Rokkosan Snow Park is a small ski hill located about 15km to the north-east of central Kobe - was the first artificial snow hill in Japan when it first opened in 1964 and was known as Rokko Jinko Ski-jo (basically meaning artificial). To celebrate the 50th anniversary it was re-named 'Rokko-san Snow Park' in 2014. There are three short pair lifts (the longest is 200m in length) and a 'moving belt' at this ski hill. Usually opening in mid-November, it boasts of being the first opening ski hill in the Kansai region. A new 'Mini Park' is planned for 2020-2021.
We also find it one of the most confusing to understand. The opening times/dates and charges are somewhat complicated and vary for skiers and snowboarders. See below for 2020-2021 season details - but we recommend checking before you go!
Hyogo Prefecture is located in the Kansai region of western Japan. It stretches the width of the country and has a coastline both on the Sea of Japan to the north and on the Seto Inland Sea to the south. Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Hyogo Prefecture are located in the northern region of the Prefecture. Rokkosan Snow Park is obviously one exception to that!
There are some snowboarding restrictions at Rokkosan Snow Park
Rokkosan Snow Park Facilities
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Rokkosan Snow Park
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
The 'Snowland' area is an area separate from the main courses for sledging and playing in the snow. Open from 9:00am until 5:00pm.
'Mini Park' is a new feature for the 2020-2021 season on the Number 1 course. It is supported by artificial snow making machines. Planned opening date is 25th December 2021 and open until 9:00pm on days when night skiing is available.
Rokkosan Snow Park Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid November until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 9:00am until 10:00pm
Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Rokkosan Snow Park is normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm during the daytime. On days when there is night skiing, it is open until 10:00pm.
There are some differences for skiers and snowboarders as below:
Skiing 14th November until 30th November 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm 1st December 2020 until 9th March 2021 (weekdays) 9:00am - 5:00pm Weekends and holidays 9:00am - 10:00pm 31st December 2020 and 1st January 2021 9:00am - 5:00pm
Snowboarding 14th November until 30th November 2020 9:00am - 5:00pm 1st December 2020 until 9th March 2021(weekdays) 9:00am - 5:00pm 5th December 2020 until 30th March 2021 (weekends and holidays) 9:00am - 10:00pm 2nd January until 23rd February 2021 (weekends and holidays) 4:00pm - 10:00pm 27th February until 7th March (weekends and holidays) 9:00am - 10:00pm 31st December 2020 and 1st January 2021 9:00am - 5:00pm 26th December, 27th December 9:00am - 10:00pm
(Bit complicated. We think we got that right!)
The Snowland area is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm daily from 30th November.
Please note that times may vary in the early season
Rokkosan Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges
3 years to Elementary School age
1 Day (holidays)
1 Day (weekdays)
1 Lift Coupon
12 Lift Coupons (holidays)
3 Hours (holidays)
Night Skiing (4:00pm-9:30pm)
2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets
An 'Entry Charge' is required in addition to the ski lift tickets for the daytime tickets. This entry charge is 2,200 yen for adults and 1,100 yen for children (3-12 year olds).
Note that the 'Entry Charge' is not required for nighta tickets and season pass holders.
Use of the 'moving belt' (when operating) is 1,050 yen for the day and 200 yen for one time.
* We believe this information is correct... please check before going!
Getting to Rokkosan Snow Park
By public transport
20.3km from Shin Kobe Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen line
11.1km from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe line
Rokkosan Snow Park is about 11km from Rokko Station on the Hankyu Kobe line.
Shin Kobe Station on the Sanyo Shinkansen line is just over 20km away.
A number of tour buses that go to Rokko Snow Park are available.
7.2km from the Karato Nishi on the Hanshin Expressway
12.2km from the Karato Higashi on the Hanshin Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 2 (12.5km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 16
Rokkosan Snow Park is located to the north of central Kobe City in southern Hyogo Prefecture. It is located just off Prefecture Road 16.
About 60 minutes from central Osaka. About 35 minutes from Koba/Sannomiya.
Parking is available for 800 vehicles at the base of the ski hill. Parking costs 1,500 yen per day.
Kita Rokko 4512-98 Rokkosan-cho Kobe-shi Hyogo-ken 657-0101
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