Hakkoda is located on the slopes of the Hakkoda mountain range to the south of central Aomori city in Aomori Prefecture. Hakkoda is popular for people seeking backcountry tracks. In fact it is not like most other ski hills in Japan that have mostly clearly-defined courses. It is also well known for the juhyo 'ice monster' formations like those found at Zao Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture, though here you can ski powder runs between them. Weather conditions here can be severe, but Hakkoda enjoys long seasons usually from late November or early December until mid May. Hakkoda has been operating since 1969.
Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost prefecture on the main island of Honshu and borders Akita Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture to the south. Hokkaido is to the north across the Tsugaru Strait. There are a number of ski hills located across Aomori Prefecture, mostly small in scale. The capital, Aomori city, is located in the central area by the shores of Mutsu Bay and to the north of the Hakkoda mountains.
Hakkoda Snow Depth Statistics
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A bus is available from Aomori Station and takes about 1 hour (and costs 1100 yen).
18.8km from the Aomori Chuo IC on the Aomori Expressway
28.1km from the Kuroishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 103 (0.2km away)
The resort is about 19km from Aomori Chuo IC exit of the Aomori Expressway.
From the Aomori Chuo IC exit, turn left onto Route 7 and then in 1km turn right onto Route 103. Continue heading south on Route 103 for about 17.5km until reaching Hakkoda Ropeway, which is just off the left side of the road.
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