Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is a skiers-only resort, located in Nagawa town to the north of Lake Shirakaba in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It is the most northerly of the ski resorts in this particular area and has been operating since 1985. The resort boasts of fine weather on over 80% of days during the season (though some readers may well be feeling that such a thing is not something to boast about!)
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.
Ski lessons are available at Blanche Takayama Ski Resort at the Ski School and the Kids School.
Snowboarding is not allowed at this resort.
Ski equipment and wear rental is available.
The 'Chibikko Wan-Park' is located at the base of the resort and there are various areas: Ski Area, Sledge Area, Tubing Area and Snowmobile Area. Entry is 1,000 yen (free with valid lift ticket). Other charges for various activities may apply.
There is also a 3,700m long beginner cross course.
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on holidays.
There is no night skiing at this area.
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
55-69 year olds
1 Lift Coupon
2020-2021 Season lift tickets
A Gold ticket for those ages 70 and over is also available - charges are 3,000 yen for 1 day; 5,200 yen for 2 days and 2,500 yen for a half day.
Half day tickets are valid from opening until 1:00pm or from 11:30am until closing.
Early season half price one day lift tickets are available until 11th December 2020.
A number of family tickets are available:
Family A ticket (1 adult and 1 elementary school age child) - 7,000 yen Family B ticket (1 adult and 2 elementary school age children) - 9,500 yen Family C ticket (2 adults and 1 elementary school age child) - 11,000 yen Family D ticket (2 adults and 2 elementary school age children) - 14,000 yen
A season ticket allows the holder to buy a 1,000 yen one-day lift ticket at other nearby ski resorts (Kurumayama, Pilatus, Shirakaba Kogen, Shirakaba 2in1, Shirakaba Royal Hill and Echo Valley).
Getting to Blanche Takayama Ski Resort
By public transport
37.9km from Ueda Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
27km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is about 27km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.
No free shuttle bus service is available.
A taxi from Chino Station takes about 50 minutes.
23.5km from the Okaya IC on the Nagano Expressway
29.5km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
39.2km from the Ueda Sugadaira IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (3.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 155
Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is located to the north of Shirakaba lake and just under 4km off Route 152, otherwise known as Daimon Highway.
From the Suwa IC exit on the Chuo Expressway, turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to and past Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the resort which is signposted off Route 152 to the north of the lake.
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