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Backcountry Skiing in Nagano: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Explore untouched terrain and some of the deepest powder in all of Japan.

Located just 1.5 hours from Tokyo by train, the Nagano region of Japan is the country’s top skiing destination. Skiers from all of the world come to Nagano every year in search of deep powder, hot springs and warm Japanese culture.

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Nagano

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Nagano?

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.

Why should I choose Nagano for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Deep powder

Some areas in Nagano, such as Hakuba, receive more than 11 meters of annual snowfall. This creates some seriously deep powder for backcountry skiing on the vast, untouched terrain in the Japanese Alps.

Hot springs

The volcanic hot springs located throughout Nagano are a major draw for visitors, especially during the chilly winter months. After a long day of skiing in the backcountry, a relaxing dip in the hot springs will be just what you need.

Easy access

Trains connecting Nagano with Tokyo and other cities in Japan making getting to and from this backcountry skiing destination easy. The different resorts are also within close proximity of one another, making it easy to visit several of them during your stay.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in Nagano?

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.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Nagano region?


What currency is accepted around Nagano?

Japanese Yen

How many days should I allocate for my Nagano Backcountry Skiing experience?

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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When is the best time to travel to Nagano for Backcountry Skiing?

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

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Nagano



My guide kenji was amazing! He picked me up from the hotel and provided whatever rental gear I needed. Kenji and I talked about snowboard movies, Japan, life, and he even gave me recommendations for Hakuba and Tokyo. I would highly recommend Yu, Bamboo tail guide company, and kenji.



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





I just wanted to say that Kenichi-san was a fantastic guide and a really good man. We loved our time with him and got to ski much more powder snow than if we had been by ourselves. I highly recommend him as a guide.



Great tour in the beautiful mountains of Hakuba with waist deep powder! Sick riding!!

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