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To Hakuba by Car

To Hakuba by Car Renting a car is easy and convenient. You may have a little trouble with the language barrier but if you're renting from the Airport it shouldn't be a problem.You can find maps at convenience stores and book stores but make sure you get the English versions. You will need to get an international drivers licence before you leave your own country. Also, most rent a cars have GPS systems. It will be in Japanese but if you ask the rental staff they should punch in your destination so then all you have to do is follow the arrows on the screen. Also if your traveling to Hakuba in the winter make sure you have snow tires or chains.The photo is of my car after 1 night.

From Tokyo

From Tokyo From Tokyo you can take either the northern route or the western route. Which ever way you chose, I advise leaving early to avoid the traffic. The Northern route along the Kanestu Expressway is the most popular in winter so it has the most traffic. The western Route will have the most traffic in spring, summer and autumn.

The Chuo Expressway (Tokyo west)

This is the most direct Route to Hakuba and if you don't have a GPS system it is definitely the easiest. From Tokyo head west along the Chuo Expressway. Keep following it until you get to the Okaya junction, from there take the Nagano Expressway until you get to the Toyoshino Interchange. When you get out of the Toll gates at Toyoshino go straight and keep following the signs to Hakuba. If you're unsure, either ask for directions or follow the line of cars with ski boxes and snowboard racks.

The Kanestu Expressway (Tokyo north)

From Tokyo head north along the Kanetsu Expressway until you reach the Fujioka junction from there take the Joshinetsu Expressway until you get to the Nagano interchange. Then just keep following the Hakuba Nagano Olympic road towards Hakuba until you reach your destination.

From Osaka, Kyoto and the Kansai area

From Osaka and Kyoto take the Meishin Expressway towards Nagoya. When you reach the Komaki Junction take the Chuo Expressway north until you get to the Okaya Junction. From there take the Nagano Expressway until you get to the Toyoshino Interchange. When you get out of the Toll gates at Toyoshino go straight and keep following the signs to Hakuba. If you're unsure either ask for directions or follow the line of cars with ski boxes and snowboard racks.

From Nagoya

From Nagoya head north along the Chuo Expressway. Keep following it until you get to the Okaya junction, from there take the Nagano Expressway until you get to the Toyoshino Interchange. When you get out of the tollgates at Toyoshino go straight and keep following the signs to Hakuba.If you're unsure either ask for directions or follow the line of cars with ski boxes andsnowboard racks.

 
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