Driving from Narita to Hakuba

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Marie Female Singapore 2018/05/14

We are planning to drive from Narita airport to Hakuba in mid December. We need help with the following:

1. Since it is winter, will the roads be easy to drive? Any icy or mountainous roads? 

2. Which resort/area in Hakuba is more suitable for snowboard beginners and children? 

Thank you. 

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2018/05/14

Hi Marie,

If you’ll be driving during winter, make sure that you rent a car with 4WD and snow tires. It will make driving in snow a lot easier. You shouldn’t have any issues driving on highways or major roads between Narita and Hakuba. Access to most ski resorts in the area is hassle-free, and shuttle buses (see last year’s here) offer transportation between the village and resorts if you would rather not drive while you’re there.

For beginners, I would recommend visiting Hakuba Happo One or Tsugaike Ski Resort. Both have plenty of beginner runs and ski/snowboard lessons taught in English.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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