Bandai & Inawashiro Travel Guide - By car

Fukushima regions by car

There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts throughout Fukushima Prefecture.

Most of them found in two regions of the Prefecture - around Mt Bandai to the north of Lake Inawashiro and near Lake Hibara and Lake Akimoto; and across the Aizu region further to the south west.

The word 'Fukushima' of course is now well known due to the events of March 2011. Our coverage from that time can be found here.

Most of snow resorts of Fukushima Prefecture are closer to Niigata Prefecture than the east coast, which is well over 100km away.

Fukushima resorts by car
Getting to resorts from Expressway
Additional Fukushima resources
Fukushima by public transport
Go to our guide for getting to Fukushima resort areas using public transport

Fukushima Prefecture is located to the north of Tokyo and is the most southerly prefecture of the Tohoku region of Japan. Over half of the snow resorts in Fukushima Prefecture are located on or around Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro with many within fairly close reach of each other. Most of the other resorts in Fukushima Prefecture are spread around a larger area around the western Aizu region, found to the south west of the Lake Inawashiro.

View a map of Fukushima Prefecure showing the resorts here.

Fukushima ski and snowboard resorts by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Banetsu Expressway (toll road) 磐越自動車道
  Inawashiro Bandai IC 猪苗代磐梯IC
  Tohoku IC 東北自動車道
  Nihonmatsu IC 二本松IC
  Shirakawa IC 白河IC
  Main roads:  
  Route 115 国道115号

From Tokyo to the Bandai region of Fukushima (north of Banetsu Expressway)

From the north Tokyo region, take the Tohoku Expressway north. For the resorts in the Bandai and Inawashiro region of Fukushima, turn left onto the Banetsu Expressway at the Koriyama JCT heading west towards Niigata

Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC and Bandai Kawahigashi IC are the main exits for the snow resorts in this region.

For a few of the ski resorts on the eastern side of Mt Adatada, continue past Koriyama JCT on the Tohoku Expressway and exit at Nihonmatsu IC

More detailed information on how to get to individual resorts is shown below.

From Tokyo to the Aizu region of Fukushima (south of Banetsu Expressway)

The resorts in the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture to the south of the Banetsu Expressway are somewhat more spread out over a larger region than the resorts in the Bandai and Inawashiro region - and so they are generally not quite as convenient and easy to get to.

Approaching from the south, the main exits of the Tohoku Expressway are Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC and Shirakawa IC.

More detailed information on how to get to individual resorts is shown below.

Approaching using the Tohoku Expressway

Kawaguchi JCT to Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC (Banetsu) about 247km 6,330 yen
Kawaguchi JCT to Bandai Kawahigashi IC (Banetsu) about 261km 6,590 yen
Kawaguchi JCT to Nihonmatsu IC (Tohoku) about 237km 6,140 yen
Kawaguchi JCT to Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC (Tohoku) about 140km 4,270 yen
Kawaguchi JCT to Shirakawa IC (Tohoku) about 170km 4,880 yen

Approaching from Niigata

Niigata Chuo IC to Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC (Banetsu) about 115km 3,120 yen
Niigata Chuo IC to Bandai Kawahigashi IC (Banetsu) about 101km 2,840 yen

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Tohoku Expressway
Tohoku Expressway from Kawaguchi JCT to Nihonmatsu IC
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Exit name   Prefecture Distance from Kawaguchi JCT Connections
Kawaguchi JCT 川口JCT Saitama >>> Tokyo Gaikan Expressway
Koriyama JCT 郡山JCT Fukushima 220.2km Banetsu Expressway
Nihonmatsu IC 二本松IC Fukushima 236.0km  
 
Banetsu Expressway
Banetsu Expressway from Koriyama JCT through Fukushima and into Niigata
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Exit name   Prefecture Distance from Kawaguchi JCT Distance from Koriyama JCT Connections
Koriyama JCT 郡山JCT Fukushima 220.2km >>> Tohoku Expressway
Bandai Atami IC 磐梯熱海IC Fukushima 228.4km 8.2km  
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC 猪苗代磐梯高原IC Fukushima 246.4km 26.2km  
Bandai Kawahigashi IC 磐梯川東IC Fukushima 260.3km 40.1km  
Aizu Wakamatsu IC 会津若松IC Fukushima 266.3km 46.1km  
Niigata Chuo JCT 新潟中央JCT Niigata 360.7km 140.5km Hokuriku Expressway
Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Niigata Chuo IC 新潟中央IC Niigata 361.5km 141.3km  

 

Getting to ski and snowboard resorts from the Expressway

Resort
(listed alphabetically)
Nearest exit on expressway Distance from nearest exit Directions from expressway exit

Route

Adatara Kogen
あだたら高原
Nihonmatsu IC about 14km Turn right at the Nihonmatsu IC exit onto Prefecture Road 355 and then within 200m turn right again onto Route 459 which takes you up to the Dake hot spring area (8.5km). Turn left onto Prefecture Road 386 which takes you to the resort base.
Aizu Kogen Daikura
会津高原だいくら
Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC about 64km Turn right at the Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC exit onto Route 400 and head in a northerly direction for about 27km until reaching Route 121. Continue straight on (on Route 121, signposted as Aizuwakamatsu and Minamiaizu) for about 25km until reaching Tajima. Take Route 289 to head in a westerly direction towards Tadami. Continue on Route 289 for about 12.5km until reaching the turn off for Aizu Kogen Daikura, which is just off the road on the left hand side.
Shirakawa IC about 61km

 

Turn left at the Shirakawa IC onto Route 4. After 350m turn left on the road heading towards Shimogo.  After just over 1km turn left onto Route 289.  Continue on Route 289 for about 35km until reaching Shimogo and the Route 121 junction. Turn left onto Route 121 and continue for 12km through Aizu Tajima. Keeping straight on Route 289 for a further 12.5km until reaching the turn off for Aizu Kogen Daikura, which is just off the road on the left side.  
Aizu Kogen Nango
会津高原南郷
Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC about 81.0km Turn right at the Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC exit onto Route 400. Head in a northerly direction for about 27km until reaching Route 121.  Continue straight on (on Route 121, signposted as Aizuwakamatsu and Minamiaizu) for about 25km until reaching Tajima and a junction where you turn left onto Route 289 to head in a westerly direction towards Tadami. Continue on Route 289 for about 30km until reaching the turn off for Route 401 (signposted) Showa. Turn right and Aizu Kogen Nango is 600m on the right hand side.
Shirakawa IC about 78.5km Turn left at the Shirakawa IC onto Route 4.  After 350m turn left on the road heading towards Shimogo.  After just over 1km turn left onto Route 289.  Continue on Route 289 for about 35km until reaching Shimogo and the Route 121 junction. Turn left onto Route 121 and continue for 12km through Aizu Tajima. Keeping straight on Route 289 for a further 30km until reaching the turn off for Route 401 (signposted) Showa. Turn right and Aizu Kogen Nango is 600m on the right hand side.  
Aizu Kogen Takahata
会津高原高畑
Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC about 78km Turn right at the Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC exit onto Route 400, heading in a northerly direction for about 27km until you reach meet Route 121.  Continue straight on (on Route 121, signposted as Aizuwakamatsu and Minamiaizu) for just over 13 km until the turn off for Route 352. Turn left onto Route 352 and continue for about 32km, reaching Route 352.  Turn left onto Route 352 heading towards Uonuma and Hinoemata. Continue for just over 6km. Aizu Kogen Takahata is just off the road on the left hand side.
Aizu Kogen Takatsue
会津高原たかつえ
Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC about 61km Turn right at the Nishi Nasuno Shiobara IC exit onto Route 400. Head in a northerly direction for about 27km until reaching Route 121. Continue straight on (on Route 121, signposted as Aizuwakamatsu and Minamiaizu) for just over 13 km until the turn off for Route 352. Turn left onto Route 352 and continue for about 17.5km. Turn right to head up towards the resort.
Family Snow Park Bandai X2
ファミリースノーパークばんだいX2
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 7km Turn right at the exit onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km turn left onto Prefecture Road 2 and follow the signs.
Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort
グランドサンピア猪苗代リゾート
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 9km Turn left at the exit onto Route 115 and then turn right onto Route 49 at the traffic lights.  After about 5km turn right and head up to Mt Bandai and follow the signs.
Grandeco Snow Resort
グランデコスノーリゾート
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 23km Turn right at the IC exit onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Prefecture Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 7km until reaching a road sign for Grandeco. Turn right and follow the road up to Grandeco resort.
Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort
グランディ羽鳥湖スキーリゾート
Shirakawa IC about 29km The simplest way is to turn right at the exit onto Route 4 and after 3.5km turn left onto Prefecture Road 37, signposted as Lake Hatoriko. After about 20km, turn off Prefecture Road 37 and follow the signs to the ski resort.
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Bandai Kawahigashi IC about 10.5km Turn left at the exit onto Prefecture Road 64 for just over 1km and a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 7 and continue for 2km until the turn off for the Golden Line (Prefecture Road 64). Turn left and continue for just over 2km. The Golden Line is not open in the winter months - follow the signs up to Alts Bandai base.
Inawashiro
猪苗代
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 7-8km Turn right at the exit onto Route 115 heading north. There are a few ways to get to the base areas of Inawashiro. A simple choice is to turn left onto Prefecture Road 2 after 3.5km and follow the signs.
Listel Ski Fantasia
リステル スキーファンタジア
  about 5.5km Turn right at the exit onto Route 115 heading north. After just over 1km turn right and follow the signs to Listel.
Minowa
箕輪
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 23km Turn right at the exit onto Route 115 heading north. Continue on Route 115 for about 22km until arriving at the turn off for Minowa, signposted as Prefecture Road 70 and Yokomuki. Turn right off the main road and then turn right again to get to the Minowa resort.
Nihonmatsu IC about 26km Turn right at the exit onto Prefecture Road 355 and then within 200m turn right again onto Route 45 which goes through Dake hot spring. Continue until reaching the turn off for Route 115 towards Inawashiro after about 14km. Continue on Route 115 for about 11km until reaching a turn off close by Minowa and then follow the signs.  
Numajiri
沼尻
Bandai Itami
 
about 19km
 
Turn right at the exit onto Route 115 heading north. Continue on Route 115 for about 15km. Turn right at the signpost for the Bonari Green Line (Prefecture Road 24). After 400m turn left and follow the signs to Numajiri base.
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 22km Turn right at the exit onto the Bonari Green Line (Prefecture Road 24) and head north to Numajiri.  
Ski Resort Tenei
スキーリゾート天栄
Shirakawa IC about 40km The simplest way is to turn right at the exit onto Route 4 and after 3.5km turn left onto Prefecture Road 37, signposted as Lake Hatoriko. After about 20km, passing Lake Hatori and about 25km, you will arrive at Route 118. Turn left here. Continue on Route 118 for 9.5km and then turn left at the turn off for Futamata Hot Spring. About 1km down that road there is a turn off to the right for Ski Resort Tenei.
Ura Bandai
裏磐梯
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 23km Turn right at the exit onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Prefecture Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 11km until reaching a road sign for Ura Bandai.  Turn left to head to the resort.
Urabandai Nekoma
裏磐梯猫魔
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC about 25km Turn right at the IC exit onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Pref Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 12.5km until reaching a road sign for Urabandai Nekoma (written as just Nekoma). Turn left onto this road to head to the resort.

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See also:

>> Map of Fukushima Prefecture showing locations of resorts

 

Additional Fukushima resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to the Fukushima regions by train and public transport, please go to this section.

Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Fukushima
Resort Spotlights Grandeco Snow Resort
Accommodation Online accommodation booking - Fukushima

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