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Japanese ski area news 2022 (updated 18th September)


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Japanese ski area news & developments
2022

News and developments that we hear about from ski areas around Japan.

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  • We are not a news organisation and cannot cover everything; our priority is developing our (this) website.
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  • Most ski area news is usually announced in the autumn, from September onwards.
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  • Ski area listing pages within SnowJapan (and other resources on the site) will be updated by December 2022.


Latest update on 16th September 2022:

  • Kita Nikko Takahata (previously Aizu Kogen Takahata) to welcome snowboarders in 2022-2023 [Fukushima]
  • Himekayu and Koeji in Oshu City to close [Iwate]
  • Champion area to re-open at Ontake Ski Area for the 2022-2023 season [Nagano]
  • Shirakaba Kogen Kokusai to allow snowboarding from the 2022-2023 season [Nagano]
  • Nakasato Kiyotsu will be closed for the 2022-2023 season [Niigata]
  • Imajo 365 to re-open for 2022-2023 [Fukui]
  • New pair lift at Hakuba Norikura Onsen [Nagano]
  • Asama 2000 Park becomes 'Takamine Mountain Park' [Nagano]

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Asama 2000 Park becomes 'Takamine Mountain Park'

Asama 2000 Park(アサマ2000パーク)ski area in Komoro (Nagano) has officially changed name to Takamine Mountain Park(高峰マウンテンパーク).

At the time of writing, the official ski area website has not changed to reflect the new name.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/komoro/asama-2000-park

 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

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New pair lift at Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Hakuba Norikura Onsen(白馬乗鞍温泉スキー場)ski area in Otari (Nagano) has announced that it is constructing a new lift. The new 1,200m pair lift will start from close to the top of the current Alps Number 5 lift and climb to an elevation of 1,598m.

However, at least initially, the lift is primarily intended for the green season and backcountry rather than new ski runs. The ski area says that it will conduct various tests for skiing, but it is highly unlikely that the lift will be operating for the general public during the 2022-2023 winter season.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/otari/hakuba-norikura-onsen

 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

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Imajo 365 to re-open for 2022-2023 

Imajo 365(今庄365スキー場)ski area in Minami Echizen (Fukui) was closed during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons, due to COVID.

The ski area is going to re-open for the 2022-2023 season, but not at full power - while there are four lifts at the ski area, only the Number 1 pair lift will be operating. 

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/fukui/minami-echizen/imajo-365 
 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

 

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Imajo 365 to re-open for 2022-2023 

Imajo 365(今庄365スキー場)ski area in Tokamachi (Niigata) ha

The ski area is going to re-open for the 2022-2023 season, but not at full power - while there are four lifts at the ski area, only the Number 1 pair lift will be operating. 

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/fukui/minami-echizen/imajo-365 
 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

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Nakasato Kiyotsu will be closed for the 2022-2023 season 

Nakasato Kiyotsu(なかさと清津スキー場)ski area in Tokamachi (Niigata) will not be opening for the 2022-2023 winter season.

When making the announcement in March 2022, the reason provided was 'the decrease in number of visitors due to covid over the last three seasons and the condition of facilities'.

They note that they will make decisions for future seasons at a later date.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/tokamachi/nakasato-kiyotsu
 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

 

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Shirakaba Kogen Kokusai to allow snowboarding from the 2022-2023 season 

Shirakaba Kogen Kokusai(白樺高原国際スキー場)ski area in Tateshina (Nagano) will be allowing snowboarders from the 2022-2023 season.

Until now Shirakaba Kogen Kokusai was one of the few remaining 'skiers-only' areas, but they have decided to open up to snowboarders... for most of the season.

There are still going to be two 'ski weeks' (their name) and during those periods snowboarders will not be allowed. Those 'ski week' periods are 16th-20th and 23rd-27th January 2023.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/tateshina/shirakaba-kogen-kokusai
 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

 

 

 

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Champion area to re-open at Ontake Ski Area for the 2022-2023 season 

Ontake(御岳スキー場)ski area in Otaki (Nagano) plans to open its Champion area for the first time in 10 years during the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

The area will re-open as 'semi-backcountry' area featuring '95% ungroomed natural snow'.

A new 300m long T-bar lift is being installed, and that will be the only lift in the area. (The old quad lift in the area will not be open).

A bus will also be available between the base of the Champion area and the main base of Ontake.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/otaki/ontake

 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

 

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Two ski areas (Himekayu and Koeji) to close in Oshu City (Iwate Prefecture)

Sad news to report that two small local ski areas in Oshu City are closing (and they will not be open for the 2022-2023 season).

The ski areas to close are Himekayu ひめかゆスキー場 and Koeji 越路スキー場.

The other ski area remaining in Oshu City called Kunimidaira 国見平スキー場 will remain open.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:

https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/iwate/oshu/kunimidaira
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/iwate/oshu/himekayu
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/iwate/oshu/koeji

 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

 

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Kita Nikko Takahata to welcome snowboarders 

Kita Nikko Takahata(北日光・高畑スキー場)in Minamiaizu (Fukushima) has traditionally been a skiers-only resort, but that is about to change.

They have announced that snowboarders will be welcomed during the 2022-2023 season.

Until 2021 Kita Nikko Takahata was known as Aizu Kogen Takahata.

Ski area information on SnowJapan:
https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/fukushima/minami-aizu/kita-nikko-takahata

 

Please note: The information on the above link and other pages within SnowJapan will be updated to reflect this news by December 2022.

 

 

 

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