Inawashiro is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Bandai in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. There are two main areas of the resort, each with a base area - the Chuo 'Easy' Area and the Minero 'Crazy' Area. The two areas are connected by courses and a pair lift. A few areas are left ungroomed. Inawashiro has been operating since 1948, originally starting off with just the Chuo area.
Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Inawashiro.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
A covered walkway costs 600 yen to use for the day. There is also a Snow Bike Circuit.
The main Snow Park is located close to base of the Chuo area of the ski area.
Inawashiro Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 10:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Inawashiro is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.
Night skiing is on Saturdays from 26th December 2020 until 20th March 2021 and also on 30th-31st December 2020, 10th January 2021, 10th and 22nd February 2021. The Hayama Number 1 lift operates for night skiing.
Early opening from 6:30am until 8:30am is on Sundays between 27th December 2020 and 14th March 2020 and 11th January 2021.
Inawashiro Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
2020-2021 Season lift tickets
Inawashiro runs an interesting member style concept -- if you join their 'Re-Born' club (500 yen), lift tickets become cheaper each time you visit (along with other benefits).
For example, a normal 1 day adult lift ticket is 4,800 yen. That goes down to 3,800 yen and then down to 3,300 yen and then down to 2,800 yen on subsequent visits!
This system is apparently continuing for the 2020-2021 season.
Getting to Inawashiro
By public transport
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
4.4km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Inawashiro is about 4.5km from Inawashiro Station on the local Banetsu Sai-sen line.
Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is approximately 47km from the resort.
A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station to the ski area numerous times each day. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
A free shuttle bus also operates between Koriyama Station to the resort during the main season.
6km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
35.4km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
48.9km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (3.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 324
Inwashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Bantetsu Expressway.
From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. There are a few ways to get to the two base areas of Inawashiro. The simplest choice is to turn left after a further 3.5km onto Prefecture Road 2, and then turn left after a further 1.2km (the road sign labels the turn off as 'Inawashiro Skiing Grand'). Follow that road through to the Minero base.
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