10 Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Japan

If you're a beginner or have kids and want to take it easy on the slopes this winter, here are 10 places to ski or snowboard in Japan you check out!

10 Family-Friendly Ski Resorts in Japan

Hokkaido > Akaigawa

Kiroro Snow World

Kiroro Snow World
Access
1 hour from Sapporo
Beginner Course Ratio
37%
Nursery
for children 1 year and up
Other Facilities
kids park, kids school (for children 3 years and up)

Play in the snow or go sledding or tubing--you can leave and enter freely as much as you want during business hours. Snow rafting and mini snowmobiles are also available for adults, so everyone in the family can enjoy. The resort also has hot spring facilities and plenty of indoor activities available.

Hokkaido > Rusutsu

Rusutsu Resort Ski Resort

Rusutsu Resort Ski Resort
Access
45 minutes from Muroran
Beginner Course Ratio
30%
Nursery
for children 1 year and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 3 years and up)

There are tons of things kids can enjoy at the Crayon Shin-chan Plaza, named after a popular Japanese animation character, as well as sledding and snow tubing. Parents and guardians can also relax and get out on the slopes thanks to fully-equipped nursery room. Outside of the resort and its attached amusement park, the walkable vicinity is dotted with cozy pensions, so it is possible to enjoy your stay according to your style.

Iwate > Hachimantai

Appi Kogen Ski Resort

Appi Kogen Ski Resort
Access
3 hours and 53 minutes from Sendai
Beginner Course Ratio
30%
Nursery
for children 1 year and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 4 years and up)

With its gentle slopes, spacious private area, and its 72-meter long snow escalator (surface lift), the resort is nice and comfortable. You can go sledding or snowtubing as much as you want within the park grounds and enjoy the feel of the snow as you have fun challenging yourself. Besides the hotel connected to the ski slope, apartment-style lodgings and pensions make it possible to have a rich and varied stay.

Fukushima > Kitashiobara

Grandeco Snow Resort

Grandeco Snow Resort
Access
4 hours and 52 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
40%
Nursery
for children 2 years and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 4 years and up)

All lifts besides its gondola lift are hooded high-speed quads. Novices and families can relax and enjoy the snow resort's 3,500 meter beginner-friendly Rainbow course and conveyor belt-equipped Asondeco Land. The pristine shores around the Goshiki-numa Five Lakes in the same vicinity are lined with inns offering excellent cuisine.

Fukushima > Bandai

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
Access
4 hours and 36 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
35%
Nursery
for children 8 months and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids slope, kids school (for children 3 years and up)

Even through highly congested weekends and holiday, family priority parking will help you get the closes parking spot available. The beginner and family area was designed with the intent of making it possible to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and playing in the snow with peace of mind, safety, and comfort. The nearby pensions boast a villa-like rich and unique atmosphere and are highly recommended.

Niigata > Minamiuonuma

Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort

Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort
Access
2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
30%
Nursery
for children 2 years and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 3 years and up)

Plenty of snow sport equipment that will please the whole family is available at Kid's Paradise, where kids can enjoy snow tubing and snow strider snow bikes. In addition, at the adjacent Sori Land, children and children-at-heart can enjoy ingenious sledding courses. A variety of lodgings is available in the area, so you can choose the best accommodations for your style.

Niigata > Yuzawa

Naeba Ski Resort

Naeba Ski Resort
Access
3 hours and 32 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
30%
Nursery
for children 6 months and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 3 years and up)

You can enjoy various kinds of snow activities, like snow trains and snow tubing, at the exciting Family Resort Land or N Plaza. The resort is also equipped with a kids slope and a nursery. There are many other services to support families with small children--sled rental, ski wear rental, ski and snowboard lessons, and so on--hghly recommeneded for families who want to ski together.

Niigata > Yuzawa

NASPA Ski Garden

NASPA Ski Garden
Access
2 hours and 51 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
40%
Nursery
for children 6 months and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 3 years and up), ski only

Pingu, the penguin character beloved by children around the world, is the mascot for this resort mascot. The Pingu signs at Chibikko Plaza and the ski school where Pingu cheers you on is very popular with children. There is a dedicated slope for sledding for kids who don't ski to enjoy. Staying at one of the hot spring inns nearby is also recommended for families.

Nagano > Karuizawa

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort

Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Resort
Access
2 hours and 37 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
50%
Nursery
for children 3 months and up
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 3 years and up)

This ski are boasts the distinction of being the biggest in Japan to be made by an artificial snow machine. The kids park and kids-only school are great for families with small children. There is no charge for children of elementary school age and younger to use the ski lifts! The surrounding area offers outlet shoppign and various leisure activities, so your stay will be well-rounded and enjoyable.

Nagano > Chino

Shirakabako Royal Hills Ski Resort

Shirakabako Royal Hills Ski Resort
Access
3 hours and 39 minutes from Tokyo
Beginner Course Ratio
40%
Other Facilities
snow escalator (surface lift), kids park, kids school (for children 4 years and up)

The kids park at the bottom of the panoramic C course is securely fitted with a net partition for the safety of small children. In the Snow Playing Plaza and Sledding Couse beside the snow escalator is a chair-type escalator that makes going up the hill a breeze. Inns where you can enjoy both hot springs and ski lessons are within walking distance.

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