Himekayu resort review (Oshu Town, Iwate)

Oshu Town, Iwate
Submitted by Rock-hand on 28th January 2014
Cheap, Fun and Parky
Himekayu is a family resort within close driving distance of Mizusawa.

The lift passes are really cheap, with the resort only serviced by two pair lifts, but there was never any line. There was a fair amount of variety in the few wide runs that they have and there were no ungroomed sections so an intermediate-advanced rider would probably get bored here very quickly unless they were keen to get into the park.

The park was the main drawcard for me to visit here, only about 6 people riding it, it was well maintained throughout the day. Obviously the layout will change from time to time but during my visit the main park run consisted of three kickers in succession followed by a box and a down-rail side by side and a wall to finish. The kickers were about a 7m, 5m and 3m in that order with another 3m off to the side for beginners.

The lack of crowds and great park facilities made it a great place to spend the whole day working on my tricks for a bargain price.

I rate this resort pretty highly in terms of value for money.
Snow condition on visit: Warm, sunny day so there was plenty of melt which iced up at the end of the day, but there was a good base coverage.
Things I liked: Park; Low crowds; Cheap tickets
Things I didn't like: Wet snow
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Snow Park
Not recommended for: Advanced riders
Off-piste opportunities
Ungroomed courses
General score: 70
Snow conditions: 65
Courses/Terrain: 55
Lift system: 50


Oshu Town, Iwate
View all Reviews for Himekayu (1)
View all Photos from Himekayu (0)

Average Rankings

General score: 70
Snow conditions: 65
Courses/Terrain: 55
Lift system: 50
Apres ski: 0

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 486m
Min. elevation: 306m
Vertical: 180m
Steepest slope: 33°
Longest course: 1430m
Number of lifts: 2

Other resorts nearby

Kunimidaira 19.10km
Geto Kogen 38.50km
Koeji 43.10km

Location of Himekayu