Hounokidaira (Takayama City, Gifu)

(岐阜県 高山市)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Tuesday 31st March 2020
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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 resort seems to be being somewhat shy with clear information on lift operations this season. 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.

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The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Hounokidaira Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 70cm 1st 50cm 100cm 1st 70cm 80cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 70cm 2nd 50cm 100cm 2nd 70cm 80cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 70cm 3rd 50cm 100cm 3rd 70cm 80cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 70cm 4th 50cm 90cm 4th 60cm 70cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 70cm 5th 50cm 90cm 5th 70cm 70cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 70cm 6th 60cm 90cm 6th 70cm 70cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 70cm 7th 60cm 90cm 7th 70cm 70cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 70cm 8th 60cm 90cm 8th 70cm 70cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 70cm 9th 60cm 90cm 9th 70cm 70cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 80cm 10th 70cm 90cm 10th 50cm 70cm
11th - - 11th 60cm 80cm 11th 80cm 90cm 11th 50cm 70cm
12th - - 12th 60cm 70cm 12th 80cm 90cm 12th 60cm 70cm
13th - - 13th 60cm 70cm 13th 50cm 90cm 13th 50cm 70cm
14th 30cm - 14th 60cm 70cm 14th 50cm 90cm 14th 50cm 70cm
15th 30cm 25cm 15th 60cm 70cm 15th 50cm 90cm 15th 50cm 70cm
16th 30cm 20cm 16th 60cm 70cm 16th 50cm 90cm 16th - 70cm
17th 30cm 20cm 17th 60cm 70cm 17th 40cm 90cm 17th - 70cm
18th 30cm 30cm 18th 60cm 70cm 18th 60cm 90cm 18th - -
19th 30cm 30cm 19th 60cm 80cm 19th 70cm 90cm 19th - -
20th 30cm 40cm 20th 60cm 80cm 20th 70cm 90cm 20th - -
21st 30cm 40cm 21st 60cm 80cm 21st 70cm 90cm 21st - -
22nd 20cm 40cm 22nd 60cm 90cm 22nd 70cm 90cm 22nd - -
23rd 40cm 40cm 23rd 60cm 90cm 23rd 70cm 90cm 23rd - -
24th 40cm 40cm 24th 60cm 90cm 24th 70cm 90cm 24th - -
25th 40cm 40cm 25th 60cm 90cm 25th 70cm 90cm 25th - -
26th 40cm 40cm 26th 60cm 90cm 26th 70cm 80cm 26th - -
27th 40cm 40cm 27th 60cm 90cm 27th 70cm 90cm 27th - -
28th 40cm 40cm 28th 60cm 90cm 28th 70cm 80cm 28th - -
29th 50cm 50cm 29th 50cm 100cm 29th 70cm - 29th - -
30th 50cm 50cm 30th 50cm 100cm 30th 30th - -
31st 50cm 50cm 31st 50cm 100cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Hounokidaira Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hounokidaira. 
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 is a 'Kojiro Rand' (I think they mean Land) kids area near the base which includes a moving belt and tubing course. Entrance is 600 yen (and 1,000 yen for two parents). Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

Snow rafting is available. 30 minutes for 1,600 yen (adults); 1,200 yen children. 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hounokidaira is normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays and from 8:30am on weekdays.

Hounokidaira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
60 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 4,000 yen 2,850 yen 3,250 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,150 yen 2,300 yen 2,600 yen
Half Day (weekend & holidays) 2,900 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
Half Day (weekdays) 2,100 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 200 yen 300 yen
9 Lift Coupons 2,250 yen 1,700 yen 2,200 yen
Season Ticket 39,700 yen 16,800 yen 31,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 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. It appears that you can also ride it with a valid season pass or one day pass. 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
Transport Information
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.
By Car
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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About 45 minutes from Takayama IC
About 1 hour 20 minutes from Matsumoto
About 2 hours from Toyama
About 4 hours from Hamamatsu
About 4 hours 40 minutes from Osaka
Parking is available at the base of the ski hill.

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