Most people who come to Hakuba on a holiday will come via the bullet train to Nagano and then catch either a bus or hotel van out from there. During the winter time as you wind your way through the mountains you will see the snow building gradually on the side of the roads. There are a number of bridges and tunnels and lots of scenic views along the way. One of the best views is the moment you drive through the forest and see the Hakuba sign. Even at this time of year in September it is a beautiful sight with the flowers still blooming, the rice being harvested and previous years snow still on the mountains. In winter the snow will reach the bottom of the sign in the picture and everything is white around it.