Accessing the slopes in the Kanto-Koshinetsu region is very easy. Most of the area is within quick reach of Tokyo by taking one of three shinkansen lines. Highway buses connect the few resorts without great rail links and are a budget alternative.
By Joetsu Shinkansen
The Joetsu Shinkansen links Tokyo with Niigata City on the Sea of Japan coast in just two hours. It takes only 80 minutes to reach Echigo-Yuzawa Station, a gateway to the many Yuzawa-area resorts.
By Hokuriku Shinkansen
The Hokuriku Shinkansen connects Tokyo with Kanazawa, with many stops near ski resorts along the way. Ski lifts are just steps from Karuizawa Station, a 70-minute ride away. It takes 80 minutes to reach Nagano Station, or 90 minutes to Iiyama Station, from where shuttle buses depart for many famous resorts.
By Tohoku Shinkansen
The Tohoku Shinkansen heads northeast from Tokyo, eventually reaching Hokkaido. The line is a stress-free link to the resorts of northern Kanto. Nasushiobara Station is just 75 minutes away.
By highway bus
Highway buses run from Tokyo to nearly every ski resort in the region. They are a lower-cost alternative to shinkansen travel and provide access to resorts not easily reached by rail.
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Learn to ski or board with the whole family
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