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Ski areas 2020-2021: news of ski areas around Japan not opening

[UPDATED 27th DECEMBER 2020: Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori / Mount Racey] On this page we will report on news of ski areas around Japan that will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season. News of specific ski lifts that will be rested at ski areas that will be open are reported here.   *** IMPORTANT *** This list is a work in progress. It is not complete or final, and it will be updated if and when we discover further details It is important that information pres

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Lift tickets 2020-2021: ski lift ticket prices news

[UPDATED 21st DECEMBER 2020 - Kuzuryu] On this page we will be keeping an eye on the price of lift tickets for the 2020-2021 winter season. So far, the majority of ski areas appear to be keeping their lift tickets at the same price as last season... we won't be mentioning those on this page. Some ski areas offer cheaper tickets online (their official websites). The below is for the 'normal'/on-the-day charges. Details will be updated on each of the relevant ski area pages on

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2020-2021 SEASON IN! A general message from SnowJapan

A message from SnowJapan 14th December 2020 Note: This message is also being published on all daily ‘Now’ reports on SnowJapan We hope this message finds you and yours well. As the 2020-2021 season here in Japan gets started, we wanted to post a few general thoughts as well as answer a few common questions. Coronavirus in Japan Compared to many countries, Japan appears to have managed to keep its number of (official confirmed) cases relatively low and without any major

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The story behind the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics downhill courses on Mt Eniwa

The downhill events of the  1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics were held on custom-made ski runs on the south west slopes of Mt Eniwa in Chitose City, Hokkaido. The location was chosen after no suitable venue could be found within the borders of Sapporo City, the official host city of the Olympics. A brand new 31 person ropeway, ski lift, heliport and other related facilities were all constructed - on the condition that they would be completely dismantled after the Olympics, and that the mountain woul

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The story behind Mikuni Ski Area in Yuzawa Town

Mikuni was a ski area in the southern region of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Minakami Town in Gunma Prefecture. It was less than 4km to the south of the famous Naeba ski resort and was operated by the same company. Located deep in the mountains at the end of a winding and sometimes narrow road, Mikuni had a distinctly different feel to the more famous - and much busier - neighbour. For a long time, Mikuni was a skiers-only hill and joint lift tickets were avai

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The story behind Akagisan Dai 1 Ski Area in Maebashi City

Akagisan Dai 1 (Akagisan Number 1) is a ski area located on the north-eastern slopes of the 1,674m Jizodake, by the side of Lake Onuma in Maebashi City in Gunma Prefecture. At one time there were three ski areas by the lake. Akagisan Dai 2 and Akagisan Dai 3 are now both closed, but Akagisan Dai 1 remains in operation. However, the current ski area is a greatly scaled-down version of what it used to be and in recent years it has boasted of being the ‘self-proclaimed smallest ski area in Jap

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The story behind Kirifuri Kogen Ski Area in Nikko City

Kirifuri Kogen was a ski area located on the eastern slopes of Mt Nyoko to the north of Nikko City in Tochigi Prefecture. The base was located at an altitude of 1,230m but even so it did not receive huge amounts of snowfall and a number of snow-making machines were used to help out. The lifts at Kirifuri Kogen were also used outside of the winter season for sightseeing. The ski lifts are now gone but the Kisugedaira Park still opens during the summer months. More information and p

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The story behind Iizuka Kogen Ski Area in Nagano City

Iizuna Kogen was located to the north of Nagano City on the southern slopes of Mt Iizuna, between the still-operating Togakushi on the western slopes and Iizuna Resort on the eastern slopes of the same mountain. Iizuna Kogen was owned by the city and was popular with locals. The Moguls events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics were held on the F Course and Tae Satoya won the gold medal. Subsequently, the course was named after her. In recent years Iizuna Kogen struggled with snowfall a

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The story behind Urasa Ski Area in Minamiuonuma City

Urasa was a ski area located in the northern region of Minamiuonuma City in Niigata Prefecture. It was just 1km from the central town area of Urasa and the Shinkansen Station. Urasa was only a small ski area but it was very well known in the Japan ski community due to the reputation of the ski school… people come from afar to take lessons and take the ‘badge test’ at Urasa. It first opened in 1958 and closed in 2011. More information and photos here: https://www.snowjapanhist

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The story behind Shinanodaira Ski Area in Iiyama City

Shinanodaira was a ski area located on the eastern slopes of Kuroiwayama and to the north of central Iiyama City in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. It was originally known as Kuroiwa and experienced a few different ski lift set ups during the years of operation before closing in 2001. More information and photos here: https://www.snowjapanhistory.com/nagano-iiyama-shinanodaira      

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The story behind Nanamaki Ski Area in Nozawa Onsen Village

Nanamaki was a ski area located in the Nanagamaki neighbourhood of Nozawa Onsen Village in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. It was to the north of the famous Nozawa Onsen ski area - less than 3km direct or just over 10km by road. Skiers would get off the train at nearby Kuwanagawa Station, take a ferry boat across Chikuma River and then walk about 1km to get to the ski hill. Nanamaki was the end point of a popular tour course coming down from the Uenotaira area of the Nozawa O

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Ski lifts 2020-2021: ski lift operation news

[UPDATED 14th DECEMBER 2020 - Ibukinosato] For various reasons it looks like there is going to be a lot of 'news' in the run up to the 2020-2021 winter season, ranging from some ski areas not opening to lifts being rested and changes to normal operations. On this page we will report on ski lifts and changes in normal operations at ski areas around Japan during the 2020-2021 winter season --- ones that we are aware of. The ski areas that are mentioned within this post will be open.

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KAMOIDAKE: Re-opening for 2020-2021

Good news alert! Kamoidake in Utashinai City in Hokkaido will be re-opening for the 2020-2021 season. Opening date is planned for 12th December 19th December. Details will be updated to the below page when we have them. https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido/utashinai/kamoidake Lift ticket prices updated on above page. Other details are still (!) unclear. [updated 12th December]      

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DAILY REPORTS: New 'Kiroro Now' reporting section

We are happy to share with you a new 'Now' report on SnowJapan this season. This new report comes to you from Kiroro, a location known to be particularly snowy, on the northern island of Hokkaido. We have cunningly named the new report... Kiroro Now. And you can find it here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Kiroro-Now The same concept, ideals and independence apply to this report - like all of the others. As this is a new section there may

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SAYAMA: Re-opening for 2020-2021 after a year off

Sayama - an artificial ski slope in Saitama Prefecture - has announced that it will (re)open on Thursday 12th November 2020. Sayama was closed for the whole of last season to undergo various changes. It looks like there will be a new 'Kids Area' as well as a 'Snow Escalator'. This post will be updated with more details as we have them.... >>>>> Update Now open! The escalator is in two sections so people can get off mid-point. The Kids Area is on

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BANSHOGAHARA: Re-opening for 2020-2021

A strong typhoon on 12th-13th October 2019 caused considerable damage at Banshogahara in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture. As a result, the ski area did not open for the 2019-2020 winter season. The good news is that they are back and re-opening for the 2020-2021 season! And it looks like there will be some cheaper lift tickets available to celebrate too. Updates coming to the page on SnowJapan soon... https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/ueda/banshogahara  

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KITASHINSHU KIJIMADAIRA: 50% off all tickets / Pioneer Course closed

There are a few bits of interesting news from Kitashinshu Kijimadaira in northern Nagano Prefecture. This season all tickets are (about) 50% off the normal prices. That makes a 1 day ticket just 2,000 yen for adults and 700 yen for children. In disappointing news though, the famous 45 degree Pioneer Course is not going to be opening for the 2020-2021 season. In recent years it was open on Wednesdays, weekends and holidays - this year it will remain closed for the full season and the to

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SNOW PARK YETI: Opening date... and another name change

Snow Park Yeti - known as Fujiyama Snow Resort Yeti last year and other names before that - will open this year on Friday 30th October. Always the first ski area to open, albeit with artificial snow, expect to see it on the evening news on that date! https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/shizuoka/susono/snow-town-yeti The main lift ticket prices remain unchanged this season.        

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REWILD NINJA SNOW HIGHLAND: Minenohara re-opening for 2020-2021 with a new name

Minenohara Kogen in Suzaka (Nagano Prefecture) has had an eventful few years with change of ownership and then damage caused by a typhoon last autumn. It was closed last season, but it will re-open for 2020-2021 with an interesting new name: WILD NINJA SNOW HIGHLAND   リワイルド・忍者・スノーハイランド (It's not clear if the capitals are necessary!) More info should be coming soon, but the page has already been updated with some details here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/n

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NOZAWA ONSEN: New Nagasaka Gondola lift

Nozawa Onsen Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano Prefecture New Nagasaka Gondola lift During the off season the old Nakasaka Gondola at Nozawa Onsen was totally dismantled, and a brand new gondola has been installed. The old gondola had a mid-station with a change in direction but the new one goes straight up from the same base point to the top Yamabiko area of the ski area. The new gondola is scheduled to be open in December. Nozawa Onsen also said earlier in the summer that

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SHIGA KOGEN: New 'pulse' gondola lift

Shiga Kogen Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture New pulse gondola lift for 2020-2021 A new ‘pulse gondola’ lift at Shiga Kogen should be ready for the 2020-2021 season. Pulse gondolas feature cabins that are grouped together in “pulses” rather than being spaced evenly along the cable. The new lift will feature two ‘pulses’ of 3 cabins, each holding 8 people, and the short 400m journey will take just 90 seconds. The location of the new gondola is by the side of the Shiga Kogen Yam

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SnowJapanHistory.com - A look back at ski areas from Japan’s past

Since January I have been working on a new personal project and today, at last, I am happy to be able to share it: www.snowjapanhistory.com SnowJapanHistory.com is an affectionate look back at ski areas from Japan’s past. The site is starting off introducing 101 ski areas across 14 prefectures and there will be regular updates. Weekly updates to SnowJapanHistory will be noted on a new FB page here: www.facebook.com/snowjapanhistory If you are interested and check

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