5 Ski Resorts You Can Enjoy on a Day Trip from Tokyo
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5 Ski Resorts You Can Enjoy on a Day Trip from Tokyo

Nagano 2016.11.10

Would you like to go skiing in Japan's mountainous areas? This article introduces Information on five ski resorts you can enjoy on a day trip from Tokyo in areas such as Nagano, Gunma and Shizuoka!

Translated by Allie

A nomad traveler, teacher and translator. Speaks English, Japanese, basic Chinese and some Russian.

Written by Eri Okubo

Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in Japan. If you visit Japan in the winter and have at least one or two days at your disposal to travel to a ski resort, we highly recommend you go skiing in Japan's mountainous areas.

We would like to introduce here five ski resorts where you can go on a day trip from Tokyo.

1. GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort (Niigata Prefecture)

Image courtesy of GALA Yuzawa Corporation

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is located right near a shinkansen (bullet train) station, so it is a really convenient ski resort to go to. If you take the bullet train called Max Tanigawa which brings you directly to Gala-Yuzawa Station from Tokyo Station, you can reach it in only 75 minutes. At the exit from the ticket gate at the train station, a ticket counter of the ski resort will welcome you. You can change into your ski clothes and take a ski lift up to the top of the mountain right there.

Image courtesy of GALA Yuzawa Corporation

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort has courses for all ability levels and a total of 17 ski trails are available. Gondolas for going down the mountain can become really crowded when people head home. It is possible to ski down the mountain but some of the paths might be difficult for beginners. If you are planning to ride a gondola on your way back, it is better to estimate that it would take a longer time than it usually takes.

Season Start/End: December 17, 2016 / May 7, 2017

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