Rokko 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. Opening in mid-November, it boasts of being the first opening ski hill in the Kansai region.
We also find it one of the most confusing to understand! The opening times/dates and charges are somewhat complicated. Please check 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. Rokko Snow Park is obviously one exception to that!
There are some snowboarding restrictions at Rokko Snow Park
Rokko Snow Park Facilities
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Rokko 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.
There is a small 'Rookies Park' area for beginners during the main season.
Rokko 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
Rokko Snow Park is open from 9:00am until 10:00pm, but there are some differences for skiers and snowboarders as below:
Open for skiing:
Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00am until 7:00pm Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from 9:00am until 10:00pm
Open for snowboarding:
Mondays to Thursdays from 9:00am until 5:00pm Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00am until 10:00pm Holidays from 4:00pm until 10:00pm
The Snowland area is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm daily.
Please note that times may vary in the early season
Rokko 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)
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (nighta only)
An 'Entry Charge' is required in addition to the lift tickets for the daytime tickets. This entry charge is 2,100 yen for adults and 1,050 yen for children (3-12 year olds).
The 'Entry Charge' is not required for nighta tickets and season pass holders.
Use of the 'moving belt' (when operating) is 1,050 yen.
* We think we have got that right... it's not the simplest system!
Getting to Rokko 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
Rokko 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
Rokko Snow Park is located to the north of central Kobe City in southern Hyogo Prefecture. It is located just off Prefecture Road 16.
Parking is available for 800 vehicles at the base of the ski hill. Parking costs 1,000 yen per day.
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