Asahigaoka (Kutchan Town, Hokkaido)

Asahigaoka
旭ヶ丘 (北海道 倶知安町)
Planned season: Friday 23rd December 2016 until Sunday 5th March 2017
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Asahigaoka is a very small ski hill located near the centre of Kutchan town and close to Kutchan Station. The famous major 'Niseko' snow resorts are close-by.

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.

The Mountain

290m
100m
190m
30"
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560m
1
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40%
50%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
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Asahigaoka Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no official ski school here, but a number of ski and snowboard schools operate around the Niseko resort areas. Check our Lessons in English page for any current ski school listings on SnowJapan. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Niseko resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging course for children close to the base.
There are no child care facilities. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Asahigaoka Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Early March
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Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Asahigaoka is generally open from 9am until 4pm in the daytime.

Nighta is mainly on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with a few other specified days in the season, open until 9pm.

It is closed on Mondays. (When a Monday is a holiday, it is closed on the following day)

Asahigaoka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age & under
Senior
1 Day 1,500 yen 800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 100 yen 50 yen
11 Lift Coupons 1,000 yen 500 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,000 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 14,000 yen 7,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Asahigaoka is closed on Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday) and over New Year.

Getting to Asahigaoka

By public transport
Train
Train
1.3km from Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Asahigaoka is just over 1km from Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen line - basically located behind the station.

Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Honsen line is the main and most convenient train station used by people travelling to the Niseko area for the ski and snowboard resorts, though many people actually prefer to use direct bus services to Niseko from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport.

Trains
Train services operate between Sapporo Station and Kutchan Station, with many requiring a transfer at Otaru Station on the way. With good connections this can be done in as little as around 100 minutes - but sometimes waiting for connections at Otaru can be fairly lengthy and greatly increase that time. During the winter season, there is a limited express 'Niseko Ski Express' service a few times a day which goes directly from Sapporo Station to Kutchan Station using the Hakodate Honsen lines. This service takes around two hours. The Niseko Ski Express train stops at Niseko Station, Kutchan Station, Otaru Station, Otaru Chikko Station, Teine Station and Sapporo Station.

The journey from New Chitose Airport Station usually takes around 2.5-3 hours.

Buses
During the main winter months a number of private bus companies offer direct services to Niseko from Sapporo City and also from New Chitose Airport. These regular and convenient services are probably the most popular way to get to Niseko.

There are also a number of buses scheduled between Rusutsu and Niseko each day during the winter season. This journey usually takes around 40 minutes and costs around 1,000 yen.

>> More information on getting to Niseko by public transport
bus
Bus
No shuttle bus service is available.
By Car
Car
52.1km from the Kuromatsunai IC on the Kuromatsunai Shindo
60.7km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
61.8km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 5 (1.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 58
Direction
Direction
Asahigaoka is located behind Kutchan Station and about 1.5km from the main Route 5 road that goes through Kutchan town.

Approaching the Niseko region from Sapporo City
From central and the southern part of Sapporo City, take Route 230 south via the Nakayama Pass and Kimobetsu town. At the traffic lights on the far side of Kimbotsu town, turn right onto Route 276. This road continues through to Kutchan town. This route is about 100km and in normal conditions takes up to two and a half hours by car.

From areas to the north of Sapporo City either take the Sasson Expressway or Route 5 towards Otaru City. From the Asari IC exit turn right onto Prefecture Road 1 and then after a few hundred metres turn right again onto Prefecture Road 956. Kutchan and Akaigawa are on the main road signpost. After about 4km, turn left onto Route 393, also known as the Askaigawa National Highway. The road turn off for Kiroro resort is about 17km along this road. Continue on Route 393 following the signs through to Kutchan.

Alternatively continue on Route 5 through and beyond Otaru City. Route 5 generally follows the same route as the Hakodate Honsen train line through to the Niseko region. There are less of the curves on this route than there are on parts of Route 393, but it is a slightly longer drive (about 7km).

Approaching the Niseko region from New Chitose Airport
From the main exit of New Chitose Airport, head towards Tomakomai on Route 36 and Prefecture Road 781. After 23km turn right onto Route 276 (signposted as Kimobetsu and Lake Shikotsu). Continue for about 18km and turn left at the signs to stay on Route 276. Go past Lake Shikotsu and keep following Route 276 signposted as Kuchan and Kimobetsu. On reaching the Route 230 junction, turning left goes into Rusutsu. For Niseko, turn right here onto Route 230 for just 1km before turning left to join Route 276 once again. Route 276 continues into central Kutchan town and the station area.

Enjoy the views of the northern slopes of Mt Yotei on the way!

This route is about 115km and in normal conditions takes up to two and a half hours by car.

>> More information on getting to Niseko by car
Parking
Parking
There is a car park at the base of the ski hill for 100 vehicles.

More Information

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Address
Address
Asahi 95
Kutchan-cho
Abuta-gun
Hokkaido
044-0083
Telephone
Telephone
0136-23-2743
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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