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Naeba Ski Resort Guide

Naeba, Japan

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length43km27 miles
Highest Lift1,789m5,869ft
Resort Height900m2,953ft
 Nearest AirportNiigata
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Naeba is known as the 'St Moritz of the East', (or 'the Aspen of Japan' to North Americans) and is home of the largest ski resort hotel in the world - the 4000 room Prince hotel, which dominates and indeed owns the resort. Yuzawa, the nearest town, is the traditional capital of Japan's snowy region. It can be reached in 80 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo. Naeba has staged numerous World Cup and national ski races over the past 30 years and annually tops 2,500,000 skier visits. For the 2000-01 season a new gondola connecting Naeba Resort and Kagura Tashiro resort in Yuzawa Town, both of which are owned by the Prince Hotel group, Kokudo (http://www.princehotels.co.jp) was opened. The gondola is 5,481 meters (around 3.5 miles) in length - over 500 meters longer than the previous longest in the world in France (Val Thorens, 4942m), holds up to eight people, has a highest speed of six meters per second, and have a difference of 424 meters from it's lowest to highest point.


The Japanese ski resort of Naeba is in the Japanese Alps at an altitude of 900m2,953ft, with 43km27 miles of marked runs.

Naeba is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Japan and has direct access to 43km27 miles of downhill skiing, served by a total of 29 ski lifts.


Naeba offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Naeba?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Naeba.

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Ski Area Stats

Naeba Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
14km9 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
6km4 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
23km14 miles
Total Length
43km27 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Naeba Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,789m5,869ft
Lowest Piste900m2,953ft
Resort Altitude (Naeba)900m2,953ft
Max Vertical889m2,917ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Naeba
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Naeba Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Naeba is 4km2 miles long.


One Make and Rail Slide also available and boarders welcome on the slopes.

Location and Map

Where is Naeba?

This ski resort is in the Japanese Alps in Niigata.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Naeba is Niigata, 161 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 29 ski lifts are able to uplift 50,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Naeba open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Late May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Naeba, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Naeba Tourist Office for the latest.