There is something for everyone at Mt Naeba, which combines the Naeba and Kagura Ski Areas to form a comprehensive winter resort located just two hours from Tokyo. Renowned for superb snow conditions and extensive family-friendly facilities, this is a truly convenient destination for outstanding skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter activities.
Naeba Ski Resort
Naeba is located north of Tokyo in the Niigara Prefecture which is known for their rice and sake. Boasting some of the largest skiable terrain on the island of Honshu, Naeba is known for having family friendly amenities, easy access from Tokyo and two unique ski areas. Two of Naeba’s ski areas, Mt. Naeba and Kagura are conveniently connected by the Tashiro Gondola named the “Dragondola”. This purpose built ski resort also has convenient ski-in, ski-out access to the lifts and more westernized facilities, which can be seen as an advantage for guests who’s first time it may be to a Japanese ski resort.
Where to stay in Naeba
Naeba offers four main accommodation options, all under the Prince Hotel group. Each individual building is dedicated to specific travelers needs. Building 2 of the Prince Hotel is suitable for families and groups, Building 3 has a chic and elegant interior suitable for couples or those twin sharing, and Building 4 and 6, which are more lead in room types that are excellent for groups and families. All four buildings have convenient ski in ski out access to mountain, and combined have plenty of restaurants, game rooms and shopping to keep the whole family entertained. Naeba also have a dedicated onsen available for guests to use during the winter months.
Skiing and Snowboarding Naeba
Naeba is made up of two dedicated ski areas, Mt. Naeba and Kagura. Kagura is also made up of three interlinking resorts, Kagura, Tashiro and Mitsumata. Combined the total skiable area at Naeba is 954 acres, which is suitable for all levels of riders. Families will particular enjoy Naeba as it hosts excellent ski school facilities, English speaking group lessons and child-minding services. Unlike other Japanese ski resorts, Naeba also offers skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to cat ski, which is most suitable to intermediate and advanced riders.
How to get to Naeba
Flights from Australia to Tokyo run daily on most major airlines that travel to Japan. Once arriving in Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport, it is best to board either a bus or train via Tokyo Station and Echigo Yuzawa Station to Naeba. Trip times vary between 2.5-3.5 hours depending on scheduling and what mode of transport you choose.
Getting around in Naeba
Being a purpose build ski resort, makes it quite easy to access Naeba’s amenities. Whilst staying at Prince Hotel you will most, if not all your comforts at your fingertips, as everything is under the one roof. As well as having ski-in, ski-out access, you won’t be having to find a shuttle to the mountain each day, as you will only be steps away.
Top things to do in Naeba in Winter
Naeba is definitely an all-rounder resort. Having great access to a range of incredible terrain is just where it starts. Naeba hosts a wide variety of experiences and activities that can not be missed when you are visiting this resort. A trip to Naeba is not complete with out experiencing The Wako Wako Family Snowland, with activities including tubing, a snow train and snowmobiling on offer.
Dining & Après in Naeba
When visiting Naeba you'll find a plethora of fantastic restaurants and après-ski options to complement your snowy adventures!
Naeba Prince Hotel Restaurants is nestled in the heart of the Naeba Ski Resort, the Naeba Prince Hotel boasts several excellent dining options. Savor Japanese cuisine at 'Yukisasa' or relish international flavours at 'Fontana.' Don't forget to try the renowned hot pot dishes at 'Kokorogi.'
Echigo-Yuzawa is a short train ride away and offers an array of local restaurants serving delectable sake and regional dishes. The charming town's dining scene is perfect for a memorable evening out.
After a thrilling day on the slopes, head to Naeba's après-ski bars like 'Chikappa' or 'Snow Castle' for live music, cocktails, and a lively atmosphere. Enjoy the company of fellow skiers and snowboarders.
Izakayas offer an authentic Japanese experience, explore local izakayas for small plates, sake, and a cozy ambiance. 'Izakaya Tanuki' is a favourite among visitors.
Whether you're seeking local cuisine, international flavours, or a vibrant nightlife scene, Naeba has something to satisfy every palate and après-ski preference.