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?
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.
Let me know if you have any other questions!