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Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Nagano
Population
2,214,409

Fujimi Panorama Resort

Take a day trip from Tokyo to indulge in skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and more.

By Laura Payne

In just about two hours via public transportation, anyone who wants to experience Japan’s great outdoors can travel from Tokyo to Nagano and explore the small mountain town of Fujimi. This town is best known for Fujimi Panorama Resort, which operates ski slopes in the winter and one of Japan’s largest mountain biking areas in the warmer months.

Hitting the Powder

Fuji Panorama Resort

Photo by: PIXTA/Q2Photo A ski resort for all levels.

Fujimi Panorama Resort maintains seven courses that cater to skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels. Lower slopes offer gentle courses where beginning and intermediate guests can warm up before riding the gondola up to courses that stand at an altitude of over 1,700 meters.

The area around the gondola’s summit station features intermediate courses, and advanced skiers and snowboarders have the option to embark on a three-kilometer run from the summit station back down to the gondola’s starting point.

More Snow Adventures

Fuji Panorama Resort

Photo by: PIXTA/Q2Photo Climb to the top.

Besides skiing and snowboarding, Fujimi Panorama Resort offers snow trekking—a snowshoeing experience where visitors hike from the gondola’s summit station to the top of Mount Nyukasa. This trek takes about an hour one way and is gentle enough for beginners. A 360-degree view awaits at the summit, which can include Mount Fuji and the Japan Alps. Visitors can choose to reach Mount Nyukasa’s summit independently or with the help of a guide.

Meanwhile, an ice climbing experience is offered near the summit station. Rent some equipment or bring your own and scale Fujimi Panorama’s artificial icefall.

Young kids can also enjoy Fujimi Panorama at the kids’ park, which offers tubing, sledding, a snow play area and much more.

The “Green Season”

Fuji Panorama Resort

Photo by: PIXTA/Yoshitaka Hike to your heart’s content.

After the snow melts, Fujimi Panorama opens its mountain biking courses. Beginners and experienced bikers alike can find courses that suit their skills here, and if your trip to Fujimi Panorama is your first time mountain biking, rest assured that a “skill up” course is available for practice runs.

Even more adventures await at the resort’s paragliding school. Visitors aged seven or older can practice gliding on the “training hills” or register for a tandem flight that launches from a higher altitude.

Fujimi Panorama is also a hiker’s paradise from spring to fall. In the spring and summer, trails feature flowers such as lily of the valley and Japanese dogtooth violets. Fall, meanwhile, brings views of changing leaves. The trek to Mount Nyukasa’s summit is also open during this “green season.”

Things To Know

Other activities

Some experiences at Fujimi Panorama (such as paragliding) only accept cash, so make sure to check ahead of time if your desired activities accept cashless payments.

The exact opening of the ski season depends on the year, but slopes can be open from late November (at the earliest) to mid-April (at the latest). Some courses may close if there needs to be more snow to maintain them.

Fujimi Panorama’s ice climbing experience is open for same-day admission on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Reservations are required outside of this period.

International visitors must show proof of travel insurance before joining paragliding.

Dogs are allowed on trekking courses (if not hiking with a tour group), but they must be on a leash at all times and owners should bring disposal bags for dog poop.

How To Get There

Address

By train

Take the Limited Express Azusa from Shinjuku station in Tokyo and disembark at Fujimi station. From here, a shuttle bus can take you to the resort.

Where To Stay

Pension Peppermint House
  • 17217-1349 Penshon, Suwa-gun Hara-mura, Nagano, 391-0114 Japan
  • ¥8,050 - ¥17,200
  • 4.83/5 (24 reviews)
  • 8.8 km
Yatsugatake Hotel Fuuka
  • 3989-1 Kobuchisawacho, Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi, 408-0044 Japan
  • ¥19,900 - ¥28,900
  • 4.48/5 (1,205 reviews)
  • 9.7 km

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