Charmant Hiuchi is located to the east of Itoigawa city and to the north west of the Myoko region of Niigata Prefecture (and north east of Hakuba in Nagano), quite close to Japan Sea coastline. Access is only from the north. The area gets a lot of snowfall and the resort often enjoys a long season into May.
Charmant Hiuchi may not be the easiest place to get to but it has been popular for it's various 'off-piste' ungroomed course areas (65% of the total courses), snow quantity and snow quality. There are three types of areas at the resort - Powder Area, Off Piste and On Piste. Be sure to register and sign if you intend to go out of bounds.
Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.
There is a free shuttle bus to Charmant Hiuchi from the South Exit of Itoigawa Station. This bus operates mainly on weekends and other holidays in the season. The bus leaves Nou Station at 8:12am.
A local bus also leaves Nou Station that goes to the resort (via a change of bus to a resort bus part way). That service costs 550 yen for one way and also operates weekends and holidaya.
16km from the Nou IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
32.8km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
47.9km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 8 (17.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 246
Charmant Hiuchi is about 16km (and a 30 minute drive) from the Nou IC exit of the Hokuriku Expressway.
At the Nou IC exit turn right onto Prefecture Road and basically follow this road up to the base of Charmant Hiuchi.
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