Kiroro (Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido)

キロロスノーワールド (北海道 赤井川村)
Planned season: Friday 23rd November 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019
Official snow depth 155cm (0cm) [updated on 14th December 2018]

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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 22 courses are found on the slpoes of two mountains - Asari and Nagamine. A new trail called Center Link was introduced for the 2017-2018 season, giving access to Powder Ride and Center A course.

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.

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 85cm 190cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 350cm 1st - 400cm
2nd 85cm 190cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 340cm 2nd - 400cm
3rd 85cm 200cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 335cm 3rd - 400cm
4th 85cm 200cm 4th - 265cm 4th - 320cm 4th - 380cm
5th 70cm 200cm 5th - 265cm 5th - 320cm 5th - 380cm
6th 70cm 210cm 6th - 265cm 6th - 320cm 6th - 380cm
7th 80cm 220cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 320cm 7th - 390cm
8th 120cm 225cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 320cm 8th - 390cm
9th 140cm 240cm 9th - 270cm 9th - 330cm 9th - 360cm
10th 170cm 240cm 10th - 280cm 10th - 330cm 10th - 360cm
11th 160cm 230cm 11th - 300cm 11th - 330cm 11th - 360cm
12th 160cm 230cm 12th - 300cm 12th - 340cm 12th - 360cm
13th 155cm 255cm 13th - 310cm 13th - 360cm 13th - 360cm
14th 155cm 255cm 14th - 320cm 14th - 360cm 14th - 360cm
15th - 255cm 15th - 320cm 15th - 360cm 15th - 360cm
16th - 255cm 16th - 320cm 16th - 380cm 16th - 370cm
17th - 255cm 17th - 320cm 17th - 380cm 17th - 390cm
18th - 255cm 18th - 310cm 18th - 380cm 18th - 390cm
19th - 280cm 19th - 320cm 19th - 420cm 19th - 390cm
20th - 290cm 20th - 320cm 20th - 420cm 20th - 390cm
21st - 290cm 21st - 320cm 21st - 480cm 21st - 400cm
22nd - 290cm 22nd - 320cm 22nd - 410cm 22nd - 390cm
23rd - 280cm 23rd - 320cm 23rd - 410cm 23rd - 390cm
24th - 270cm 24th - 360cm 24th - 400cm 24th - 390cm
25th - 270cm 25th - 360cm 25th - 400cm 25th - 390cm
26th - 270cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 400cm 26th - 390cm
27th - 270cm 27th - 365cm 27th - 400cm 27th - 385cm
28th - 270cm 28th - 365cm 28th - 400cm 28th - 380cm
29th - 270cm 29th - 370cm 29th - - 29th - 360cm
30th - 270cm 30th - 350cm 30th 30th - 360cm
31st - 260cm 31st - 350cm 31st 31st - 350cm

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 15th December 2018 and 15th April 2019. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a number of activities available including snow cat and snow shoe tours, snow buggy, snow banana boat, mini snowmobiles, snow Segway, 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: 8th December 2018 until 6th April 2019.

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 4,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,900 yen 3,900 yen
2 Days 10,900 yen 5,700 yen 9,700 yen 9,700 yen
3 Days 15,900 yen 8,300 yen 14,200 yen 14,200 yen
4 Days 20,900 yen 10,900 yen 18,700 yen 18,700 yen
5 Days 25,900 yen 13,500 yen 23,200 yen 23,200 yen
6 Days 30,900 yen 16,100 yen 27,700 yen 27,700 yen
7 Days 35,900 yen 18,700 yen 32,200 yen 32,200 yen
Nighta 1,700 yen 1,200 yen 1,700 yen 1,700 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).

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

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.

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A shuttle bus service is available from the Otaru Chikko Station on the Hakodate Honsen line. The journey costs 700 yen and reservations are required.

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