Towering mountains and snowy slopes within easy reach
As the country's main international gateway and the world's biggest city, Tokyo is a stop for most travelers at some point in their Japan journey. But the area isn't all concrete jungle - the Kanto region includes some top-class snow getaways. Bullet trains and other convenient transport links make skiing near the capital very easy, including many daytrip options. With areas that receive fine powder snow such as Gunma and Tochigi, staying the Kanto region is the best way to get your winter fix while being close to the city center. When the ski season arrives, nearly four to five meters of snow fall which offers a variety of courses for intermediate and advanced skiers.
How to get there
Accessing the slopes in the Kanto region is very easy. Most of the area is within quick reach of Tokyo by taking the shinkansen lines. Highway buses connect the few resorts without great rail links and are a budget alternative.
By Tohoku Shinkansen
The Tohoku Shinkansen heads northeast from Tokyo, eventually reaching Hokkaido. The line is a stress-free link to the resorts of northern Kanto. Nasushiobara Station is just 75 minutes away.
By highway bus
Highway buses run from Tokyo to nearly every ski resort in the region. They are a lower-cost alternative to shinkansen travel and provide access to resorts not easily reached by rail.
Learn to ski or board with the whole family
Enjoy a fun-filled day on beginner-friendly slopes at one of the many ski areas in this region that cater to first-timers and families. Choose one of these hills if you're keen to get your snow legs under you or you have young ones in tow.