a popular winter sport throughout Japan: Honshu-Ice trees
and hot springs
Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter sports in Japan,
and the number of skiers has grown in the last two decades. Various
ski resorts, hot springs, and winter events attract skiers and
snowboarders from all over Japan.
There are more than 300 ski slopes in Japan, and most of them
are open from December through March. Many skiers and snowboarders
enjoy the combination of hot springs and ski slopes. Nozawa,
Kusatsu, and Manza ski resorts are well known for their hot springs.
Nozawa is located in the Nagano prefecture and is 207 miles from
Tokyo, five hours by train. Kusastu and Manza are in the Gunma
prefecture and both are about 110 miles from Tokyo, 3.5 hours
by train. Nozawa provides 20 ski courses and 24 ski lifts. Kusastu
has more than an 80-year history as a ski town. Manza provides
more beginner and intermediate courses. After skiing, people
enjoy the hot springs, which offer healing warmth to bodies stressed
by cold and action on the slopes.