Hiraniwa Kogen is a ski hill located in the western region of Kuji city in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture. It boasts a nearby 'the best white birch forest in Japan'.
Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of the main island of Honshu. Morioka is the capital city. Most of the ski and snowboard hills in Iwate Prefecture are located in the western mountainous regions, near to the border with Akita Prefecture. Aomori Prefecture is to the north and Miyagi Prefecture is to the south of Iwate.
A free shuttle bus operates on Saturdays in January and February.
33.9km from the Kunohe IC on the Hachinohe Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 281 (0.4km away)
Hiraniwa Kogen is about 34km from the Kunohe IC exit of the Hachinohe Expressway.
From the Kunohe IC exit, turn right onto Route 340 and head south for just about 25.5km until reaching the junction with Route 281. Turn left onto Route 281. The ski hill is just over 7km on the left hand side off Route 281.
There are 3 car parks for up to 600 vehicles near the base of Hiraniwa Kogen. Parking is free every day of the season.
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