The region covers a vast area, so your departure points and connections will differ depending on your final destination. The most convenient transport options are air or rail. There are airports in the region with direct flights from Tokyo and Osaka and each regional city has a shinkansen station.
Ski resorts in northern Tohoku
There are ski resorts across the northern prefectures of Aomori and Iwate, and you can easily access both from Tokyo. It takes 90 minutes to reach Aomori Airport from the capital. Alternatively, the Tohoku Shinkansen takes around three hours to Shin-Aomori Station and around two and a half hours to Morioka Station (Iwate Prefecture). You will need to rent a car or take a taxi to most resorts from these transport hubs, but some offer bus service.
Ski resorts in southern Tohoku
Journeys to the more centrally located ski resorts in Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures are relatively shorter. It is a one-hour flight from Tokyo to Yamagata Airport or about 90 minutes to Fukushima's Koriyama Station by bullet train.
Renting a car
Renting a car is recommended for traveling into the more remote areas, or for visitors who don't want to rely on public transport. Read up on license restrictions before you go as they differ by issuing country. Be sure to ask about road conditions and check whether you need chains or a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
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