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: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
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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 resort features a 12 person gondola. In the evening there is a special 'Winter Night Tour: Stars by Naked' event that is described as 'the best night sky entertainment in Japan' and uses projection mapping (from 10th December 2018).

Heavens Sonohara Snow World has been operating since 1996. The ski hills 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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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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
1st - - 1st 50cm 60cm 1st 100cm 90cm 1st 90cm 120cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 65cm 2nd 105cm 95cm 2nd 90cm 120cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 65cm 3rd 105cm 100cm 3rd 85cm 120cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 65cm 4th 100cm 100cm 4th 85cm 120cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 65cm 5th 100cm 105cm 5th 80cm 120cm
6th - - 6th 50cm 65cm 6th 90cm 110cm 6th 80cm 120cm
7th - - 7th 50cm 65cm 7th 90cm 110cm 7th 75cm 90cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 65cm 8th 90cm 110cm 8th 75cm 90cm
9th - - 9th 50cm 65cm 9th 90cm 110cm 9th 75cm 90cm
10th - - 10th 50cm 75cm 10th 90cm 110cm 10th 75cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 50cm 75cm 11th 90cm 110cm 11th 75cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 55cm 75cm 12th 95cm 110cm 12th 75cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 55cm 75cm 13th 95cm 120cm 13th 75cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 55cm 75cm 14th 95cm 120cm 14th 80cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 55cm 75cm 15th 95cm 120cm 15th 80cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 55cm 75cm 16th 95cm 120cm 16th 80cm 70cm
17th - - 17th 60cm 75cm 17th 95cm 120cm 17th 80cm 60cm
18th - - 18th 60cm 70cm 18th 95cm 120cm 18th 80cm 60cm
19th - - 19th 65cm 70cm 19th 95cm 120cm 19th 80cm 60cm
20th - - 20th 65cm 70cm 20th 95cm 120cm 20th 80cm 60cm
21st - - 21st 70cm 70cm 21st 90cm 120cm 21st 80cm 55cm
22nd 50cm - 22nd 70cm 70cm 22nd 90cm 120cm 22nd 70cm 55cm
23rd 50cm 55cm 23rd 75cm 70cm 23rd 90cm 120cm 23rd 60cm 50cm
24th 50cm 55cm 24th 75cm 80cm 24th 90cm 120cm 24th 60cm 50cm
25th 50cm 55cm 25th 75cm 85cm 25th 90cm 120cm 25th - 50cm
26th 50cm 55cm 26th 75cm 90cm 26th 90cm 120cm 26th - -
27th 50cm 55cm 27th 80cm 90cm 27th 90cm 120cm 27th - -
28th 50cm 60cm 28th 80cm 90cm 28th 90cm 120cm 28th - -
29th 50cm 60cm 29th 90cm 90cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 50cm 60cm 30th 90cm 90cm 30th 30th - -
31st 50cm 60cm 31st 90cm 90cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Heavens Sonohara Snow World. 
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 (sledging) is located near the Number 6 lift. The entry charge is 500 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Season & Opening Times

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

There is no nighta at this resort.

There is a special 'Winter Night Tour: Stars by Naked' that is described as 'the best night sky entertainment in Japan' that uses projection mapping... that starts from 10th December.

Heavens Sonohara Snow World Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Older Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,150 yen yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
PM Ticket 3,450 yen yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
Gondola Return 2,200 yen yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen yen 200 yen 200 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 32,000 yen yen 16,000 yen 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The afternoon ticket is valid from 12:00 noon until 4:30pm.

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

Entry to the Kids World is 500 yen.

Getting to Heavens Sonohara Snow World

By public transport
21.9km from Tenryukyo Station on the Iida Line
24.3km from Iida Station on the Iida Line
Transport Information
Heavens Sonohara Snow World is 22km from Tenryukyo Station and just over 24km from Iida Station on the Iida line.
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By 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
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 50 minutes from Nagoya by car.
Parking is available at the base of the resort for around 1,500 vehicles. Parking is free every day.

* Those going for the 'Winter Night Tour' event - use the Number 1 car park.

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