With its own shinkansen stop at the base of the mountain, it's possible to wake up in Tokyo, hit the slopes here after breakfast and be back in the big smoke for dinner: the slopes can get predictably packed. Three quad lifts alongside six triple and double lifts help to thin the crowds. Expect queues at peak times.

Runs range the gamut from beginner to intermediate and advanced, with the longest stretching 2.5km. English is spoken everywhere, and you'll see plenty of other foreigners. Full equipment rental is available for ¥5000 per day. Tokyo travel agents can often arrange cheap packages that include lift and train fare, especially if you're planning to head up on a weekday.