Resort Spotlight: Grandeco Snow Resort (Kita Shiobara)

Grandeco Snow Resort
Kita Shiobara
Fukushima Prefecture

17/18 Season

Grendeco Snow Resort is located in the north eastern Tohoku region of Japan, approximately 260km to the north of Tokyo.  Deep in the Bandai-Asahi National Park, near to and offering fantastic views of the famous Mt Bandai, the area is famous for all-year round leisure activities... and probably the best quality snow conditions in the whole region during the winter season.

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Resort information

Grandeco Snow Resort boasts is a 3,500meter trail for beginners and kids to build up their skills while enjoying themselves, as well as mogul and slalom runs that advanced skiers and snowboarders will love. Grandeco has one gondola and four quad lifts servicing it's slopes and is actually the only ski resort in Japan that is equipped only with hooded highspeed quads. They take you comfortably up from base at 1010m to the slopes (the resort summit is at 1590m) while you are enjoying the great surrounding views.

The season at Grandeco is a long one - from late November to early May - offering various opportunities to enjoy different snow activities such as a sleigh ride competition for children and a volleyball tournament on the snow. As well as skiing and snowboarding, snowshoe tours are also popular at Grandeco.

Courses Level Length Average
Rainbow 3500 Beginner 3500m 10° 12°
Center Course Beginner-Intermediate 2000m 15° 23°
Melissa Advanced 1150m 20° 28°
Mint A Advanced 650m 18° 25°
Mint B Intermediate 200m 24° 26°
Mint C Beginner 500m 10°
Lavender A Advanced 800m 22° 26°
Lavender B Beginner 800m 10°
Lavender 28 Advanced 400m 26° 31°
Basil Intermediate 600m 16° 23°
Center 33 Advanced 170m 31° 33°

Childrens Facilities

Deco land

The beginners area 'Deco-land' is available in the base area of the resort. 600 yen for half a day. Other facilities for young families and children include the Family Room in the Ski Center (West Wing 2nd Floor), open from 8am until 4pm; and the Climbing Wall (500 yen a go)

Special Kids Lesson (5-9 year olds)

Kids Lessons Level Charge Time Charge
Deco Kids Class Advanced 9am-10am Learn the courses at Grandeco 6000 yen for 90 minutes


Ski & Snowboard School

Learn to ski or snowboard during your time at Grandeco Snow Resort at either the Snow Academy or Ski School.

Grandeco Snow Academy
Reception in Hotel Grandeco or the Ski Centre West Wing.
Offering private lessons for children, adults and seniors as well as snowshoe tours and video lessons.

Grandeco Ski School
Reception in Ski Center East Wing
Group ski and snowboard lessons for different skill levels; a range of Kids Lessons (see below for details) and private lessons.


Lift Tickets

Lift & Gondola Tickets 2017-2018 Season

  Adult Master (over 50s) Child
4 Hour Ticket 4,100 yen 3,500 yen 3,000 yen
1 Day Ticket 4,700 yen 4,100 yen 3,500 yen
2 Day Ticket 8,300 yen 7,200 yen 6,400 yen
3 Day Ticket 11,800 yen 10,200 yen 9,000 yen
Choi-nori Ticket (from 1:30pm) 3,500 yen 3,100 yen 2,600 yen
1 time ticket 520 yen 520 yen 400 yen
9 times ticket 4,100 yen 4,100 yen 4,100 yen

Pre-schoolers with an adult can use the ski lifts at no charge


Ski & Snowboard Equipment Rental

Grandeco Snow Resort Rental 2017-2018 Season

  Adult Child Infant
Ski or snowboard set      
Half Day 4,100 yen 3,200 yen 2,000 yen
1 Day 4,800 yen 3,700 yen 2,000 yen
2 Days 8,600 yen 6,700 yen 3,600 yen
Wear set (jacket and pants)      
Half Day 3,200 yen 2,400 yen 2,000 yen
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,800 yen 2,000 yen
2 Days 7,600 yen 5,300 yen 3,600 yen

* Ski set includes skis, boots and poles; snowboard set includes snowboard and boots
* Full rental pack includes ski/snowboard set, wear set and also goggles, cap and gloves

Equipment sizes available

Skis: 77cm to 170cm
Snowboards: 88cm to 167cm
Ski boots: 15cm - 35cm
Snowboard boots: 16cm - 34cm
Wear: body height 90cm>3L size

The g
reen Season at Grandeco

Grandeco and the region are popular throughout the year with lots to do during the spring, summer and autumn seasons - each with a different seasonal flavour!  Activities include hiking, trekking, waterfall-viewing and general sightseeing. The Gondola operates during the hiking season and the restaurant Bunabuna at the top of the Gondola is also open through the year.  Visit the Grandeco website for more green season activity ideas...

How to get to Grandeco Snow Resort

From Tokyo by train:

Tokyo station to Koriyama station by JR Tohoku Shinkansen - 1 hour 15minutes.
From Koriyama station to Grandeco by local bus - 1 hour 50 minutes or
From Koriyama station to Inawashiro station by local train - 45 minutes - and from Inawashiro station to Grandeco by local bus - 40 minutes. Each local bus is charged.  The resort can take your reservation by email, so please do contact them.

From Tokyo by car:

Take the Tohoku Expressway from Kawaguchi JCT to Koriyama JCT where you need to change to the Banetsu Expressway. Exit at the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit. The journey takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes from Kawaguchi JCT to Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit in normal conditions. From Inawashiro Bandaikogen IC to Grandeco Snow Resort takes about 40 minutes.

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