Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai (Bandai Town, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
(福島県 磐梯町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until late March 2021
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Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai - often known as the original name 'Alts Bandai' - is located on the south-western slopes of Mt Bandai in Bandai town. Alts Bandai is relatively new, only opening in 1992. Fine views of the nearby Lake Inawashiro can be enjoyed from the resort. Apparently 'Alts' comes from 'Aer - Lux - Terra - Sol'.

The upper part of the Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai resort is geographically close to the upper part of Alts Bandai on the other side of the mountain, but they are not lift or (ski) course connected. Since the 2018-2019 season, they tried a new 'walking course' between the two in the spring season. The 800m route between the top of the two resorts takes about 15 minutes in normal conditions and it should be open for the 2020-2021 season.

The two ski areas are owned by the same company and joint lift tickets are available. Be sure to have a valid ticket if you intend to right lifts at both ski areas!

The Alts Gondola lift will not be operating during the 2020-2021 season.

Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in Fukushima are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro and the region is generally known as Aizu. The other ski hills can be found scattered across the western region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

The Mountain

1280m
580m
700m
29"
25
3000m
8
25%
40%
35%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
0 1 2 0 5 0 1

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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Previous Statistics

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Alts Bandai. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are 2 'Kids Parks' at Alts Bandai, both near the base and one with a snow escalator - both free to enter.

Other activities available including snow rafting and grooming machines ride experiences. 
Park Information
Park information
There are 5 Snow Park areas at Alts Bandai:

- Step Up Park for Beginners
- Step Up Park
- Step Up Park for experts
- Global Park
- Nagaseru Park 

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays.

For the 2020-2021 season there will be night skiing only on New Years Eve. It will be from 5:30pm until 11:45pm and they are calling it 'Countdown Nighta'.

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 4,900 yen 2,100 yen 3,700 yen 4,200 yen
Afternoon (from 12pm) 4,400 yen 1,600 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta (31st Dec) 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Beginner 1 Day 1,600 yen 1,100 yen
Alts Express (1 time) 1,100 yen
Season Ticket 57,000 yen 27,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

A 1 Day or PM ticket also gives you access to the Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma resort.

Some cheaper lift tickets options are available to buy on the official resort website.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for tickets.

Note: The Alts Gondola will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.

Getting to Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai

By public transport
Train
Train
55.2km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
6.8km from Bandai Machi Station on the Banetsu Sai line
17.1km from Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the Banetsu Sai line
Transport Information
Information
The closest train station to Alts Bandai is Bandai Machi Station (7km) on the Banetsu Saisen line. Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the same line is just over 17km from the resort.

Koriyama Station is the closest stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen and is about 55km from Alts Bandai.

A bus service between Koriyama Station and Alts Bandai is available between 22nd December 2018 and 31st March 2019. The bus leaves Koriyama Station at 8:15am and 3:20pm daily and takes about 80 minutes. This service costs 1000 yen.

There is also a bus service from Aizu Wakamatsu to the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
bus
Bus
A number of shuttle buses go to Alts Bandai. One operates from Aizu Wakamatsu Station on the Banetsu Saisen line and another from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line.

A free bus operates from the East Exit of Bandai-machi Station and takes about 20 minutes..

A bus from Aizu Wakamatsu Station costs 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children and takes about 45 minutes.

The bus from Koyiyama Station is 1000 yen and takes about 90 minutes.
By Car
Car
10.8km from the Bandai Kawahigashi IC on the Banetsu Expressway
19.2km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
49km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 49 (11.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 64
Direction
Direction
Alts Bandai is just under 11km from the Bandai Kawahigashi IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway.

From the Bandai Kawahigashi IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 64 for just over 1km to a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Prefecture Road 7 and then continue for 2km until the turn off for the Gold Line road (Prefecture Road 64). Turn left and continue for just over 2km and take the road to the right to head up to Alts Bandai base. Note that the Gold Line toll road is not open in the winter months and so it is not possible to get to the ski resort using that road.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Parking
Parking
Large parking areas for around 3000 vehicles are available close to the base of Alts Bandai. Parking is free on weekdays and on some car parks on weekends too - though some car parks are charged on weekends.

More Information

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Address
Address
Sarashina 6838-68
Bandai-machi
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-3396
Telephone
Telephone
0242-74-5000
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