Long known for its hot springs and internationally known ski resorts, Echigo-Yuzawa area in Niigata Prefecture attracts over 6 million skiers each year. The more than 16 in skiing fields include popular ski resorts such as Gala, Kagura and Naeba that provide all the powder snow you need.
Only an hour away from Tokyo, its quite convenient. Echigo-Yuzawa can be easily reached via train, car, highway bus and shuttle bus. You will find lots of quaint local restaurants and decades-old architecture, plus the major attractions are all in walking distance from the JR station. Score!
Skiers from beginners, intermediate to advanced abilities flock to Echigo-Yuzawa, mostly for its soft, powder snow. Echigo-Yuzawa is also the venue for various large-scale skiing championships. To make winter sports even more exciting, the ski resorts often hold illumination events and fireworks in winter. Sliding down a colorful slope sure makes the whole experience even more magical.
Photo: CARA LAM
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