The mountains of Hokuriku and Tokai are centrally located and therefore make an easy trip from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo. Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport serves as the best entry point for Gifu and other Tokai resorts if traveling from overseas. Kanazawa Station is easily accessible from Tokyo and is the best gateway to Hokuriku’s ski areas.
Skiing Around Kanazawa and Toyama
Kanazawa is just two and a half hours Tokyo by Hokuriku Shinkansen, and about the same distance from Nagoya and Osaka by limited express trains. From the culturally vibrant city, you can access nearby ski areas by bus or a short drive. Many Toyama resorts are nestled a 90-minute drive southwest from Toyama Station, also on the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
Skiing Around Gifu, Takayama, Shirakawa-go
Many of the best ski resorts in Tokai are around Takayama in Gifu Prefecture. Gifu Station is just a 20-minute train ride from Nagoya, while Takayama Station is about two and a half hours away. Many popular ski resorts are within a 45-minute drive of Takayama’s central area. This is also the location of Shirakawa-go, where you'll find well-preserved thatched-roof farmhouses nestled between the mountains.
Powdery slopes and family activities
Sweeping views of Mt. Fuji
Long trails for extended adventure