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Top Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

Here are our Top Recommended 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.

Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

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.

NASPA Ski Garden
Lift Ticket Charges 2017-2018

All charges in Japanese yen 13 years old and over 12 years old and under 55 years old and over
1 lift ride  450 yen  350 yen  400 yen
Morning ticket 8:30am – 1:00pm  3,200 yen  2,100 yen  2,600 yen
Afternoon ticket 12:30pm – 5:00pm  3,200 yen  2,100 yen  2,600 yen
5 hours ticket Valid for 5 hours  3,500 yen  2,600 yen 3,000 yen
Thanks ticket* 5:00pm – 6:00pm  1,000 yen  600 yen  800 yen
1 day ticket 8:30am – 5:00pm  4,200 yen  3,200 yen  3,700 yen
Large group ticket (>15 people) 8:30am – 5:00pm  2,700 yen  2,200 yen  2,500 yen
Repeater ticket** 8:30am – 5:00pm  3,200 yen  2,500 yen  2,900 yen
First ski ticket 22nd December only  2,100 yen  2,100 yen  2,100 yen
Spring Ski ticket 21st March-1st April only  3,200 yen  2,500 yen  2,900 yen
PA. M ticket*** See below  4,800 yen  3,800 yen  4,300 yen
2 day ticket 8:30am – 5:00pm  6,600 yen  5,000 yen  5,800 yen  
Kids Garden
1 day ticket 9:30am – 4:00pm  1,100 yen
Morning ticket 9:30am – 1:00pm  800 yen
Afternoon ticket 12:30pm – 4:00pm  800 yen
Season Tickets
Full Season Ticket  42,000 yen  31,500 yen  36,800 yen
Repeater Full Season Ticket****  40,000 yen  30,000 yen  35,000 yen

NASPA Ski Garden, Niigata Details:

Season: Friday, December 22, 2017 – April 1, 2018
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.

Type Price Hours
Regular price Spring special rate
December 16 – April 1 April 2 – May 6
Adult Elementary school student Senior Adult Elementary school student Senior December 16 –
April 1
April 2 –
May 6
Weekdays from 2
April 2 – 27 th
One day ticket 4,600 yen ¥ 2,300 ¥ 3,700 ¥3,700 1,850 yen 3,100 yen 8: 00 ~ 17: 00 8: 00 ~ 16: 30 8: 00 ~ 16: 00
2 days ticket ¥7,000 ¥ 3,400 6,000 yen ¥5,700 ¥ 2,800 5,000 yen
On-site morning tickets ¥3,400 ¥ 1,600 3,000 yen ¥2,800 ¥ 1,300 ¥ 2,500 8: 00 ~ 13: 00
On-site afternoon ticket * ¥3,700 ¥ 1,800 3,300 yen 3,000 yen ¥ 1,400 ¥ 2,600 12: 00 ~ 17: 00 12: 00 ~ 16: 30 12: 00 ~ 16: 00
3 PM ticket * ¥2000 ¥ 1,000 ¥ 1,800 ¥1,600 800 yen ¥ 1,300 15: 00 ~ 17: 00 15: 00 ~ 16: 30 15: 00 ~ 16: 00
Gondola round trip ticket ¥1,300 ¥ 650 ¥ 1,300 ¥1,300 ¥ 650 ¥ 1,300 8: 00 ~ 17: 00 8: 00 ~ 16: 30 8: 00 ~ 16: 00

GALA Yuzawa, Niigata Details:

Season: Saturday, December 16, 2017 – April 6, 2018
Hours: Winter Time 08:00 – 17:00; Spring Time 08:00 – 16:00; *Weekdays 08:00 – 16:30; *Weekends and Holidays. *Open-period and opening hours may change depending on the condition of the weather
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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Niseko Kids Ski Schools - English Language Children Ski Programs

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.

Ticket Early Bird Season
(Nov. 3 – Dec. 2
Regular Season
(Dec. 23 – Mar. 18)
Spring Ski Season
(Mar. 19 – Apr. 1)
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1 Day Lift Ticket Adult ¥4,500 ¥4,000 ¥5,300 ¥4,800 ¥4,500 ¥4,000
Student / Senior ¥3,500 ¥3,000 ¥4,300 ¥3,800 ¥3,500 ¥3,000
4 Hour Lift Ticket (4 hours from time of purchase) Adult ¥4,000 ¥3,500 ¥4,800 ¥4,300 ¥4,000 ¥3,500
Student / Senior ¥3,000 ¥2,500 ¥3,800 ¥3,300 ¥3,000 ¥2,500
Night Ski Lift Ticket* (4:00P.M.-8:00P.M.) Adult ¥1,800
Student / Senior ¥1,300
2 Day Lift Ticket (Night Ski not included) Adult ¥8,400 ¥9,800 ¥8,400
Student / Senior ¥6,400 ¥7,800 ¥6,400
3 Day Lift Ticket (Night Ski not included) Adult ¥12,000 ¥14,000 ¥12,000
Student / Senior ¥9,000 ¥11,000

Prince Hotel Resort Karuizawa, Nagano Details:

Season: Friday, November 3, 2017 – April 1, 2018
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 9th, 2017 to April 1, 2018.
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.

Type of ticket Adult Child(under 12) Senior(over 60)
1 day 4,800yen 2,200yen 3,700yen
1.5 day 7,800yen 3,700yen 5,400yen
2 day 9,000yen 4,200yen 7,000yen
3 day 13,000yen 6,000yen 10,000yen
AM lift ticket 3,700yen 1,600yen 3,000yen
PM lift ticket 3,700yen 1,600yen 3,000yen
1 lift ticket 450yen 250yen
Nagasaka Gondola 1,700yen 850yen
Higake Gondola 1,300yen 650yen
Night skiing 1,600yen 850yen
Season ticket 63,000yen 50,000yen 57,000yen
After March season pass 32,000yen 20,000yen 26,000yen

Nozawaski, Nagano Details:

Season: November 25, 2017 – May 6, 2018
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
One day ¥4,500
Half day ¥3,000
※Lift is not included in the price.

Snowboard Set Rental
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 2017 – early April 2018
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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