Zenko-ji Temple Nagano City
Nagano is a gateway to various nearby ski resorts
Nagano Japan
Near Zenkoji Nagano
Nagano has an abundance of bars and restaurants
Nagano offers some good cultural activities
Nagano is a vibrant city
Zenko-ji Temple Area
The city is a gateway to lots of Nagano ski resorts
The Nagano train station is the hub of all transport
Myoko Kogen is in the Niigata Prefecture but close to Nagano City
Nagano Ski Resort, Hakuba Japan
Hakuba Cortina Ski Resort Nagano
Nozawa: Family friendly Nagano ski resort
Nagano Ski Resort Tangram: click for more info
Matsumoto Castle is not far from Nagano City
Matsumoto Castle is a great cultural activity
The snow monkeys are near Nagano: click for more info
Shibu Onsen is near Nagano City: click for more info
Zenkoji Temple area


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Nagano Hotels Near Station

Hotel Abest Nagano Ekimae ($-$$)
Hotel Metropolitan ($$$)
Hotel Sunroute Nagano ($$)
Hotel Sunroute Higashiguchi ($$)
Nagano Plaza Hotel ($$)

Other Hotels

Smile Hotel Nagano ($-$$)
Toyoko Inn Nagano ($)

Nagano Ski Resorts

West of Nagano

East of Nagano
Shiga Kogen

Northeast of Nagano
Nozawa Onsen
Madarao Kogen
Ryuoo Ski Park
Togari Onsen

North of Nagano
Myoko Kogen

Northwest of Nagano

Nagano Japan

Nagano is a modern Japanese city and a popular gateway to a variety of sightseeing activities, with Nagano skiing being a major attraction during the winter months. Nagano Japan is also well known for the 1998 Winter Olympics with some of the Nagano ski resorts playing host to many of the events.

Where is Nagano?

Nagano city is located about 233km northwest of Tokyo in the northern part of the Nagano Prefecture, near the Alps and some of the highest mountains in Japan. See the Nagano travel page for information on getting to Nagano and then getting to the Nagano ski resorts.

Nagano Ski Resort Access

Nagano city is the gateway to various ski resorts, most within the Nagano Prefecture. Here are some of the major Nagano ski resorts.

Hakuba is a group of ski resorts that are popular with locals and westerners alike. The Hakuba ski areas provide a large expanse of terrain, a degree of nightlife, and a very family friendly approach. Hakuba is located 44km west of Nagano and can be accessed via bus (one hour).

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Shiga Kogen is another large Nagano ski resort which is renowned for the long groomed runs, and good snow quality considering the high elevation. Shiga Kogen is 50km northeast of Nagano city and accessed via a 70 minute bus trip.

Nozawa Onsen ski resort sits above the town of Nozawa Onsen, which provides lots of Japanese historic charm and an abundance of hot springs. Nozawa Onsen is 46km northeast of Nagano city, a 1:20 hour bus ride from Nagano train station.

Myoko Kogen is a group of 10 ski resorts that provide delightful opportunities for powderhounds, whilst the little ski town of Akakura Onsen provides some Japanese culture. Myoko Kogen is located one hour north of Nagano city in the Niigata prefecture.

Madarao Mountain Resort has low skier traffic and is located between Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen.

A great way to easily sample multiple Nagano ski resorts and to also get some great cultural experiences, is to join one of the multi-resort tours below.

Nagano Hotels

Whether you’re just staying for one night in Nagano or doing a stop-over for a few days to take in the Nagano attractions, there are plenty of Nagano hotels and accommodation options to choose from. For the ultimate convenience, Nagano hotels near the train station include Hotel Metropolitan ($$$), Hotel Sunroute Nagano ($$), and Hotel Abest Nagano Ekimae ($$). See the Nagano accommodation page for more information.

Alternatively you can use the towns of Yudanaka or Shibu Onsen as a base to visit many of the Nagano ski resorts. This area features traditional Japanese architecture with cute ryokans and public onsens, and is about as “Japanese” as you can get!

Nagano Activities

Nagano and the surrounding areas offer various activities, many of which highlight the historical richness of Japan. Nagano things to do include a visit to the Zenko-ji Temple or the former castle town of Matsushiro. The nearby town of Matsumoto features the impressive Matsumoto Castle, and a visit to the Japanese snow monkeys and the traditional onsen village of Shibu are quintessential activities whilst on a Nagano skiing holiday. See the Nagano activities page for more information.

Why Ski Nagano?

Nagano is easily accessible from Tokyo, and with the Nagano ski resorts, it doesn’t just need to be all about the skiing and snowboarding. A ski Japan holiday can also provide cultural immersion and an opportunity to partake in some great sightseeing activities around Nagano. Nagano skiing also has the distinct advantage that there are lots of high quality ski resorts within close proximity of each other, so it’s possible to sample multiple Japan ski resorts in the one holiday.

Other Nagano Prefecture Ski Resorts

There is an abundance of other ski resorts in the Nagano Prefecture that aren't particularly close to the city of Nagano.  Examples include:
Tours In The Nagano Area

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Ski some of the most impressive lines Japan has to offer at Tenjindaira
11 Days | 10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience Japan powder like no other on this legendary road trip where you will visit up to 8 resorts in 3 prefectures; Nagano, Gunma & Niigata! Join a tour as a solo traveler, couple or small group. Max 6 spots per tour so get in quickly! Share
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USD 2,812
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 5% off the tours on the 11th and 22nd Feb if booked before 21st Jan 2020
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Nagano Ski/Board Progression
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Intermediate to Strong Intermediate
Learn to ski and ride deep powder with more confidence or improve your on-piste technique whilst checking out some of Nagano's fabulous ski areas away from the masses of foreigners. In addition to the skiing and snowboarding, experience an area rich in culture and history. Share
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 5% off the tours on the 1st & 10th March 2020
Nagano Powder Chaser
3, 4, 5 & 6 Nights | 2, 3, 4 & 5 Days Skiing/Boarding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Don't let a lack of time, budget or resort knowledge hold you back from a ski/snowboard trip in Nagano this winter. Experience many of Nagano's best ski areas with guides who have an intimate knowledge; based in the culturally rich town of Yudanaka. Tours can be CUSTOMISED for 3 nights or more. Share
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 7.5% discount for tours booked between 10th March to 20th April 2020
Nagano Ski Buffet
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Combine deep untracked powder skiing where few foreigners go, with a rich Japanese cultural experience, traditional Japanese accommodation and authentic Japanese food, and you have the perfect Japanese ski adventure! Share
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