Kiroro (Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido)

(北海道 赤井川村)
Planned season: Saturday 28th November 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
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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 1st 140cm 130cm 1st 280cm 230cm 1st 390cm 300cm
2nd - 40cm 2nd 145cm 150cm 2nd 280cm 230cm 2nd 390cm 290cm
3rd - 40cm 3rd 145cm 160cm 3rd 290cm 230cm 3rd 430cm 290cm
4th - 60cm 4th 160cm 170cm 4th 290cm 250cm 4th 430cm 290cm
5th 75cm 90cm 5th 170cm 170cm 5th 290cm 250cm 5th 410cm 280cm
6th 75cm 100cm 6th 170cm 170cm 6th 300cm 250cm 6th 400cm 290cm
7th 75cm 100cm 7th 170cm 165cm 7th 300cm 250cm 7th 390cm 290cm
8th 80cm 100cm 8th 175cm 160cm 8th 300cm 270cm 8th 390cm 290cm
9th 80cm 100cm 9th 175cm 165cm 9th 300cm 270cm 9th 390cm 275cm
10th 90cm 95cm 10th 230cm 165cm 10th 300cm 270cm 10th 390cm 270cm
11th 90cm 95cm 11th 230cm 165cm 11th 300cm 290cm 11th 390cm 250cm
12th 90cm 70cm 12th 230cm 165cm 12th 300cm 290cm 12th 390cm 270cm
13th 90cm 90cm 13th 230cm 165cm 13th 300cm 275cm 13th 390cm 260cm
14th 95cm 90cm 14th 230cm 190cm 14th 300cm 260cm 14th 390cm 270cm
15th 100cm 100cm 15th 230cm 190cm 15th 300cm 230cm 15th 380cm 270cm
16th 100cm 100cm 16th 230cm 200cm 16th 300cm 230cm 16th 380cm 270cm
17th 110cm 95cm 17th 230cm 210cm 17th 340cm 230cm 17th 370cm 280cm
18th 110cm 95cm 18th 250cm 200cm 18th 340cm 230cm 18th 370cm 270cm
19th 130cm 95cm 19th 260cm 200cm 19th 370cm 245cm 19th 370cm 270cm
20th 130cm 100cm 20th 260cm 200cm 20th 370cm 260cm 20th 370cm 270cm
21st 130cm 110cm 21st 260cm 230cm 21st 370cm 265cm 21st 370cm 270cm
22nd 130cm 110cm 22nd 260cm 235cm 22nd 370cm 260cm 22nd 360cm 260cm
23rd 130cm 110cm 23rd 260cm 235cm 23rd 370cm 260cm 23rd 360cm 260cm
24th 130cm 115cm 24th 260cm 235cm 24th 380cm 290cm 24th 350cm 270cm
25th 130cm 115cm 25th 260cm 235cm 25th 380cm 290cm 25th 340cm 270cm
26th 130cm 115cm 26th 260cm 235cm 26th 380cm 290cm 26th 320cm 270cm
27th 130cm 115cm 27th 260cm 235cm 27th 390cm 290cm 27th 320cm 270cm
28th 135cm 115cm 28th 260cm 235cm 28th 390cm 300cm 28th 320cm 260cm
29th 140cm 115cm 29th 260cm 230cm 29th - 310cm 29th 320cm 260cm
30th 140cm 125cm 30th 260cm 230cm 30th 30th 310cm 260cm
31st 140cm 125cm 31st 280cm 230cm 31st 31st 300cm 260cm

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 12th December 2020 and 18th April 2021. 
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: Friday 11th December 2020 until Wednesday 31st March 2021.

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 11,400 yen 6,100 yen 10,100 yen 10,100 yen
3 Days 16,700 yen 8,900 yen 14,900 yen 14,900 yen
4 Days 22,000 yen 11,700 yen 19,700 yen 19,700 yen
5 Days 27,300 yen 14,500 yen 24,500 yen 24,500 yen
6 Days 32,600 yen 17,300 yen 29,300 yen 29,300 yen
7 Days 37,900 yen 20,100 yen 34,100 yen 34,100 yen
Nighta (4:30pm-7:30pm) 1,800 yen 1,300 yen 1,800 yen 1,800 yen
3 Hours 4,300 yen 2,300 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
6 Hours 5,300 yen 2,800 yen 4,700 yen 4,700 yen
Season Pass 45,000 yen 26,000 yen 38,000 yen 43,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

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 5,300 yen per day (adult).

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

A return gondola ticket (for sightseeing) is 2,100 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.

Early season tickets are available from opening until 10th December 2020.

Spring season tickets are available from 1st April 2021 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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