Naeba Ski Resort is an icon for skiing in Japan. Located in Niigata Prefecture, this giant resort is owned by the Prince Hotel group. Naeba Ski Resort is a relatively short trip from Tokyo and enjoys a longer-than-average snow season, which lends to its popularity.
The Naeba ski slope's business operations will resume on December 19, 2020 down to March 28, 2021.
Naeba Prince Hotel, at the bottom of the snow mountain, serves skiers and patrons alike with over 1,200 rooms and 20 restaurants. Various accommodations in the area also offer traditional Japanese inn-style rooms and even onsen.
The main ski resort in Naeba is also connected to the Kagura Ski Areas by way of a gondola, called the Dragondola. The gondola enjoys popularity during autumn as well for its high vantage point over the autumn leaves of the area. Naeba Ski Resort itself has two gondolas and 33 ski lifts. Skiers enjoy Naeba Ski Resort for its good-quality dry snow and high altitude.
In summer, the ski resort is home to Fuji Rock Festival which draws huge crowds to the spacious grounds. The rock festival is held around the end of July and boasts annual crowds of more than 130,000 people.
The Naeba Prince Hotel offers lodging and dining options to its visitors while also being at the base of skiing in the area.
Held annually in July or August, the Fuji Rock Festival draws in crowds of over 130,000 people.
This long gondola sky lift connects Naeba to surrounding areas. It is a great way to get around during the snowy ski season, as well as a popular attraction for autumn leaf gazing.
40 minutes by bus or taxi from Echigo-Yuzawa Station.
Taking a break from our usual snowboarding turf, my friend and I decided to check out Naeba Ski Resort. Just on the other side of the mountains from where I live, Naeba occupies a sleepy corner of Yuzawa in Niigata prefecture. Most of the year this area is pretty desolate and relaxed, with the occasional hiker passing through. Come winter though, it explodes in a sea of white excitement. Multiple ski resorts host thousands of skiers and Snowboarders who drive in from all sections of Japan. We had the good fortune of spending two great days riding under perfect blue skies.
I had long wanted to try my hand at multi-day hiking in this area, but was unsure of what to expect (shelter and water wise), as most of the trail notes on my maps are in Japanese. On the first day I climbed the Niigata side of the valley, reaching an emergency shelter just before sunset.