A Mountain Mecca for Rugby, Skiing, Hiking, and More!

At an elevation of 1,300 m, this ‘Davos of Japan’, one of major ski resorts in Japan, is a popular year-round destination for sports.

Skiing and Snowcats

With 3 ski areas and 36 runs, Sugadaira is a popular destination for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. You can also take a ride in a snowcat to the peak (2,107 m / 6,912 ft).


Come see and hike the mountains that symbolize the Sugadaira Highlands: Mt. Nekodake (2,207 m / 7,240 ft) is popular for alpine flowers, and Mt. Azumaya (2,354 m / 7,700 ft) is one of "One Hundred Mountains of Japan". Popular hiking trails connect both mountains.


This highland is cool even in summer, and is an ideal place for many sports such as rugby, track and field, soccer, and tennis, bringing athletes from all over Japan.

Sugadaira is particularly famous for its rugby culture, and is a candidate to host a team camp for Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan. It will also serve as base for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games training camp.

Yamaboshi Nature School and English Guides

The Yamaboshi Nature School is a place where traditional Japanese wisdom and natural living can be experienced in various hands-on programs. Come and enjoy nature with all your senses all year round.

Yamaboshi Nature School

Accommodation Facilities in Sugadaira
Official Site (Japanese) Google Map

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 1 hr by Ueda Bus to the "Resort Center-mae" bus stop