Heavens Sonohara Snow World (Achi Village, Nagano)

Heavens Sonohara Snow World
ヘブンスそのはらSNOW WORLD
(長野県 阿智村)
Planned season: Thursday 24th December 2020 until mid March 2021
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Heavens Sonohara Snow World is located in Achi village in the south-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Heavens Sonohara is a skiers-only resort meaning that snowboarders are not allowed on the slopes.

The ski area features a gondola lift that goes up to what is effectively the base of the ski area. There is no downhill course back to the car parks. In the evening (not every day) there is a special 'Night Tour' event that is described as 'the best night sky entertainment in Japan' and uses projection mapping.

Heavens Sonohara Snow World has been operating since 1996. The ski areas in this region are within easy reach of the Aichi, Gifu and Shizuoka areas.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

1600m
225m
1375m
30"
5
2000m
5
25%
25%
50%
Skiers
100%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
0%
0 1 1 0 3 0 0
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
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19/20
season
20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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1st - - 1st 40cm 35cm 1st 85cm 65cm 1st 100cm 85cm
2nd - - 2nd 45cm 40cm 2nd 85cm 65cm 2nd 100cm 85cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 40cm 3rd 95cm 65cm 3rd 100cm 85cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 40cm 4th 95cm 70cm 4th 100cm 85cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 45cm 5th 95cm 70cm 5th 100cm 90cm
6th - - 6th 50cm 45cm 6th 95cm 70cm 6th 95cm 90cm
7th - - 7th 50cm 45cm 7th 95cm 75cm 7th 95cm 90cm
8th - - 8th 55cm 45cm 8th 95cm 80cm 8th 95cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 40cm 9th 95cm 80cm 9th 95cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 40cm 10th 95cm 80cm 10th 95cm 105cm
11th - - 11th 60cm 40cm 11th 95cm 80cm 11th 95cm 95cm
12th - - 12th 65cm 50cm 12th 95cm 80cm 12th 95cm 90cm
13th - - 13th 80cm 50cm 13th 95cm 80cm 13th 80cm 90cm
14th - - 14th 80cm 55cm 14th 95cm 80cm 14th 80cm 90cm
15th - - 15th 80cm 55cm 15th 95cm 80cm 15th 80cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 80cm 55cm 16th 95cm 80cm 16th 80cm 100cm
17th - - 17th 80cm 55cm 17th 95cm 75cm 17th 70cm 100cm
18th - - 18th 80cm 60cm 18th 100cm 75cm 18th 70cm 100cm
19th - - 19th 80cm 60cm 19th 100cm 85cm 19th 70cm 100cm
20th - - 20th 80cm 60cm 20th 100cm 85cm 20th 70cm 80cm
21st - - 21st 80cm 60cm 21st 100cm 85cm 21st 30cm 80cm
22nd - - 22nd 80cm 60cm 22nd 100cm 85cm 22nd - 70cm
23rd - - 23rd 80cm 60cm 23rd 100cm 85cm 23rd - -
24th 25cm 35cm 24th 80cm 60cm 24th 100cm 85cm 24th - -
25th 25cm 35cm 25th 80cm 60cm 25th 100cm 85cm 25th - -
26th 30cm 35cm 26th 80cm 60cm 26th 100cm 85cm 26th - -
27th 30cm 35cm 27th 80cm 60cm 27th 100cm 85cm 27th - -
28th 30cm 35cm 28th 80cm 65cm 28th 100cm 85cm 28th - -
29th 30cm 40cm 29th 80cm 65cm 29th - 85cm 29th - -
30th 30cm 40cm 30th 85cm 65cm 30th 30th - -
31st 35cm 35cm 31st 85cm 65cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Heavens Sonohara Snow World. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Ski equipment and wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
A 'Kids World' area with sledding and snow tubing is located near the Number 6 lift, close to the base of the ski area (top of the ropeway). The entry charge is 500 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
No specific snow park.

Snow shoe tours are available at Heavens Sonohara Snow World. 

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Pre-school
Older Child
Elementary School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 2,700 yen
PM Ticket 3,700 yen 2,200 yen
Gondola Return 2,300 yen 1,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 33,000 yen 17,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The afternoon ticket is valid from 12:00 noon until 4:30pm.

The 1 Day ticket includes use of gondola and ski lifts.

Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free.

Getting to Heavens Sonohara Snow World

By public transport
Train
Train
21.9km from Tenryukyo Station on the Iida Line
24.3km from Iida Station on the Iida Line
Transport Information
Information
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is 22km from Tenryukyo Station and just over 24km from Iida Station on the Iida line.
bus
Bus
Various tour bus services are available.
By Car
Car
2.9km from the Sonohara IC on the Chuo Expressway
14.1km from the Iida Yamamoto IC on the Chuo Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 256 (5.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 477
Direction
Direction
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is about 3km from the Sonohara IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.

At the Sonohara IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 477 and follow the signs to resort base.

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About 70 minutes from Nagoya.
About 1 hour 20 minutes from Nakatsugawa.
About 3 hours 20 minutes from Osaka.
About 3 hours 40 minutes from Tokyo.
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of the resort for around 1,500 vehicles in 7 car parks. Parking is free every day

More Information

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Address
Address
Chisato 3731-4
Achi-mura
Shimoina-gun
Nagano-ken
395-0304
Telephone
Telephone
0265-44-2311
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