Getting to Palcall Tsumagoi

Getting to Palcall Tsumagoi

Powder Odyssey - chase the powder in Northern Honshu

Where is Palcall Tsumagoi?

Palcall Tsumagoi Resort and Hotel is location in the western part of Gunma Prefecture, 211km northwest of Tokyo.

The Palcall Tsumagoi ski resort is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Azumaya, with the Sugadaira Kogen Ski Resort in Nagano Prefecture located on the other side of the mountain.

Nagano City is only 51km northwest of Palcall Tsumagoi whilst the Karuizawa shinkansen (bullet train) station is 39km southeast.

Driving to Palcall Tsumagoi

The telephone number of the ski resort for GPS navigation is 0279-96-1177.

If driving from Tokyo to Palcall Tsumagoi, it takes about 3 hours, and the route is via the Kanetsu Expressway Nerima IC via Fujioka JCT, about 45km from Joshinetsu Expressway Usui Karuizawa IC.

There is free parking at the two base areas.

Train and Shuttle to Palcall Tsumagoi

From Tokyo station you can get the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Karuizawa Station (takes 60-75 minutes). See Hyperdia for timetable and rates. Hotel guests can then get a free shuttle (pre-booked) from Karuizawa to the hotel which takes 50-60 minutes.

Or from Ueno you can get a train to Manza Kazawaguchi, and then it’s a 20 minute taxi ride to the resort.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Ski resorts close to Palcall Tsumagoi include:

  • Kusatsu Onsen is 26km by road to the northeast of Palcall, a drive that takes 30-40 minutes. There are free shuttles 6 times a day to this onsen town that has a ski area nearby.
  • Manza Onsen is 36km NE
  • Karuizawa Prince Resort is 40km southeast - best avoided unless you’re there to go to the shopping mall or in a real hurry from Tokyo and don’t want to travel a slightly longer distance to get decent snow.
The village of Katashina (known for various ski resorts) is 103km to the northeast (about 2:20 hours drive).

Minakami Onsen village (with nearby ski areas such as Minakami Houdagi and Tenjindaira) is 92km NE (1:40 hour drive).
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