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 500 yen (and free for 1 accompanying adult). Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
A 500m long snow tubing course is planned for the 2019-2020 season. Called 'Tubers High' and apparently it is the longest in Japan. Planned opening dates are 11th January until 8th March 2020.
The Snow Park is near the base of the resort.
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 in the daytime.
For 2019-2020, nighta operations on 28th December until 5th January, 11th-13th January, 22nd-24th February 2020 (as well as some other events).
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)
Super AM or PM
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
Season Ticket (Kashimayari)
2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets
The Super AM ticket is valid from opening until 2:00pm. The Super PM ticket is valid from opening until from 10:30am until 4:30pm. 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 20th December 2019) and late season (from 16th March 2020) are available.
A family pack that includes 1 day tickets for 1 adult and 1 child as well as a 2000 yen meal voucher costs 5,900 yen. An additional adult costs 4,100 yen and an additional child costs 2,700 yen (and those additional charges include 1,000 yen meal voucher).
'Hakuba Valley' tickets
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).
The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase. The 2 Day tickets can be used on any 2 days within three days of purchase. The 3 Day tickets can be used on any 3 days within five days of purchase. The 4 Day tickets can be used on any 4 days within seven days of purchase. The 5 Day tickets can be used on any 5 days within nine days of purchase. The 6 Day tickets can be used on any 6 days within ten days of purchase. The 7 Day tickets can be used on any 7 days within eleven days of purchase. Nighta is not included.
A free shuttle bus service is available from Shinano Omachi Station (14km) and the journey takes about 50 minutes. The bus leaves that station at 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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