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Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Hokkaido / Tohoku

  • Sapporo Bankei Ski Area
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Bankei 410
    Ski resort in Sapporo City in Chuo Ward. Lots of visitors use this ski resort in the winter but summer offers a wide variety of activities as well. Try the tennis courts the park golf course and other outdoor leisure activities. They also offer ski rentals and skiing classes for beginners.
  • Zao Onsen Ski Resort
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Zaouonsen 708-1
    This is a ski resort located in Zao Onsen Yamagata City Yamagata Prefecture boasting the largest land area in Tohoku. The courses have a wide variety of length and inclines and it is also enjoyed by school excursion parties as well as families and couples. The upper ice-field course offers a wide view of the signature frost-covered trees. Seeing the magical frost-covered trees illuminated at night is a must. The Zao Onsen town spreads out from the mountain’s foot.
  • Appi Kogen Ski Resort
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Appikougen
    This is a popular ski resort that cares about the quality of its slopes and where guests can enjoy “aspirin snow” which is fluffy powder snow with little humidity. There are 21 various runs including long courses that even beginners can enjoy and ungroomed snow courses with a maximum gradient of 32 degrees intended for those more advanced making for a snow resort with something for everyone from families to expert skiers and snowboarders. On site is a ski and snowboard school that offers various lessons to help students improve safely and enjoyably. In addition to its slopes the resort has a complete restaurant and lounge area that groups and families will appreciate.
  • Sapporo Teine
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Teine-ku Teinehonchou 593
    Sapporo Teine is the largest leisure facility in the suburbs of Sapporo. About 40 minutes from Sapporo City center, it enjoys good access, being a mere seven minutes from the Teine Interchange on the Sapporo Expressway. The Highland Zone with an elevation of 1,023 meters is a ski resort which was also used as a competition venue at the Sapporo Olympics held in 1972. There are plenty of ski slope attractions including the Terrain Park with its dynamic atmosphere and the Kyoryu Kids Park, where powerful dinosaurs can be played with. There is also free all-day parking that can accommodate 3,000 cars.
  • Miyagi Zao Sumikawa Snow Park
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Kuraishi-dake in national forest Grandehaus
    This ski resort is located about 20 minutes by car on the Zao Echo Line from Togatta Onsen. Besides skiing, they offer a variety of activities such as snowshoe trekking, snow monster (snow bound tree) viewing tours, and tours up to Mt. Zao’s snowy crater. It’s fun for the whole family with many slopes for everyone from beginners to advanced level skiers. From Kumowaku Terrace on the roof of the rest house you can enjoy a meal while taking in the amazing view of clouds welling up from the Kumowaku Valley.
  • Spring Valley Izumi Kogen Ski Resort
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Izumi-ku Fukuoka Mt. Mountain 14-2
    This ski resort located on the northeastern slope of Mt. Izumigatake is a 40-minute drive from downtown Sendai City. During the winter they have night skiing every evening until 22:00, so you can drop by even after a long day. They have a diversity of 12 mostly intermediate and advanced level courses, with a combination of fluffy natural snowfall and their artificial snow providing stable conditions. Their snow park is the largest in Miyagi Prefecture and has a kicker and a variety of jib items.
  • Snow & Green Resort Onikoube
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsenonikoube Komukai Hara 9-55
    This ski resort in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park is surrounded by majestic mountains and has a super variety of runs. The slopes are divided into ridge and foot of the mountain areas and cater to everyone from beginner to expert level skiers. Forest Road descends Koshiba Peak; it’s a popular beginner and intermediate level course with a panoramic view and great snow quality where you’ll encounter beech trees bound in snow. They’re open for night skiing on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and during the New Year period.
  • Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort
    Miyagi Pref. Shiroishishi Fukuokayatsumiya Fubouzan Nothing
    Located about 17 kilometers from the Shiroishi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, this resort mainly caters to families. It has seven courses, one quad lift, and three pair lifts. At the center house you’ll find the lift ticket and equipment rental counters, a restaurant, a shop, and the resort’s school. In front of the center there is a kids park which has a playscape with an air dome. It’s a popular ski spot where children can sled or play in the snow while parents keep an eye on them.
  • Miyagi Zao St. Mary Ski Resort
    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunkawasakimachi Imashuku Inonosawa 3-10
    At about 40 minutes from Sendai and about 25 minutes from Yamagata, this ski resort on National Route 286 has good access. Its 100-meter wide Milky Way Course descends from above the Yamagata Expressway providing an action packed, high-speed downhill run. The beginner level Starlight course and its lift also pass above the expressway. With a highest gradient of 35 degrees, the Planet Course is for advanced level skiers only.
  • Jeunesse Kurikoma Ski Resort
    Akita ken Ogaki-gun Higashisease village Chuncheon Yanagisawa 39-7
    This ski resort is on the western slope of Mt. Yakeishi in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park. It has 12 runs including its 2,500-meter Clair Course. The gently sloping Rose Course accessed via the No. 1 Lift is good for beginners, and the Mort Course with a highest gradient of 40 degrees is a powder zone for advanced level skiers with confidence in their skills. Their Elle Course is the resort’s most popular run, a full-on trail that’s used for competitions like the Jeunesse Cup.