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

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[UPDATED 20th NOVEMBER 2020: Echo Valley & Hakuba Sanosaka (opening after all?)]

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 presented on our site is correct
  • We will provide as much information as we can find from local and/or official sources
  • Rumours will not be reported
  • All information is believed to be correct at the time of writing
  • Information may well change, in which case any necessary updates will be made
  • Updates and edits to this page (and the ski area pages within the main site) will be made through December 2020
  • Please note that SnowJapan is not a news organisation. We are just trying to bring you as much information as possible
  • There may well be other information out there that we are not aware of
  • Know any relevant information? Please let us know at editor@snowjapan.com

 

Fukui Prefecture

Imajo 365
Imajo 365 will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related.

Karigahara
Karigahara was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It was since announced that it would be permanently closed.

Shinbo Family
Shinbo Family was not able to open for one day during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons due to a lack of snowfall.
It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.

 

Gifu Prefecture

Ciao Ontake Mount Resort
Ciao has been closed since 2018.
During 2020 there was an unsuccessful attempt to try and get it back operating for the 2020-2021 season by crowdfunding.
More information on Ciao Ontake Mount Resort can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com

Hida Takayama
Hida Takayama will not open for the 2020-2021 season due to damage from the heavy rainfalls in July 2020.

Ibi Kogen
Ibi Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It has now permanently closed.

 

Hokkaido

Classe Snow Park
Classe Snow Park will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related issues.

Kokusetsu Ashibetsu
It appears that Kokusetsu Ashibetsu has permanently closed.
The last day of operation was 4th March 2020.

 

Kagawa Prefecture

Snow Park Unpenji
This ski area permanently closed in March 2020.

 

Nagano Prefecture

Echo Valley
Echo Valley will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
At the time of writing their official site still shows an intention to open on 28th November, but a press release on the Blue Resort group website says that Echo Valledy and Hakuba Sanosaka will not be opening for the season...

Echo Valley has confirmed that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.

Hakuba Sanosaka
Hakuba Sanosaka has announced that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related issues.

Looks like there has been a change of mind and Hakuba Sanosaka will be opening after all.....
Good to hear and details to follow... for now, just confusing.

Iizuna Kogen
2019-2020 was officially the last season for Iizuna Kogen.
It has now permanently closed.
More information on Iizuna Kogen can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com

 

Niigata Prefecture

Budoh
Budoh was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related.

Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Ishiuchi Hanaoka has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related.

Myoko Ski Park
Myoko Ski Park has announced that it will not be opening during the 2020-2021 season.
No specific reason has been given.

Tainai
Tainai was not able to open properly for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall - only a kids playing area was able to open.
It was thought that it would not open for 2020-2021, but a crowdfunding effort was held to try and keep the ski area open with a target of 30 million yen.
Apparently they had raised about 23 million yen as of 1st October.
[2nd OCTOBER UPDATE] Good news! It looks like a decision has been made to open for the 2020-2021 season... if it snows enough!
Hopefully snow issues will not be a problem in 20-21.

Wakabuna Kogen
Wakabuna Kogen was not able to open for one day during the 2019-2020 season due to lack of snowfall.
It will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.

 

Saga Prefecture

Tenzan Resort
The most westerly ski area in Japan - Tenzan Resort in Saga Prefecture - will not be opening for the 2020-2021 winter season.
Stated reason: low snowfall in recent seasons + coronavirus related issues.

 

Shimane Prefecture

Asahi Tenguston Snow Park
2019-2020 was the last season for Asahi Tenguston.
It has now permanently closed.
More information on Asahi Tenguston Snow Park can be found on www.snowjapanhistory.com

Mizuho Highland
The company that was operating Mizuho Highland went bankrupt in the spring of 2020.
It is currently unclear if it will be able to open for 2020-2021, but it looks very unlikely.

 

Tottori Prefecture

Daisen Masumizu Kogen SNOW PARK
Daisen Masumizu Kogen will not be open for the 2020-2021 season.
Stated reason: coronavirus related.

 

 

 

 

 



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