Santa Present Park Mallows Garande is located just to the west of the central area of Asahikawa city in the central region of Hokkaido. Nicolas Tower at the top of the slopes is a popular tourist spot and there are fine views of Asahikawa city and Daisetsuzan on a clear day.
This ski area first opened in 1969 as 'Asahikawa Daibagahara Sun Valley'. The close-by (and currently closed) theme park opened in 1987 and in 1988 the facilities were all re-named to 'Santa Present Park'. Curiously, it appears that 'Mallows' actually comes from Ded Moroz, a fictional character similar to that of Father Christmas and Santa Claus and has its roots in Slavic paganism mythology. It looks like he makes appearances on the slopes. Hope he is good friends with Santa.
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.
No shuttle bus service information is available. A taxi ride from Asahikawa Station takes about 15 minutes.
6.3km from the Asahikawa Takasu IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
24.6km from the Fukagawa IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 12 (1.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 937
Santa Present Park is about a 15 minute drive from the Asahikawa Takasu IC exit of the Hokkaido Expressway.
From the Asahikawa Takasu IC exit, continue straight ahead on Prefecture Road 146 for a few hundred metres and keep to the right to join Route 12 (Asahikawa New Way), signposted as Furano and Asahikawa Station. Continue on Route 12 for just over 4km. Turn left at the traffic lights and soon join Prefecture Road 937. Within another 200m turn right to head up to the base of Santa Present Park.
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