Hunter Mountain is located in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture.
Fun Fact: Hunter Mountain is often abbreviated as Hantama (ハンタマ). It can mean half egg, which just so happens to be Hunter Mountain’s mascot.
I used to live in this area and have been to Hunter Mountain several times. Even though I now live just outside of Tokyo, Hunter Mountain is a convenient day trip from here. One option is to take the bullet train to Nasushiobara station, which takes about an hour from Tokyo. From Nasushiobara station you can take a free shuttle bus to Hunter Mountain, which takes about 70 minutes. However, I chose to rent a car (2525 yen + fuel at Nico Nico Rent-a-Car) so that I could make a few other stops throughout the day.
First, I stopped by a 7-11 to get my lift ticket. If purchased at a 7-11 ticket machine, the 5000 yen lift ticket comes with a 1000 yen lunch coupon. Next, I stopped by a ski rental shop about half an hour from Hunter Mountain (http://www.kasamaya.co.jp/ski.html), where I rented skis, boots, and poles for 1800 yen. They would’ve cost 6500 yen at Hunter Mountain, so renting a car already paid off. Finally, I drove through the scenic Shiobara mountains and got to Hunter Mountain.
As it’s one of the closest ski resorts to Tokyo, the condition of the snow isn’t as good as it would be farther north. However, there was a good snowfall the previous week, so the conditions were pretty good. There’s one main beginner slope, a few intermediate slopes, and a few advanced slopes on top. The jump from the beginner slope to the intermediate slopes pretty big, as I learned the hard way. As a lower intermediate skier, I’ve only attempted the advanced slopes twice, but my more experienced friend says they’re not very challenging for him.
When I was done skiing, I stopped by to relax at one of the many hot springs in the Shiobara area. They typically cost about 500-800 yen. Don’t forget to bring a towel.