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Ski Lessons

Ski lessons are offered in many ski resorts in Japan. Even though the lessons are conducted in Japanese, kids will be able to learn to ski in just half a day.

With a dry suit for ice diving on, you can walk on the drifting ice between February and March when the ice condition is stable!

Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido, etc.

Veterans Also Satisfied with Well-developed Ski Resorts

❶ Naeba
Naeba offers well-developed facilities including three gondolas, and it is within easy access of the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is famous for having lots of terrains to choose from and quality snow. 50 min by bus bound for
Naeba Prince Hotel from JR Joetsu Shinkansen Echigo-Yuzawa Station (time depends on the traffic situation)

❷ GALA Yuzawa
Having a bullet train station at the base of the resort, it is great for one-day trip from Tokyo. A spa is available at the station. From Tokyo by JR Joetsu Shinkansen “Max Tanigawa” and get off at GALA Yuzawa Station

❸ Hakuba
Hakuba is famous for hosting the Nagano Olympics in 1998, and it is considered a winter sports “sacred place.” From Tokyo/Shinjuku by JR Chuo Line Express “Azusa” and get off at Hakuba Station.

❹ Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen is the largest ski area in Japan, and popular for offering 22 interlinked trails and impressive snowfall. You can challenge the slalom and giant slalom trails which were used in the Nagano Olympics.
Get off at JR Nagano Shinkansen Nagano Station, 70 min by bus from the East Exit No. 3 or No. 4 bus terminal.

❺ Niseko
With 48 km of serviced runs, including the longest trail of 5.6 km, covered by powder snow. There are 38 lifts. By shuttle bus from
New Chitose Airport/JR Sapporo Station.

❻ Appi Kogen (Appi Highlands)
Extremely dry powder snow. The average length of 21 trails is about 2,100 meters and the longest slide trail is 5,500 meters.
60 min by bus from JR Tohoku Shinkansen Morioka Station.

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