Iwate Kogen Snow Park (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate)

Iwate Kogen Snow Park
岩手高原スノーパーク (岩手県 雫石町)
Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 until late March 2018
Official snow depth 250cm (-10cm) [updated on 21st February 2018]

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Iwate Kogen Snow Park is located in Shizukuishi on the southern slopes of Mt Iwate in the northern-western region of Iwate Prefecture. It originally opened as Iwate Kogen Ski-jo in 1971 and actually closed for a period of seven years - originally due to nearby volcanic activity - before opening again under the new name in 2004. A few changes for the 2017-2018 season include a remade top course (Calgary) and better access to the bottom base gondola station. Amihari Onsen and Shizukuishi are close by.

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.

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The Mountain

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Iwate Kogen Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 120cm 40cm 1st 170cm 140cm 1st - 170cm
2nd - - 2nd 150cm 35cm 2nd 170cm 170cm 2nd - 160cm
3rd - - 3rd 150cm 40cm 3rd 170cm 160cm 3rd - 160cm
4th - - 4th 150cm 35cm 4th 170cm 150cm 4th - 160cm
5th - - 5th 140cm 35cm 5th 180cm 140cm 5th - 160cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 35cm 6th 190cm 150cm 6th - 160cm
7th - - 7th 140cm 35cm 7th 220cm 160cm 7th - 160cm
8th - - 8th 140cm 35cm 8th 200cm 160cm 8th - 160cm
9th 70cm - 9th 140cm 45cm 9th 200cm 160cm 9th - 190cm
10th 70cm - 10th 140cm 40cm 10th 200cm 160cm 10th - 190cm
11th 60cm - 11th 140cm 60cm 11th 200cm 160cm 11th - 180cm
12th 80cm - 12th 140cm 60cm 12th 200cm 170cm 12th - 180cm
13th 100cm - 13th 130cm 75cm 13th 200cm 170cm 13th - 170cm
14th 100cm - 14th 130cm 75cm 14th 200cm 170cm 14th - 170cm
15th 90cm 30cm 15th 130cm 75cm 15th 240cm 170cm 15th - 190cm
16th 90cm 40cm 16th 140cm 90cm 16th 250cm 170cm 16th - 190cm
17th 90cm 50cm 17th 140cm 90cm 17th 250cm 160cm 17th - 170cm
18th 90cm 45cm 18th 140cm 90cm 18th 280cm 150cm 18th - 170cm
19th 100cm 35cm 19th 140cm 100cm 19th 260cm 150cm 19th - 170cm
20th 100cm 30cm 20th 140cm 100cm 20th 260cm 150cm 20th - 170cm
21st 100cm 30cm 21st 140cm 100cm 21st 250cm 190cm 21st - 160cm
22nd 100cm 25cm 22nd 140cm 100cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd 100cm 25cm 23rd 140cm 110cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 160cm
24th 100cm 30cm 24th 160cm 120cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 160cm
25th 90cm 30cm 25th 160cm 120cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 160cm
26th 100cm 25cm 26th 170cm 120cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 150cm
27th 100cm 20cm 27th 170cm 110cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 150cm
28th 110cm 35cm 28th 160cm 140cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 150cm
29th 110cm 35cm 29th 170cm 140cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th 110cm 45cm 30th 170cm 130cm 30th 30th - 150cm
31st 110cm 45cm 31st 170cm 130cm 31st 31st - 150cm

Iwate Kogen Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Iwate Kogen Snow Park. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Kids Park is located by the St Moritz course and is free to enter.

There is a Kids Room on the 2nd Floor of the Center Plaza. It is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm and is free to use. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few freestyle park areas by the base area slopes. 

Iwate Kogen Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
There are a number of different opening and closing times:

Mondays to Thursdays from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Fridays and days before holidays from 8:30am until 10:00pm
Saturdays from 8:30am until 10:00pm
Sundays and holidays from 8:30am until 9:00pm

Nighta operations start from 5:00pm.

Iwate Kogen Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
Senior High & Uni Students
60 years and over & Junior High
2 Days 6,600 yen 6,600 yen 5,500 yen
8 Hours 4,800 yen 4,200 yen 3,800 yen
5 Hours 4,000 yen 3,800 yen 3,000 yen
Sunset (3pm-close) 4,000 yen 3,800 yen 3,000 yen
Nighta A (weekend & hols) 2,500 yen 2,200 yen 1,700 yen
Nighta A (weekdays) 2,200 yen 1,800 yen 1,700 yen
Nighta B 2,200 yen 1,800 yen 1,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Gondola 1 time 800 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Season Ticket (all) 48,000 yen 42,000 yen 38,000 yen
Season Ticket (nighta) 25,000 yen 22,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Junior High School age students are charged the same as the Senior rates.
The 8 Hour ticket is valid for eight hours from the time of purchase.
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.
Nighta A is from 5pm until closing - the weekend ticket price is for Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.
Nighta B is from 7pm until closing.

Getting to Iwate Kogen Snow Park

By public transport
19.9km from Shizukuishi Station on the Akita Shinkansen line
19.9km from Shizukuishi Station on the Tazawako line
27.9km from Morioka Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
The resort is a 19km ride from Shizukuishi Station (Tazawako local line and Akita Shinkansen) via Prefecture Road 212.

The Tohoku Shinkansen stops at Morioka Station which is about 28km from Amihari Onsen.

>> More information on the Akita Shinkansen train line

A bus service is available from Morioka Station and costs just over 1000 yen.
By Car
17.5km from the Takizawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway
22.9km from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 46 (17.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 219
Iwate Kogen Snow Park is about 35 minutes drive from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway.

From the Takizawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 46 and after about 6km turn right onto Prefecture Road 219 and follow the signs to the resort.

>> More information on Tohoku Expressway
There is a large parking area for 2800 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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