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Shirafu, "white cloth", probably received its name from the vast blanket of snow that wraps up the entire valley in winter: by February, there's often over 2 meters of the stuff. The village is so small that the original inns didn't even have real names, instead going by "west", "center" and "east" depending on which side of the road they're on!
The nearest major train station is Yonezawa, two hours from Tokyo by Yamagata Shinkansen, while the nearest airport is in Sendai. Yamakō Bus  runs from Yonezawa station to Shirafu, but the service is infrequent: seven-eight buses per day, running roughly every 90 minutes from 8:05 AM to 6:30 PM. The trip takes 40 minutes and costs ¥840. Note that the bus continues a few min onward from Shirafu Onsen to the Tengendai ski lift at Yumoto-ekimae (湯元駅前).
Shirafu is easily covered on foot.
Outside the inns, there's one single noodle shop in the village, which is open sporadically. The ski resort also has a restaurant open in season.