Kiroro Snow World (Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido)

Kiroro Snow World
(北海道 赤井川村)
Planned season: Saturday 4th December 2021 until early May 2022
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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 Snow World Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 55cm - 1st - 140cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 390cm
2nd - - 2nd - 145cm 2nd - 280cm 2nd - 390cm
3rd - - 3rd - 145cm 3rd - 290cm 3rd - 430cm
4th - - 4th - 160cm 4th - 290cm 4th - 430cm
5th - 75cm 5th - 170cm 5th - 290cm 5th - 410cm
6th - 75cm 6th - 170cm 6th - 300cm 6th - 400cm
7th - 75cm 7th - 170cm 7th - 300cm 7th - 390cm
8th - 80cm 8th - 175cm 8th - 300cm 8th - 390cm
9th - 80cm 9th - 175cm 9th - 300cm 9th - 390cm
10th - 90cm 10th - 230cm 10th - 300cm 10th - 390cm
11th - 90cm 11th - 230cm 11th - 300cm 11th - 390cm
12th - 90cm 12th - 230cm 12th - 300cm 12th - 390cm
13th - 90cm 13th - 230cm 13th - 300cm 13th - 390cm
14th - 95cm 14th - 230cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 390cm
15th - 100cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 380cm
16th - 100cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 380cm
17th - 110cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 340cm 17th - 370cm
18th - 110cm 18th - 250cm 18th - 340cm 18th - 370cm
19th - 130cm 19th - 260cm 19th - 370cm 19th - 370cm
20th - 130cm 20th - 260cm 20th - 370cm 20th - 370cm
21st - 130cm 21st - 260cm 21st - 370cm 21st - 370cm
22nd - 130cm 22nd - 260cm 22nd - 370cm 22nd - 360cm
23rd - 130cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 370cm 23rd - 360cm
24th - 130cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 380cm 24th - 350cm
25th - 130cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 380cm 25th - 340cm
26th - 130cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 380cm 26th - 320cm
27th - 130cm 27th - 260cm 27th - 390cm 27th - 320cm
28th - 135cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 390cm 28th - 320cm
29th - 140cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 320cm
30th - 140cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 310cm
31st - 140cm 31st - 280cm 31st 31st - 300cm

Kiroro Snow World 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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a Snow Park area for small children. 
Park Information
Park information
As well as official off-piste areas, 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 Snow World 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 7:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 7:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Kiroro is generally open from 9:00am until 7:00pm in the main season. Only the Family & Center Express lift remains operating after 6:00pm.

Night skiing is on Fridays, Saturdays, nights before holidays and over New Year.

Kiroro Snow World 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
2 Days 11,800 yen 6,200 yen 10,600 yen 10,600 yen
3 Days 17,700 yen 9,300 yen 15,800 yen 15,800 yen
4 Days 23,600 yen 12,400 yen 21,000 yen 21,000 yen
5 Days 29,500 yen 15,500 yen 26,200 yen 26,200 yen
6 Days 35,400 yen 18,600 yen 31,400 yen 31,400 yen
7 Days 41,300 yen 21,700 yen 36,600 yen 36,600 yen
Night 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 55,000 yen 26,000 yen 38,000 yen 53,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 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 5,900 yen per day (adult).

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

Early season tickets are available from opening until 17th December 2021.

Getting to Kiroro Snow World

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 on the Hakodate Honsen line. Reservations are required.

Bus services from Sapporo and the international airport are also available.

A free bus also operates within Kiroro Resort, between hotels and the Mountain Center.
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.

>> More information on Sasson Expressway
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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