Kanayasan is located in Joetsu city in the western region of Niigata Prefecture. It is known as the place where Theodor Edler von Lerch introduced skiing to Japan in 1911 and there is a small memorial museum near the base of this very small ski hill. In recent times this region has not received a lot of snowfall, especially compared with the snow that Myoko to the south receives, and so the season can be quite short.
Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.
A local bus from Takada Station stops at Kanayasan Iriguchi which is about 15 minutes walk away.
2.1km from the Joetsu Takada IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
8.1km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (4.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Kanayasan is just over 2km from the Joetsu Takada IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.
At the IC exit turn left and follow the road for about 700m until reaching Prefecture Road 63. Turn left onto 63 and after 850m turn left again to head to the base of the ski hill.
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.
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