‘Tis the season to be jolly! It is about that time of the year when families get a nice long holiday. Deciding the destination can be really time-consuming so I am suggesting a beautiful winter destination somewhere in the slopes of Japan. The Hachimantai Ski Resort is renowned for its amazing powder snow which has an excellent quality great for skiing. It is located in Hachimantai, a mountainous area far northwest of Iwate. Let’s see what the resort offers.
The resort has two main ski areas: Hachimantai Shimokura Ski Resort and Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort. Both of these are located next to each other and share a common lift ticket. However, the runs are not physically connected via slopes but by free shuttle bus service in a span of 5 minutes.
Hachimantai Shimokura Ski Resort
Hachimantai Shimokura Ski Resort is just a small area with 3 ski lifts. It has 7 courses with a minimum elevation of 580 meters and a maximum elevation of 1,130 meters. It consists of a ski school, a snowboard school, and a snow park. The snow park is open from 10 am to 3 pm. However, there are no facilities and parks for children. There is actually a small area for children located at the base of the mountain, but much of the facilities are available in the nearby Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort.
The lift tickets’ cost varies with age. It is normally 4,000 yen for adults, 2,800 yen for children and 3,300 yen for senior citizens. This is valid for one day. On the other hand, a half day ticket is available which is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.
Hachimantai Panorama Ski Resort is slightly bigger and is ideal for families and beginners. The slope has a gentle decline of 2.7 km which can be enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders. The resort consists of a debut park and an adventure park. The debut park is located near the base with an admission fee of 1,000 yen. The adventure park is made up of cross courses which can be challenging. Childcare services are available upon reservation (half day costs 3,000 yen and full day costs 4,500 yen). A half day lift ticket is also valid for 5 hours upon the time of purchase.
Winter season may be very cold but with Hachimantai Ski Resort, it can also be the best time of the year. Let’s ski the holidays away!
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