Winghills Shirotori Resort is located in the northern area of Gujo city in the central region of Gifu Prefecture, close to the border with Fukui Prefecture. The resort has a long season with natural snow and is often seen to be competing with nearby Washigatake and White Pia Takasu to be the first to open each season... even if it is with artificial snow. Artificial 'snow mats' are also used to remain open during the summer months. Winghills has been operating since 1990.
Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gujo city are located on the mountains either side of the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway which connects Aichi Prefecture with Toyama Prefecture and the local road Route 156 (Hida Highway) which also runs through the valley. This region is especially popular with people living in or visiting the Kansai regions of western Japan like Nagoya, Gifu, Shiga, Kyoto and Osaka. Train links aren't the most convenient and so this region sees most people arriving by car or bus tours.
Gifu Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the central region of Honshu island, and it one of only a handful of landlocked prefectures. It shares borders with (from the north) Toyama, Nagano, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Fukui and Ishikawa. Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Gifu are located in the northern region of the prefecture – in Gujo city, Takayama city, Hida city and Shirakawa village.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Winghills Shirotori Resort.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Winghills Kids Park' is located near the gondola base station and is free to enter. The 'Chibbiko' slope is near the Number 1 quad lift and is also free to use.
There is a 3S Park (Spin Slide Street) area, a 120m half-pipe and a few mogul course areas at this resort.
Winghills Shirotori Resort Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early November until Mid April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 5:00am until 4:00pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Winghills Shirotori Resort is normally open from 8am until 4pm on weekdays. On weekends and holidays between 10th December and 21st March 2017, it opens from 5am. There is no nighta at this resort.
Winghills Shirotori Resort Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
High School age
50 years & over
1 Day (from 8am)
1 Day (from 5am)
1 Lift (pair)
1 Lift (quad)
1 Lift (gondola)
12 Lift Points
A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for the purchase of tickets. The 6 Hour ticket is valid for 6 hours from the time of purchase. The half day ticket is valid from 12pm. If using points, the Gondola requires 3 points, the quad lifts require 2 points and the pair lift requires 1 point.
Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on weekends during January to March. On those days, children of elementary school age and below can ride the lifts for free.
Getting to Winghills Shirotori Resort
By public transport
10.4km from Hokuno Station on the Etsumi Nan line
16.5km from Mino Shirotori Station on the Etsumi Nan line
Winghills Shirotori Resort is just over 10km from Hokuno Station on the Etsumi Nan line and about 16.5km from the larger Mino Shirotori Station on the same line.
15.8km from the Takasu IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
18.4km from the Shirotori IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
24.3km from the Hirugano Kogen SA Smart IC on the Tokai Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 156 (9.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 314
Winghills Shirotori Resort is in Gujo City, Gifu and can be found about 9km off Route 156 (also known as the Hida Highway), just by the side of Prefecture Road 314.
At the Takasu IC exit, turn left and follow Prefecture Road 45 for about 2km until reaching traffic lights - turn left into Prefecture Road 452. Contunue until reaching Route 156 (Hida Highway) in just over 1km. Turn left onto Route 156 for about 3km until arriving at a turn off to the right which is signposted as Itoshiro. Turn right here and follow the road up to Winghills.
At the Shirotori IC exit, turn right onto Route 156. Follow Route 156 for about 9km until reaching the turn off for Itoshiro on Prefecture Road 314. Turn left here and follow the road up to Winghills.
There is parking for 1800 vehicles in two car parks is available close to the base of the resort, with 500 cars in a multi-story car park. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends, holidays and over New Year.
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