Washigatake (often referred to as 'washi') is located in the northern area of Gujo city in the central region of Gifu Prefecture. It is connected with the White Pia Takasu resort at the top of the mountain, and a shared lift ticket is available. Washitopia!
Washigatake has traditionally opened quite early in the season, mainly with the help of artificial snow-making machines. This ski area first opened in 1971.
Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gujo city are located on the mountains on either side of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway (which connects Aichi Prefecture with Toyama Prefecture) and the local road Route 156 (Hida Highway, which also runs through the valley). This region is especially popular with people living in or visiting the Kansai regions of western Japan like Nagoya, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto and Osaka. However, train links aren't the most convenient, so this region sees most people arriving by car or bus.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Washigatake.
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is available.
White Adventure kids park is located near base and costs 700 yen for the day.
The Active Park stretches along a fair distance by the Rainbow Number 1 quad lift.
Washigatake Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 5:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Washigatake is normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekdays.
There are a number of different early opening and night skiing patterns.
Usually it's 'all night' on Saturdays, and from midnight until 5:45pm on Sundays. Over New Year it is open from 6:00am until 8:45pm. Check before going just to make sure!
Washigatake Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-4:30pm)
Early 1 Day (6am-4:30pm)
PM & Night (12pm-10:30pm)
All Night (4pm-6am)
Night & Day (0am-12pm)
Joint 1 Day
Joint 5 Hours
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.
A ticket for 1 adult and 1 child is 5,400 yen.
The tickets noted as 'Joint' are valid at White Pia Takasu and Washigatake ski areas.
Getting to Washigatake
By public transport
12.3km from Hokuno Station on the Etsumi Nan line
17.6km from Mino Shirotori Station on the Etsumi Nan line
Washigatake is about 12km from Hokuno Station on the Etsumi Nan line and about 17.5km from the larger Mino Shirotori Station on the same line.
Various bus tours to the ski area are available.
The free Takasu Snow Shuttle Bus operates between the ski areas of this region.
4.9km from the Takasu IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
13.4km from the Hirugano Kogen SA Smart IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
28.2km from the Shokawa IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 156 (7.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 45
Washigatake is less than 5km from the Takasu IC exit on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway.
Turn left at the Takasu IC exit. Very quickly the road splits into two - follow the left (green) side... Washigatake is signposted. Follow the road straight up to Washigatake.
Parking is available at the base of the ski area. Charges are 1,000 yen per car.
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