Niigata Snow and Ski Resorts

A Skier’s Paradise In Greater Tokyo

From the backwoods of Myoko to the slopes of Echigo Yuzawa, Niigata is home to dozens of ski resorts scattered throughout the prefecture. To enjoy one of the country’s coolest snowy getaways, hop on a bullet train from Tokyo (which can take 70 minutes or more) to find a winter wonderland!

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Hit the famed powder snow of Niigata with our guide to the top resorts for snow lovers.

Hit the famed powder snow of Niigata with our guide to the top resorts for snow lovers.

Located to the south of Joetsu, Myoko is characterized by lush, untouched nature dominated by a skyline of snow-covered peaks in winter. The region is named after Mt. Myoko, a 2,454-meter active volcano and popular hiking spot. Dozens of stunning onsen and traditional Japanese hotels are dotted throughout the area, including the famous milky-white Tsubame Onsen. Myoko’s pure-white snow is fluffy, powdery, and light, resulting in top-tier skiing conditions with plentiful courses servicing pros and first-timers alike. The only downside to Myoko is its remote location makes some resorts difficult to access without a car.

The Chuetsu region of central Niigata encompasses the culturally rich Tokamachi, Uonuma, and Yuzawa. The area is notorious for record-deep snow. For experienced athletes, several slopes with uncompressed snow will put your skills to the test. And if you want convenience, Yuzawa specifically is your best bet! The entire area is filled with photogenic ski resorts offering top-notch slopes and courses, some of which are within walking distance from Echigo Yuzawa Station. The nearby Mt. Naeba also provides ample powder and picturesque ski resorts, as does the township of Minami-Uonuma. The area is extremely popular with international visitors, so English ski lessons and other services are widely available. (Photo by Naeba Ski Resort)

Known as Kaetsu, northern Niigata is blanketed by meters of snowfall every year. The ski resorts here are mostly based around the Bandai Asahi National Park and are a little spread out. Nevertheless, the slopes and snow provide a formidable competitor to the renowned Yuzawa that is closer to hubs like Niigata City. The area is also rich with history, with towns like Shibata and Murakami boasting fascinating cultural traditions worth getting sidetracked for. Public transport is limited, so be sure to arrange something in advance. Surprisingly, skiing is also possible on Sado Island, so if you’re planning a visit across the Sea of Japan, don’t forget your skis!

Niigata Snow and Ski Resorts

Niigata Snow and Ski Resorts

If you’re looking to experience some of the finest powdery snow anywhere in Japan, there’s no better place to visit than Niigata. Hop on a bullet train from Tokyo (which can take 70 minutes or more) to play in some of the deepest snow on Earth.


Niigata Prefectural Tourist Association
4-1 Shinkocho, Chuo Ward, Niigata City, Niigata 950-0965


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