Shirakabako Royal Hill is located on the south side of Shirakaba Lake in Chino city, in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. This ski hill has and upper area and lower area and the main car park and ski centre is actually located between the two areas. The upper area has the gentler slopes. The resort uses snow making machines in times of need! This ski hill has been operating since 1961.
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.
A bus service from Chino Station stops nearby and takes about 50 minutes.
22.2km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
24.3km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
35.9km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (0.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Shirakaba Royal Hill is about 22km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.
From the Suwa IC exit turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to Shirakaba Royal Hill which is located on the southern side of the lake.
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