Western Japan’s ski areas are extremely accessible, particularly when compared to resorts in Hokkaido and Tohoku. Many are less than an hour away from major cities.
Skiing in Kansai
You can easily reach resorts along the shore of Lake Biwa, in Shiga Prefecture, from Kyoto and Osaka. Train rides are between 40 minutes and an hour from Kyoto Station, and shuttle buses run from stations to the slopes.
Skiing around Hiroshima and Fukuoka
Snowy slopes are just a two-hour bus ride from Hiroshima Station. From Fukuoka or Kumamoto, rent a car to reach resorts in Oita and Miyazaki prefectures.
Suggested resorts in the region