Rokko Snow Park (Kobe City, Hyogo)

Rokko Snow Park
(兵庫県 神戸市)
Planned season: Saturday 16th November 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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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 and vary for skiers and snowboarders. See below - but 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!

The Mountain

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There are some snowboarding restrictions at Rokko Snow Park

Rokko Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Rokko Snow Park 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
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. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific 'Snow Park' area. 

Rokko Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid November until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 10:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Rokko Snow Park is open from 9:00am until 10:00pm, but there are some differences for skiers and snowboarders as below:

16th November until 29th November
9:00am - 5:00pm
30th November until 29th March (Mondays-Thursdays)
9:00am - 5:00pm
Fridays, weekends and holidays
9:00am - 10:00pm
31st December, 1st January
9:00am - 5:00pm

16th November until 29th November
9:00am - 5:00pm
30th November until 22nd December (weekends and holidays)
9:00am - 10:00pm
2nd December until 29th March (Mondays-Thursdays)
9:00am - 5:00pm
2nd December until 29th March (Fridays, weekends and holidays)
9:00am - 10:00pm
28th December until 24th February (weekends and holidays)
4:00pm - 10:00pm
29th February until 29th March (weekends and holidays)
9:00am - 10:00pm
31st December, 1st January
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

Rokko Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years to Elementary School age
1 Day (holidays) 3,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 1,550 yen 1,550 yen 1,550 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen 200 yen 200 yen
12 Lift Coupons (holidays) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
3 Hours (holidays) 2,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Nighta 2,700 yen 1,600 yen
Season Ticket (all) 35,200 yen 16,600 yen
Season Ticket (nighta only) 25,200 yen 8,600 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 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 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
Transport Information
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.
By Car
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.

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 1,000 yen per day.

More Information

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Kita Rokko 4512-98
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