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Top 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

Here are our Top Recommended 2018-2019 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, offers lessons for kids and easily accessible. We will be adding more in the coming weeks. Do you have one to add? Please let us know in the comments section below. * Please check each website for open hours as schedule may change due to snow conditions.

1) NASPA Ski Garden is a skiers-only ski resort suitable for families and beginners as well as intermediate skiers looking for some ungroomed snow and mogul challenges. Along with the adjacent NASPA New Otani Hotel, NASPA is perfect for a family vacation, for learning to ski for the first time, for improving skills and enjoying the fun of skiing – and playing in the snow.

Naspa Ski Resort has a Kid’s Garden where small children can play in the snow in a safe and fun environment. Just buy a ticket to enter the Kids Garden at the Ticket Center and have fun. They also offer Ski Lessons from 4 years in both English and Japanese.

Lift Tickets Charges

Ticket typeValid timesAdultChild55+
1 lift ride450350400
Morning8:30am-1pm3,2002,1002,600
Afternoon12:30pm-5pm3,2002,1002,600
5 hourValid 5 hours3,5002,6003,000
PA.MSee below4,8003,8004,300
1 day8:30am-5pm4,2003,2003,700
2 days8:30am-5pm6,6005,0005,800
Thanks5pm-6pm1,000600800
Repeater8:30am-5pm3,2002,5002,900
First ski21st Dec only2,1002,1002,100
Spring skiFrom 18th Mar3,2002,5002,900

NASPA Ski Garden, Niigata Details:

Season: Friday, December 21, 2018 – April 1, 2019
Hours: 9:30 until 16:00 daily during the season
Access: From Tokyo (about 80 minutes). Take the Joetsu Shinansen from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station.
Website: http://naspa.co.jp/ski/

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2) Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort is one of the most convenient snow resorts to visit with little ones outside Tokyo. It`s a 75-min shinkansen ride (Max-Tanigawa or the Tanigawa) from Tokyo station and the train drops you off right inside the base of the GALA Yuzawa Resort making it ultra convenient if traveling with small kids. Read about our visit here.

■ Lift fee

TypePriceUtilization time
Regular priceSpring special rate
December 15 – March 31April 1 – May 6
AdultElementary school studentSeniorAdultElementary school studentSeniorDecember 15 –
March 31
April 1 –
May 6
Weekdays from
April 1 – 26
One day ticket¥4,600¥ 2,300¥ 3,700¥3,700¥ 1,850¥3,1008: 00 ~

17: 00

8: 00 ~ 16:308: 00 ~

16: 00

2 day ticket¥ 7,000¥ 3,400¥6,000¥5,700¥ 2,800¥5,000
On-site morning tickets¥ 3,700¥ 1,800¥3,300¥3,000¥ 1,400¥ 2,6008: 00 ~ 13: 00
On-site afternoon ticket *¥ 3,700¥ 1,800¥3,300¥3,000¥ 1,400¥ 2,60012: 00 ~

17: 00

12:00 ~ 16:3012: 00 ~

16: 00

3PM ticket *¥ 2000¥ 1,000¥ 1,800¥ 1,600¥ 800¥ 1,30015: 00 ~

17: 00

15:00 ~ 16:3015: 00 ~

16: 00

Gondola free ticket¥ 1,800¥ 900¥ 1,800¥ 1,800¥ 900¥ 1,8008: 00 ~

17: 00

8: 00 ~ 16:308: 00 ~

16: 00

GALA Yuzawa, Niigata Details:

Season: Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Monday, May 6, 2019
Hours: Winter Time 08:00 – 17:00; Spring Time 08:00 – 16:30; *April 1-26 M-F 08:00 – 16:00 *Business hours may change depending on the condition of the weather. Please check the website for updates.
Access: At Tokyo station, follow the signs for the Joetsu Shinkansen [Platforms 20-23] and take the train named Max-Tanigawa or Tanigawa. The fastest Joetsu shinkansen will get you there in just 77 mins.
Website: https://gala.co.jp/winter/

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3) Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort is one of the easiest accessible resorts from Tokyo. The ski resort offers beginner and intermediate trails as well as snow parks and the ski season starts early from November. A huge resort area lies at the bottom of the ski resort including Prince Hotels and a large shopping complex. Visit our things to do in Karuizawa with Kids post.

Karuizawa has ski schools with private lessons in English. Lessons are available twice a day at 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Advance bookings are highly recommended.

First slide 
( 11/3 ~ 12/21 )
Season 
(12/22 – 3/17)
Spring skiing 
(3/18 ~ 3/31)
GeneralSEIBU PRINCE CLUB 
members
GeneralSEIBU PRINCE CLUB 
members
GeneralSEIBU PRINCE CLUB 
members
1-day ticket 
(business opening ~ 5: 00 P.M.)
Adult¥ 4,700¥ 4,200¥ 5,500¥ 5,000¥ 4,700¥ 4,200
Middle and high school student, senior¥ 3,700¥ 3,200¥ 4,500¥ 4,000¥ 3,700¥ 3,200
4 hour ticket 
(4 hours from purchase)
Adult¥ 4,200¥ 3,700¥ 5,000¥ 4,500¥ 4,200¥ 3,700
Middle and high school student, senior¥ 3,200¥ 2,700¥ 4,000¥ 3,500¥ 3,200¥ 2,700
2-day ticket 
(excluding Night tix)
Adult¥ 8,800¥ 10,200¥ 8,800
Middle and high school student, senior¥ 6,800¥ 8,200¥ 6,800
3 day ticket 
(excluding Night tix)
Adult¥ 12,600¥ 14,600¥ 12,600
Middle and high school student, senior¥ 9,600¥ 11,600¥ 9,600
Night ticket 
(4PM. ~ 8P.M.)
Closed
Adult¥ 1,800
Middle and high school student, senior¥ 1,300

Prince Hotel Resort Karuizawa, Nagano Details:

Season: Friday, November 3, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Hours: 8:00 – 17:00 Daily.
Access: Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen (via Nagano) to Karuizawa Station (1 hr 10 min). The Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Area is 1 min by taxi or 10 min on foot from the South Exit. There is a free Shuttle Bus between the Ski Area and Karuizawa Station. Daily service from Saturday, December 8th to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Website: http://princehotels.co.jp/ski/karuizawa/

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4) Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort ranks among the very top in Japan in terms of size, its history and snow quality. Their 100% natural, high-quality powder snow allows you to enjoy skiing well into early May. The unlimited variety of slopes and courses, including the exciting Snow Park, guarantees satisfaction to snow lovers of all levels from the advanced to beginners as well as families, providing all with the ideal playground to enjoy the ultimate in skiing, snowboarding or whatever on-snow fun delights you.

Lift & Gondola Charge

Type of ticketAdultChild(under 15)Senior(over 60)
1 day4,800yen2,200yen3,700yen
1.5 day7,800yen3,700yen5,400yen
2 day9,000yen4,200yen7,000yen
3 day13,000yen6,000yen10,000yen
AM lift ticket3,700yen1,600yen3,000yen
PM lift ticket3,700yen1,600yen3,000yen
1 lift ticket450yen250yen
Nagasaka Gondola1,700yen850yen
Higake Gondola1,300yen650yen
Night skiing1,600yen850yen
Season ticket63,000yen50,000yen57,000yen
After March season pass32,000yen20,000yen26,000yen

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Nagano Details:

Season: November 23, 2018 – May 6, 2019
Hours: 8:30 – 16:30 Daily.
Access: 1 hour 40 min from Tokyo station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen to IIyama Station then 25 min to Nozawa onsen on the Nozawaonsen Liner.
Website: http://www.nozawaski.com/en/

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Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

5) The Fujiten Snow Resort is situated in an outstanding location, overlooking the majestic Mt. Fuji. The 4 lifts and 7 courses are rich in variety. Kids can enjoy skiing and playing the snow safely at ‘Chibikko (kids) Island’, which has one of the largest sledging slopes in the Kanto Region.

Ski Set Rental – Adult
One day ¥4,500
Half day ¥3,000
※Lift is not included in the price.

Ski Set Rental – Junior
One day ¥3,000
Half day ¥2,000
※Lift is not included in the price.

Snowboard Set Rental – Adult & Junior
One day ¥4,500
Half day ¥3,000

Chibikko Island Kids Park
Adult & Kids entrance charge 700yen/per person
One day lift ticket purchasers are for free
Rental sled 500 yen (One day)

Lift Tickets
Adults 4000JPY
4 years ~ elementary school 3000 JPY
under 3 years free

Fujiten Snow Resort Details:

Season: early December 2018 – early April 2019
Hours: Weekdays 8:30 to 17:00; Weekends and Holidays 9:00 to 17:00; Night Skiing 16:00 to 22:00
Access: By Car Take the Chuo Expressway Shinjuku IC to the Kawaguchiko IC then to the Fujiten Snow Resort (90min); By Train from Shinjuku Statio to Kawaguchiko Station(2hr). Then take a 20 min Taxi to Fujiten Snow Resort.
Website: http://www.fujiten.net/pc/

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  1. I would also suggest Yuzawa Kogen. It is accessible by a free shuttle bus (or an 8-minute walk) from echigo yuzawa station.
    They have 2 snowlands that is very enjoyable for young kids.

    http://www.yuzawakogen.com

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