Travel guides

NEW This new section is here to help get you to the snow - either by public transport or by car. Introducing Japan travel information, in-depth regional travel guides and maps for popular snow regions around Japan. More information on this section here.

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General travel information

Getting to Japan
General information on getting to Japan from overseas
Japan by train and bus
General information on getting around Japan by train and public transport
Japan by car
General information on getting around Japan by car

 

Regional Travel Guides
(Prefectures listed north-south)
Hokkaido
Furano By public transport By car Town Map
Niseko By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
         
Iwate Prefecture
Appi Kogen By public transport By car Town Map  
         
         
Yamagata Prefecture
Zao Onsen By public transport By car Town Map  
         
         
Fukushima Prefecture
Bandai & Aizu By public transport By car   Map
         
         
Gunma Prefecture
Minakami By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
Katashina By public transport By car    
Kusatsu By public transport By car   Regional Map

Niigata Prefecture
Yuzawa By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
      Naeba Map  
      Ishiuchi Map  
Myoko Kogen By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
Nagano Prefecture
Hakuba By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
Nozawa Onsen By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
Madarao By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
Shiga Kogen By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
Sugadaira By public transport By car Town Map Regional Map
'Snow Monkeys' Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park travel information Regional Map
Gifu Prefecture        
Gujo By public transport By car   Map
         
         
 
Maps
  Original Town Maps (with corresponding area on googlemaps)
  Appi Kogen Iwate Prefecture
  Furano Hokkaido
  Hakuba region Nagano Prefecture
  Ishiuchi area of Minamiuonuma Niigata Prefecture
  Kagura & Naeba area of Yuzawa Niigata Prefecture
  Madarao Nagano Prefecture
  Minakami town area Gunma Prefecture
  Myoko Kogen Niigata Prefecture
  Niseko and Kutchan Hokkaido
  Nozawa Onsen Nagano Prefecture
  Shiga Kogen Nagano Prefecture
  Sugadaira Kogen Nagano Prefecture
  Yuzawa central town area Niigata Prefecture
  Zao Onsen Yamagata Prefecture
  Other maps & diagrams  
  Joshinetsu region Original map showing the locations of the major snow resort regions of Gunma, Nagano and Niigata
  Niseko to Sapporo Map showing locations of Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Sapporo and Shin Chitose airport in western Hokkaido
  Expressway connections Map diagram showing main expressways and connections in central Honshu
  Train line connections Map diagram showing main train lines and connections in central Honshu
  All maps All our original maps and diagrams


 

Train Information

Information on the main train lines that get you on your way to the snow.
For more general information on getting around Japan by train, please read this.

  Shinkansen Train lines
  Akita Shinkansen Morioka Station (Iwate) > Akita Station (Akita)  
Joetsu Shinkansen Tokyo Station > Niigata Station (Niigata) Connection map
Hokuriku Shinkansen Tokyo Station > Kanagawa Station (Ishikawa) Connection map
Tohoku Shinkansen Tokyo Station > Shin-Aomori Station (Aomori)  
Tokaido Shinkansen Tokyo Station > Nagoya Station (Aichi)  
Yamagata Shinkansen Fukushima Station (Fukushima) > Shinjo Station (Yamagata)  
  Local train lines
  Agatsuma-sen Shibukawa Station (Gunma) > Omae Station (Gunma) Connection map
Aizu-sen Aizu Wakamatsu (Fukushima) > Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi (Fukushima)  
Banetsu Saisen Koriyama Station (Fukushima) > Niitsu Station (Niigata) Connection map
Chitose-sen Numanohata Station (Hokkaido) > Sapporo Station (Hokkaido)  
Etsumi Nansen Mino Ota Station (Gifu) > Hokuto Station (Gifu)  
Furano-sen Asahikawa Station (Hokkaido) > Furano Station (Hokkaido)  
Hakodate Honsen Hakodate Station (Hokkaido) > Asahikawa Station (Hokkaido)  
Hanawa-sen Morioka Station (Iwate) > Appi Kogen Station (Iwate  
Hokuhoku-sen Muikamachi Station (Niigata) > Saigata Station (Niigata) Connection map
Iiyama-sen Toyono Station (Nagano) > Echigo Kawaguchi Station (Niigata) Connection map
Joetsu-sen Takasaki Station (Gunma) > Nagaoka Station (Niigata) Connection map
Kita Shinano-sen Nagano Station (Nagano) > Myoko Kogen Station (Niigata) Connection map
Myoko Haneuma Line Myoko Kogen Station (Niigata) > Naoetsu Station (Niigata) Connection map
Nagano-sen Nagano Station (Nagano) > Yudanaka Station (Nagano) Connection map
Nemuro Honsen Takikawa Station (Hokkaido) > Nemuro Station (Hokkaido)  
Oito-sen Matsumoto Station (Nagano) > Itoigawa Station (Nagano) Connection map
Ou Honsen Fukushima Station (Fukushima) > Aomori Station (Aomori)  
Sekisho-sen Minami Chitose Station (Hokkaido) > Shintoku Station (Hokkaido)  
Senzan-sen Sendai Station (Miyagi) > Yamagata Station (Yamagata)  
Shinano Tetsudo-sen Karuizawa Station (Nagano) > Shinonoi Station (Nagano) Connection map
Shinetsu Honsen Takasaki Station (Gunma) > Niigata Station (Niigata) Connection map
Shinonoi-sen Shiojiri Station (Nagano) > Shinonoi Station (Nagano) Connection map
Yamanote-sen Shinagawa Station (Tokyo) > Shinagawa Station (Tokyo)  


 
Expressway Information

Information on the main expressway toll roads that get you on your way to the snow.
For more general information on getting around Japan by car, please read this.

 

Expressways

  Akita Expressway Kitakami JCT (Iwate) > Futatsui Shirakami IC (Akita)  
Banetsu Expressway Iwaki JCT (Fukushima) > Niigata Chuo IC (Niigata) Connection map
Chuo Expressway Takaido JCT (Tokyo) > Komaki JCT (Aichi) Connection map
Doto Expressway Chitose JCT (Hokkaido) > Urahoro IC (Hokkaido)
Hokkaido Expressway Onuma Koen IC (Hokkaido) > Shibetsu Kenbuchi IC (Hokkaido)  
Hokuriku Expressway Maihara JCT (Shiga) > Niigata Chuo JCT (Niigata) Connection map
Joshinetsu Expressway Fujioka JCT (Gunma) > Joetsu JCT (Niigata) Connection map
Kanetsu Expressway Nerima IC (Tokyo) > Nagaoka JCT (Niigata) Connection map
Meishin Expressway Komaki IC (Aichi) > Nishinomiya IC (Hyogo) Connection map
Nagano Expressway Okaya JCT  (Nagano) > Koshoku JCT (Nagano) Connection map
Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway Niigata Chuo JCT (Niigata) > Sakata Minato IC (Yamagata)  
Sasson Expressway Sapporo JCT (Hokkaido) > Otaru IC (Hokkaido)  
Tohoku Expressway Kawaguchi JCT (Saitama) > Aomori IC (Aomori) Connection map
Tokai Hokuriku Expressway Ichinomiya JCT (Aichi) > Oyabe Tonami JCT (Toyama) Connection map
Tomei Expressway Tokyo IC (Tokyo) > Komaki IC (Aichi) Connection map
Yamagata Expressway Murata JCT (Miyagi) > Tsuruoka JCT (Yamagata) Connection map
 

About this section

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