Naeba is perhaps the most famous resort in Honshu and more like a western one in terms of the number of hotels and other things going on. It is a 45-mins bus journey from Echigo Yuzawa station. Snowboarding has been allowed all across the hill since the 98/99 season and they have now built their own mini park and regularly host air contests. However, there is no pipe and the resort is best for freeriders. Similarly to Niseko and Zao, you can happily enjoy three or four days here without getting bored. There are some excellent tree runs if you duck the ropes and because of the lack of Japanese who do this you're always able to make your own tracks. The best spots for doing this are below the No. 1 gondola, and of the No. 2 gondola.