Geto Kogen is located to the west of central Kitakami city in the south-western region of Iwate Prefecture. The area is known for heavy snowfall and Geto Kogen itself for some of the biggest snow depth numbers in all of Japan. This resort has two operating Gondolas as well as a quad lift and two pairs. Geto Kogen offers a number of official 'off-piste' areas called Shooter, Summit and Rabbit. The resort has been operating since 1993.
Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of the main island of Honshu. Morioka is the capital city. Most of the ski and snowboard hills in Iwate Prefecture are located in the western mountainous regions, near to the border with Akita Prefecture. Aomori Prefecture is to the north and Miyagi Prefecture is to the south of Iwate.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Geto Kogen.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Fuwafuwa Kids Area' is located in the main base area and open from 10:15am until 3:30pm on weekends. A nursery facility is also available for children ages 0-6 years (from 2000 yen for half a day and 3000 yen for the day).
The 'Snow Park' is open from late January.
Geto Kogen Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 9:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Geto Kogen is generally open from 8am until 4:30pm during the daytime in the main season.
Nighta is open on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and New Year (28th December until 2nd January) during the period 23rd December 2016 to 26th February 2017.
The Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are usually open for nighta.
Geto Kogen Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
Junior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm)
Twilight (2pm until close)
Pair Lift (8:30am-4:30pm)
A ticket for Senior High School students is also available: 1 day ticket - 2,600 yen Nighta ticket - 2,300 yen Twilight ticket - 2,300 yen Early Season & Spring Season tickets - 2,600 yen
The Twilight ticket is available on nighta days. The early season is available from 3rd December until 16th December 2016 The spring season ticket is available from 21st March until 7th May 2017
Getting to Geto Kogen
By public transport
26.2km from Kitakami Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
23.6km from Rokuhara Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
26.2km from Kitakami Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Geto Kogen is about 24km from Rokuhara Station on the Tohoku Honsen line.
Kitakami Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is 26km from the resort.
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Kitakami Station.
18.8km from the Kitakami Nishi IC on the Akita Expressway
22.5km from the Kitakami Kanegasaki IC on the Tohoku Expressway
23.4km from the Kitakami Ezuriko IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 4 (22.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 122
Geto Kogen is easy to reach from both the Tohoku Expressway and Akita Expressway.
There is parking for over 3000 vehicles close to the base of Geto Kogen. Parking on the main car park costs 500 yen on weekends, holidays and over New Year. The other car parks (P1-P5) are free every day.
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