Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake (Kamikawa Town, Hokkaido)

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake
大雪山層雲峡黒岳 (北海道 上川町)
Planned season: Saturday 10th November 2018 until early May 2019
Closed mid-winter - see below
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake is located on the northern slopes of Mt Kurodake in the Sounkyo region of Kamikawa town in central Hokkaido. It is part of the Daisetsuzan National Park (Kokuritsu Koen). With the base up at an elevation of 1300m, it is popular for often excellent snow conditions and backcountry and is unlike most ski resorts in Japan.

The Ropeway - which first opened in 1967 - usually closes during the peak of the winter season. This season it is closed from 4th January until 15th March 2019. (The pair lift is closed until 29th March).

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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Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 120cm 220cm 1st 220cm 350cm 1st - - 1st - 440cm
2nd 120cm 220cm 2nd 220cm 350cm 2nd - - 2nd - 445cm
3rd 120cm 220cm 3rd 220cm 350cm 3rd - - 3rd - 445cm
4th 120cm 240cm 4th - - 4th - - 4th - 445cm
5th 120cm 240cm 5th - - 5th - - 5th - 460cm
6th 120cm 300cm 6th - - 6th - - 6th - 460cm
7th 130cm 300cm 7th - - 7th - - 7th - 460cm
8th 130cm 305cm 8th - - 8th - - 8th - 470cm
9th 140cm 300cm 9th - - 9th - - 9th - 450cm
10th 140cm 300cm 10th - - 10th - - 10th - 450cm
11th 140cm 300cm 11th - - 11th - - 11th - 430cm
12th 140cm 300cm 12th - - 12th - - 12th - 430cm
13th 135cm 300cm 13th - - 13th - - 13th - 440cm
14th 135cm 300cm 14th - - 14th - - 14th - 440cm
15th 150cm 300cm 15th - - 15th - - 15th - 440cm
16th 150cm 300cm 16th - - 16th - - 16th - 450cm
17th 150cm 300cm 17th - - 17th - 430cm 17th - 450cm
18th 155cm 310cm 18th - - 18th - 420cm 18th - 460cm
19th 165cm 310cm 19th - - 19th - 420cm 19th - 460cm
20th 165cm 310cm 20th - - 20th - 425cm 20th - 460cm
21st 165cm 310cm 21st - - 21st - 430cm 21st 320cm 485cm
22nd 200cm 310cm 22nd - - 22nd - 430cm 22nd 310cm 470cm
23rd 170cm 320cm 23rd - - 23rd - 430cm 23rd 310cm 470cm
24th 170cm 320cm 24th - - 24th - 440cm 24th 330cm 470cm
25th 170cm 320cm 25th - - 25th - 440cm 25th 330cm 460cm
26th 180cm 320cm 26th - - 26th - 440cm 26th 330cm 460cm
27th 180cm 320cm 27th - - 27th - 440cm 27th 360cm 465cm
28th 180cm 320cm 28th - - 28th - 440cm 28th 360cm 465cm
29th 180cm 320cm 29th - - 29th - - 29th 400cm 465cm
30th 180cm 350cm 30th - - 30th 30th 400cm 450cm
31st 200cm 350cm 31st - - 31st 31st 400cm 445cm

Previous Statistics

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Facilities

Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no official ski or snowboard school at Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski and snowshoe equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm (changes during season).

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

The Ropeway - which first opened in 1967 - usually closes during the peak winter season. This season it is closed from 4th January until 15th March 2019. (The pair lift is closed until 29th March).

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
1 Day 3,800 yen 2,200 yen
Ropeway one-way 1,100 yen 550 yen
Ropeway return 1,950 yen 1,000 yen
Pair lift 1 ride 400 yen 250 yen
Pair lift 5 rides 1,800 yen 1,260 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1 Day ticket includes Ropeway (return trip) and unlimited use of the pair lift.

Getting to Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake

By public transport
22.4km from Kamikawa Station on the Sekihoku Honsen line
Transport Information
Kamikawa Station on the Sekihoku Honsen line is just over 22km to the north west of the Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake.
There is no direct shuttle bus, but a local bus service from Kamikawa Station does stop in Sounkyo, about 5 minutes walk from the Ropeway.
By Car
21.9km from the Kamikawa Sounkyo IC on the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway
47.1km from the Pippu Kita IC on the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 39 (0.4km away)
The Ropeway at the base of the resort is just a few hundred metres off Route 39, otherwise known as Taisetsu National Highway.

Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake is just under 22km from the Kamikawa Sounkyo IC exit of the Asahikawa Monbetsu Expressway.

There is a car park at the base station of the Ropeway for 60 cars. Parking is free every day of the season.

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