Sakae Club is located in Sakae village in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Tsunan town in Niigata Prefecture. It is actually the most northerly located ski hill in Nagano Prefecture.
A number of the courses at Sakae Club are left ungroomed on most weekdays during the season. The local train station just a few kilometres away from the lifts boasted an astonishing snow depth record of 7.85m in 1941! It might not snow quite that much every season, but consistent heavy snowfall is usually one feature of this region. The Nozawa Onsen resort is about 22km to the south west of Sakae Club.
Weekday season tickets for just 10,000 yen are great value - and popular with some due to the ungroomed weekday policy mentioned above.
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.
36.1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.3km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.8km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (1.8km away)
Sakae Club is less than 2km off the main Route 117 road that goes from Nagano city through to Ojiya city in Niigata Prefecture.
There are two exits on expressways that are convenient.
From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway, Sakae Club is about 36km and the journey usually takes about 40 minutes.
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway (in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata Prefecture), Sakae Club is just over 37km away and the journey usually takes about 50 minutes.
After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 towards Yuzawa and after about 650m turn right onto Route 353. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching the Route 117 traffic light junction. Turn left onto Route 117 (Nozawa Onsen is on the main signpost). Continue on Route 117, through Tsunan town and over the border into Nagano Prefecture, for about 15km. Turn right at the signs to head up to Sakae Club.
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