Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is located in the north-eastern area of central Ueda city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. The area is part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. The resort is made up of three main areas called Davos, Taro and Pine Beak. While these three areas are not actually lift or course connected, a joint lift ticket is available and a bus service runs between them. It gets particularly cold up at Sugadaira in mid-winter and while this highland area may not receive as much snow as some other nearby regions, snow quality is usually good. Sugadaira is well known as being a popular highland base for various sports in the summer months - particularly rugby - as well as for skiing and snowboarding in winter. Sugadaira has been operating since 1927. Minenohara Kogen is close by (status for 18-19 unconfirmed as of late November 2018).
Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.
A private bus company service operates between Ueda Station and Sugadaira during the winter season.
There are no shuttle bus services to Sugadaira from Nagano and the north.
19.7km from the Ueda Sugadaira IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
20km from the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 406 (0.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 34
There are two ways main ways to approach Sugadaira in the winter season.
From the north, the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC on the Joshinetsu Expresway is the closest expressway exit and is around 20km from central Sugadaira. From the IC exit, turn right onto Route 403 and after just under 1km turn right onto Prefecture Road 58. Sugadaira is mentioned on the main road signs from this point. Continue on this road for around 6km until you reach Route 406 where you should turn right and head up to Sugadaira.
From the south west and central Ueda City, head north east on Route 144 towards the Ueda Sugadaira IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway. Continue straight on past the IC exit and follow the road for a further 13km. Turn left onto Route 406 and follow the signposts up to Sugadaira. The central Sugadaira highland area is about another 7km along Route 406.
Note that the Prefecture Road 34 connecting Nagano City with Sugadaira is closed during the winter season.
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