Washigatake (often referred to as 'washi') is located in the northern area of Gujo city in the central region of Gifu Prefecture. It is connected with the White Pia Takasu resort at the top of the mountain and a shared lift ticket is available. Washigatake usually opens early every season mostly with the help of artificial snow-making machines. This resort first opened in 1971.
Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gujo city are located on the mountains either side of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway which connects Aichi Prefecture with Toyama Prefecture and the local road Route 156 (Hida Highway) which also runs through the valley. This region is especially popular with people living in or visiting the Kansai regions of western Japan like Nagoya, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto and Osaka. Train links aren't the most convenient and so this region sees most people arriving by car or bus tours.
Gifu Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the central region of Honshu island, and it one of only a handful of landlocked prefectures. It shares borders with (from the north) Toyama, Nagano, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Fukui and Ishikawa. Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gifu are located in the northern region of the prefecture – in Gujo city, Takayama city, Hida city and Shirakawa village.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Washigatake.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Kids Park' is located in front of the Centre House near base - entry is free with valid one day lift ticket, otherwise 600 yen.
The large 'Park Area' is located near the top of the Rainbow Number 1 quad lift.
Washigatake Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid November until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 5:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Washigatake is open from 8am until 4:30pm on weekdays. On holidays the resort opens from 5am.
There are a number of different nighta patterns... some until 10:30pm and some all the way through the night into the next day. When the resort is open 'all night' the lifts close between 10:30pm and midnight for maintenance.
Washigatake Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-4:30pm)
Early 1 Day (5am-4:30pm)
PM & Nighta (12pm-10:30pm)
All Night (4pm-6am)
Night & Day (0am-12pm)
Joint 1 Day
Joint 5 Hours
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase. The tickets noted as Joint are valid at White Pia Takasu and Washigatake resorts.
Getting to Washigatake
By public transport
12.3km from Hokuno Station on the Etsumi Nan line
17.6km from Mino Shirotori Station on the Etsumi Nan line
Washigatake is about 12km from Hokuno Station on the Etsumi Nan line and about 17.5km from the larger Mino Shirotori Station on the same line.
4.9km from the Takasu IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
13.4km from the Hirugano Kogen SA Smart IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
28.2km from the Shokawa IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 156 (7.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 45
Washigatake is less than 5km from the Takasu IC exit on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway.
Turn left at the Takasu IC exit. Very quickly the road splits into two - follow the left (green) side... Washigatake is signposted. Follow the road straight up to Washigatake.
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