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. Washigatake usually opens early every season mostly with the help of artificial snow-making machines. This resort first opened in 1971.
New for 2019-2020, a bunch of ski resorts in the area are grouping up to create 'Takasu Mountains' and a joint lift ticket available. The resorts included are Dynaland, Takasu Snow Park, Hirugano Kogen, White Pia Takasu, Washigatake and Gujo Vacance Village (though curiously the joint ticket is not valid at that last one). A shuttle bus between the resorts is planned.
Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gujo city are located on the mountains 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. Train links aren't the most convenient and so this region sees most people arriving by car or bus tours.
Gifu Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the central region of Honshu island, and it one of only a handful of landlocked prefectures. It shares borders with (from the north) Toyama, Nagano, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Fukui and Ishikawa. Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gifu are located in the northern region of the prefecture – in Gujo city, Takayama city, Hida city and Shirakawa village.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Washigatake.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Pandaruman Bouken Hiroba' park for young children is located in front of the Centre House near base - entry is free with valid one day lift ticket, otherwise 600 yen.
The large 'Park Area' is located 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 open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekdays.
There are a number of different early opening and nighta 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!
Washigatake Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-4:30pm)
Early 1 Day (6am-4:30pm)
PM & Nighta (12pm-10:30pm)
All Night (4pm-6am)
Night & Day (0am-12pm)
Joint 1 Day
Joint 5 Hours
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.
The tickets noted as 'Joint' are valid at White Pia Takasu and Washigatake resorts.
Ladies Day is on Tuesdays (except 31st December 2019 and 11th February 2020). Men's Day is on Mondays (except 30th December 2019, 13th January and 24th February 2020). Seniors Day is on Fridays (except 3rd January and 20th March 2020).
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.
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