Yanaba Snow & Green Park is located in Omachi city by the side of Lake Aoki and just to the south of Hakuba village in Nagano Prefecture. It was on the outskirts of the Hakuba area, but it had its fans.
Unfortunately Yanaba managed to only open for less than 50 days during the entire 2015-2016 season and it did not open for the 2016-2017, 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. The small base train station on the Oito line also closed down in March 2019. As of early 2019, the base Center House building and ski lifts are still there, but a re-opening is not looking likely.
Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing (at Hakuba Happo-one), ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.
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.
38.4km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
47.2km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
56.6km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (0.1km away)
Omachi city is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture, just to the south of Hakuba village. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.
Yanaba Snow & Green Park is actually located in Omachi city but many people knew of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts.
To get to Yanaba Snow & Green Park from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head south on Route 148 towards Omachi. The resort was just off Route 148 on the left, about 11km from Hakuba station.
Getting to the Hakuba region There are three main ways to approach Hakuba village by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).
Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway) From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway) From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.
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