Featured Travel Deals
Mt Naeba: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips
The area surrounding the Kaguragamine zone (looker’s right on the above trail map) is a popular backcountry zone. Topping out at 2,030 metres, it can be accessed by taking the Kagura Pair Lift No. 5 all the way to the top, where you’ll encounter the backcountry gates and be checked by staff to ensure you’re suitably prepared to enter backcountry terrain (beacon, probe, shovel, pack etc.)
Mt Naeba: Access
Mt Naeba is located in the Niigata Prefecture, about 175km northwest of Tokyo. Being so close to Tokyo, it is one of the most easily accessed resorts for international travellers. Perhaps the most efficient way to get there is via the bullet train ‘Joetsu Shinkansen’ from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzaw Stationa (70-90 minutes). From Echigo Yuzawa Station, Kagura is only another 15-20 minutes away by bus.
Mt Naeba: Accommodation
The main accommodation drawcard is the newly renovated Naeba Prince Hotel, on the Naeba side of the two resorts. As well as the ski-in, ski-out convenience that it affords, this hotel also somes with plenty of dining options (20+) and facilities. In town (Mikuni) there exists the typical lodging options you’d expect, from smaller hotels, ryokans and pensions.
Mt Naeba: Restaurant & Après
The Naeba Prince Hotel has over 20 restaurants, and those range from very formal to very relaxed. While the hotel effectively traverses the entirety of international cuisine, if you want a slightly more authentic dining experience, you can explore the town of Naeba and the local dining options there, such as the izakayas.
Mt Naeba: Non-skiing Activities
For the non-skiers, we recommend staying at the Naeba Prince Hotel as it’s stacked full of Onsens, a day spa, games rooms and has an expansive snow park on its doorstep for the kids to play in, which also features lanes for snow tubing and sledding.