A Searchable Map of Japan Ski Resorts!
Discover the best Japanese ski resorts with freshsnow.jp! Do you want to explore the exhilarating ski runs of Japan …. in 3D? Look no further than freshsnow.jp! Our fully searchable and interactive map and database offer all the information you need to find the best Japanese ski mountains and resorts.
With data that comes from top sources such as OpenStreetMaps and 3D Digital Elevation Models from JAXA, freshsnow.jp offers complete ski mountain and resort details. View easy to scan information such as ski mountain minimum & maximum elevation, total vertical, information on ski runs such as the number and length of ski runs or pistes sorted by difficultly and also check out the number, length and type of ski lifts. But you might ask, how do I use this map?
It’s simple: visit our website, browse the ski resorts map, and find a list of ski mountains and resorts that match your ability and preferences.
Japan Ski Resorts Overview
Embark on an exhilarating journey through Japan’s renowned ski resorts with our comprehensive guide. Explore the best powder skiing destinations amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Land of the Rising Sun. Find a ski resort or group of ski resorts in a specific area, by min and max elevation or total vertical, by piste difficulty and much more! Search the Japan Ski Resorts Map now! There are more than 300 ski resorts in our geographic database including their lifts and pistes.
The Most Ski Lifts & Longest Ski Lifts
Zao Onsen has about 35 lifts over a total distance of 25.6km making it the ski resort with the most ski lifts. It offers about 80 trails over about 40km making it only second to Niseko. There are other resorts with more neighboring ski resorts though, like Hakuba (10 ski resorts) and Shiga (18 resorts).
There are also a few ski resorts around it like:
- Zao Sarukura,
- Zao Lisa World,
- Miyagi Zao Sumikawa Snow Park,
- Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort and
- Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort.
It is about a 5 hours drive from Tokyo. Alternatively, you can take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yamagata Station (2.5 hrs) and then a 40 min bus ride from there. You can also fly from Haneda (sorry, cannot see any flights from Narita) to Yamagata Airport (60 mins) and then a bus to Zao Onsen (60 mins),
The Highest Ski Resort
Yokote Ski Resort is Japan’s highest ski resort at 2307 meters. Did you know that the temperature drops at about 9.8 celsius every 1000 meters? Yokote gets about 800 cm of snow per year (reference) while, as example only, Hakuba can get to to 12 meters per year (reference). Hakuba is not as high as Yokote though. Yokote is also certainly not the biggest mountain with only about 6 lifts, 17 trails over 11+ km. Of the 11+ km, about 6.5 km are for beginners so maybe not the most exciting mountain if you are a beginner. While the summit of 2307 meters is impressive, the overall vertical is only about 604m. The upside is that Yokote is only 1 of 18 mountains in the valley!
The Most Popular Ski Resort
Ranked as Japan’s premier snow destination, Niseko Ski Resort stands proudly amidst Hokkaido’s breathtaking landscapes, just under 2.5 hours from Chitose Airport and the bustling city of Sapporo. Niseko is indeed four ski resorts in one – Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village, and Annupuri. Niseko earns acclaim for its unparalleled consistency and top-notch powder snow throughout the winter months. With an average annual snowfall of 10 to 15 meters, Niseko boasts expansive powder bowls, exhilarating tree runs, and panoramic vistas of the majestic Mt Yotei.
Niseko boasts about 30 lifts spanning 27+ km and over 135 trails over 60+ km. Get the breakdown by difficulty here. It also has excellent vertical. The base is at about 225 meters above sea level and the summit is about 1299 m. Therefore, the total vertical is 976 meters (Hakuba Happo One at 1087m, Nozawa at 1091m, Myoko at 1133m, Lotte Arai and Ryuooat 1079m have more vertical than Niseko).
There are more and more international flights going directly into Chitose, Hokkaido. Even if you do not go directly, you can easily transfer at Haneda and Narita Airports in the Tokyo area. Again, it is about 2.5 hours from Chitose Airport.
Because it is so popular, there are crowds and it is getting more and more expensive to stay and ski there. For a one-day adult ski pass, you can expect to pay Yen 9,500 / day which is about double many other resorts. There was a big jump in price from the 2022/23 season to 2023/24. Let’s see what the 2024/25 season brings.
The Most Recommended Ski Resort
Hakuba was the home of the 1998 Winter Olympics. This ski resort is indeed a group of 10 resorts called the Hakuba Valley. Goryu and Hakuba 47 are two mountains, however, they are joined together and tickets are sold as one mountain. The same for Norikura and Cortina. The area can get up to 15 meters of snow per annum and the season normally runs from mid December to Golden Week in May. Peak season for Japow typically runs from the beginning of Jan to the beginning of March but you need to watch the weather forecasts.
The distance from Jigatake in the south to Cortina in the north is only about 40km. The roads are all very much local roads so, all going well, it is about 1 hours from the very south to the very north. The most popular mountains are Happo Onne, Goryu + 47 and Tsugaike and Iwatake. There is good bus transportation between the mountains equipped to handle boards and skis. They is also night transport for apres skis! Here is the 2023/24 bus route.
While ski-in and out resorts are popular, for a 1-day or 2-day trips, for longer trips finding accommodation off the mountain but in the valley is not only a lot cheaper but just makes a lot of sense logistically to access all 10 mountains. One such popular area is Echoland which sits between Happo One and Goryu + Hakuba 47.
In total, this 10 resort valley offers about 103 ski lifts over about 81km and 205 trails over about 150 km. There are trails for the beginners to the exports, moguls, night skiing, snowboard parks, tree skiing and lots of apres ski to enjoy. Incendentally, “47PARKS” R4 is a 600-meter-long ski run at the Hakuba 47. The entire course is a snow park, and in recent years has been selected as the best park in Japan by Gurunavi (SURF & SNOW), and has also won the YUKIYAMA App Fan Award in the “Interesting Ski Resort Park Category” for the second consecutive year.
Go ahead and checkout each of the mountains via the links below for Hakuba Jigatake, Hakuba Kashimayari, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47, Hakuba Happo One, Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Tsugaike, Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba Cortina.