Tsugaike

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Tsugaike
Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee

Pros

  • Wide open slopes are great for beginners, intermediates and families
  • Night skiing available
  • Less crowded than bigger Hakuba Valley resorts
  • Wide range of accommodation close to slopes

Cons

  • Lifts on upper mountain occasionally close due to high winds
  • Fog can be an issue, especially mid-mountain
  • Limited advanced runs
  • Small village with limited après ski

Overall

4.9

With wide-open slopes perfect for beginners to learn their turns, enough intermediate terrain to keep more advanced skiers and riders happy, Tsugaike is a very popular choice for families. Compared to the neighboring Hakuba Valley resorts, it’s quieter, less crowded, and presents a more authentically Japanese cultural experience. The base offers convenient lodging while the rest of Hakuba’s amenities are a short ride away!

Airplane

FLY TO

Narita International Airport

Train

TRAIN TO

Tokyo station (40 mins)

Train

TRAIN TO

Nagano via bullet train (2 hours)

Bus

train/bus to

Happo Information Center (1.5 hours) or Hakuba Station (1 hour 15 minutes)

Car

TAXI TO

Tsugaike (20 minutes)

Base of Tsugaike (Walk)

  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • Handful of smaller hotels and a range of traditional style lodgings
  • Some accommodation offers private onsens

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Hakuba Village (5-6 mi)

  • Wider variety of lodging options
  • Closer to more restaurants, bars, and shopping
  • Great base for exploring other Hakuba Valley ski resorts

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For beginners

The wide open slopes at Tsugaike are perfect for beginners to learn on. The best spot for never-evers to start is in the Kane-No-Naru-Oka area where the spacious slopes and mellow pitch are great for practicing turns. Our top run for beginners here is the Kane-No-Naru-Oka slope, again it's nice and wide so newbies don't have to worry about colliding with others!

For intermediates

Intermediates will have a variety of runs to choose from, especially around the mid-mountain area. Our favorite area for intermediates is in the Han-no-ki area where the runs are nice and long with no flat zones to slow you down until the end when it merges into the beginner areas.

For experts

Advanced skiers and snowboarders might be disappointed here with just three runs to choose from, but that doesn't mean they can't have fun. The black Champion slope is a worthwhile mention although our top pick would have to be Uma-No-Se (Horseback) course which is the perfect off-piste area serving up plenty of powder!

Find freshies

The best powder can be found off-piste though skiers are entering at their own risk. Freshies also get tracked out quickly, so being the first on the slopes is generally ideal.

Ditch the crowds

The slopes at Tsugaike are generally uncrowded though the base lifts can get quite busy, so it's best to stay in the upper and mid sections of the mountain during the day. New Year's and weekends are can also see more skiers.

Non skiers

Non-skiers can enjoy snowshoeing, snowmoto riding (similar to snowbiking) or just soaking in onsens (hot springs) at Tsugaike. The resort also have a number of events including the annual snow festival and Mochitsuki (pounding rice cakes into mochi). Otherwise, day trips to the Matsumoto Castle and Jigokudani Monkey Park are a must!

Families

Tsugaike's abundance of wide mellow slopes make it an ideal for families to ride together and the beginner's area at the base are particularly great for little ones to learn on with discounted beginner lift tickets are available. There is even a kid's park and indoor kid's facilities to keep the young ones entertained.

Tsugaike vs
TsugaikeCortina
beginner50 %40 %
intermediate30 %30 %
advanced20 %30 %
expert--
total runs11 16
ski area385ac 124ac
summit elevation5,591ft 4,600ft
total lifts20 7
child lift ticket¥3,000 JPY ($27 USD) Free
adult lift ticket¥5,100 JPY ($46 USD) ¥4,000 JPY ($36 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall-448″

Tsugaike Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 12 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Have your say on Tsugaike
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
BCBlair C.
beginner snowboarder
Tsugaike was well worth the short bus trip from happo for the day. After several days of constant snow it was amazing. Alot fewer people and i particularly liked the interesting twisting runs in contrast to straight groomed slopes.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 18, 2017
GCGlenn C.
gondola nearly to the top long groomers with nice pitch to mid station lots of places to get in the trees. love the rolling ridge line on far right of top.great snow and you can soak your feet in onsen while you wait for bus at end of day
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