Backcountry Skiing trips – Nagano

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Given its close proximity to Tokyo, the top ski resorts and backcountry skiing destinations in Nagano are easily accessible by train from the capital. While Hakuba is arguably the most popular location for backcountry skiing in Japan, there are several other areas that are well worth the visit here in the Japanese Alps. Steady snowfall in the mountains throughout the entire Nagano region creates ideal conditions for backcountry skiing. The deep powder is not the only thing that will love about skiing in Japan, however. Volcanic hot springs, delicious local cuisine, cozy accommodations and the friendly faces of the Japanese may just make you want to stay in this winter wonderland forever.




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What’s the weather like?

If you plan to visit Nagano during the peak winter season (January-February), you can expect temperatures around 0° C and ample snowfall up in the mountains.




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How long should I stay?

There is enough powder to keep you busy for weeks in Nagano. You can book a private backcountry skiing tour for one or more days, or join a group tour lasting up to 2 weeks for a more in-depth experience. Be sure to schedule some rest days to enjoy the local food, culture and hot springs!

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Best time to visit

January and February are the best months for backcountry skiing in Nagano as this is when powder is the deepest.






What People are Saying

  • 6 reviews


Yusuke is a very experienced guide, he was prompt about what time we agreed upon starting the day very professional. although the conditions for that day were not the best . Yusuke made sure that we got the most out of the day. after we found good snow. we decided to call the day a little early, and Yusuke took us to check a few beautiful sites in Hakuba with Yusuke giving us the history of the sites. he took us to a great onset. and after that we had a nice farewell dinner with him. Yusuke is very easy going and knows the mountain , felt very safe with him will definitely rebook with him next year. I highly recommend Yusuke for any one thinking about a guided tour. Ed & Iris
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Denina Hospodsky
Great tour in the beautiful mountains of Hakuba with waist deep powder! Sick riding!!
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