Wakabuna Kogen is located in Sekikawa village in the north-eastern region of Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Yamagata Prefecture. It has been operating since 1987.
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.
A number of free shuttle bus services are available, one from Niigata Station which leaves the South Exit at 8:00am on Saturdays during the main season (21st December 2019 through 29th February 2020). It takes about 75 minutes.
A bus leaving Sakamachi Station operates every day and leaves the station at 9:10am. It takes about 30 minutes.
23.2km from the Arakawa Tainai IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
26.3km from the Murakami Senami Onsen IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
33.1km from the Nakajo IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 113 (2.2km away)
Wakabuna Kogen is about 23km from the Arakawa Tainai IC exit on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.
From the IC exit head in an easterly direction on Route 113. Wakabuna Kogen is just over 2km off Route 113 on the right hand side.
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