Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake (Kamikawa Town, Hokkaido)

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake
大雪山層雲峡黒岳
(北海道 上川町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th November 2020 until Thursday 6th May 2021
See below for details
Official snow depth 340cm (-10cm) [updated on 6th May 2021]

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Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake is located on the northern slopes of Mt Kurodake in the Sounkyo region of Kamikawa town in central Hokkaido. It is part of the Daisetsuzan National Park (Kokuritsu Koen). With the base up at an elevation of 1300m, it is popular for often excellent snow conditions and backcountry and is unlike most ski resorts in Japan. There is one pair lift up at the top of the of the Ropeway.

The Ropeway - which first opened in 1967 - and the pair lift usually close during the peak of the winter season. Details below.

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.

The Mountain

1520m
220m
1300m
40"
1
1200m
2
20%
30%
50%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
1 0 0 0 1 0 0

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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1st 150cm 135cm 1st - 250cm 1st - - 1st - 330cm
2nd 150cm 135cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - - 2nd - 335cm
3rd 150cm 135cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - - 3rd - 335cm
4th 150cm 135cm 4th - 260cm 4th - - 4th - 335cm
5th 150cm 135cm 5th - 260cm 5th - - 5th - 335cm
6th 160cm 170cm 6th - - 6th - - 6th - 335cm
7th 160cm 170cm 7th - - 7th - - 7th - 350cm
8th 155cm 170cm 8th - - 8th - - 8th - 350cm
9th 170cm 200cm 9th - - 9th - - 9th - 330cm
10th 170cm 190cm 10th - - 10th - - 10th - 310cm
11th 170cm 180cm 11th - - 11th - - 11th - 300cm
12th 170cm 180cm 12th - - 12th - - 12th - 300cm
13th 175cm 180cm 13th - - 13th - - 13th - 300cm
14th 185cm 210cm 14th - - 14th - - 14th - 350cm
15th 185cm 210cm 15th - - 15th - - 15th - 350cm
16th 180cm 210cm 16th - - 16th - - 16th - 350cm
17th 180cm 215cm 17th - - 17th - - 17th - 355cm
18th 180cm 215cm 18th - - 18th - - 18th - 350cm
19th 175cm 220cm 19th - - 19th - - 19th - 340cm
20th 200cm 220cm 20th - - 20th - - 20th - 340cm
21st 200cm 230cm 21st - - 21st - - 21st - 340cm
22nd - 240cm 22nd - - 22nd - 280cm 22nd - 340cm
23rd - 240cm 23rd - - 23rd - 280cm 23rd - 340cm
24th - 240cm 24th - - 24th - 280cm 24th - 360cm
25th - 240cm 25th - - 25th - 320cm 25th - 360cm
26th - 240cm 26th - - 26th - 320cm 26th - 360cm
27th - 240cm 27th - - 27th - 330cm 27th - 360cm
28th - 240cm 28th - - 28th - 330cm 28th - 360cm
29th - 240cm 29th - - 29th - 330cm 29th - 360cm
30th - 250cm 30th - - 30th 30th - 360cm
31st - 250cm 31st - - 31st 31st - 350cm

Previous Statistics

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no official ski or snowboard school at Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski and snowshoe equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm in winter, though there are some seasonal variations.

The Ropeway usually closes during the peak winter season - this season it is closed from 4th January until 29th January 2021.

The pair lift plans to operate as follows:

- Open from Saturday 14th November until 20th December 2020
- Closed from 21st December until 31st March 2021
- Open from 1st April until 6th May 2021

There is no night skiing at this ski hill.

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,400 yen
Ropeway one-way 1,400 yen 700 yen
Ropeway return 2,400 yen 1,200 yen
Pair lift 1 ride 600 yen 400 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

The 1 Day ticket shown above includes a return trip on the Ropeway as well as unlimited use of the pair lift during the day.

Getting to Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake

By public transport
Train
Train
22.4km from Kamikawa Station on the Sekihoku Honsen line
Transport Information
Information
Kamikawa Station on the Sekihoku Honsen line is just over 22km to the north west of the Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake.
bus
Bus
There is no direct shuttle bus, but a local bus service from Kamikawa Station does stop in Sounkyo, about 5 minutes walk from the Ropeway.
By Car
Car
21.9km from the Kamikawa Sounkyo IC on the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway
47.1km from the Pippu Kita IC on the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 39 (0.4km away)
Direction
Direction
The Ropeway at the base of the resort is just a few hundred metres off Route 39, otherwise known as Taisetsu National Highway.

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake is just under 22km from the Kamikawa Sounkyo IC exit of the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway.



Parking
Parking
There is a car park at the base station of the Ropeway for about 60 cars. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Sounkyo
Kamikawa-cho
Kamikawa-gun
Hokkaido
078-1701
Telephone
Telephone
01658-5-3031
2020-2021 UPDATES
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We feel for everyone who wanted to be able to visit Japan this winter but are unable to. Please read this message about this season and coronavirus. Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.

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