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Naeba Ski Resort Guide

Naeba Ski Resort Guide

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Issued: 29 Mar

  • Last Snowfall: 24 March 2015
  • Snow Depth (upper): 270 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 270 cm
  • Piste: Spring
  • Off-piste: -

Today’s Weather (1344 m)

partially cloudy
15 NNW15
6 °C F-Level
10 NNW10
7 °C F-Level
partially cloudy
15 SSE15
6 °C F-Level

Naeba, in Japan (located in Niigata prefecture), is a large resort with 20 lifts (17 chair lifts, 3 surface lifts) that offers skiers an impressive 889 metres (2917 feet) of vertical descent. Naeba has 954 acres of terrain over 35 pistes. Naeba is best suited for intermediate skiers and snowboarders but there is also a lot of terrain for beginners and experts too. There is a family area, where children can ski on basic slopes, slide down on sleds, or take rides on banana boats and snowmobiles. For snowboarders, there is a terrain park with various features. Three ski schools operate on the mountain and offer lessons in English as well as children’s programmes in English on the weekends. The nearest major international airport is in Tokyo and the nearest train station to Naeba is Echigo Yuzawa, which connects to JR Tokyo Station in just 1 hour via the bullet train. There is large scale ski-in ski-out accommodation provided by Prince Hotels as well as smaller scale lodges just down the road from the mountain. Apart from the restaurants on the mountain and in the ski-in ski-out accommodation, there are a number of local establishments in the small town minutes away from the slopes. There are buses that go into Yuzawa Town, 45 minutes away, which is famous for its hot springs and local sake. Yuzawa Town also features various restaurants and bars.
New additions this year include an indoor ski area for children, where first time skiers can take lessons in English or Chinese and get accustomed to moving around in ski equipment before heading out into the cold and onto the real ski slopes. The children's ski area outdoors will also be expanded to included more fun features for kids. This year there will be 6 ski schools with English speaking instructors.

Resorts close to Naeba include: Mikuni (4 km), Akazawa (8 km), Kagura (10 km), Tsuchitaru (12 km), Ludens Yuzawa (14 km),

Naeba Location Maps

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Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 20
  • Beginner: 30%
  • Intermediate: 40%
  • Advanced: 30%
  • Cross-country: -
  • Snowmaking: Yes
  • Acres of ski: 954
  • Terrain Parks: 1
  • Halfpipes: 0


  • Restaurants: 30
  • Bars: 3
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 889 m


  • Draglifts: 3
  • Chairlifts: 17
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 3
  • Toplift: m


  • Season opens: 13 Dec 2014
  • Season closes: 6 May 2015

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Naeba Ski Area is now closed for the season. The hotel will be open for the Fuji Rock Festival, July 30 - Aug 1, 2010. It will open again for the ski season Dec 4.

Naeba Ski Area looks forward to welcoming skiers back in December for the 2010-2011 season.

Getting to Naeba
From Tokyo Station, take the Bullet Train (shinkansen) to Echigo Yuzawa Station (approx. 1hour).
From the east exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station, Prince Hotels operates a free shuttle bus for hotel guests. The bus takes about 50 min from the station to ski area. The bus schedule for the 2009-2010 season is as follows:
Depart Echigo Yuzawa Station
16:40 (On Saturday and public holidays only)

Depart Naeba Prince Hotel (ski area) for Echigo Yuzawa Station
13:00 (Saturday and public holidays only)

The Naeba Liner also leaves Tokyo area hotels daily for Naeba Ski Resort:
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Departure 9:00am
Sunshine City Prince Hotel Departure 9:40am
Naeba Prince Hotel Arrival 12:45pm

Naeba Liner return trip to Tokyo
Naeba Prince Hotel Departure 4:00pm
Sunshine City Prince Hotel Arrival 8:00pm
Shinagawa Prince Hotel Arrival 8:30pm

Slope-side firework demonstations will be held on the following dates during the 2009-2010 ski season:

31 Dec 2009

1 Jan, 2 Jan, 16 Jan, 30 Jan, 2010

27 Feb, 2010

6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar 2010

Information supplied 22 Dec 2011

Visitor Reviews of Naeba

Sootee from Japan writes:

Naeba, on its own, is not a large resort but having Kagura and Tashiro on the same ticket makes for a good variety of runs. Snow cover, as usual, is excellent here as you'd expect and it always seems to snow without fail. Downside though is it often white outs and is windy (which will cut off the top area for access). Blue sky days are great until the weather closes in turning the front areas mushy and snow to icy/crusty danger, being so low in altitude like most Japanese resorts are. Mind you this was in mid Feb when the temp is also warming up. There are enough challenging runs for all levels and plenty of powder stashes after a good dumping. Lift queues..what lift queues? The Prince Hotel provides excellent ski in/ski out access and facilities.

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