Shirakaba Kogen Kokusai is a skiers-only hill located on the northern eastern slopes of Mt Tateshina and to the north east of Lake Shirakaba in Tateshina town, Nagano Prefecture. This resort and nearby Shirakaba 2in1 share a joint lift ticket (and snowboarding is allowed at Shirakaba 2in1).
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.
No ski area shuttle bus service information is available. However there are local bus services from Chino (50 minutes) and then from Shirakabako (10 minutes).
27.2km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
29.6km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
30.2km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Shirakaba Kogen Kokusai is about 27km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway and also easy to get to from the Saku Minami IC exit on the Chubu Odan Expressway.
The resort is located to the north east of Lake Shirakaba just off Prefecture 40.
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