Resort Spotlight: Aomori Spring Ski Resort (Aomori)

Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Ajigasawa Town, Aomori Prefecture
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Aomori Spring Ski Resort is located on the northern face of Mount Iwaki in Aomori Prefecture. The resort features 14 trails accessible via five lifts including four chairlifts and a gondola, which takes visitors to the very top of the resort at 921 meters. Aomori enjoys consistent heavy snowfalls from early December until late March, providing excellent snow conditions comparable to the best resorts in mainland Japan and Hokkaido. Unlike most other resorts, however, Aomori Spring offers sweeping views of the Sea of Japan as well as night-skiing and a world-class snow park complete with a 6.7 meter halfpipe - the largest in Japan!


Half Pipe/SnowPark

The halfpipe will be open from the end of January to the middle of March 2016.  It is open daily until 3pm.  Our halfpipe was designed by renowned snowpark designer John Melville, who worked as a technical advisor for the Sochi Winter Olympics!  If you’re hungry for some big air, you’ve got to check it out.  Even if monstrous hangtime isn’t quite your thing, riding down the biggest halfpipe in Japan will warrant some serious bragging rights!

The Mountain

Standing at 1,625 meters tall, Mount Iwaki dominates the landscape of the Tsugaru region and is one of the best-known mountains in Japan. Set amongst forests on the northern slopes of the mountain, Aomori Spring Ski Resort has an elevation range of over 500 vertical meters from Rockwood Hotel & Spa at 400 meters above sea level to the top of the gondola lift at 921 meters. Our fives lifts service 14 trails including a 3.4km long beginner slope as well as extensive trails for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. Furthermore, several floodlit trails remain open until after dark, providing visitors with an unforgettable night-skiing experience.

Rental Equipment

An extensive selection of ski and snowboard equipment is available to rent from either Rockwood Hotel & Spa’s in-house ski shop or the gondola station. From skis, snowboards and boots to full sets including clothing, helmets and goggles, Aomori Spring caters for all. Discounts apply for hotel guests and equipment is also available for purchase.

Ramen House/MosBurger House

Come warm up with a fresh meal at our ramen house, located beneath our western-most slope. Open every day of the week, the ramen house offers hot and authentic Japanese ramen noodles at affordable prices.

Ski Lessons

We offer skiing lessons in both Japanese and English (our English speaking instructors are native speakers) all at affordable prices, with a range of different lesson options.  If you’re itching to learn how to ski or snowboard this winter, be sure to check out our lesson options in the information center!

Lift Tickets

Available from Rockwood Hotel & Spa or the ticket office in the gondola station, Aomori Spring ski passes are always competitively priced with a range of options to suit all visitors whether you’re staying for a day, a week or longer. Concessions for children and hotel guests as well as separate afternoon and night-skiing passes are available.


At the heart of the resort is Rockwood Hotel & Spa. With a natural hot-spring onsen, as well 3 different restaurants serving both authentic Japanese and western style meals throughout the hotel, it is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. The hotel features 188 rooms, as well as a gift shop, game room and art gallery for guests. For more information on the Rockwood Hotel & Spa, please see the Accommodation Spotlight on SnowJapan here.


How to get to Aomori Spring Ski Resort

By car: From Hirosaki City (Nagadai-Iwaki line) = 40 mins (30km)
From Aomori City (Route 7 & Route 101) = 1 hour 20 mins (60km)
From Tohoku Highway Owani Hirosaki I.C. (Route 7) = 60 mins (37km)
By train:

Tohoku Shinkansen
From Hirosaki Station = 40 mins
From Aomori Station = 1 hour 20 mins

By plane: From Aomori Airport (Route 7 & Route 101) = 1 hour 10 mins (49km)

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