Northwest of Tokyo and south of Yuzawa in the Nigata Prefecture, the Naeba ski area has 20 courses served by 21 lifts that access a maximum vertical descent of 890m. The Naeba ski resort is a high-end resort that is sadly lacking cultural charm. The ski are is linked to the Kagura Ski Resort via the Naeba-Tashiro Gondola.
At Naeba, the courses are evenly spread across all levels of difficulty. In addition, there are a couple of nice terrain parks to check out. The Naeba ski area is linked to the Kagura Ski Resort via the Naeba-Tashiro Gondola.
In case you were thinking about heading off-piste, keep in mind that Naeba Ski Resort has a very restrictive off-piste policy. Considering the limited avalanche control work and the natural terrain traps, this is not a great place to head off-piste. Luckily, there are intentionally ungroomed natural runs near the top of Naeba. And, Kagura has permitted backcountry.
To reach the Naeba Ski Resort by plane, use the Tokyo Narita Airport. There is a train from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa. Then, there is a bus to the Naeba Ski Resort, and the Naeba Prince Hotel operates a free express bus (40 minutes). The ski area is located 22km south of Yukawa and 185km 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, Naeba Ski Resort is the 12th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan.