In winter, the Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center is turned into a winter equipment rental center called Little Peaks where you can rent cross-country skis and all kinds of other gear. Norikura Highlands has some great spots for a cross-country skiing adventure!
Even if you’ve never done it before, the staff at Little Peaks will go over the basics on how to use the skis. You can also participate in one of their tours.
If you just want to try it out for a couple hours, you can head right down the snowy road to Ichinose directly from the rental center. Ichinose is fairly flat and wide-open so easy enough for anyone.