Resort Spotlight: Geto Kogen (Iwate)

Geto Kogen
Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture
Official website

Planned season: Saturday 1st December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019
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    GETO KOGEN Need to know
Expert 'Tree Run' areas
New in 17-18: Shooter 2, Shooter 3, Shooter 4 and Stream
Leading Japanese resort for 'powder reset'
In the 2014 season, Geto Kogen was top of the snow depth lists for 3 months (6.5m!)
Reasonable 'skier beds' and natural 'onsen' hot springs facilities at base
Large-scale night skiing operations including Gondola operations
The 'ramen' noodles - quite possibly the best out there!

Geto Kogen is located in Iwate Prefecture, to the west of Kitakami City. This region is surrounded by beautiful forests and offers abundant onsen hot springs. Geto Kogen can be enjoyed by all skiers and snowboarders from beginners taking their first steps to families and experts alike. The resort features two gondolas, one quad lift and two pair lifts servicing the courses.

Important information about riding the Tree Runs at Geto Kogen

Some new tree runs opened at Geto Kogen since the 17-18 season, with Shooter getting bigger - Shooter becomes Shooter 1, 2, 3 and 4! - and the new Stream next to Beech. This is cause for great excitement for us all, of course, but it is also a time to reflect on important safety issues.

Subject to conditions and safety checks, the courses will be opened after special checks are made daily by patrol from 9:30am until 2pm.

Riders entering the tree runs must wear helmets. Also we ask that charged mobile phones are taken and that the emergency contact telephone number is noted before entering the zones. Be aware that if an official search is requested, search costs will be incurred. We recommend that people ride together rather than individually for this and other safety reasons.

Before you enter!

Charged mobile telephone? - CHECK!
Noted emergency tel no? - CHECK!
Helmet? - CHECK!
Protective equipment? - CHECK!
Confident of your riding ability? - CHECK!

In deep fresh snow conditions, snow shoes are also recommended (especially for snowboarders).

** Please note that you enter these areas completely at your own responsibility.

The resort cannot assume any responsibility for any accidents that occur in these areas.

As such we ask that you please take into account your own skill level and take responsibility for your actions.

Having said all of that, the resort hopes that you enjoy SUMMIT and SHOOTER!!



Tree Run Area - SUMMIT

Tree Run Area - SHOOTER... now SHOOTER 1, 2, 3 and 4!


Skier beds
Right by base, this makes the perfect accommodation when riding at Geto Kogen and wanting early tracks.
Open from Saturday 8th December 2018 until Saturday 23rd March 2019

Weekdays: 5,900 yen
Saturdays and nights before holidays: 6,400 yen
22nd-28th December 2018: 7,400 yen
12th-13th January 2019: 7,400 yen
29th December 2018 - 2nd January 2019: 7,900 yen

- All rates include two meals
- Check in is from 3pm to 9pm
- Check out the following morning is at 9am
- Evening meal is from 6pm to 7:30pm (last order at 7pm)
- Breakfast is from 7am to 8am (last order at 7:30am)
- Entry to baths is from 10:00am to 10:00pm
- Morning baths are from 6:30am to 8:00am
- Towels and other amenities are available at the Front Desk for sale or rental
- Lights out at 11pm!


Onsen hot spring and outdoor bath
Relax in the large onsen hot springs at base

700 yen for adults
400 yen for children
300 yen for towel set rental


Best ramen at a ski resort
It looks good, doesn't it? It is! Try it and see!




How to get to Geto Kogen

Geto Kogen is located in the west of Kitakami city (Iwate Prefecture) in the northern Tohoku region of Japan.

By train:

A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Kitakami Station.
The journey from the station takes about 50 minutes.
Buses leave at 7:40am, 9:10am and 10:40am on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and at 9:10pm on weekdays.
Please check beforehand for any changes to this service.

By car:

25 minutes from Kitakami Nishi IC on the Akita Expressway for those approaching from Akita

40 minutes from Kitakami Ezuriki IC on the Tohoku Expressway for those approaching from Morioka

30 minutes from Kitakami Kanegasaki IC on the Tohoku Expressway for those approaching from the Sendai region

40 minutes from Mizusawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway for those approaching from the Sendai region

50 minutes from Kitakami Station by rental car (available in the station)

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Geto Kogen Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season

  1 Day 5 Hours Nighta Twilight Pair lift ticket Hatsu-suberi (early)
Adults 4,800 yen 4,400 yen 2,700 yen 4,500 yen 3,600 yen 3,900 yen
Over 60s, students 3,900 yen 3,600 yen 2,300 yen 3,700 yen 3,300 yen 3,500 yen
Senior high school studens (15-18) 2,600 yen --- 2,300 yen 2,300 yen - 2,600 yen
Junior high school students (12-) 1,500 yen --- 1,500 yen 1,500 yen - 1,500 yen
Elementary school students (6-) 1,000 yen --- 1,000 yen 1,000 yen - 1,000 yen
  8:30am until 4:30pm 5 hours from time of purchase 4:30pm until 9:30pm From 1pm until close on days with nighta 8:30am until 4:30pm Until 14th December 2018

23rd November 2018 - Sunday 25th November 2018
Operating lifts: Number 1 Gondola

arly Season:
Saturday 1st December 2018 - Friday 14th December 2018
Operating lifts: Number 1 Gondola

Normal Season:
Saturday 15th December 2018 - Sunday 24th March 2019
Operating lifts: Number 1& 2 pair lifts, Number 1 Gondola, Quad lift

Night skiing:
Saturdays and Sundays between 22nd December 2018 and 24th February 2019 (and also 29th December - January 6th)
Spring Season:
Monday 25th March 2019 until season close
Operating lifts: Number 1 Gondola, Number 1 pair lift

The Number 2 Gondola normally operates on weekends and national holidays.

Normal resort daytime opening times:
8:30am until 4:30pm

Geto Kogen
Official website