Small friendly resort and a little out of the way so will be quite uncrowded during the week. Seems to be few restrictions on off piste skiing, so would be a greta place to hit mid week on a powder day.
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Miyagi prefecture, about 40 mins by bus from Naruko Onsen.
Freindly area, uncrowded, few restrictions on skiing in trees, offpiste.
Rather odd bus timetable, old lift infrastructure.
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From Tokyo the Tohoku Shinkansen line to Furukawa (approx 2.5 hrs or 13mins from Sendai), then Banetsu line to Naruko Onsen (43 mins). These run about once an hours. There is then a shuttle bus from outside Naruko Onsen station (Y740 each way) which stops at the base of the ski area and continues to the pension village. The timetable though is rather odd with a large gap in the morning. Buses leave Naruko Onsen station (2010) at 07:28, 11:05, 12:20, 14:20, 16:10 & 18:10 and return at 08:00, 09:05, 13:10, 14:45, 16:15 & 17:40. There is quite nice gorge scenery on the drive up.
There is the hotel Onikoube at the base of the lifts but a few minutes walk from the bus stop. Presumably the hotel would provide a pickup service. There is a small pension village a bit up the road a few minutes walk from the resort but the bus does go there. The resort website has details on these (in japanese).
Naruko Onsen is a well know onsen resort town, so has some fairly expensive hotels near the station. There is a nice Ryokan nearby (http://www.yusaya.co.jp) still not cheap but better value than the hotels. Cheaper options are further from the station. Otherwise you could probably get a cheaper business hotel in Furukawa and catch the local train. You could also do a day trip from Sendai, which presumably quite a few people would do on the weekend.
(2010) Day pass Y3500, 5 hour pass Y3000. Would expect you would get a discount price if you are staying at one of the pensions.
Car park at resort base
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As the name suggests Naruko Onsen is an onsen town, so there are plenty you can check out.
For lunch there is a small cafe by the top lift and a large cafeteria at the base. Dinner would normally be at the pension or hotel you are staying at.
Bars & Entertainment
Possibly in Naruko Onsen.
Naruko Onsen like Zao Onsen is famous for Kokeshi - carved wooden dolls. There are stores all over town and some where you can watch them being made. There is also a local brewery which makes a blueberry beer.
The runs here are numbered 1-8 generally top to bottom, left to right, with no 1 being the top lift. They are served by 6 double chairlifts.
Lower area - runs 4-8.
Most runs wil be groomed. The lower slopes are somewhat wider.
There seem to be few restrictions on off piste. A few good spots under the top chair (no. 1) and in the trees and also alongside no. 2 lift.
Out of Bounds
Parks & Pipes
Most likely on run no. 2 which is one of the steeper runs.
The higher areas - runs 1 & 2
 Resort site
 Snowjapan entry