Geihoku Kokusai is located in Kita Hiroshima town in the north-western region of Hiroshima Prefecture and is one of the larger ski resorts in western Japan - over 100 hectares which is over 68 Tokyo Domes, apparently!
There are three main areas to the resort - Kokusai Area, Oohira Area and Kakezu Area - with base car parks at both Kokusai and Oohira as well as a free shuttle bus connecting them. Until December 2016, Geihoku Kokusai was home to the only 6-person ski lift in Japan, but a new 6-person lift opened at the Niseko Village resort in Hokkaido for the 2016-2017 season and a new 6-person and gondola hybrid lift opened at Ishiuchi Maruyama in Niigata for the 2018-2019 season.
Geihoku Kokusai has been operating since 1972. The smaller Osa and Ogahara Kogen ski areas are nearby.
During 2020 it was unclear if Geihoku Kokusai would be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Sadly, on 11th December it was confirmed that it will not be opening for the 2020-2021 season. Recent mild winters are the reason being given; 'it was judged that there was a high business risk in maintaining and operating the slopes'.
Hiroshima Prefecture is in the Chugoku region of western Japan. The capital city, Hiroshima, is on the southern coastline by the Seto Inland Sea. The two main regions of Hiroshima Prefecture where most of the ski hills can be found are the north-western region around Kita Hiroshima town and the north-eastern region of Shobara city.
Geihoku Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics
Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Geihoku Kokusai.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Kids Park' features a 80m moving belt and a sledging area. Entry is free if you have a valid lift ticket, 500 yen otherwise. In front of Kokusai Lodge building.
There is also a 'Kids Space' in the Kokusai Lodge building.
There is a 'Powder Area' towards the top of the mountain.
Geihoku Kokusai Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
Weekends and holidays
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Closed for the 2020-2021 season
Geihoku Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges
Junior High School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm)
1 Day + Nighta
PM + Nighta (12pm-9pm)
1 Lift Coupon
2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets
A pack that includes a 1 day lift ticket for an adult and a 1 day lift ticket for an accompanying child is available for 5,000 yen.
Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the first and third Saturdays of January and February. On those days, a 1 day ticket is 1,000 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.
If you take a used 1 day lift ticket from this season, you can buy another 1 day lift ticket at the special charge of 3,800 yen (1,500 yen for children). Some exemptions, please do check!
Getting to Geihoku Kokusai
By public transport
71.9km from Hiroshima Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen line
33.1km from Hamada Station on the Sanin Honsen line
Geihoku Kokusai is about 33km from Hamada Station on the Sanin Honsen line and aboue 72km from Hiroshima Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen line.
Various bus tours are available from Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Nagasaki and Miyazaki.
29.6km from the Togouchi IC on the Chugoku Expressway
32.9km from the Hamada IC on the Hamada Expressway
40.8km from the Chiyoda IC on the Chugoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 186 (2.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 11
Geihoku Kokusai is just over 2km off Route 186 (Iwami Highway).
It is is about 30km from the Togouchi IC of the Chugoku Expressway.
From the IC exit keep straight on and head west on Route 191. Keep going straight on following the signs to Geihoku on Prefecture Road 11 until reaching Route 186. Turn left onto Route 186 and then turn left again after a further 2.5km. Follow the signs to Geihoku Kokusai.
There is parking available for 2500 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking for cars costs 1,000 yen for 1 day. A free shuttle bus operates between the Kokusai and Oohira base car parks.
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