Iwate Kogen Snow Park (Shizukuishi Town, Iwate)

Iwate Kogen Snow Park
(岩手県 雫石町)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
Official snow depth --- [updated on 19th April 2021]

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Iwate Kogen Snow Park is located in Shizukuishi on the southern slopes of Mt Iwate in the northern-western region of Iwate Prefecture. It originally opened as Iwate Kogen Ski-jo in 1971 and actually closed for a period of seven years - originally due to nearby volcanic activity - before opening again under the new name in 2004. A few changes were made for the 2017-2018 season including a remade top course (Calgary) and better access to the bottom base gondola station. Amihari Onsen and Shizukuishi are close by. The ten official courses are serviced by a gondola and five pair lifts.

Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of the main island of Honshu. Morioka is the capital city. Most of the ski and snowboard hills in Iwate Prefecture are located in the western mountainous regions, near to the border with Akita Prefecture. Aomori Prefecture is to the north and Miyagi Prefecture is to the south of Iwate.

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The Mountain

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Iwate Kogen Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 60cm 1st 210cm 120cm 1st 150cm 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 60cm 2nd 210cm 120cm 2nd 150cm 140cm
3rd - - 3rd 55cm 50cm 3rd 210cm 120cm 3rd 150cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 65cm 55cm 4th 210cm 130cm 4th 150cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 55cm 5th 220cm 140cm 5th 150cm 150cm
6th - - 6th 75cm 60cm 6th 220cm 140cm 6th 150cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 80cm 60cm 7th 220cm 140cm 7th 150cm 150cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 60cm 8th 220cm 150cm 8th 145cm 150cm
9th - - 9th 110cm 70cm 9th 225cm 150cm 9th 145cm 140cm
10th - - 10th 110cm 70cm 10th 225cm 150cm 10th 140cm 135cm
11th - - 11th 110cm 70cm 11th 230cm 150cm 11th 140cm 120cm
12th 0cm - 12th 110cm 75cm 12th 230cm 150cm 12th 140cm 120cm
13th 3cm - 13th 110cm 75cm 13th 230cm 150cm 13th 140cm 120cm
14th 10cm 15cm 14th 140cm 75cm 14th 210cm 145cm 14th 110cm 120cm
15th 6cm 40cm 15th 140cm 75cm 15th 210cm 135cm 15th 100cm 120cm
16th 10cm 30cm 16th 150cm 75cm 16th 210cm 130cm 16th 100cm 130cm
17th 13cm 25cm 17th 150cm 75cm 17th 190cm 120cm 17th 100cm 130cm
18th 13cm 20cm 18th 150cm 75cm 18th 180cm 120cm 18th 100cm 140cm
19th 13cm 15cm 19th 170cm 75cm 19th 180cm 140cm 19th 100cm 140cm
20th 13cm 25cm 20th 175cm 85cm 20th 180cm 140cm 20th 100cm 140cm
21st 13cm 25cm 21st 175cm 90cm 21st 180cm 140cm 21st 90cm 140cm
22nd 15cm 30cm 22nd 175cm 100cm 22nd 170cm 140cm 22nd 80cm 130cm
23rd 15cm 30cm 23rd 175cm 100cm 23rd 170cm 140cm 23rd 80cm 130cm
24th 14cm 30cm 24th 175cm 100cm 24th 170cm 140cm 24th 80cm 130cm
25th 30cm 30cm 25th 175cm 100cm 25th 170cm 140cm 25th 80cm 130cm
26th 35cm 35cm 26th 175cm 100cm 26th 170cm 140cm 26th 75cm 130cm
27th 35cm 60cm 27th 175cm 100cm 27th 150cm 140cm 27th 65cm 130cm
28th 35cm 60cm 28th 175cm 100cm 28th 150cm 140cm 28th 65cm 110cm
29th 35cm 60cm 29th 190cm 100cm 29th - 140cm 29th 55cm 110cm
30th 40cm 60cm 30th 210cm 120cm 30th 30th 55cm 110cm
31st 50cm 50cm 31st 210cm 120cm 31st 31st 50cm 110cm

Previous Statistics

Iwate Kogen Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Iwate Kogen Snow Park. 
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
The 'Kids Park' and 'Family Kids' beginners course areas are both close to the base area.

There is a 'Kids Room' and 'Baby Room' in the Center Plaza base building. It is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm and is free to use. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a freestyle course 'Snow Park' area by the base area. 

Iwate Kogen Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Iwate Kogen Snow Park is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm during the daytime.

Night skiing operations on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 19th December 2020 until 14th March 2021. Until 10:00pm.

Iwate Kogen Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Older Child
Junior High school age
60 years and over
1day passport 5,800 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,900 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
5 Hours 4,000 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Nighta (5pm-close) 2,300 yen 2,300 yen 2,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Gondola (1 ride) 800 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Season Ticket 50,000 yen 40,000 yen 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Junior High School age students are charged the same as the Senior rates.

The 8 Hour ticket is valid for eight hours from the time of purchase.
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

Getting to Iwate Kogen Snow Park

By public transport
19.9km from Shizukuishi Station on the Akita Shinkansen line
19.9km from Shizukuishi Station on the Tazawako line
27.9km from Morioka Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
The resort is a 19km ride from Shizukuishi Station (Tazawako local line and Akita Shinkansen) via Prefecture Road 212.

The Tohoku Shinkansen stops at Morioka Station which is about 28km from Amihari Onsen.

>> More information on the Akita Shinkansen train line

A bus service is available from Morioka Station. The journey takes about 1 hour.
By Car
17.5km from the Takizawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway
22.9km from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 46 (17.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 219
Iwate Kogen Snow Park is about 35 minutes drive from the Morioka IC on the Tohoku Expressway.

From the Takizawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 46 and after about 6km turn right onto Prefecture Road 219 and follow the signs to the resort.

>> More information on Tohoku Expressway
There is a large parking area for 2,800 vehicles at the base of the resort. Open 24 hours. Parking is free every day of the season.

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2020-2021 UPDATES
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