Gujo Travel Guide - By car

Gujo region by car

Gujo city is located in the central region of Gifu Prefecture.

The numerous ski and snowboard resorts within the borders of Gujo Cityare especially popular with people living in the Kansai region of Western Japan like Nagoya, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto and Osaka. 

Most of the resorts are located on the mountains either side of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway (which connects Aichi Prefecture with Toyama Prefecture) and the local road Route 156 (Hida Highway) which also runs through the valley.

Gujo region by car
Getting to resorts from Expressway
Additional Gujo resources on SnowJapan
Gujo region by public transport

Getting to the Gujo region by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Tokai Hokuriku Expressway (toll road) 東海北陸自動車道
  Shirotori IC 白鳥IC
  Takasu IC 高鷲IC
  Hirugano Kogen Smart IC ひるがの高原スマートIC
  Main roads:  
  Route 156 国道156号

From the south (Gifu and Nagoya)

Head north on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway or Route 156. See below for more detailed information on how to get to each of the ski and snowboard resorts in the region.

Ichinomiya Nishi IC to Shiratori IC   about 121km 3,710yen
Ichinomiya Nishi IC to Takasu IC    about 129km 3,920 yen
Ichinomiya Nishi IC to Hirugano Kogen SIC about 136km 4,090 yen

From the north (Toyoma and Ishikawa region)

Head south on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway or Route 156. See below for more detailed information on how to get to each of the ski and snowboard resorts in the region.

Tonami IC to Shiratori IC (Hokuriku; Tokai Hokuriku) about 112km 3,450yen
Tonami IC to Takasu IC    about 104km 3,300 yen
Tonami IC to Hirugano Kogen SIC about 97km 3,140 yen

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Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
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Exit name   Prefecture Distance from Kawaguchi JCT Connections
Ichinomiya JCT 一宮JCT Aichi - Meishin Expressway
Shirotori IC 白鳥IC Gifu 76.4km  
Takasu IC 高鷲IC Gifu 84.4km  
Hirugano Kogen SIC ひるがの高原SA・SIC Gifu 91.5km  
Oyabe Tonami JCT 小矢部砺波JCT Toyama 184.8km Hokuriku Expressway
 
Hokuriku Expressway
Hokuriku Expressway from Maihara JCT to Niigata
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Exit name Prefecture Distance from Maihara JCT Connections
Maihara JCT 米原JCT Shiga >>>  
Oyabe IC 小矢部IC Toyama 197.8km  
Oyabe Tonami JCT 小矢部礪波JCT Toyama 203.3km Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
Tonami IC 礪波IC Toyama 207.2km  
Niigata Nishi IC 新潟西IC Niigata 472.8km Banetsu Expressway
 
Tokai Kanjo ('Tokai Loop') Expressway
    Prefecture KM from Mino Seki JCT Notes
Sekihiromi IC 関広見IC Gifu 2.9km  
Mino Seki JCT 美濃関JCT Gifu >>> Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
Tomikaseki IC 富加関IC Gifu 7.0km  
Minokamo IC SA 美濃加茂IC・SA Gifu 13.3km Exit and Service Area
Kani Mitake IC 可児御嵩IC Gifu 22.7km  
Gotomaki PA SIC 五斗蒔PA・SIC Gifu 31.5km Parking Area and Smart IC exit
Toki JCT 土岐JCT Gifu 33.2km Chuo Expressway
Tokiminamitajimi IC 土岐南多治見IC Gifu 36.1km  
Seto Shinano IC せと品野IC Aichi 47.0km  
Seto Akazu IC PA せと赤津IC Aichi 49.8km Exit and Parking Area
Toyota Fujioka IC 豊田藤岡IC Aichi 57.6km  
Toyota Kanpachi IC 豊田勘八IC Aichi 63.3km  
Kuragaike PA SIC 鞍ヶ池PA・SIC Aichi 66.7km Parking Area and Smart IC exit
Toyota Matsudaira IC 豊田松平IC Aichi 69.6km  
Toyota Higashi JCT 豊田東JCT Aichi 73.0km Meishin Expressway

 

Getting to ski and snowboard resorts from the nearest IC exit on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway

Resort Nearest IC on expressway   Getting to the resort from nearby IC exits  
Dynaland
ダイナランド
 
Takasu IC
 
10km Turn left at the Takasu IC exit and follow Prefecture Road 45 for just under 3.5km until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway). Turn right onto Route 156 and continue for about 3.5km. Turn left at the Dynaland sign on the left side and follow the road up for about 300m until reaching lots of Dynaland signs - turn left and follow the signs to the resort.
Hirugano Kogen SIC 13km Exit the expressway and head towards Prefecture Road 321. Turn left and follow the road back under the expressway for around 4.5km until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway). Turn left on Route 156 for about 4.5 km and turn right at the Dynaland sign. After 300m there are lots of Dynaland signs - turn right and follow the signs to the resort  
Hirugano Kogen
ひるがの高原
Hirugano Kogen SIC 6km Exit the expressway and head towards Prefecture Road 321. Turn left and follow the road back under the expressway for around 4.5km until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway). Turn right on Route 156 until reaching Hirugano Kogen less than 1km further on the right.
Takasu ICIC 13km Turn left at the Takasu IC exit and follow Prefecture Road 45 for just under 3.5km until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway). Turn right onto Route 156 and continue for about 9km until reaching Hirugano Kogen which is on the right hand side.  
Meiho
めいほう
Gujo Hachiman IC 30km Turn left at the exit onto Route 156 and after just less than 1km turn left onto Route 256.  After about 2km turn left onto Route 472 then continue on this road for about 25km when there are some big blue signs for Meiho. Turn right here and follow the signs to head up to the resort.
Shirao
しらお
Shirotori IC 8km Turn right at the exit onto Prefecture Road 82 and follow the road for about 3.5km to some traffic light. Turn right to keep on Road 82 - this road continues up to Shirao.
Snow Wave Park Shiratori Kogen
スノーウェーブパーク白鳥高原
Takasu IC 16km Turn left at the Takasu IC exit and follow Prefecture Road 45 for about 2km until reaching traffic lights - turn turn left onto Prefecture Road 452. Continue until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway) in just over 1km.  Turn left onto Route 156 for about 3km until arriving at a turn off to the right which is signposted as Itoshiro.  Turn right here and follow the road up to the resort.
Shirotori IC 18km Turn right at the Shirotori IC exit onto Route 156. Follow Route 156 for about 9km until reaching the turn off for Itoshiro on Prefecture Road 314. Turn left here and follow the road up to the resort.  
Takasu Snow Park
高鷲スノーパーク
Takasu IC
 
11km Turn left at the Takasu IC exit and follow Prefecture Road 45 for just about 3.5km until you reach Route 156 (Hida Highway). Turn right onto Route 156 and continue for about 5.5km. Pass the Dainichidake Michi-no-eki service area on the right. A few hundred metres further on turn left at the Takasu Snow Park sign. Follow the road up to the resort.
Hirugano Kogen SIC 10km Exit the expressway and head towards Prefecture Road 321. Turn left and follow the road back under the expressway for around 4.5km until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway). Turn left on Route 156 for about 5.5 km and turn right at the Takasu Snow Park sign. Follow the road up to Takasu Snow Park.  
Washigatake
鷲ヶ岳
Takasu IC 5km Turn left at the Takasu IC exit. Very quickly the road splits into two - follow the left (green) side... Washigatake is signposted.  Follow the road straight up to Washigatake.
White Pia Takasu
ホワイトピア高鷲
Takasu IC   Turn left at the Takasu IC exit.  Very quickly the road splits into two - follow the left (green) side. After about 2.5km there is a crossroads, turn left here and follow this road round for about 5.5km until reaching a turn off to the right which is signposted as White Pia Takasu.  Turn right and head up to the resort.
Hirugano Kogen SIC 9km Exit the Expressway and turn right onto Prefecture Road 321 heading towards. Follow that road for about 4km. Turn right to continue on Prefecture Road 316 for about 500m when there are signs for White Pia Takasu. Turn left and head up to the resort.  
Winghills Shirotori Resort
ウイングヒルズ白鳥リゾート
Takasu IC 16km Turn left at the Takasu IC exit and follow Prefecture Road 45 for about 2km until reaching traffic lights - turn left into Prefecture Road 452. Contunue until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway) in just over 1km. Turn left onto Route 156 for about 3km until arriving at a turn off to the right which is signposted as Itoshiro. Turn right here and follow the road up to Winghills.
Shirotori IC 18km Turn right at the Shirotori IC onto Route 156. Follow Route 156 for about 9km until reaching the turn off for Itoshiro on Prefecture Road 314.  Turn left here and follow the road up to Winghills.  

 

Additional Gujo resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Gujo resorts by train and public transport, please go to this section.

Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Gujo
 
Resort Spotlights Dynaland
Meihou
Takasu Snow Park
Washigatake
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Gifu
Online booking for accommodation in Yuzawa

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