Top 5 Ski and Snowboard Areas in Japan by Area

  • Japanese ski areas are famous for their quality of snow, and many foreigners visit Japan to ski and snowboard.
    In this article we will introduce you to Japanese ski areas in order by their size.

    Yamagata kurao hot spring ski area @Yamagata

    This mountain is internationally known for the “snow monsters” that form near its peak. Twelve trails (14 slopes) with a lot of variety extend down for up to 9km from the snow monsters. After skiing on the spectacular powder snow, you can also relax in the onsen (hot spring) known to give you beautiful smooth skin.

    Japanese notation:山形蔵王温泉スキー場 @山形

    Nozawa hot spring ski area @Nagano

    This ski area does not use any man-made snow. The vertical drop of over 1km shows the scale of the mountain. There are 36 courses/trails, and approximately 40% of them are for beginners.

    Japanese notation:野沢温泉スキー場 @長野

    rusutsu resort @Hokkaido

    This mountain boasts three “most in Hokkaido” with a total of 37 slopes, 47km of trails, and the capacity to move 31,200 people per hour. It also has four gondolas, the most in Japan for a single ski resort. A British ski magazine awarded it “BEST SMALL RESORT 2008,” a first for a Japanese ski resort.

    Japanese notation:ルスツリゾート @北海道

    Hakuba happo one ski area @Nagano

    One of the largest single ski resorts in Japan, it is also the mountain where Japan captured the gold medal at Nagano Olympics. The panorama from its 1830m summit will take your breath away, with views of Shirouma Sanzan in northern Japanese Alps in the background, Mount Myoko and Mount Togakushi, Yatsugatake Mountains and Mount Asama with its volcanic fumes.

    Japanese notation:白馬八方尾根スキー場 @長野

    Shiga kougen ski area @Nagano

    With 19 ski areas with a total of 79 trails, 52 gondolas/lifts, this mountain has a vast array of slopes to last you over a week of enjoyment. Known for being one of the largest in the country and its heavy snowfall, it is one of the most famous and popular resort even within Nagano prefecture, a skiing mecca in Japan.

    Japanese notation:志賀高原スキー場 @長野