Blanche Takayama Ski Resort (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort
(長野県 長和町)
Planned season: Saturday 7th December 2019 until late March-early April 2020
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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.

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The Mountain

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Blanche Takayama Ski Resort is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 50cm 1st 80cm 110cm 1st 80cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 60cm 2nd 80cm 120cm 2nd 80cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 60cm 3rd 80cm 120cm 3rd 80cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 60cm 4th 80cm 120cm 4th 75cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 55cm 60cm 5th 80cm 120cm 5th 75cm 120cm
6th - - 6th 55cm 60cm 6th 80cm 120cm 6th 75cm 120cm
7th 35cm - 7th 55cm 60cm 7th 80cm 120cm 7th 75cm 140cm
8th 35cm - 8th 55cm 60cm 8th 80cm 120cm 8th 75cm 140cm
9th 35cm - 9th 55cm 70cm 9th 80cm 120cm 9th 75cm 140cm
10th 35cm - 10th 50cm 70cm 10th 80cm 120cm 10th 75cm 140cm
11th 35cm - 11th 50cm 70cm 11th 80cm 120cm 11th 75cm 150cm
12th 35cm - 12th 50cm 70cm 12th 85cm 120cm 12th 75cm 150cm
13th 40cm - 13th 50cm 70cm 13th 85cm 120cm 13th 75cm 150cm
14th 40cm 35cm 14th 50cm 70cm 14th 85cm 120cm 14th 70cm 150cm
15th 40cm 40cm 15th 60cm 70cm 15th 85cm 120cm 15th 70cm 150cm
16th 40cm 40cm 16th 60cm 70cm 16th 85cm 120cm 16th 70cm 150cm
17th 40cm 40cm 17th 60cm 70cm 17th 75cm 120cm 17th 70cm 150cm
18th 40cm 40cm 18th 60cm 70cm 18th 75cm 120cm 18th 75cm 150cm
19th 35cm 40cm 19th 60cm 70cm 19th 75cm 120cm 19th 80cm 150cm
20th 35cm 45cm 20th 70cm 70cm 20th 75cm 120cm 20th 80cm 150cm
21st 35cm 45cm 21st 70cm 75cm 21st 75cm 120cm 21st 70cm 150cm
22nd 35cm 45cm 22nd 70cm 75cm 22nd 75cm 120cm 22nd 70cm 120cm
23rd 50cm 45cm 23rd 70cm 75cm 23rd 75cm 120cm 23rd 70cm 120cm
24th 50cm 40cm 24th 70cm 75cm 24th 75cm 120cm 24th 70cm 120cm
25th 50cm 45cm 25th 70cm 75cm 25th 75cm 120cm 25th 70cm 120cm
26th 50cm 40cm 26th 70cm 75cm 26th 80cm 120cm 26th 70cm 120cm
27th 45cm 40cm 27th 70cm 80cm 27th 80cm 100cm 27th 70cm 120cm
28th 45cm 45cm 28th 80cm 80cm 28th 80cm 100cm 28th 60cm 120cm
29th 50cm 45cm 29th 80cm 110cm 29th 80cm - 29th 70cm 120cm
30th 50cm 45cm 30th 80cm 110cm 30th 30th 70cm 120cm
31st 50cm 45cm 31st 80cm 110cm 31st 31st 65cm 120cm

Previous Statistics

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Blanche Takayama Ski Resort at the Ski School and the Kids School.

Snowboarding is not allowed at this resort. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski equipment and wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
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, other charges for various activities may apply.  
Park Information
Park information
There is also a 4km long beginner cross course. 

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
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 nighta at this ski hill.

Blanche Takayama Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Pre-School age
Older Child
Elementary School age
55-69 year olds
1 Day 4,400 yen 1,000 yen 2,600 yen 3,400 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 1,800 yen 4,300 yen 5,700 yen
Half Day 3,400 yen 2,200 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen
Season Ticket 40,500 yen 7,100 yen 20,500 yen 30,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

A Gold ticket for those ages 70 and over is also available - charges are 2,800 yen for 1 day, 5,000 yen for 2 days and 2,200 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 13th December 2020.

A number of family tickets are available:

Family A ticket (1 adult and 1 elementary school age child) - 6,400 yen
Family B ticket (1 adult and 2 elementary school age children) - 8,700 yen
Family C ticket (2 adults and 1 elementary school age child) - 10,400 yen
Family D ticket (2 adults and 2 elementary school age children) - 12,700 yen

Elementary School age children can get a one day lift ticket for free on the third Sunday of the month.

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
Transport Information
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.
By Car
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.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway

Parking is available for 1500 vehicles at the base of the ski hill.

The car parks are open 24 hours a day and free to use.

More Information

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Takayama Daimon
2020-2021 UPDATES
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(Updated 24th September)

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