Getting To Tazawako

Getting To Tazawako

Hokkaido & Honshu Tour

Where is Tazawako Ski Resort?

Tazawako Ski Resort is located in the Mizusawa Onsen area, 7.5km from the northeast shore of Lake Tazawa (Tazawako), 11km northeast of Semboku (sometimes spelled Senboku), and 44km west of the city of Morioka. Tazawako is in the far eastern part of the Akita Prefecture, not far from the Iwate Prefecture. The big Mt Iwate is to the east.

Driving to Tazawako

Tazawako isn’t really a destination resort where you’d stay for a week; rather it’s good for a day or 2 whilst driving around exploring various northern Tohoku ski resorts. You can get a rental car and DIY or Tazawako is ideal to visit as part of a multi-resort tour.

The phone number of the Tazawako ski area is 0187-462011 for GPS navigation. Tazawako Ski Resort is 49km (1 hour) from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway. Off the expressway take route 46 for Akita, turn right onto route 341 for Lake Tazawa, take a right on to route 194, and it’s approximately 5km up the road.

The main car park is in front of the Shirakaba day lodge (that houses most of the facilities) or there’s a supplementary Kamoshika car park further up the road.

Train & Bus to Tazawako

The public transport timetables can be a little difficult to navigate, so it’s easiest to get there if you have a car but it is possible to use trains and buses. The ski resort is 11km from Tazawako train station. The Tazawako station is on the Akita Shinkansen line, so it only takes 2:45-3 hours to get there from Tokyo. See Hyperdia for timetables and fares. From the Tazawako station there are 13 buses per day bound for Nyuto Onsen that stop at Tazawako ski resort (ie Tazawako Ski-jo Mae) that take about 30 minutes.

Once in the Tazawako region you’ll need to hope that your accommodation will give you a lift to and from the ski area.

Private Transport Providers

If flying into the Akita Airport, Akita Airport Liner provides a shuttle service between the Akita Airport and Tazawako.

Other Ski Resorts Nearby

Ski resorts near Tazawako:
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