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Easy to Get to From Tokyo! Five Recommended Ski Resorts in Kanto

Looking for some great destinations for a skiing day trip? This article introduces five recommended ski resorts that can be easily accessed (within 2 hours) from Tokyo.

1. Norn Minakami (Gunma)

This is a popular ski resort in Gunma Prefecture. It is in a convenient location, as it is just 3km from an interchange on Kanetsu Expressway. Thanks to its location, drivers don’t need to worry about snowy roads, which is why it is highly rated for being easily accessible by car. Another attractive point is that it has a free parking lot! There are also free shuttle buses that run every day from Jomo-Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train). The resort has five ski courses, all of which are simple and efficient. It also has a full selection of services, including rental shops with skiwear that you can mix and match, gift shops with local souvenirs, and a variety of restaurants.

Operating Period: December 20 (Wed), 2017 - March 31 (Sat), 2018
Access from Tokyo: Approx. 100 minutes on the shinkansen and shuttle bus

1. Norn Minakami (Gunma)

479-139 Terama, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma

2. Karuizawa Snow Park (Gunma)

This is a ski resort that’s accessible through a free shuttle bus that runs every day from Karuizawa Station. It is a sunny resort that has fair weather 90% of the time. It has many beginners' and intermediate courses. The resort has a Snow Escalator and a Chibikko Gelände (kid's slope), making it great for beginners and kids. There is also a natural onsen (hot spring) nearby, so you can enjoy a nice hot bath after a day out in the snow.

Operating Period: December 9 (Sat), 2017 - April 8 (Sun), 2018
Access from Tokyo: 115 minutes on the shinkansen and shuttle bus

2. Karuizawa Snow Park (Gunma)

2032-16 Kita Karuizawa, Naganohara-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma

3. Okutone Snow Park (Gunma)

This is a ski resort that’s recommended for everyone, from beginners to advanced skiers, as well as for families. There are roads equipped with systems to melt the snow right up to the resort, so those not used to driving in the snow need not worry. The resort has great snow thanks to 25 artificial snow machines, and it also has a variety of slopes. The recommended course is the Bunanoki Course at the top. In addition to wonderful snow conditions, it has fantastic views of virgin buna (Japanese beech) tree forests and of the majestic Mt. Tanigawa.

Operating Period: December 9 (Sat), 2017 - April 1 (Sun), 2018
Access from Tokyo: 125 minutes on the shinkansen and shuttle bus

3. Okutone Snow Park (Gunma)

39 Mukoyama, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma

4. Nasu Onsen Family Ski Resort (Tochigi)

This is a popular ski resort that only skiers can use. It has powder snow that you’d find at high altitudes, as well as fantastic views of the Kanto Plains. There is also a kids' park where the entire family can enjoy sledding, snow fighting, and making snowmen. In addition, there are many accommodations in the area with natural onsen baths.

Planned opening: December 23 (Sat), 2017 (varies by weather conditions)
Access from Tokyo: 140 minutes on the shinkansen and shuttle bus

4. Nasu Onsen Family Ski Resort (Tochigi)

Aza Nasudake Kokuyurin-nai, Oaza Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi

5. Hunter Mountain Shiobara (Tochigi)

This is one of the largest ski and snowboarding resorts in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area. It has 12 courses, with approximately 3,000m of downhill slopes, including a full-scale slalom trail, a Family Park where kids can enjoy skiing, and a Kids' Park for activities like sledding, tubing, and riding Strider snow skis. Additional services, such as snow rafting and snow activities from a secret base in the woods, are also recommended.

Operating Period: December 2 (Sat), 2017 - April 15 (Sun), 2018
Access from Tokyo: 140 minutes on the shinkansen and shuttle bus

5. Hunter Mountain Shiobara (Tochigi)

Aza Maeguro, Yumotoshiobara, Nasushiobara-shi, Tochigi

If you are traveling around the Kanto region this winter, take a short trip to some of these ski resorts!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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