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Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Hokkaido / Tohoku

  • Miyagi Zao Sumikawa Snow Park
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Kuraishi-dake in national forest Grandehaus
    This ski resort is located about 20 minutes by car on the Zao Echo Line from Togatta Onsen. Besides skiing, they offer a variety of activities such as snowshoe trekking, snow monster (snow bound tree) viewing tours, and tours up to Mt. Zao’s snowy crater. It’s fun for the whole family with many slopes for everyone from beginners to advanced level skiers. From Kumowaku Terrace on the roof of the rest house you can enjoy a meal while taking in the amazing view of clouds welling up from the Kumowaku Valley.
  • Spring Valley Izumi Kogen Ski Resort
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Izumi-ku Fukuoka Mt. Mountain 14-2
    This ski resort located on the northeastern slope of Mt. Izumigatake is a 40-minute drive from downtown Sendai City. During the winter they have night skiing every evening until 22:00, so you can drop by even after a long day. They have a diversity of 12 mostly intermediate and advanced level courses, with a combination of fluffy natural snowfall and their artificial snow providing stable conditions. Their snow park is the largest in Miyagi Prefecture and has a kicker and a variety of jib items.
  • Snow & Green Resort Onikoube
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsenonikoube Komukai Hara 9-55
    This ski resort in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park is surrounded by majestic mountains and has a super variety of runs. The slopes are divided into ridge and foot of the mountain areas and cater to everyone from beginner to expert level skiers. Forest Road descends Koshiba Peak; it’s a popular beginner and intermediate level course with a panoramic view and great snow quality where you’ll encounter beech trees bound in snow. They’re open for night skiing on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and during the New Year period.
  • Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort
    Miyagi Pref. Shiroishishi Fukuokayatsumiya Fubouzan Nothing
    Located about 17 kilometers from the Shiroishi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, this resort mainly caters to families. It has seven courses, one quad lift, and three pair lifts. At the center house you’ll find the lift ticket and equipment rental counters, a restaurant, a shop, and the resort’s school. In front of the center there is a kids park which has a playscape with an air dome. It’s a popular ski spot where children can sled or play in the snow while parents keep an eye on them.
  • Miyagi Zao St. Mary Ski Resort
    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunkawasakimachi Imashuku Inonosawa 3-10
    At about 40 minutes from Sendai and about 25 minutes from Yamagata, this ski resort on National Route 286 has good access. Its 100-meter wide Milky Way Course descends from above the Yamagata Expressway providing an action packed, high-speed downhill run. The beginner level Starlight course and its lift also pass above the expressway. With a highest gradient of 35 degrees, the Planet Course is for advanced level skiers only.
  • Jeunesse Kurikoma Ski Resort
    Akita ken Ogaki-gun Higashisease village Chuncheon Yanagisawa 39-7
    This ski resort is on the western slope of Mt. Yakeishi in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park. It has 12 runs including its 2,500-meter Clair Course. The gently sloping Rose Course accessed via the No. 1 Lift is good for beginners, and the Mort Course with a highest gradient of 40 degrees is a powder zone for advanced level skiers with confidence in their skills. Their Elle Course is the resort’s most popular run, a full-on trail that’s used for competitions like the Jeunesse Cup.
  • Niseko Annupuri
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    Niseko town Abuta-gun, Hokkaido Niseko 485
    This ski resort opened in 1972. The Niseko area gets a lot of snowfall from the northwest seasonal winds and is sometimes called a Ski Mecca and the St. Moritz of the East. Its longest run is more than three kilometers and provides heaps of fun on the comfortable cruise down the slope. With plenty of courses for families and juniors, the resort offers a great time for the whole family in the Niseko Area.
  • Niseko Village
    Higashiyama Onsen, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
    This ski resort is on the southeast slope of Mt. Niseko Annupuri, which means “a mountain with a steep cliff and a river running below.” It offers lots of opportunities for fun, including snowmobiling and snowshoeing, not to mention skiing and snowboarding. Its 27 courses feature amazing variety, and they all run through beautiful forest. There’s access to the Grand Hirafu Resort from the top of the Wonderland Chair lift at the summit.
  • Niseko Grand Hirafu
    Hokkaido Abutagunkucchanchou Yamada 204
    This is the largest of the four ski resorts in the Niseko area. With the Siberian chill that blows in on the area’s seasonal wind, you can enjoy the finest powder snow. It has 15 gondolas and lifts, a rich variety of 30 runs, and Mt. Yotei rising before your eyes. The resort is enormous, so it’s a good idea to bring a course map the first time you visit. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes at the foot of the resort, so you’ll always be able to find good eating and drinking options.
  • Niseko Hanazono Resort
    Hokkaido Abutagunkucchanchou Iwaobetsu 328-36
    This is one of the Niseko United resorts, along with Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village, and Niseko Grand Hirafu. It’s located northeast of Niseko Annupuri. Freestyle items like jibs, kickers, and quarter pipes are added as needed at Hanazono Park. It’s Hokkaido’s largest terrain park and holds freestyle events. It has lots of other ways to have fun, too, like guided powder tours and a tube park.