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Experience World Class Skiing—Great Snow and Scenery

The prefectures of Nagano and Niigata are nestled in the awe-inspiring Japanese Alps and home to some of the best ski resorts in Japan. Located in central Honshu, both prefectures enjoy long winters and incredible snowfall, largely due to the proximity to the Japan Sea. Seasonal snowfalls of 10 meters of more are commonplace and average winter temperatures of just below -3C make skiing in the heart of Japan an unforgettable experience.

Nagano and Niigata prefectures are home to some of the best skiing and most amazing natural settings to be found anywhere. And blessed with abundant geothermal activity, the area is also known for its excellent natural hot spring baths. There is no better way to relax after a long day of skiing, sightseeing or shopping than by letting the mineral waters of an outdoor bath ease your tired muscles while large snowflakes flutter down overhead.

Indulge in Unique Culture, History, and Delicious Japanese Cuisine

Japan is a country with one foot firmly placed 400 years in the past while the other strides boldly into the future. Nowhere is this more evident than in Nagano City, the launching point for your Japanese ski adventure. Home of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano City is a metropolitan city of 400,000 people built around 1400-year-old Zenkoji Temple and is an excellent blend of the ultra-modern and the culture of yesteryear.

Both Nagano and Niigata are ideally located for taking in the sights and culture that Japan has to offer. Zenkoji Temple, the 400-year old Matsumoto Castle and the Snow Monkey Park are all within reach on those in-between days. Enjoy delicious and healthy local cuisine along the way with fresh seafood, premium sake and rice from Niigata and Japan’s most famous buckwheat soba noodles in Nagano.

Unbelievable snow, non-existent lift lines, fantastic local and western cuisine, marvelous scenery, relaxing onsen spas and friendly people are just a few of the many reasons to make Japan your next ski destination.