Togakushi Ski Resort

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Togakushi Ski Resort Japan
Togakushi Ski Resort Japan
Skiing at Togakushi
Skiing at Togakushi
Great views at Togakushi
Great views at Togakushi
Togakushi has good elevation
Togakushi has good elevation
Togakushi ancient cryptomeria cedar trees
Togakushi ancient cryptomeria cedar trees
Crowds are usually not a problem
Crowds are usually not a problem
Togakushi Snow World
Togakushi Snow World
Views from the slopes
Views from the slopes
Togakushi has some good aspects
Togakushi has some good aspects
Powder on-piste
Powder on-piste
Togakushi shrine
Togakushi shrine
Avenue of cedar trees
Avenue of cedar trees
From the base area
From the base area
Snowboarding at Togakushi Japan
Snowboarding at Togakushi Japan
Not far from the Togakushi Ski Resort
Not far from the Togakushi Ski Resort

Togakushi Ski Resort

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Togakushi Ski Resort

The Togakushi Ski Resort feels a bit like a private ski area for just you and your powder ninja friends. Togakushi means “hiding door” and on weekdays it feels like a hidden spot. Even though a few Japanese turn up on the weekends, the off-piste areas remain barren and there is minimal competition for the powder.

The base area of Togakushi Ski Resort is rather quaint, although the buildings appear somewhat run-down. Considering there are so few people that visit, you can’t help but wonder if this is yet another Japanese ski resort on the cusp of ceasing operation.

Whilst the skiing is relatively unknown at Togakushi, the area is very famous for its amazing soba noodles (buckwheat noodles), ninjia, and the Togakushi Shrine.

Pros and Cons of Togakushi

Pros 
  • Whilst many other Nagano ski resorts are highly trafficked, Togakushi is a quiet paradise for greedy powder hounds who want all the powder to themselves.
  • Togakushi is also ideal for intermediate powder seekers on a powder day considering there is little competition for fresh lines on the piste.
  • The elevation is higher than Myoko Kogen and some other Nagano ski resorts, so the snow quality is generally very good.
  • The soba noodles are supremo!
  • The ski area offers lovely views across to Hakuba and you might see Mt Fuji on fine days.
Cons
  • Like many non-westernised Japanese ski resorts, there is inadequate terrain for more than 1 to 2 days of riding.
  • Unless you have a car or are on a multi-day tour, it can be a little difficult to get there from nearby destinations resorts (which helps to keep the crowds away).
Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective
  • The little tree runs are plenty of fun for advanced riders but you’ll need to be discrete.
  • Togakushi is delightfully devoid of western influence, so particularly if you had a multi-day stay you’d get a nice Japanese experience. Not much English is spoken, and the resort doesn’t cater for families looking for kids group lessons or childcare with English speaking staff.
  • There’s certainly no bling bling. Everything is pleasantly simple at Togakushi, albeit a fraction ramshackle in places.
  • Togakushi Ski Resort is now on the US based Indy Pass, which might increase the powder hunting numbers a little but it may help with the financial viability of the ski area.

Togakushi Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Like many other Japanese ski resorts, Togakushi is not large. It has 58 hectares of piste and 19 courses, of which 4 are beginner, 8 are intermediate, and 7 classified as advanced. Togakushi Ski Resort has 548 metres of vertical (1,200 - 1,748 metres) which can’t be skied in one continuous hit.

The Togakushi ski resort has two peaks. The lower one has an elevation of 1,549 metres and is the start of the majority of the runs. The terrain separates into two parts that descend to the main base hub and a smaller base area. The upper peak (Mt Menou – 1,748m) offers a smaller amount of terrain.

The terrain includes good beginner and intermediate trails, and a couple of steep-ish groomers. There are also a few black trails down the front side that are north facing and aptly rated as advanced. There are also a couple of terrain parks that are OK by Japanese standards, along with kids’ park tunnels and features.

As is typical of non-westernised Honshu ski resorts, off-piste skiing is officially banned but possible with some care. One of the pros of the tree skiing at Togakushi is that it’s reasonably easy to remain invisible, and the obvious advantage is that not many people ski off-piste. The off-piste tree runs are typically short but very sweet, and some require some negotiation around creek lines depending on the snow cover. Togakushi also has a little sidecountry with very easy access and egress, especially on the weekends and holidays when the Chusha lift is operating.

Togakushi Ski Resort has 7 chair lifts consisting of 2 quad chairs, 2 detachable doubles, and 3 slow double chairs.

Togakushi Snow

Whilst Togakushi doesn’t receive as much snowfall as some other high profile Nagano ski resorts (about 7.6 metres on average per season), the quality of the powder is typically very good. The front face of Togakushi Ski Resort is mostly north facing, and whilst other parts have varied aspects, the top elevation of the resort at 1,748 metres is higher than many other neighbouring ski resorts (see Nagano ski resort snow stats).

Where is Togakushi Ski Resort?

Togakushi Ski Area is located about 24km northwest of Nagano City, 42km east of Hakuba, and 30km southwest of Myoko Kogen (about a 45 minute drive).

Togakushi Accommodation

The main base area of Togakushi has a quasi-village with just a hotel and a handful of pensions, so it’s very very quiet. The Togakushi accommodation is simple and inexpensive.

Togakushi- Kogen Minshuku Rindo is located on the outskirts of the ski area in a ski-in location (and 1 minute walk out).

Togakushi Accommodation Listings

Facilities

The base area offers simple amenities for skiers and snowboarders including equipment rentals, a small convenience shop, inexpensive child care for infants 18 months+ on the weekends, and ski school (no English). The main base area has a kids play park that’s serviced by a magic carpet.

There are also a few eateries. The main cafeteria has the usual ski resort fare, although it seems apt to order some soba noodles. There is also a coffee shop that serves “God’s coffee” that doesn’t quite deserve that status. The highlight of the dining is the French restaurant at the base of the top quad chair where they serve up lots of decadent cuisine.

Activities

Togakushi Village is thought by some to be the birthplace of ninjutsu, and close to the ski resort is a ninja museum and training ground (open April to November only).

The Togakushi Shrine is rich in mythical Japanese history and is made up of a few main shrines as well as smaller ones. You can see the orange torii gates of the lower shrine, or hike along the avenue of hundreds of massive ancient cryptomeria cedar trees on the way to the okusha (upper or inner shrine).

Whilst in the Togakushi village you might want to sample some of the famous soba noodles.
Tours That May Include Togakushi

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

The Legendary Roadie
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
11 Days | 10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience Japan powder like no other on this legendary road trip where you will visit up to 8 resorts in 3 prefectures; Nagano, Gunma & Niigata! Join a tour as a solo traveler, couple or small group. Max 6 spots per tour so get in quickly! Share
Price p/p From price based on twin-share at Hotel Omodaka & Tenjin Lodge for 2025 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,450
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 Early bird special: 5% off listed priced - book before July 31
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Nagano Ski/Board Progression
SKI / SNOWBOARD GUIDED INSTRUCTION
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Intermediate to Strong Intermediate
Learn to ski and ride deep powder with more confidence or improve your on-piste technique whilst checking out some of Nagano's fabulous ski areas away from the masses of foreigners. In addition to the skiing and snowboarding, experience an area rich in culture and history. Share
Price p/p From price based on per person twin-share room at Omodaka for 2024/25 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,002
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 Early bird special: 7% off listed prices - book before July 31
Nagano Ski Buffet
GUIDED SKI ADVENTURE (SKIERS ONLY)
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Combine deep untracked powder skiing where few foreigners go, with a rich Japanese cultural experience, traditional Japanese accommodation and authentic Japanese food, and you have the perfect Japanese ski adventure! Share
Price p/p From price based on twin-share Japanese room with bathroom at Omodaka
Base/invoice currency in JPY
Displayed prices may vary slightly to actual due exchange rate fluctuations
Base/invoice currency in JPY
Displayed prices may vary slightly to actual due exchange rate fluctuations
USD 3,002
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 Early bird special: 7% off listed prices - book before July 31
Nagano Powder Zone
SKI & SNOWBOARD GUIDED TOUR
8 Days | 7 Night | 6 Skiing | Up to 6 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Ideal for economically conscious intermediate to advanced skiers & riders who want maximum pow! Based in the traditional town of Yudanaka, which is relatively free of western influence, you will be ensured of an authentic Japanese ski or snowboard experience. Share
Price p/p From price based on twin share room with private bathroom at Omodaka for 2024/25 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,426
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 Early bird special: 5% off listed prices - book before July 31
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Hakuba Backcountry
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
7 Nights | 8 Days | 6 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Get away from the crowded Hakuba ski hills & explore the renowned backcountry. Lift assisted backcountry trip where the lifts will be utilised to gain some ascent, but expect to also ascend via ski touring/ splitboarding 1,500 to 2,500 metres per day.
Price p/p Price is per person based on twin or triple-share rooms for 2025 season
Base/invoice currency is CAD
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USD 3,559
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