Echigo-Yuzawa/Naeba is a beautiful Hot Spring and Ski Resort area nestled in the Japan Alps directly north of Tokyo in Niigata Prefecture. Home to numerous ski resorts and hot springs, The Yuzawa area is a wonderful all-season mountain escape very close to Tokyo.
Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, golf, fishing, zip-lining, rafting, camping, and hot spring bathing are just some of the many activities to enjoy in Yuzawa. The Minami-Unonuma region (the area where Yuzawa is located) is also famous for producing the highest quality rice and sake in all of Japan. Sake lovers, should make sure to try out local favorites like Hakkai-san, Kakurei, and Naeba-san. The Echigo-Yuzawa Shinkansen Station has a wonderful Sake tasting area, where you can try all the local specialties and purchase bottles to take home.
A short drive or bus ride from Echigo-Yuzawa is the impressive Naeba-Kagura ski resort are. Naeba has facilities to cater to all levels of skiers and many family friendly activities. Kagura is popular with hard core skiers and snowboarders for its deep powder, ample backcountry, and 6-month long ski season, the longest on the main Island of Japan. Kagura and Naeba are connected by a 5 km Gondola called the Dragondola. Naeba Ski Resort is also home to the Fuji Rock Festival each summer, one of the largest annual music festivals in Japan.
Direct bullet trains from Tokyo and Ueno Stations connect to Echigo Yuzawa Station in just over an hour. It is also reachable by car in just over 2.