Ishikari Heigen is a small ski hill located in Tobetsu town to the north east of Sapporo and about one hour drive from the main city.
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.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There is a sledging course area at the base of the ski hill.
There are no special snow park facilities.
Ishikari Heigen Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 9:30am until 8:00pm
Normally open from 9:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Ishikari Heigen is open from 9:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 9:30am until 8:00pm on weekends and holidays.
Nighta is from 4:00pm until 8:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Ishikari Heigen Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age & under
1 lift coupon
12 lift coupons
Ladies & Seniors Day is every Tuesday and Wesnedays from mid January 2018. On those days a 4 hour ticket for ladies or seniors is 1,000 yen.
Getting to Ishikari Heigen
By public transport
5.1km from Ishikari Tobetsu Station on the Sassho line
32.5km from Sapporo Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Ishikari Heigen is about 5km from Ishikari Tobetsu Station on the Sassho line.
There is a local free bus service going to the ski hill from Tobetsu Station.
20.5km from the Ebetsu Nishi IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
21.4km from the Ebetsu Higashi IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
25.3km from the Kariki IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 275 (6.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 28
Ishikari Heigen is about 21km from the Ebetsu Nishi IC and Ebetsu Higashi IC exits of the Hokkaido Expressway.
The ski hill is found about 6km off Route 275 to the north of central Tobetsu town.
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