Ani (Kita Akita City, Akita)

(秋田県 北秋田市)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
Weekends and holidays in April & GW
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Ani is located on the western slopes of Mt Moriyoshi in the northern region of Akita Prefecture. With slopes at a high elevation, juhyo 'ice monster' formations can often be found on the trees at the top - the peak season for this is usually early January until early March. On Saturdays and Sundays in February 2021 (also on 11th and 23rd February), a special cat-operated 'Night Snow Monster Viewing' service is available between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. There are a number of ungroomed courses at Ani and a few local backcountry tour guides are available.

Ani has been operating since 1974. The 3,473m 6 person gondola operates throughout the year.

Akita Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu. Akita faces the Sea of Japan in the west and is bordered by Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures from north to south. The region has cold winters and there are numerous ski hills located around the prefecture, though most of them are small scale with just one or two lifts.

The Mountain

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Ani Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 160cm 115cm 1st 240cm 175cm 1st 270cm 215cm
2nd - - 2nd 180cm 140cm 2nd 230cm 180cm 2nd 260cm 215cm
3rd - - 3rd 185cm 140cm 3rd 250cm 180cm 3rd 230cm 215cm
4th - - 4th 200cm 150cm 4th 260cm 200cm 4th 230cm 215cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 160cm 5th 270cm 205cm 5th 230cm 210cm
6th - - 6th 200cm 180cm 6th 260cm 245cm 6th 220cm 215cm
7th - 80cm 7th 185cm 180cm 7th 260cm 250cm 7th 220cm 220cm
8th - 80cm 8th 185cm 180cm 8th 265cm 260cm 8th 220cm 220cm
9th - 80cm 9th 190cm 140cm 9th 290cm 265cm 9th 220cm 210cm
10th - 70cm 10th 210cm 140cm 10th 300cm 265cm 10th 220cm 200cm
11th - 70cm 11th 230cm 140cm 11th 290cm 260cm 11th 220cm 180cm
12th 5cm 40cm 12th 230cm 150cm 12th 280cm 255cm 12th 220cm 190cm
13th 10cm 30cm 13th 210cm 150cm 13th 275cm 240cm 13th 220cm 190cm
14th 15cm 30cm 14th 210cm 150cm 14th 260cm 210cm 14th 210cm 200cm
15th 30cm 90cm 15th 200cm 150cm 15th 245cm 190cm 15th 220cm 200cm
16th 40cm 90cm 16th 190cm 155cm 16th 230cm 180cm 16th 220cm 215cm
17th 60cm 90cm 17th 200cm 160cm 17th 220cm 180cm 17th 220cm 220cm
18th 60cm 70cm 18th 210cm 160cm 18th 230cm 185cm 18th 220cm 225cm
19th 90cm 70cm 19th 225cm 160cm 19th 250cm 200cm 19th 220cm 220cm
20th 95cm 75cm 20th 250cm 165cm 20th 250cm 210cm 20th 220cm 220cm
21st 125cm 75cm 21st 230cm 180cm 21st 245cm 220cm 21st 210cm 205cm
22nd 125cm 75cm 22nd 230cm 180cm 22nd 230cm 220cm 22nd 200cm 200cm
23rd 115cm 75cm 23rd 230cm 180cm 23rd 230cm 200cm 23rd 200cm 200cm
24th 100cm 85cm 24th 220cm 175cm 24th 260cm 210cm 24th 200cm 200cm
25th 105cm 85cm 25th 220cm 180cm 25th 290cm 215cm 25th 200cm 200cm
26th 110cm 85cm 26th 220cm 180cm 26th 280cm 215cm 26th 200cm 200cm
27th 110cm 90cm 27th 210cm 180cm 27th 280cm 215cm 27th 190cm 200cm
28th 110cm 120cm 28th 200cm 175cm 28th 280cm 215cm 28th 190cm 180cm
29th 105cm 120cm 29th 210cm 175cm 29th - 215cm 29th 190cm 180cm
30th 120cm 125cm 30th 220cm 165cm 30th 30th 190cm 180cm
31st 140cm 90cm 31st 240cm 165cm 31st 31st 190cm 180cm

Previous Statistics

Ani Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Ani.
Telemark lessons are also available as well as some backcountry guides. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Wear, snow scoots, sledges and snowshoes are also available to rent.
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a beginners slopes by the base of Ani, otherwise there are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
On Saturdays and Sundays in February 2021 (and also on 11th and 23rd February), a special cat-operated 'Night Snow Monster Viewing' service is available between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The charge is 3,000 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for children, limited to 15 people every day.

There is also a Pisten Tour available on weekdays from 29th March through 28th April 2021. That is also limited to 15 people a day and costs 2,300 yen for adults (1,000 yen for children).

There are a number of ungroomed course areas at Ani and a few local backcountry tour guides are available.  

Ani Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ani is open daily from 12th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021.

From then it plans to be open on just weekends, holidays and during the Golden Week period (late April until early May). There is however a 'Pisten Tour' service available on weekdays from 29th March through 28th April 2021.

The operating hours are normally 8:45am and 4:00pm.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Ani Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,800 yen 1,500 yen 2,800 yen
5 Hours 3,300 yen 1,000 yen 2,300 yen
3 Hours 2,800 yen 800 yen 2,000 yen
Gondola 1 way 1,200 yen 500 yen 1,200 yen
Gondola return 1,800 yen 800 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 350 yen 350 yen 350 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

A 1 day lift ticket from April is 3,000 yen for adults; 1,000 yen for children and 2,100 yen for seniors.

Children's Day is the 2nd and4th Sunday of the month, when a 1 day lift ticket for children is 500 yen.

Getting to Ani

By public transport
12.6km from Arase Station on the Akita Nairiku line
15.1km from Aniai Station on the Akita Nairiku line
Transport Information
Ani is less than 13km from Arase Station on the Akita Nairiku line.
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
59km from the Gojome Hachirogata IC on the Akita Expressway
76.3km from the Towada IC on the Tohoku Expressway
108km from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 105 (11.9km away)
Ani is not really close to any expressways.

It is about a 12km drive from the turning off Route 105 (Ushu Highway).

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Parking is available at the base of Ani.

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