Hounokidaira is located in Takayama city in the northern region of Gifu Prefecture. It is the largest ski hill in Takayama and has been operating since 1971. Hirayu Onsen is close-by. This ski hill features a number of off-piste ungroomed areas.
The Number 8 lift pair lift is definitely not operating and a 'Summit Snow Taxi' service takes people from the top of the Number 3 quad lift over to the summit of the western side.
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 Hounokidaira.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There is a 'Kojiro Land' kids area near the base which includes a moving belt and tubing course. Entrance is 600 yen. Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
Snow rafting is also available. 30 minutes for 1,600 yen (adults); 1,200 yen children.
There are no special snow park facilities. There are a number of off-piste areas.
Hounokidaira Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Hounokidaira is normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays and from 8:30am on weekdays.
Hounokidaira Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age & under
60 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays)
1 Day (weekdays)
Half Day (weekend & holidays)
Half Day (weekdays)
1 Lift Coupon
9 Lift Coupons
2020-2021 Season lift tickets
A season ticket for Junior High school age students is 18,800 yen. A season ticket for Senior High school age students is 25,000 yen.
The 'Snow Taxi' that takes you from the top of the Number 3 quad lift to the summit area operates daily and costs 200 yen per go. (Free with a valid half day, one day or season ticket). It is basically a carriage pulled by a snowmobile. You sit in the carriage!
Getting to Hounokidaira
By public transport
26.5km from Takayama Station on the Takayama Honsen Line
43.3km from Shin Shimashima Station on the Kamikochi Line
Hounokidaira is about 26.5km from Takayama Station on the Takayama Honsen line.
A bus service from Takayama Station is available every day. Return charge for adults is 2,460 yen (children: 1,240 yen).
Special rates that include a one day lift ticket are available.
29.9km from the Takayama IC on the Chubu Jukan Expressway
54.9km from the Matsumoto IC on the Chuo Expressway
124km from the Nakatsugawa IC on the Chuo Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 158 (0.4km away)
Hounokidaira is located just off the main Route 158 to the east of central Takayama city.
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