Katashina & Kawaba Travel Guide - By car

Katashina by car

Katashina village is located in the north-eastern region of Gunma Prefecture, to the east of Minakami Town and north east of Numata City.

A number of ski and snowboard resorts can be found spread across the village area.

Kawaba village, home of the Kawaba ski and snowboard resort, is located between Numata and Katashina.

Katashina area by car
Getting to resorts from Expressway
Getting from Katashina to nearby regions
Additional resources on SnowJapan
Katashina by public transport
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Getting to the Katashina area by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Kanetsu Expressway (toll road) 関越自動車道
  Numata IC 沼田IC
  Main roads:  
  Route 120 国道120号
  Route 401 国道401号

From the Tokyo/Kanto area

From the Nerima Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway in the north western area of Tokyo, head north until the Numata IC exit. 

The ski and snowboard resorts in Katashina are all located to the east of Numata IC and by initially using Route 120 heading towards Nikko. Note that Route 120 does connect Gunma Prefecture with Tochigi Prefecture, but the section of the road connecting the two prefectures is closed during the winter months just beyond Marunuma Kogen resort.

For resort specific directions, please refer to the table below.

Nerima IC to Numata IC (Kanetsu) about 126km 3,530 yen
Fujioka JCT to Numata IC (Kanetsu) about 49km 1,460 yen
Yuzawa IC to Numata IC (Kanetsu) about 41km 1,670 yen
Minakami IC to Numata IC (Kanetsu) about 15km 570 yen

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Kanetsu Expressway
Kanetsu Expressway from Nerima IC heading north
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>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name   Prefecture Distance from Nerima Connections
Nerima IC 練馬IC Tokyo >>>  
Numata IC 沼田IC Gunma 125.8km  
Minakami IC 水上IC Gunma 141.0km  
Yuzawa IC 湯沢IC Niigata 167.0km  
Nagaoka JCT 長岡JCT Niigata 246.1km Hokuriku Expressway


 

Getting to ski and snowboard resorts in Katashina from Numata IC of the Kanetsu Expressway

Resort name Distance from Numata IC Where to go from the exit Route
Hotaka Bokujo
武尊牧場
about 29km Turn left at the exit of Numata IC onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 19km until arriving at the turn off for Prefecture Road 64 - the main road sign actually mentions Kawaba. Turn left onto this road and continue for about 4km, until reaching a turn off to the right to head towards Hotaka Bokujo. Turn right here and continue straight to head to the resort.
Oguna Hotaka
オグナほたか
about 29.0km Turn left at the exit of Numata IC onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 19km until you arrive at the turn off for Prefecture Road 64 - the main road sign actually mentions Kawaba. Turn left onto this road and continue for about 4km, until reaching a turn off to the right to head towards Hotaka Bokujo. Turn right here and continue for 2km until reaching the turn off for Oguna Hotaka. Turn left and then follow the road for just under 1.5km. At the junction turn right to head up to the resort.
Katashina Kogen
かたしな高原
about 30km Turn left at the exit of Numata IC onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 25.5km until arriving at the turn off for Route 401 just after passing through the central part of Katashina Village. Turn left onto Route 401 heading towards Oze and Tokura. Continue on this road for around 3.5km until arriving at the sign for Katashina Kogen on the right side - turn left to head up to Katashina Kogen.
White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍
about 31.5km Turn left at the exit of Numata IC onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 25.5km until arriving at the turn off for Route 401 just after passing through the central area of Katashina Village. Turn left onto Route 401 heading towards Oze and Tokura. Continue on this road for around 4.5km until arriving at the sign for White World Oze Iwakura - turn left to head up to the resort.
Snow Park Oze Tokura
スノーパーク尾瀬戸倉
about 36.0km Turn left at the exit of Numata IC onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 25.5km until arriving at the turn off for Route 401 just after passing through the central area of Katashina Village. Turn left onto Route 401 heading towards Oze and Tokura. Continue on this road for around 8.5km until arriving at the junction to turn off for Oze Tokura onto Prefecture Road 63. Turn left here and head up to the resort.
Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原
about 38.0km Turn left at the exit of Numata IC onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 until you reach Marunuma Kogen.


Getting from Katashina to nearby snow resort regions

Destination Distance General directions
Katashina to Kawaba (Gunma) about 36km By car
From the central area of Katashina Village, head west towards Numata on Route 120 for just over 21km. Turn right at the sign for Kawaba and follow the signs using Prefecture Roads 64 and 263 up to Kawaba.
Katashina to Minakami (Gunma) about 42+km By car
From the central area of Katashina Village, head west towards Numata on Route 120 for 26km until reaching the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway. Join the expressway and head north towards Minakami IC (about 16km) which is the next exit.
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By car : By train
Katashina to Yuzawa (Niigata) about 68+km By car
From the central area of Katashina Village, head west towards Numata on Route 120 for 26km until reaching the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway. Join the expressway and head north towards Yuzawa IC (about 42km).
>> SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide - By car : By train
Katashina to Kusatsu (Gunma) about 90km By car
From the central area of Katashina Village, head west towards Numata on Route 120 for about 30km until reaching a Route 17 and Route 145 junction. Continue striaght on here on Route 145 towards Naganohara and Nakanojo. Follow Route 145 for about 48km and join Route 292 to head up towards Kusatsu.
>> SnowJapan Kusatsu Travel Guide - By car : By train

 

Additional Katashina resources on SnowJapan

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

Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Katashina
Resort Spotlights White World Oze Iwakura
Kawaba (Kawaba village)
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Katashina
Online booking for accommodation in Katashina
Online booking for accommodation in Kawaba

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