Hakuba Valley Kashimayari (often known just as Kashimayari) is a resort located in the northern region of Omachi city, just to the south of Hakuba village. Kashimayari used to be the southern part of three interconnected ski resorts, but since the middle area (Sun Alpina Aokiko) closed in 2009, the physical connection with the still-operating third resort (Hakuba Sanosaka) is no longer available. Kashimayashi has been operating since 1963.
Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing (at Hakuba Happo-one), ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. This map shows the ski and snowboard resorts in the main Hakuba region. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kashimayari. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Shimashika Kids Park' is an area near base for young children and features a moving walkway, sledging, striders and items to play with. Entry is 1,000 yen (and free for 1 accompanying adult).
A 500m long snow tubing course called 'Tubers High' is planned for the 2020-2021 season - apparently it is the longest in Japan. Planned opening dates are mid December until mid March. If you have a valid lift ticket it is 3,900 yen for unlimited rides and 1,900 yen for 1 ride. Without a valid lift ticket it is 4,400 yen for unlimited rides and 1,900 yen for 1 ride. (Adult charges).
The Snow Park is near the base area.
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari is normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm.
Night skiing only on 28th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 and 9th-11th January 2021. From 4:30pm until 9:00pm. Charges are 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. The Number 2P lift operates for night skiing.
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary & Junior High School age
Senior High & College
60 years & over
1 Day (open-4:30pm)
2 Days (open-4:30pm)
AM or PM
1 Lift Coupon
Hakuba Valley 1 Day
Hakuba Valley 2 Days
Hakuba Valley 3 Days
Hakuba Valley 4 Days
Hakuba Valley 5 Days
Hakuba Valley 6 Days
Hakuba Valley 7 Days
Hakuba Valley 8 Days
Hakuba Valley 9 Days
Hakuba Valley 10 Days
2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets
The AM ticket is valid from opening until 12:30pm. The PM ticket is valid from 12:00pm until 4:30pm.
Cheaper lift tickets for early (until 18th December 2020) and late season (from 22nd March 2021) are available.
A family pack that includes 1 day tickets for 1 adult and 1 child as well as a 2,000 yen meal voucher costs 6,300 yen. An additional adult costs 4,200 yen and an additional child costs 2,900 yen (and those additional charges include 1,000 yen meal voucher).
Tuesdays are Ladies Day. Wednesdays are Men's Day. Thursdays Seniors Day. On those days a one day ticket for those people is 3,300 yen.
'Hakuba Valley' tickets 2020-2021
The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley (listed below). Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds. Includes use of the Hakuba Valley shuttle bus on the day of skiing, available from 25th December 2020 until 14th March 2021.
The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase. The 2 Day ticket is valid for 4 days from the first day of use. The 3 Day ticket is valid for 6 days from the first day of use. The 4 Day ticket is valid for 8 days from the first day of use. The 5 Day ticket is valid for 10 days from the first day of use. The 6 Day ticket is valid for 11 days from the first day of use. The 7 Day ticket is valid for 12 days from the first day of use. The 8 Day ticket is valid for 13 days from the first day of use. The 9 Day ticket is valid for 14 days from the first day of use. The 10 Day ticket is valid for 16 days from the first day of use. Night skiing operations are not included.
A free shuttle bus service is available from Shinano Omachi Station (14km) and the journey takes about 40 minutes. The bus leaves that station at 7:05am, 9:00am, 11:20am and 3:50pm. Reservations are not required.
37.3km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
49.7km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
59.1km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (0.8km away)
Omachi city is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture, just to the south of Hakuba village. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari is actually located in Omachi city but many people know of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts.
To get to Hakuba Valley Kashimayari from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head south on Route 148 towards Omachi. The resort is just off Route 148 and about 14km from Hakuba station.
Getting to the Hakuba region There are three main ways to approach Hakuba village by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).
Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway) From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway) From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.
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