Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park is a small ski hill located on the eastern side of Shirakaba Lake in Chino city, in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. There are numerous activities and attractions for families with young children - the 'Pota Snow Land' are plans to be open until 1st April 2018.
There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.
Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.
22.4km from the Suwa IC on the Chugoku Expressway
25.4km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
34.3km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (1.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Shirakaba Resort Ikenotaira Snow Park is less than 23km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.
From the Suwa IC exit turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the ski hill which is located on the eastern side of the lake.
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Many ski resorts in Japan do not update their own information until late autumn. Our process of updating information will be ongoing right through until the end of November. In the meantime, ski resorts usually open and close around the same dates each year - so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 18-18 season, they can be used as a good indication of the upcoming season.
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