Heavens Sonohara Snow World (Achi Village, Nagano)

Heavens Sonohara Snow World
ヘブンスそのはらSNOW WORLD
(長野県 阿智村)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until mid March 2020
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Heavens Sonohara Snow World is located in Achi village in the south-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Heavens Sonohara is a skiers-only resort meaning that snowboarders are not allowed on the slopes. The resort features a 12 person gondola. In the evening there is a special 'Winter Night Tour: Stars by Naked' event that is described as 'the best night sky entertainment in Japan' and uses projection mapping (from 21st December 2019).

Heavens Sonohara Snow World has been operating since 1996. The ski hills in this region are within easy reach of the Aichi, Gifu and Shizuoka areas.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Heavens Sonohara Snow World is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 35cm 50cm 1st 65cm 100cm 1st 85cm 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 40cm 50cm 2nd 65cm 105cm 2nd 85cm 90cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 50cm 3rd 65cm 105cm 3rd 85cm 85cm
4th - - 4th 40cm 50cm 4th 70cm 100cm 4th 85cm 85cm
5th - - 5th 45cm 50cm 5th 70cm 100cm 5th 90cm 80cm
6th - - 6th 45cm 50cm 6th 70cm 90cm 6th 90cm 80cm
7th - - 7th 45cm 50cm 7th 75cm 90cm 7th 90cm 75cm
8th - - 8th 45cm 50cm 8th 80cm 90cm 8th 100cm 75cm
9th - - 9th 40cm 50cm 9th 80cm 90cm 9th 100cm 75cm
10th - - 10th 40cm 50cm 10th 80cm 90cm 10th 105cm 75cm
11th - - 11th 40cm 50cm 11th 80cm 90cm 11th 95cm 75cm
12th - - 12th 50cm 55cm 12th 80cm 95cm 12th 90cm 75cm
13th - - 13th 50cm 55cm 13th 80cm 95cm 13th 90cm 75cm
14th - - 14th 55cm 55cm 14th 80cm 95cm 14th 90cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 55cm 55cm 15th 80cm 95cm 15th 100cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 55cm 55cm 16th 80cm 95cm 16th 100cm 80cm
17th - - 17th 55cm 60cm 17th 75cm 95cm 17th 100cm 80cm
18th - - 18th 60cm 60cm 18th 75cm 95cm 18th 100cm 80cm
19th - - 19th 60cm 65cm 19th 85cm 95cm 19th 100cm 80cm
20th - - 20th 60cm 65cm 20th 85cm 95cm 20th 80cm 80cm
21st - - 21st 60cm 70cm 21st 85cm 90cm 21st 80cm 80cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd 60cm 70cm 22nd 85cm 90cm 22nd 70cm 70cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd 60cm 75cm 23rd 85cm 90cm 23rd - 60cm
24th 35cm 50cm 24th 60cm 75cm 24th 85cm 90cm 24th - 60cm
25th 35cm 50cm 25th 60cm 75cm 25th 85cm 90cm 25th - -
26th 35cm 50cm 26th 60cm 75cm 26th 85cm 90cm 26th - -
27th 35cm 50cm 27th 60cm 80cm 27th 85cm 90cm 27th - -
28th 35cm 50cm 28th 65cm 80cm 28th 85cm 90cm 28th - -
29th 40cm 50cm 29th 65cm 90cm 29th 85cm - 29th - -
30th 40cm 50cm 30th 65cm 90cm 30th 30th - -
31st 35cm 50cm 31st 65cm 90cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Heavens Sonohara Snow World. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski equipment and wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
A 'Kids World' area (sledging) is located near the Number 6 lift, close to the base of the ski hill (top of the ropeway). The entry charge is 500 yen. 
Park Information
Park information

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid 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 No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There is no nighta at this resort. BUT...

There is a special 'Winter Night Tour: Stars by Naked' that is described as 'the best night sky entertainment in Japan' that uses projection mapping... that starts from 21st December 2019 through 29th March 2020.

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Older Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 2,700 yen
PM Ticket 3,700 yen 2,200 yen
Gondola Return 2,300 yen 1,100 yen 2,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 33,000 yen 17,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The afternoon ticket is valid from 12:00 noon until 4:30pm.

The 1 Day ticket includes use of gondola and ski lifts.

Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free.

Getting to Heavens Sonohara Snow World

By public transport
21.9km from Tenryukyo Station on the Iida Line
24.3km from Iida Station on the Iida Line
Transport Information
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is 22km from Tenryukyo Station and just over 24km from Iida Station on the Iida line.
Various tour bus services are available.
By Car
2.9km from the Sonohara IC on the Chuo Expressway
14.1km from the Iida Yamamoto IC on the Chuo Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 256 (5.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 477
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is about 3km from the Sonohara IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.

At the Sonohara IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 477 and follow the signs to resort base.

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About 70 minutes from Nagoya.
About 1 hour 20 minutes from Nakatsugawa.
About 3 hours 20 minutes from Osaka.
About 3 hours 40 minutes from Tokyo.
Parking is available at the base of the resort for around 1500 vehicles. Parking is free every day.

* Those going for the 'Winter Night Tour' event - use the Number 1 car park.

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Chisato 3731-4
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(Updated 24th September)

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