Shizukuishi (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate)

(岩手県 雫石町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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Shizukuishi resort is located to the north of the town centre of the same name in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were held at Shizukuishi in 1993. Shizukuishi has been operating since 1980, though since the peak 'ski boom' years the resort has been reduced in size with a number of lifts and courses closing. 'Powder Ski Tours' and 'Sunrise Tours' are currently noted on the course map on the once lift serviced (but no longer so) northern course area, unfortunately with little further details at time of writing.

The resort still offers a variety of long courses and is a decent size with a 101 person Ropeway. Amihari Onsen and Iwate Kogen Snow Park are close by.

Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of the main island of Honshu. Morioka is the capital city. Most of the ski and snowboard hills in Iwate Prefecture are located in the western mountainous regions, near to the border with Akita Prefecture. Aomori Prefecture is to the north and Miyagi Prefecture is to the south of Iwate.

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The Mountain

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Shizukuishi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 60cm 85cm 1st 110cm 180cm 1st 130cm 165cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 85cm 2nd 110cm 180cm 2nd 130cm 165cm
3rd - - 3rd 60cm 85cm 3rd 110cm 180cm 3rd 160cm 160cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 85cm 4th 115cm 180cm 4th 130cm 160cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 90cm 5th 130cm 180cm 5th 130cm 160cm
6th - - 6th 80cm 100cm 6th 130cm 180cm 6th 130cm 160cm
7th - - 7th 80cm 100cm 7th 130cm 180cm 7th 130cm 160cm
8th - - 8th 80cm 100cm 8th 145cm 180cm 8th 130cm 160cm
9th - - 9th 85cm 100cm 9th 145cm 180cm 9th 130cm 160cm
10th - - 10th 85cm 100cm 10th 145cm 180cm 10th 130cm 160cm
11th - - 11th 85cm 100cm 11th 145cm 180cm 11th 115cm 150cm
12th - - 12th 90cm 100cm 12th 145cm 180cm 12th 115cm 150cm
13th - - 13th 90cm 100cm 13th 145cm 180cm 13th 115cm 150cm
14th - 50cm 14th 90cm 100cm 14th 135cm 180cm 14th 115cm 160cm
15th - 50cm 15th 90cm 100cm 15th 135cm 180cm 15th 115cm 160cm
16th - 50cm 16th 95cm 100cm 16th 130cm 180cm 16th 115cm 160cm
17th - 55cm 17th 95cm 100cm 17th 130cm 180cm 17th 115cm 160cm
18th - 55cm 18th 95cm 110cm 18th 130cm 180cm 18th 115cm 150cm
19th - 55cm 19th 95cm 110cm 19th 130cm 180cm 19th 115cm 150cm
20th - 60cm 20th 105cm 110cm 20th 130cm 175cm 20th 115cm 145cm
21st 40cm 55cm 21st 105cm 120cm 21st 130cm 175cm 21st 115cm 145cm
22nd 45cm 55cm 22nd 110cm 120cm 22nd 130cm 175cm 22nd 115cm 145cm
23rd 40cm 50cm 23rd 110cm 120cm 23rd 130cm 175cm 23rd 115cm 140cm
24th 40cm 50cm 24th 110cm 150cm 24th 130cm 170cm 24th 115cm 140cm
25th 50cm 50cm 25th 110cm 150cm 25th 130cm 170cm 25th 115cm 140cm
26th 45cm 50cm 26th 110cm 150cm 26th 130cm 165cm 26th 115cm 140cm
27th 80cm 50cm 27th 110cm 150cm 27th 130cm 165cm 27th 115cm 130cm
28th 80cm 50cm 28th 110cm 150cm 28th 130cm 165cm 28th 115cm 130cm
29th 80cm 70cm 29th 110cm 180cm 29th 130cm - 29th 115cm 130cm
30th 80cm 85cm 30th 110cm 180cm 30th 30th - 130cm
31st 60cm 85cm 31st 110cm 180cm 31st 31st - 140cm

Previous Statistics

Shizukuishi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Shizukuishi. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
'Snow Land' is a large area for children and includes snow tubing, sledging, sliders, snow striders, a practice area and more. The entry charge is 1,000 yen. There is also an area called 'Easy Park'. 
Park Information
Park information
There are two park areas - the 'Easy Park' and the 'Okochama Ski & Snobo Park'. Nearby there is also a kids and family practice zone. All located above the top Ropeway station.

A 'Snow Strider' area can be found up there too. 

Shizukuishi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Shizukuishi is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 7:00pm or 8:00pm (the later time on Saturdays an a few other special dates), on the following dates:

- Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 28th December 2019 and 29th February 2020
- 24th, 30th, 31st December 2019
- 1st, 27th, 28th, 29th January 2020
- 1st, 7th March 2020

Shizukuishi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 3,800 yen
4 Hours 3,800 yen 3,300 yen
Nighta 2,000 yen 1,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen
High speed lift (1 time) 700 yen 700 yen
Ropeway (one-way) 700 yen 700 yen
Ropeway (return) 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
Season Ticket 44,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Children up to elementary school ages can ride the lifts for free.

The 1 Day and 4 Hour lift tickets are 200 yen more expensive over the New Year period (28th December 2019 - 3rd January 2020).

Getting to Shizukuishi

By public transport
12.5km from Shizukuishi Station on the Akita Shinkansen line
12.5km from Shizukuishi Station on the Tazawako line
24.9km from Morioka Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Shizukuishi resort is located to the north of central Shizukushi town - about 11km from Route 46 road and a few more km further from Shizukuishi Station (Tazawako line and Akita Shinkansen line).

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A free shuttle bus is available from Shizukuishi Station to the resort.

There is also a free weekday-only bus service from Morioka Station.

Reservations required.

A taxi from Shizukuishi Station takes about 20 minutes and normally costs around 4,000 yen.
A taxi from Morioka Station takes about 40 minutes and normally costs around 8,000 yen.
By Car
20km from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
24.5km from the Takizawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 46 (10.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 212
Shizukuishi is about 20km from the Morioka IC exit on the Tohoku Expressway.

From the Morioka IC exit, turn right onto Route 46 and then towards Shizukuishi using Prefecture Road 212. There are signposts along the way.

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About 30 minutes from Morioka IC by car.
About 70 minutes from Hanamaki Airport (a taxi will cost around 14,000 yen).
There is a large parking area at each base for a total of around 1200 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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