9 best ski resorts near Osaka that'll have you booking your winter getaway

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9 best ski resorts near Osaka that'll have you booking your winter getaway

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Winter is the season of Japow - Japanese powder snow! And these best ski resorts near Osaka have plenty of it.

The image of Japanese ski resorts may make your mind naturally wander towards the more popular ones in Hokkaido or Nagano, but did you know there are actually many excellent ski resorts in the Kansai region as well? And they make perfect day trips from Osaka too, as they can be reached in about 2 to 3 hours via train or bus.

Here are 9 of them you can feel absolutely free to drop by for a bit of casual skiing while you're sightseeing around the Osaka or Kyoto areas!

 

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There are more than 500 ski resorts in Japan. Although relatively smaller in scale than the grander ski resorts available in the West, these places offer various ski courses and good facilities to support the sport.

On top of that, the snow quality of Japanese ski resorts is excellent, and they're usually in places conveniently accessible from major cities. Without a doubt, you can expect ski resorts in Japan to provide top-class environments for those who appreciate the sport.

Nagano has the most number of ski resorts in Japan, followed by Hokkaido ski resorts and Niigata. Ski resorts in Nagano are especially well-known for an astounding variety of ski trails.

Also, ski resorts located next to mountain peaks usually issue shared lift vouchers that can grant you access to completely different ski courses. Many ski resorts also come equipped with hot spring facilities, allowing you to enjoy the full Japanese post-skiing package without too much extra traveling!

Regardless of their scale, most Osaka area ski resorts offer different ski trails, from child-friendly gentle slopes to more challenging courses. This means anyone - whether beginners or experts - can look forward to having a good time.

 

Ski Resorts Near Osaka: Enjoy skiing and snowboarding during your Kansai trip

The best season for skiing in Kansai is between December to March, and skiers usually flock to Shiga and Hyogo, where there's relatively more snowfall. (Snow in Osaka is somewhat uncommon.)

Shiga is relatively close to Osaka and Kyoto and can be reached in about one to two hours from those areas.

Hyogo's northern parts see lesser mainstream train traffic, so those unfamiliar with the transportation system used there may want to consider reserving seats in a ski bus tour beforehand, as the bus will take you there and back directly from Namba or Shin-Osaka. This takes about two to three hours one way. Depending on the bus schedule, you should have about five to six hours at the ski resort proper.

If rushing through the day isn't your thing, then consider an overnight stay. Changing between trains and buses incurs a lot of waiting time and can be very difficult to bear after a tiring day at the ski slopes, perhaps even to the point of ruining all the good memories you've made there! So go ahead and book a homestay or hot spring hotel near the ski resort to avoid the travel grind and rest up well for the next day of activity.

 

Budget: How much does it cost to ski around Osaka?

But here's a pertinent question visitors to ski resorts in Osaka are likely more interested in: How much does it actually cost to do some casual skiing there?

Many resorts charge 3,000 yen per day for early reservations in terms of prices, though the main pricing is generally around 10,000 yen inclusive of chair lift usage.

Skis, boards, gear, and other equipment are all available for rental at the ski resort, allowing you to plan to travel there empty-handed if you like.

We've done some research for you about daily rates for most ski resorts and listed an example below for your reference. The actual cost will differ from resort to resort, so you'll still need to do your due diligence for the resort you're interested in!

Rental fees (a rough guide for one day for one person)
・Skis/Snowboards: 3,500 yen onwards (per set)
・Skiwear: 3,500 yen onwards (does not include hats, gloves, or goggles - note that few resorts offer rentals for these)

Lift tickets
Around 4,000 yen – 5,000 yen (if you're in a tour package, this will sometimes be included in the tour price)

Transport
・Trains: 10,000 yen onwards (although a safe way to travel, it's likely to incur additional charges because most ski resorts are located a distance away from the nearest train stations)
・Buses: 5,200 yen onwards (cheaper, but the time you get to spend at the resort is limited)
・Rental car: 7,000 yen (compact car rental for 24 hours - no time limit at the resort, but can be dangerous if you're not used to driving on snowy roads)

Others
・Food/Lockers: 3,000 yen

Ski Tour
・Example: Osaka to Hachikita Ski Resort Day Trip (weekday) - 5,000 yen onwards (according to an aggregator website search)

 

Top 9 Ski Resorts Near Osaka

Since there are so many ski resorts in the Kansai area, which is the one that will suit you best?

To help you with that decision, here's a list of 9 ski resorts recommended by the most authoritative ski resort/snowfall website in Japan, Surf&Snow, for your handy reference!

 

1. Mount Rokko Snow Park (Hyogo)

The moderate slopes in this snow park make it a smash hit with families and beginners. Ski slopes are also kept separate from the Snowland area for playing in the snow, meaning everyone is guaranteed a good time here without having to worry about accidentally crossing the wrong path. This ski resort near Osaka also has enough rental gear to go around!

Season: December 4, 2021 - March 6, 2022
・Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on night skiing days)
・Fee: 1-day ticket (adult): 2,200 yen, night skiing ticket (adult): 2,700 yen, 1-day lift ticket: 1,550 yen (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Open daily

 

Rokko Snow Park

Address: 4512-98, Rokkousancho Kita Rokkou, Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 657-0101

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Nearest Station: Rokkosanjo Station (Rokko Cable)
12 minutes by bus

Phone Number: 078-891-0366

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2. Hachikogen Ski Resort / Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort (Hyogo)

Hachi and Hachi Kita are two separate areas containing 25 courses and ski slopes. This is the largest ski resort in the Kansai region!

Hachikogen Ski Resort
Season: December 7, 2021 - around the first week of April, 2022 (tentative)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. (from 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 4,800 yen *various discounts available, tax included
・Closed: Open daily

Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort
Season: December 7, 2021 - around the first week of April 2022 (tentative)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8:00 a.m.)
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 4,800 yen *various discounts available, tax included
・Closed: Open daily

 

Hachi Kogen Ski Resort

Address: 909-1 Tando, Yabu, Hyogo 667-1344

 

Phone Number: 079-667-8036

 

Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort

Address: 580-1 Muraokaku Osasa, Kami, Mikata-gun, Hyogo 667-1344

Phone Number: 079-696-0202

 

3. Up Kannabe Ski Resort (Hyogo)

The resort is proud of its beginner-friendly slopes and confident that skiers will leave satisfied. In fact, 80% of its courses are for beginners to intermediate skiers, with wide slopes and gentle gradients so that everyone - from children to adults can have some relaxing fun.

Season: December 28, 2021 (tentative) - Late March, 2022
・Hours: Daytime: 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Night skiing: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
・Fee: One-day lift ticket (adult): Daytime: 4,500 yen (holiday), 3,800 yen (weekday), Nighttime: 2,500 yen (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

 

 

Up Kannabe

Address: 669-5732 Kurisuno59-78, Hidaka-Cho, Toyooka-Shi, Hyogo-Ken, 669-5372

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Nearest Station: Ebara Station (JR San-in Line)
18 minutes by car

Phone Number: 0796-45-1545

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4. Kaminabe Kogen Manba Ski and Snowboard Resort (Hyogo)

Kaminabe Kogen, located in northern Hyogo, is an internationally renowned geopark blessed with lush natural sights like the sea, mountains, rivers, and farm produce.

It's a fantastic ski resort near Osaka. Upon stepping into the grounds, the first thing you'll see is the wide and welcoming family-friendly ski slope, which is a great way to introduce children to the sport and allow them to practice safely!

Season: December 25, 2021 (tentative) - March 6, 2022 (depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult): 4,500 yen (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

 

Kannabe Kogen Manba Ski resort

Address: 480 Manba, Hidaka-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, 669-5378

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Nearest Station: Ebara Station (JR San-in Line)
21 minutes by car

Phone Number: 0796-45-0191

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5. Sky Valley Ski Resort (Hyogo)

This ski and snowboard facility has a 3,200 meters (about 10,500 feet) long ski course and a place for halfpipe skiing too. The spacious ski center is open 24 hours and even comes with a napping room! It's connected to the nearby Hyperbowl Tohachi via ski lifts. With a shared ski lift voucher, you can look forward to double the ski courses and triple the fun.

Season: December 25, 2021 (tentative) - Late March, 2022 (depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4: 40 p.m. (8:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays) *Subject to change due to weather conditions
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 4,200 yen (holidays) 3,600 yen (weekdays) *Various discounts available, tax included
・Closed: Open daily

 

Sky Valley Ski Resort

Address: 701, Nakaotani, Ⅿuraoka-ku, Kami-cho, Mikata-Gun, Hyogo-pref., 667-1343
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Nearest Station: Yoka Station (JR San-in Line)
35 minutes by car

Phone Number: 0796-96-0375

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6. Biwako Valley (Shiga)

By using a world-class artificial snow machine to complement natural snowfall, Biwako Valley can ensure the grounds always have plenty of quality snow. This ski resort near Osaka boasts nine vastly different courses such as Horai Panorama Ski Slope with the beautiful Lake Biwa as the backdrop, or the popular glades course.

Season: December 24, 2021 - March 21, 2022 *Subject to change depending on snow conditions
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. *Last ropeway ride is at 5:00 p.m.
・Price: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 5,000 yen and up *Discounts available, tax included, ropeway fee included
・Closed: Open daily.

 

Biwako Valley

Address: 077-592-1155 1547-1 Kido, Ootsu-Shi, Shiga-Ken, 520-0514
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Nearest Station: Shiga Station (JR Kosei Line)

Phone Number: 077-592-1155

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7. Gransnow Okuibuki (Shiga)

One of Kansai's best snow resorts that is easily accessible from both the Kansai and Chubu regions. Its location near an interchange road also means there won't be any traffic jams here.

This ski resort near Osaka is in the perfect location for a ski and snowboarding day trip! It also features top-class ski slopes that fully utilize the area's natural landscape, resulting in 12 widely varied courses that have been designed to appeal to people of all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Season: December 18, 2021 - early April 2022
・Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 4,300 yen and up (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

 

Okuibuki

Address: 521-0301 Okuibuki, Kouzuhara, Maihara-Shi, Shiga-Ken, 521-0301
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Nearest Station: Takatsuki Station (JR Hokuriku Line)
30 minutes by car

Phone Number: 0749-59-0322

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8. Yogo Kogen Resort Yap (Shiga)

A popular Shiga ski resort for day trips, it takes about just two hours to get here from Osaka and Kyoto, or 1.5 hours from Nagoya.

On Saturdays, this ski resort near Osaka is open until 11:00 p.m. for nighttime skiing from the mountain peak all the way down - the same mountain peak that commands a panoramic view of Tsuruga Bay, too! The snow quality here is so good, some may find it hard to believe they're still in Kansai!

Season: December 16, 2021 - Late March, 2022 *Subject to change depending on snow conditions
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult): 4,000 yen and up (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

 

Yogo Kohgen Resort Yap

Address: Yogo-cho Nakanokawachi373, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 529-0531, 529-0531
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Nearest Station: Omishiotsu Station (JR Kosei Line / JR Hokuriku Line)
30 minutes by car

Phone Number: 0749-86-3001

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9. Hakodateyama Ski Resort (Shiga)

At this ski resort in Shiga, you're taken directly to the ski slopes in an 8-seater gondola, where you can take in wonderful views of Lake Biwa and its surroundings on your way up. It's a great way to spend a winter vacation with the family! There is a variety of courses for everyone, from beginners to experts available here.

Season: December 24, 2021 (tentative) - early April 2022 *Subject to change depending on snow conditions
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Hours may change at irregular intervals
・Fee: Gondola lift set 1 day pass (adult) 4,500 yen and up (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Open all year round

 

Hakodateyama Ski Resort

Address: Hiokimae, Imazu-Cho, Takashima-Shi, Shiga-Ken, 520-1655
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Nearest Station: Ominakasho Station (JR Kosei Line)

Phone Number: 0740-22-2486

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Tips for an enjoyable ski tour in Osaka

Ski resorts in the Kansai region have several advantages: Transport is relatively easy to arrange, beginner courses with gentle slopes are abundant, facilities are often family-friendly, ski classes are available, and usually come with the full suite of essential services for a good time.

Hot springs or delicious food can always be found in the vicinity of these ski resorts near Osaka as well, so why not include skiing into your winter trip itinerary? Although somewhat different from the usual sightseeing fare, you can be sure this activity be equally, if not more fun and enjoyable!

Text by: Westplan. English Translation by: Huimin Pan.
The information in this article has been re-edited as of December 2021. Please check the official website for the latest information.

 

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Book now: Ski Resort near Osaka – Day Trip to Hachi Kita Kogen

 

 

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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