Nagano

Resorts in Nagano

The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, there are 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs making Hakuba the skiing mecca of Japan. Happo-One is the largest resort with a consistently impressive snow base and family friendly facilities. Our favourite, and Hakuba’s best kept secret is Cortina. It may be the smallest of the 10 resorts but don’t let that fool you, you’ll find amazing tree skiing and steep powder-filled bowls. Off-piste skiing is limited in Hakuba, if you wish to explore the back-country we recommend booking a guide on arrival in Hakuba. Along with the wide variety of skiiable terrain, there's also a great variety of non-ski activities in Hakuba. Make sure you leave a day to visit the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park, you’ll find them soaking in the Onsens trying to keep warm in the colder months. We offer a day long Snow Monkey & Temple Tour that will ensure you get your cute animal + cultural fix all in one.
With a whopping 14 metres of snow every season, Myoko Kogen is an uncrowded paradise that allows off-piste skiing (powder seekers rejoice!). Myoko Kogen is one of Japan’s oldest ski areas and is made up of three separate resorts – Myoko Akakura, Myoko Suginohara and Ikenotaira. This area has some of the best tree skiing in Honshu and holds claim to the longest ski run in Japan, also known as ‘The Wall’. But don’t worry, if you’re not up for testing your legs just yet there are plenty of options for beginners and families as well. At the base of the mountain you’ll find an authentic village steeped in Japanese tradition. Onsens (hot springs) are scattered throughout the village and izakayas (Japanese pubs) provide a great atmosphere for an après beer or sake. If you’re looking to combine off-piste powder skiing and culture, you can’t go past Myoko Kogen.
Nozawa Onsen is a charming village that is famous for amazing mountain terrain as well as its abundance of hot springs (onsens), and trust us when we say that both are a must do! Nozawa Onsen is ranked as one of the best ski resorts in Japan, with a wide selection of runs offering great skiing and snowboarding experiences for beginners’ right through to the most advanced. Limited in-bounds off-piste skiing is available, the resort also leaves much of the advanced areas ungroomed to allow for plenty of powder fun! The Village itself has a real sense of tradition with beautiful old streets and onsens scattered throughout the town. The Nozawa Onsen fire festival in January is famous throughout Japan, although make sure you book well in advance if you hope to experience it yourself!
Shiga Kogen is one of Japan's largest and most impressive ski resorts with a collection of 21 resorts, of which 19 are interconnected. These resorts offers a seemingly endless variety of long perfectly groomed cruising runs, gentle beginner’s slopes and challenging moguls. The village in Shiga Kogen is small with the limited number of bars and restaurants; we’d recommend spending 3-4 days in Shiga Kogen as part of a larger trip around the Honshu ski areas. Shuttle transfers are available to Nozawa Onsen, Myoko Kogen and Hakuba.