Niseko Iwanai Kokusai (Iwanai Town, Hokkaido)

Niseko Iwanai Kokusai
ニセコいわない国際 (北海道 岩内町)
Planned season: Mid December 2016 until mid March 2017
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Niseko Iwanai Kokusai may well have 'Niseko' in the name, but it is actually located to the north-west of the well-known 'Niseko United' resorts in Kutchan and Niseko towns (about 40-50km away by road). Niseko Iwanai Kokusai is located in Iwanai town and is just over 5km from the coastline. It is popular for the variety of cat skiing tours that it offers.

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.

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Niseko Iwanai Kokusai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Niseko Iwanai Kokusai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Niseko Iwanai Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High
1 Day 2,400 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen
4 Hours 2,000 yen 1,600 yen 2,000 yen
1 Hour 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 20,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A ticket for 1 adult and 1 child costs 4200 yen.

Getting to Niseko Iwanai Kokusai

By public transport
21.3km from Kozawa Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
32.5km from Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
The nearest station to Niseko Iwanai Kokusai is Kozawa Station on the Hakodate Honsen line. Kutchan Station is about 32.5km away.
There are no shuttle buses available.
By Car
67.8km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 229 (5.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 840
Niseko Iwanai Kokusai is located to the south of the main central area of Iwanai town. From the centre of town head south on Prefecture Road 840 - the road goes up to the base of the ski hill.

Approaching from the Kutchan area and the more famous Niseko United resorts, head north on Route 5 and at Kunitomi turn left onto Route 276 to head into Iwanai. From the centre turn left onto Prefecture Road 840 to head to the ski hill.
There is free parking at base.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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