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Mount Naeba

Those who love an outdoor adventure should head over to Mount Naeba, a hiking and skiing hub open to all in Niigata Prefecture.

Mount Naeba is known for its scenic views and numerous activities. During the winter, different ski resorts open up on the mountain for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Naeba Ski Resort is the largest one, offering different slope levels for beginners to advance. During the summer, visitors come to enjoy the fresh air and greenery of nature. The ski resort also hosts the famous rock music festival, The Fuji Rock Festival during July and early August. One of the main attractions of the resort is the Dragondola, the longest gondola in the world.

Other activities available at Mount Naeba are the onsen (hot springs). Onsen are popular, especially after a long day in the snow, to warm skiers and snowboarders up. Hot springs such as Kaikake date back to 700 years ago while others like Akayu Hot Spring are warmed by oil lamps. If you want to go on an adventure, you should go to Mount Naeba’s hideaway area, Akiyamago, located on the western outskirts of Mount Naeba.

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