Kiroro (Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido)

(北海道 赤井川村)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd November 2019 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
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Kiroro is located on the western slopes of Asaridake, in Akaigawa village to the south of Otaru city and to the west of Sapporo city in Hokkaido. This particular region often enjoys the most snowfall on Hokkaido, and very fine quality snowfall as well. The 23 courses are found across the slopes of two mountains - Asari and Nagamine, split into four official 'Areas' - Youchi Area, Asari Area, Center Area and Nagamine Area.

Kiroro has been operating since 1991 making it one of the newer resorts in Hokkaido. Many people visiting Niseko visit Kiroro on day trips and it is also easy accessible from the Otaru region to the north. It is becoming increasingly popular with international visitors.

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.

The Mountain

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Kiroro Course Map

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Kiroro Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 40cm 85cm 1st 130cm 230cm 1st 230cm 290cm 1st 300cm 280cm
2nd 40cm 85cm 2nd 150cm 230cm 2nd 230cm 290cm 2nd 290cm 280cm
3rd 40cm 85cm 3rd 160cm 230cm 3rd 230cm 290cm 3rd 290cm 280cm
4th 60cm 85cm 4th 170cm 230cm 4th 250cm 290cm 4th 290cm 280cm
5th 90cm 70cm 5th 170cm 230cm 5th 250cm 290cm 5th 280cm 280cm
6th 100cm 70cm 6th 170cm 230cm 6th 250cm 290cm 6th 290cm 270cm
7th 100cm 80cm 7th 165cm 240cm 7th 250cm 290cm 7th 290cm 270cm
8th 100cm 120cm 8th 160cm 250cm 8th 270cm 290cm 8th 290cm 270cm
9th 100cm 140cm 9th 165cm 260cm 9th 270cm 290cm 9th 275cm 270cm
10th 95cm 170cm 10th 165cm 260cm 10th 270cm 290cm 10th 270cm 260cm
11th 95cm 160cm 11th 165cm 260cm 11th 290cm 290cm 11th 250cm 260cm
12th 70cm 160cm 12th 165cm 260cm 12th 290cm 290cm 12th 270cm 260cm
13th 90cm 155cm 13th 165cm 260cm 13th 275cm 290cm 13th 260cm 250cm
14th 90cm 155cm 14th 190cm 260cm 14th 260cm 300cm 14th 270cm 250cm
15th 100cm 155cm 15th 190cm 260cm 15th 230cm 300cm 15th 270cm 250cm
16th 100cm 150cm 16th 200cm 260cm 16th 230cm 300cm 16th 270cm 260cm
17th 95cm 150cm 17th 210cm 260cm 17th 230cm 300cm 17th 280cm 270cm
18th 95cm 170cm 18th 200cm 260cm 18th 230cm 300cm 18th 270cm 270cm
19th 95cm 175cm 19th 200cm 260cm 19th 245cm 300cm 19th 270cm 260cm
20th 100cm 175cm 20th 200cm 260cm 20th 260cm 300cm 20th 270cm 255cm
21st 110cm 175cm 21st 230cm 260cm 21st 265cm 300cm 21st 270cm 240cm
22nd 110cm 175cm 22nd 235cm 260cm 22nd 260cm 290cm 22nd 260cm 240cm
23rd 110cm 175cm 23rd 235cm 260cm 23rd 260cm 290cm 23rd 260cm 250cm
24th 115cm 175cm 24th 235cm 260cm 24th 290cm 290cm 24th 270cm 255cm
25th 115cm 185cm 25th 235cm 270cm 25th 290cm 290cm 25th 270cm 260cm
26th 115cm 200cm 26th 235cm 290cm 26th 290cm 290cm 26th 270cm 260cm
27th 115cm 210cm 27th 235cm 290cm 27th 290cm 290cm 27th 270cm 260cm
28th 115cm 210cm 28th 235cm 290cm 28th 300cm 290cm 28th 260cm 260cm
29th 115cm 210cm 29th 230cm 290cm 29th 310cm - 29th 260cm 260cm
30th 125cm 210cm 30th 230cm 290cm 30th 30th 260cm 260cm
31st 125cm 230cm 31st 230cm 290cm 31st 31st 260cm 250cm

Previous Statistics

Kiroro Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kiroro. 
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
There is a 'Snow Park' area for small children, featuring snow and sled games. Entry is 2,000 yen per day and it is open from 9:30am until 4:00pm between 14th December 2019 and 16th April 2020. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a lot of activities available at Kiroro including snow cat and snow shoe tours, snow strider, snow buggy, snow banana boat, snow snowmobiles, snow cat tours, Segways, panorama forest tours, cross-country and fat bikes. 

Kiroro Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 7:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 7:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Kiroro is generally open from 9:00am until 7:30pm in the main season. Only the Family & Center Express lift remains operating after 6:00pm.

Night skiing period: 7th December 2019 until 5th April 2020.

Kiroro Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
6-12 year olds
Older Child
13-18 year olds
Over 65 years
1 Day 5,900 yen 3,100 yen 5,200 yen 5,200 yen
Beginner 1 Day 4,500 yen 2,600 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
2 Days 11,200 yen 5,900 yen 9,900 yen 9,900 yen
3 Days 16,300 yen 8,500 yen 14,500 yen 14,500 yen
4 Days 21,400 yen 11,100 yen 19,100 yen 19,100 yen
5 Days 26,500 yen 13,700 yen 23,700 yen 23,700 yen
6 Days 31,600 yen 16,300 yen 28,300 yen 28,300 yen
7 Days 36,700 yen 18,900 yen 32,900 yen 32,900 yen
Nighta (4:30pm-7:30pm) 1,800 yen 1,300 yen 1,800 yen 1,800 yen
3 Hours 4,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,900 yen 3,900 yen
6 Hours 5,100 yen 2,700 yen 4,600 yen 4,600 yen
Season Pass 55,000 yen 30,000 yen 45,000 yen 50,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The hourly tickets are valid from the time of purchase.

A refundable 500 yen deposit is required for all tickets.

Multiple day tickets are valid from opening until closing on the last day (excluding special operating days).
Additional days beyond the seven day ticket can be added at a rate of 5100 yen per day (adult).

The 'Beginner Ticket' is valid on the following lifts: Family Lift, Nagamine Number 1 Express and Gateway Express.

Early season tickets are available from opening until 6th December 2019.
Spring season tickets are available from 6th April 2020 until closing.

Getting to Kiroro

By public transport
26.1km from Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
26.6km from Asari Station on the Hakodate Honsen Line
Transport Information
Kiroro is about 26km from Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen line.

>> More information on the Hakodate Honsen train line

A shuttle bus service is available from the Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen line. Reservations are required.

Bus services from Sapporo (adults 3,600 yen) and the international airport (4,100 yen) are also available.

A bus is also available from Otaru and that costs 900 yen.
By Car
25km from the Asari IC on the Sasson Expressway
28.1km from the Otaru IC on the Sasson Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 393 (4.1km away)
Kiroro is about 4km off Route 393 (otherwise known as the Akaigawa National Highway), and less than 30km from central Otaru.

From the Asari IC exit on the Sasson Expressway, turn right onto Prefecture Road 1 and then soon onto Prefecture Road 956 and continue on this road for just under 4km until reaching Route 393. Turn left onto Route 393 and continue on this road for about 17km until the turn off for Kiroro Snow Resort. Turn left at the signs to head up to the car parks. Many people also visit Kiroro from the Niseko area which is about 50km to the south west of Kiroro Snow Resort.

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There is parking for 2,000 vehicles close to the base of Kiroro Snow World. Parking is free every day of the season.

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