Best Ski Resorts in Honshu

Hakuba Valley - 11 resorts - popular for families and big mountain backcountry
Nozawa Onsen - one of Honshu's most popular resorts for families
Myoko Kogen - 4 ski areas - huge snowfalls - great for families
Madarao - popular family resort with some of the best in-bounds tree skiing in Japan
Shiga Kogen - Japan's largest ski area with 19 resorts - mostly interconnected via lifts
Cortina (one of Hakuba's resorts) - famous for huge snow falls and epic powder skiing
Appi Kogen - a great family mountain - lots of groomers & some great side country
Zao Onsen - famous for its snow ghosts & historic Ryokans & onsens
Sekki Onsen (one of Myoko's resorts) - it's all about the powder!
Tenjindaira - possibly the best side/backcountry skiing in Honshu
Geto Kogen - Iwate Prefecture - this place rocks for powder!
Lotte Arai - Honshu's 5-star ski resort - great for families & powderhounds
Kagura near Yuzawa - a large ski resort with some great powder skiing
Shizukuishi - Iwate's largest ski resort - great for families - fabulous tree skiing!
Tazawako in Akita Prefecture - a powder mecca - ideal for a day or two
Aomori Spring - gets incredible amounts of snow
Charmant Hiuchi - a gem of a powder ski area in Niigata prefecture
Yuzawa - closest major ski area to Tokyo has many family friendly ski areas
Oze Iwakura (Gunma prefeture) - great little ski area where very few foreigners go
Inawashiro - Aizu Region - has some good tree skiing - ideal for a day or two on a road trip

Best Ski Resorts in Honshu

Central Powder Odyssey Tour, Gunma & Aizu areas

Best Honshu Ski Resorts - Powderhounds

For information on the best Honshu ski resorts as rated by, see our best skiing in Japan awards.

The top ski resorts in Honshu are also highlighted in detail in our Japan ski resorts ratings, which include factors such as powder, terrain for different ability levels, lift infrastructure, nightlife, family friendliness, culture and cost. Note that for the ratings provided by Powderhounds, areas such as Myoko Kogen and Hakuba are rated for the individual ski resorts within the region and not as a collective.

Best Honshu Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews

These awards for the "best ski resorts in Honshu" are based on the public reviews on Come and have your say on the top Honshu ski resorts by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the Honshu ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!

NB only Honshu ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best. 1 The top overall Honshu ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors. 2 The best Honshu powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
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