Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
As one of the larger and most international resorts in Japan, Nozawa Onsen is right up there if you're looking for a Japanese ski adventure.
The slopes here are very much the main attraction and these are served by a good network of fast lifts. All of the terrain is wooded, providing excellent shelter in bad weather – which is very useful as the resort boasts an impressive 10m of snowfall a year on average. As with many Japanese resorts, off piste skiing is limited, but many runs are left ungroomed after fresh snowfall and tree-skiing is allowed at the top of the mountain – so head here as soon as possible after a fresh dump of powder.
The resort itself is also a major attraction thanks to its renowned hot springs, which were discovered in the 8th Century. With traditional ryokan inns and narrow cobbled streets, this resort really gives you an authentic Japanese skiing experience, a contrast from a much larger resorts such as Niseko. Getting here is easy from the city of Nagano, which is only a couple of hours from Tokyo via bullet train.
Resort website: www.nozawaski.com