As far as I know, Kamui is a chain sports facility/shop that has various artificial slopes throughout Japan. Misaka is no exception. Nestled in the bosom of low mountains/hills in Yamanashi, it's pretty much an artificial slope placed outdoors. Right next to the ski field there is said to be an indoor half-pipe, which I didn't know existed until I was on the bus heading home.
In early March, the artificial snow was barely holding and I ended up with soggy socks at the end of the day.
The view isn't all that great either. Most of the time when your sliding or on the lifts, you'll be staring at mountains and hills that are higher than the slopes themselves.
The only redeeming factors about Kamui Misaka are that it's cheap and really close to Tokyo. I came to this place on a cheap one day bus tour for 4000 yen from Tokyo. It only took 1 hour and 15 minutes without a pit stop! Another good thing about this place is that it's not as intimidating for beginners to learn on. The slopes are gentle enough and not too flat for beginners to practice sliding on. The board park in the middle isn't too bad either.
I spent most of my time practicing jumps.
From 07 March, 2006
Snow condition on visit:
Things I liked:
Cheap, close to Tokyo (about 1 hour by car), good practice for beginners