Kyoto Hirogawara is the only ski hill that is located within the boundaries of Kyoto city, though it is located in an area that is a fair distance to the north of the city centre (about 90 minutes drive). It is popular for late night opening even on weekdays, though usually not to the point of being busy. Unlike almost every other ski hill in Japan, an entrance charge in addition to the lift ticket is required.
Kyoto-fu is a prefecture (though not named with '-ken' like most others) in the Kansai region of Honshu. Kyoto city is the famous capital, but Kyoto-fu actually stretches from a coastline on the Sea of Japan in the north-west to a border with Osaka and Nara-ken in the south-east. This long length means that the climate is quite different in the north and south.
Kyoto Hirogawara Facilities
There is no ski or snowboard school at Kyoto Hirogawara.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Yuki Asobi Hiroba' (play in the snow) area for children is by the base area.
There are no special snow park facilities.
Kyoto Hirogawara Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late December until Early March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 9:00am until 10:45pm
Normally open from 7:00pm until 10:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Kyoto Hirogawara is open from 7pm until 10:45pm on weekdays.
On Saturdays it is open from 9am until 4:30pm and then from 7pm until 10:45pm.
On Sundays it is open from 9am until 4:30pm.
Kyoto Hirogawara Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age & under
1 Lift Coupon
6 Lift Coupons
13 Lift Coupons
There is an entry charge of 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children under 12 years old.
This is required in addition to the cost of the lift tickets.
Getting to Kyoto Hirogawara
By public transport
42.2km from Kyoto Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen line
25.2km from Kurama Station on the Kurama line
Kyoto Hirogawara is 25km from Kurama Station on the Kurama line.
Kyoto Station is 42km to the south.
No shuttle bus service information is available.
44.6km from the Kyoto Higashi IC on the Meishin Expressway
54.7km from the Wakasa Kaminaka IC on the Maizuru Wakasa Expressway
79.3km from the Tsuruga IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 477 (10km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 38
Kyoto Hirogawara is located by the side of Prefecture Road 38 to the north of Kyoto.
Please refer to the map!
There is limited parking for 30 vehicles at the base area. Parking is free of charge.
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