Ani (Kita Akita City, Akita)

Ani
阿仁
(秋田県 北秋田市)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
Weekends and holidays in April & GW
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Ani is located on the western slopes of Mt Moriyoshi in the northern region of Akita Prefecture. With slopes at a high elevation, juhyo 'ice monster' formations can often be found on the trees at the top - the peak season for this is usually early January until early March. On Saturdays and Sundays in February 2021 (also on 11th and 23rd February), a special cat-operated 'Night Snow Monster Viewing' service is available between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. There are a number of ungroomed courses at Ani and a few local backcountry tour guides are available.

Ani has been operating since 1974. The 3,473m 6 person gondola operates throughout the year.

Akita Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu. Akita faces the Sea of Japan in the west and is bordered by Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures from north to south. The region has cold winters and there are numerous ski hills located around the prefecture, though most of them are small scale with just one or two lifts.

The Mountain

1200m
663m
537m
28"
5
4400m
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40%
60%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 1 0 0 2 0 0

Ani Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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19/20
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20/21
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20/21
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1st - - 1st - 115cm 1st - 175cm 1st - 215cm
2nd - - 2nd - 140cm 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 215cm
3rd - - 3rd - 140cm 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 215cm
4th - - 4th - 150cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 215cm
5th - - 5th - 160cm 5th - 205cm 5th - 210cm
6th - - 6th - 180cm 6th - 245cm 6th - 215cm
7th - 80cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 220cm
8th - 80cm 8th - 180cm 8th - 260cm 8th - 220cm
9th - 80cm 9th - 140cm 9th - 265cm 9th - 210cm
10th - 70cm 10th - 140cm 10th - 265cm 10th - 200cm
11th - 70cm 11th - 140cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 180cm
12th - 40cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 255cm 12th - 190cm
13th - 30cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 190cm
14th - 30cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 200cm
15th - 90cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 190cm 15th - 200cm
16th - 90cm 16th - 155cm 16th - 180cm 16th - 215cm
17th - 90cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 220cm
18th - 70cm 18th - 160cm 18th - 185cm 18th - 225cm
19th - 70cm 19th - 160cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 220cm
20th - 75cm 20th - 165cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 220cm
21st - 75cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 205cm
22nd - 75cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd - 75cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 200cm
24th - 85cm 24th - 175cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 200cm
25th - 85cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 215cm 25th - 200cm
26th - 85cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 215cm 26th - 200cm
27th - 90cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 215cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 120cm 28th - 175cm 28th - 215cm 28th - 180cm
29th - 120cm 29th - 175cm 29th - 215cm 29th - 180cm
30th - 125cm 30th - 165cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st - 90cm 31st - 165cm 31st 31st - 180cm

Previous Statistics

Ani Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Ani.
Telemark lessons are also available as well as some backcountry guides. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Wear, snow scoots, sledges and snowshoes are also available to rent.
 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a beginners slopes by the base of Ani, otherwise there are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
On Saturdays and Sundays in February 2021 (and also on 11th and 23rd February), a special cat-operated 'Night Snow Monster Viewing' service is available between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The charge is 3,000 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for children, limited to 15 people every day.

There is also a Pisten Tour available on weekdays from 29th March through 28th April 2021. That is also limited to 15 people a day and costs 2,300 yen for adults (1,000 yen for children).

There are a number of ungroomed course areas at Ani and a few local backcountry tour guides are available.  

Ani Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ani is open daily from 12th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021.

From then it plans to be open on just weekends, holidays and during the Golden Week period (late April until early May). There is however a 'Pisten Tour' service available on weekdays from 29th March through 28th April 2021.

The operating hours are normally 8:45am and 4:00pm.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Ani Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 3,800 yen 1,500 yen 2,800 yen
5 Hours 3,300 yen 1,000 yen 2,300 yen
3 Hours 2,800 yen 800 yen 2,000 yen
Gondola 1 way 1,200 yen 500 yen 1,200 yen
Gondola return 1,800 yen 800 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 350 yen 350 yen 350 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

A 1 day lift ticket from April is 3,000 yen for adults; 1,000 yen for children and 2,100 yen for seniors.

Children's Day is the 2nd and4th Sunday of the month, when a 1 day lift ticket for children is 500 yen.

Getting to Ani

By public transport
Train
Train
12.6km from Arase Station on the Akita Nairiku line
15.1km from Aniai Station on the Akita Nairiku line
Transport Information
Information
Ani is less than 13km from Arase Station on the Akita Nairiku line.
bus
Bus
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
Car
59km from the Gojome Hachirogata IC on the Akita Expressway
76.3km from the Towada IC on the Tohoku Expressway
108km from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 105 (11.9km away)
Direction
Direction
Ani is not really close to any expressways.

It is about a 12km drive from the turning off Route 105 (Ushu Highway).

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Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of Ani.

More Information

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Address
Address
Anikaginodaki
Kitaakita-shi
Akita-ken
018-4624
Telephone
Telephone
0186-82-3311
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