Northwest of Tokyo near Yukawa in the Niigata Prefecture, the Kagura ski area has 23 courses served by 3 lifts that provide access to a maximum vertical descent of 1,225m. This family-friendly area tends to be beginner-oriented and it known to be quite crowded on the weekends. It is divided into three sectors: Kagura, Mitsumata and Tashiro. In addition, it is interconnected with the Naeba ski resort via the Naeba-Tashiro gondola.
At the Kagura ski area, the groomed runs are not particularly steep. Luckily, the ski patrollers are known to be tolerant of off-piste freeriding.
The Kagura ski area is located 175km northwest of Tokyo.
While in the large cities, make sure to use the ATM since ATM machines can be quite hard to find at the resorts (especially ones accepting international cards) and credit cards are rarely accepted.
Overall, Kagura Ski Resort is the 20th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan.