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JAPAN’S NAGANO & NIIGATA PREFECTURES – WORLD CLASS SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING, BREATHTAKING SCENERY AND GREAT SNOW FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
With incredible Japanese powder snow, breathtaking scenery, multiple world-class resorts, vast terrain with no lift lines, relaxing onsen spas, extensive accommodation options, fantastic traditional and western cuisine, and a wide array of cultural experiences to explore, Nagano and Niigata are the perfect choice for your next snow holiday.
Nestled in the awe-inspiring Japanese Alps, the prefectures of Nagano and Niigata are home to some of the best ski resorts in Japan. Located in central Honshu, accessible by Shinkansen from Tokyo, the area enjoys long winters and incredible annual snowfall of 10 meters or more. With mild average winter temperatures of just below -3C, it’s easy to spend all day out on the mountains and exploring the many adventures that make this winter paradise in the heart of Japan a haven for snow lovers.
Beyond the incredible skiing and amazing scenery, Nagano and Niigata are blessed with abundant geothermal activity, and has some of the country’s best natural hot spring baths. Relaxing in the soothing mineral waters of an outdoor natural onsen while snowflakes flutter down from above truly is the best way to end a long day of skiing, sightseeing or shopping.
Unique Culture, History, and Delicious Japanese Cuisine
Nagano and Niigata are ideally positioned for exploring the sights and traditional culture of Japan. Home of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano City is a thriving city of 400,000 people built around 1400-year-old Zenkoji Temple and is an excellent blend of the bold and ultra-modern Japanese culture, and the area’s rich traditions.
A fun and enlightening day tour can be spent exploring Zenkoji Temple, sampling sake at the local breweries and visiting the famous Snow Monkey Park and conservation area.
Throughout your visit, you will enjoy delicious local cuisine with incredible, freshly-caught seafood and premium sake in Niigata and Japan’s most famous buckwheat soba noodles in Nagano.
At a glance
Hakuba Valley covers 3 municipal areas with 10 resorts and is one of the biggest snow sports mecca in Japan. A mix of modern Japan and rich cultural traditions.
More than 200 accommodation facilities, 13 public hot springs and incredible wellness experiences and shopping to enjoy after skiing.
18 resorts located within a national park with 50 lifts & gondolas and 80 trails in total
Elevation between 1300-2300 m, Shiga Kogen is known for its scale and epic sceners
Easy access by train and famous for its deep snow and great lifestyle. Elevation of 2454 m with 4 resorts.
What you’ll get
Historic town with modern amenities
A wide range of activities to be enjoyed, an enriching escape for the body and soul.
Access to 18 resorts on the one lift and gondola pass. Off mountain experiences include Snow Monkey Park and natural hot springs.
A great snow holiday for families and people of all ages.
What it’s known for
Wide variety of courses from beginners to expert & back country. Easy access from Tokyo
Long courses with panoramic views.
Pristine location within a national park.
Incredible back country skiing
Top tourist drawcard
Riverview hot springs
Shinto shrine in Togakushi Kogen
All accommodation is located within walking distance to public hot springs
All styles of accommodation on offer with most offering breakfast and dinner packages
Akakura Kanko Hotel is one of the most sought-after ski-in ski-out accommodation in Japan.
Nozawana (famous local leafy green vegetable)
Craft beer and local sake
Kimono experience, cooking class, bus tours
Stamp rally, Soba noodle making, Snow monkey tours. Vine weaving workshop
Guided Snow Boots Walking Tour and Guest Bus runs monkey sightseeing tours
Echigo Tokimeki Railway runs dinning car train
Bars, restaurants, traditional cultural experiences
Restaurants and Karaoke bars. Night Snow boots walking tour
7 resorts offering Night Skiing
Akakura Onsen offers a wide range of restaurants
FOR THE EXPERT SKIER
Tsugaike Mountain Resort, Happo-One Ski Resort
Back country tours are available
Full day guided back country courses
Suginohara-Akakura back country tour is one of Japan’s best
FOR THE INTERMEDIATE SKIER
Iwatake Mountain Resort, Hakubagoryu, Hakuba47
Mt. Kenashi (1650m) Ski Line course
Most of the 18 resorts cater to the intermediate skiier
Akakura Kanko Resort
FOR THE BEGINNER SKIER
Free ski & snow boarding lessons available
Dedicated beginner’s slope (elev. 1407m)
20 different ski schools offer beginner lessons
Hakuba Tokyu Hotel has renovated family rooms
Snow Kid’s Park, Sparena Onsen & Pool facility
Multiple resorts offer a Kids Park and Creche
Family accommodation at Akakura Hotel, Akakura Hotel Annex, Central and more.
JR EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY
As the largest of all Japan Railways companies and with a rail network including 69 lines covering 7,474.2km across Tokyo and the East Japan area, JR East is the fastest and most comfortable way to travel quickly and conveniently across Japan during your snow holiday to Nagano and Niigata.
JR EAST PASS:
The JR EAST PASS provides unlimited train travel on all JR East train lines in the designated area, covering Nagano and Niigata. It is also valid for the Shinkansen, Narita Express and Tokyo Monorail, as well as some non-JR trains in the Izu and Nikko areas. This all allows for amazingly quick and convenient travel right from the time you arrive in Japan.
With the one travel pass providing access to such a broad area, the JR East Pass allows you to take in a lot more of Japan for a lot less, making sure you get the most out of your holiday.
With the JR East Pass, you can travel from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to central Tokyo, then spend some time exploring the various districts by train – shopping, dining and taking in the beautiful history and culture. When you’re ready to head to the alps, you can hop aboard the Shinkansen or a limited express to Nagano or Niigata for the start of your snow adventures.
Classic Resorts Japan provide opportunity for endless adventures for before or after your Japan snow holiday. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to start planning.
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