Resort Spotlight: Geto Kogen (Iwate)

Geto Kogen
Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture
Official website

Season until 7th May 2017
Night skiing on Saturdays and Sundays from 23rd Dec until 26th Feb 2017 and over New Year
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    GETO KOGEN Need to know
Leading Japanese resort for 'powder reset'
In the 2014 season, Geto Kogen was top of the snow depth lists for 3 months (6.5m!)
New exciting expert 'Tree Run' courses
Summit' & 'Shooter'
Reasonable 'Skier beds' and natural 'onsen' hot springs facilities at base
Large-scale night skiing operations including Gondola operations
The 'ramen' noodles are quite possibly the best there is!

Geto Kogen is located in Iwate Prefecture, to the west of Kitakami City. This region is surrounded by beautiful forests and offers abundant onsen hot springs. Geto Kogen can be enjoyed by all skiers and snowboarders from beginners taking their first steps to families and experts alike. The resort features two gondolas, one quad lift and two pair lifts servicing the courses.

Important information about riding the new Tree Runs at Geto Kogen

The new tree runs at Geto Kogen should be open from mid January until early March.

Subject to conditions and safety checks, the courses will be opened after special checks are made daily by patrol from 9:30am until 2pm.

Riders entering the tree runs must wear helmets. Also we ask that charged mobile phones are taken and that the emergency contact telephone number is noted before entering the zones. Be aware that if an official search is requested, search costs will be incurred. We recommend that people ride together rather than individually for this and other safety reasons.

Before you enter!

Charged mobile telephone? - CHECK!
Noted emergency tel no? - CHECK!
Helmet? - CHECK!
Protective equipment? - CHECK!
Confident of your riding ability? - CHECK!

In deep fresh snow conditions, snow shoes are also recommended (especially for snowboarders).

** Please note that you enter these areas completely at your own responsibility.

The resort cannot assume any responsibility for any accidents that occur in these areas.

As such we ask that you please take into account your own skill level and take responsibility for your actions.

Having said all of that, the resort hopes that you enjoy SUMMIT and SHOOTER!!



Tree Run Course - SUMMIT

Tree Run Course - SHOOTER

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Skier beds
Right by base, this makes the perfect accommodation when riding at Geto Kogen and wanting early tracks.
Open from 19th December until 21st March

Weekdays: 5400 yen
Saturdays and nights before holidays: 5,900 yen
26th-28th December 2015:7,700 yen
29th December - 2nd January 2016: 8,700 yen
9th-10th January 2016: 8,700 yen

All rates include two meals
Check in is from 3pm to 9pm
Check out the following morning is at 9am
Evening meal is from 6pm to 8pm (last order at 7:30pm)
Breakfast is from 7am to 8am (last order at 7:30am)
Entry to baths is from 10:30am to 9pm (or 10pm when night skiing)
Morning baths are from 6:30am to 7:30am
Towels and other amenities are available at the Front Desk for sale or rental
Lights out at 11pm!


Onsen hot spring and outdoor bath
Relax in the large onsen hot springs at base

700 yen for adults
400 yen for children
300 yen for towel set rental


Best ramen at a ski resort
It looks good, doesn't it? It is! Try it and see!




How to get to Geto Kogen

Geto Kogen is located in the west of Kitakami city (Iwate Prefecture) in the northern Tohoku region of Japan.

By train:

A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Kitakami Station.
The journey from the station takes about 50 minutes.
Buses leave at 7:40am, 9:10am and 10:40am on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and at 9:10pm on weekdays.
Please check beforehand for any changes to this service.

By car:

25 minutes from Kitakami Nishi IC on the Akita Expressway for those approaching from Akita

40 minutes from Kitakami Ezuriki IC on the Tohoku Expressway for those approaching from Morioka

30 minutes from Kitakami Kanegasaki IC on the Tohoku Expressway for those approaching from the Sendai region

40 minutes from Mizusawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway for those approaching from the Sendai region

50 minutes from Kitakami Station by rental car (available in the station)

>> Click here to see location on map and use Route Finder to find your way to Geto Kogen


Geto Kogen Lift Tickets 2016-2017 Season

  1 Day 5 Hours Nighta Twilight Pair lift ticket Hatsu-subeti (early)
Adults 4,600 yen 4,200 yen 2,700 yen 4,300 yen 3,600 yen 3,700 yen
Over 60s, students 3,700 yen 3,400 yen 2,300 yen 3,500 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Senior high school studens (15-18) 2,600 yen --- 2,300 yen 2,300 yen - 2,600 yen
Junior high school students (12-) 1,500 yen --- 1,500 yen 1,500 yen - 1,500 yen
4 Elementary school students (6-) 1,000 yen --- 1,000 yen 1,000 yen - 1,000 yen
Weekday only season ticket 8:30am until 4:30pm 5 hours from time of purchase 4:30pm until close From 2pm until close on days with nighta 8:30am until 4:30pm Until 18th December 2015

Early Season: 3rd December 2016 - 16th December 2016
Normal Season: 17th December 2016 - 20th March 2017
Night skiing: 23rd December until 26th February 2017 (on Saturdays and Sundays and over New Year)
Spring Season: 21st March until 7th May 2017

Resort opening times:
8:30am until 4:30pm

Geto Kogen
Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture

Official website