of hosting alpine skiing downhill, super giant slalom, and combined slalom events when the 1998 Winter Olympics was organized in Nagano. It usually takes 4 hours to reach the skiing area from Tokyo.

Opening and Closing Dates - December 16, 2017 to May 6, 2018

Distance from Tokyo - 276 kilometers

Plan your one-day trip to any of these resorts to hit the mountain slopes.

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