4th time skiing in Kagura/Naeba, 20-50min bus ride from Yuzawa onsen town uphill respectively.
Kagura is in fact comprised of 3 ski resorts – Mitsumata, Kagura and Tashiro. The last two are a bit higher up @1400-1500m on the top, thus they have better powder than in Naeba. Runs are in general longer and wider, though more for intermediate than advanced. We were lucky to have ample snowfall while we were there – Great pow so thick and bouncing not inferior at all to Hakuba, Niseko !!
Mt Naeba ski
Skied in Naeba for 1D. Power snow was on the upper slopes on top of gondola, which would stop running under strong wind. At the foothills, snow could be hard here and there. Thus, we prefer Kagura to Naeba in general, and would ski here on calm days.
Yuzawa onsen town
Good dining options in onsen town. Visited a small izakaya run by husband-and-wife twice. Both of them were so cordial as if we were having dinner at home. Husband is the chef having a chef-teacher award ! Delicious food but inexpensive at all.