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Overview

Naeba and Kagura Ski Resort offers over 40 ski runs with 4 Gondolas, 2 cable cars and almost 30 lifts and while Naeba Prince resort is the best place to stay Kagura with its ideal setting, amazing views of Mt Naeba and its access to excellent side and back country courses is the best place to ski and snowboard, it also offers beginners gentle trails that take you through the three ski areas which make up Kagura with plenty of variety. Naeba resort is best known for its piste runs with an even spread of terrain for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders as well as home to many FIS Skiing world cup events; proving its quality as a world class ski destination.

 

The Naeba resort does have an advantage of having exceptionally developed infrastructure and facilities with over 1200 rooms with restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping and onsens all within the main building complex, there is also childcare and kids club so you can enjoy your holiday knowing the little ones are well cared for and when you want to explore; Kagura’s treasures can be easily reached by catching the 20 minute Dragondola which is Japan’s longest and stretches like a dragons body almost 6km through the mountains and valleys which separate the two resorts.

 

Après in Naeba is limited but you can easily walk to a few restaurants and izzakayas in the village nearby prince resort and there is also a bar or two to explore as you make your way back from dinner.  

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

5.5 km Dragondola, Japan's longest gondola, connects Naeba with the neighbouring Kagura Ski Resort. For those interested in beautiful winter scenery

Hakkaisan has been fascinating many advanced riders with its dynamic trails from the top to the bottom. This area is well known as one of the heaviest

Naeba Onsen “Naeba No Yu” Why not refresh yourself after outdoor activities with a visit to the sauna or Japanese bath.Located, Building No.4, Naeba

Neaba Prince Hotel offers more than 20 restaurants including a casual food court to fine dining rooms. You can enjoy many variations such as Japanese,

For non-skiers, Naeba offers an extensive Family Snowland, with snow rafting, snow tubing, snow trains, snowmobiles and other activities.

Experience a drive on a snow cat across the vast snow field! Participants can enjoy a fantastic event that illuminates the clear night sky with fire

There are variety of shops in the Naeba Prince Hotel, including sports shops, convenience stores, drug stores and souvenir stores.

You can stay in a mountain hut, Wada Goya, in the heart of the Mt. Naeba area (1,380m above sea level). Enjoy hearty meals and a hot bath. First track

Echigo-Yuzawa, located in Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. It’s famous for hot spring and ski resort town. When you come from Tokyo by a bullet train

  • Best Time to Visit
  • How to Reach Naeba/Kagura
  • Resorts & City Guide
  • Pros & Cons
  • March - May
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  • Average Weather: Max 10.2°C | Min -0.8°C
 
  • June - August
  • Weather: Max 21.9 ° C | Min 13.5° C
 
  • September - November
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  • Weather: Max 13.9 ° C | Min 4.9° C

 

 
  • December - February
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  • Weather: Max -0.8° C | Min -8.5° C
 

By Air

Access for international travellers is best through Narita or Haneda in Tokyo, there is an international airport in Niigata which services some major Asian hubs as well as a smaller airport in Toyama which handles domestic flights from cities in Japan.

By Train

Access via Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa on the Joetsu Shinkansen embarking from Tokyo or Niigata City, the Shinkansen takes approx. 1 hr 30 mins from Tokyo or 50 mins from Niigata City.  There is a Prince Courtesy shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa to the resort which takes about 30 minutes.

By Car

Naeba and Kagura Resort can be reached via car from major cities, however it is a long drive of over 4 hours from Tokyo or Osaka. Cars can be hired from Niigata City or Toyama to the south and expressway toll roads make driving convenient from these cities

By Bus

Prince resorts run limited buses from Tokyo Prince Hotels to Naeba Prince Resort in winter leaving from Shinagawa in Tokyo. So it makes sense to stay in that area if you are moving on to Naeba after a Tokyo stopover

By Private Transfer

Private or Shared VIP transfers can be arranged from Narita or Haneda Airport along with Private transfers from Echigo-Yuzawa or from other resorts in Nagano or Niigata

Below are some PDF tourist maps to help you navigate and enjoy your time at Naeba/Kagura.

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Pros

  • Naeba and Kagura resorts combined are one of Japanese largest ski areas with over 40 runs and 30 lifts or Gondolas
  • Ski in Ski out from Naeba Prince hotel, ski straight to/ from the locker room
  • Naeba Prince Hotel is a large complex with shopping, restaurants, bars, onsen so all that you need are within a stroll through the building
  • A wide range of hotel style accommodation across 4 towers, with 1200 rooms from a modest budget offering to luxury sites for couples for families
  • Good on Piste groomed slopes at Naeba, including green runs right through to black steep groomed runs which make for fast and fun rides
  • Backcountry and Side country in Kagura provide quality Japan Powder runs with Off Piste areas where you can find fresh tracks all day
  • Great Kids Club and childcare at Naeba Prince Hotel

Cons

  • English lessons only available as private lessons at Naeba Resort
  • A large complex and it's western style so you won't get that unique Japanese culture experience that you would get if you stay in a Japanese village resort like Hakuba
  • Can be busy on weekends with day trip and weekend travellers from Tokyo and other areas but this is common in any major Nagano or Niigata resort

Average snowfall for Naeba/Kagura

This data was collected on Naeba Resort

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