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Kamui Ski Links: One of Hokkaido's Best Budget Ski Resorts

Kamui Ski Links: One of Hokkaido's Best Budget Ski Resorts

Date published: 23 September 2020
Last updated: 16 November 2020

Kamui Ski Links, in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, offers an incredible variety of ski trails at very reasonable prices. Before you pack your bags and zip off, however, here's a list of important information you'll need to make the most of your trip there!

Table of Contents
  1. Powder snow is the top attraction at Kamui Ski Links!
  2. How to get to Kamui Ski Links
  3. Trails: Ski slopes for skill levels are available, and a closer look at the resort's most well-known slope!
  4. Lift passes: Available online or at ticketing counters
  5. Rental packages: Save on time and hassle by renting gear on the spot!
  6. Ski schools: Courses for children or skiers from anywhere in the world!
  7. Trail restaurants: Feast on famous ramen or relax in a trendy cafe!
  8. Snow activities: Have your fill of powder snow with fun activities like snow banana boards and snow rafting!
  9. Foreign language support: English and Chinese-speaking staff are always on hand to help, even with sightseeing information!
  10. Discount deals: Information on combination lift passes and upcoming trip packages
  11. Kamui Ski Links' preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19

Powder snow is the top attraction at Kamui Ski Links!

Powder snow is the top attraction at Kamui Ski Links!

Let's start with location. Kamui Ski Links is around a 90-minute drive from Sapporo City or a 30-minute drive from Asahikawa's town center. Because Asahikawa is situated on a basin-shaped valley surrounded by mountains, the summer heat here is oppressive, and the winter cold, bone-chilling.

This extreme difference in climates between the seasons is the secret behind Asahikawa's smooth and fine snowfall, and it is on top of this high-quality powdered snow that Kamui Ski Links has built their trails!

Powder snow is a phenomenon that only appears when the air is very cold and dry. Asahikawa is at its coldest during January, with daily averages plunging to as low as -3C (26.6F) or a mean minimum temperature of -12C (10.4F).

Because the cold here really bites, bring along face masks that can protect your face from the winds to ensure that you stay warm and comfortable throughout your trip!

How to get to Kamui Ski Links

How to get to Kamui Ski Links

●Car
Take the Hokkaido Expressway, exit at Fukagawa IC, and drive down Japan National Route 12 to reach Kamui Ski Links. This should take about 90 minutes in all.

●Bus
Hop on bus No. 448 Kamui Ski Links Line, operated by Dohoku Bus, which will take passengers directly to the ski resort. You can either take the city line that departs from various Asahikawa hotels, or the airport line that takes you directly to the ski resort. This is a convenient option since no transferring of vehicles is needed in between.

To get to Kamui Ski Links from Sapporo City directly, hop on a highway bus operated by Hokkaido Access Network. The bus takes you directly to the destination and there is no need to transfer vehicles in between.

Trails: Ski slopes for skill levels are available, and a closer look at the resort's most well-known slope!

Trails: Ski slopes for skill levels are available, and a closer look at the resort's most well-known slope!

There is a total of 25 ski trails in Kamui Ski Links, each appealing to different preferences, such as the 4,000-meter (about 13,000 feet) long trail designed for beginners to cruise along at a relaxed pace. Peak ski season starts from late December to early February every year. This is the period where you'll see plenty of fellow skiers and snowboarders gathering here to try out the different ski trails available.

The resort's most well-known ski trail is the Gold Course, an unusually long and wide trail that starts from the mountaintop and goes all the way down to the foot.

This trail is further divided up into three sub-sections, known simply as Gold 1, Gold 2, and Gold 3.

Gold 1 is suitable for beginners and children. Gold 2 and Gold 3 are for intermediate skiers. Features of the Gold 2 course include a maximum incline of 30 degrees and a groomed piste that is 150 meters at its widest.

As for Gold 3, your ski edges will love you for putting it on a snowfield that's been tightly packed down, since it allows for the smoothest of carved turns without much fuss!

Now let's take a closer look at the ski trails here by difficulty level.

Beginners should start with Kids Garden or Family. Kids Garden's steepest incline is a gentle 8°, which makes it perfect for small children or beginners who are still trying to get used to their skis. And because the Family trail is so broad, beginners may find it safer and more comfortable to practice here first before heading over to the more challenging trails.

Intermediate and advanced skiers should definitely try out some of the ungroomed slopes, especially Deep Powder or Fresh Powder, where you can get a taste of the exquisite powder snow Kamui Ski Links is so well-known for.

These unique courses that cut through glades are only open on days when the snow condition is excellent, so if you do happen to be visiting on such a day, you wouldn't want to miss out on these trails!

For exhilarating trails where you have to navigate through trees, try the ungroomed Bumps, Todomatsu, or Treerun. As you ski down these bumpy and uneven slopes, the tree stumps and fallen logs you'll find along the way adds to the thrill of the ride and leaves you wanting for more even after reaching the end.

It's a good thing you can keep trying them out for as many times as you want. Do take note that these are trails that require good techniques such as precise speed control in deep snow, so don't try to bite off more than you can chew if you're not ready for it yet!

Lift passes: Available online or at ticketing counters

Lift passes: Available online or at ticketing counters

One-day adult lift passes for Kamui Ski Links are available at a very affordable 3,800 yen and can be conveniently purchased online or at ticketing counters at the ski resort itself.

1) Online web shop
Go to the following page (https://www.kamui-skilinks.com/webshop/), choose the lift pass you want, and add it to your shopping cart. A screen will pop up asking you how you will collect the pass. Select "Collect via QR code".

Complete the transaction by paying via credit card, and you'll be issued a QR code. When at the ski resort, scan this QR code at the automatic ticket dispensing machine to collect your purchased lift pass in the form of an IC card. First-time buyers will also need to pay a deposit of 500 yen. Thereafter, you can simply recharge the same IC card via the online web shop whenever you need to get another pass.

●Lift pass fees (non-exhaustive)
・1-day pass: Adults 3,800 yen; Seniors 3,200 yen; Elementary school students 1,800 yen
・4-hour pass: Adults 3,300 yen; Seniors 2,900 yen; Elementary school students 1,600 yen
・Oyako set 1-day pass (1 parent + 1 elementary school student): 4,800 yen
・Oyako set 1-day pass (1 parent + 1 junior high school student): 6,500 yen
・Single-trip lift pass: Adults 400 yen; Seniors 400 yen; Elementary school students 200 yen
・Single-trip gondola pass: Adults 1,000 yen; Seniors 1,000 yen; Elementary school students 400 yen


Of course, there are other lift passes you can choose from as well, which will be sold on the web shop when ski season starts. Availability will be announced in advance before the start of the season on the resort's official website or Facebook page, so check them diligently to avoid missing out!

There are season passes as well, which will be available for purchase from October (for the 2020/2021 seasons). As usual, check out the official website for more details.

2) Ticketing counters
Lift passes can also be bought from ticketing counters next to the Center Lodge near the entrance to the trails. You'll be issued an IC card which can be recharged for further usage from the second time onwards. A 500 yen deposit is required for the initial purchase. Once you have this IC card, you can simply go to the online shop to recharge it whenever necessary.

Note that while preschoolers can use the lifts for free, they'll still need an IC card to pass through the gates. A 500 yen deposit for the card is also required in this instance.

Rental packages: Save on time and hassle by renting gear on the spot!

Rental packages: Save on time and hassle by renting gear on the spot!

Over at the resort's rental shop, you'll find a wide range of skiing and snowboarding equipment, cold wear, thick gloves, hats, and other useful accessories for rent. Travelers especially love the "Just Bring Yourself Ski/Snowboard Rental Set".

This package allows you to rent either one set of ski gear or snowboarding gear, which includes upper and lower wear, gloves, goggles, and a hat.

If you're already dressed for the occasion, then take the vanilla "Ski/Snowboard Rental Set". There's also the "Accessories Set" that comes with gloves, goggles, and a hat. These three packages can be rented for just four hours if you like (or more, of course!), making them an ideal choice for anyone who only wants to ski or snowboard for a short while.

●Rental fees (non-exhaustive)
・Just Bring Yourself Ski/Snowboard Rental Set
4 hours: Adults 7,500 yen; Children 4,500 yen
1 day: Adults 9,000 yen; Children 6,000 yen
2 days: Adults 17,000 yen; Children 11,000 yen

Ski/Snowboard Rental Set
4 hours: Adults 4,500 yen; Children 3,500 yen
1 day: Adults 6,000 yen; Children 4,000 yen
2 days: Adults 11,000 yen; Children 7,000 yen

Ski schools: Courses for children or skiers from anywhere in the world!

Ski schools: Courses for children or skiers from anywhere in the world!

Kamui Ski Links hosts permanent ski schools that are officially recognized by the Ski Association of Japan, Japan Snowboarding Association, and Professional Ski Instructors Association of Japan. What better place to attend a proper ski school than right at a ski resort itself, and with certified professionals, right?

●JSBA Accredited Kamui Snowboard School (Beginner lessons: 3,500 yen for 90 minutes, 6,000 yen for 1-day course)
Officially recognized by the Japan Snowboarding Association, this particular school also offers ski lessons despite having the word "snowboard" in its name. Lessons are available in English if necessary, so there are plenty of foreigners in addition to local learners in this school! If you're absolutely sure you want to try this school out, make a reservation before heading to the ski resort. On weekends and public holidays during snow season, including the end of year and start of year holidays, all are welcome to attend even if they may not have a reservation.

●Yūichirō Miura & Snow Dolphin Ski School Kamui (Group lessons: 4,000 yen for half-day of 1.5 hours, 6,000 yen for full-day of 3 hours)
First-timers, beginners, intermediate, or advanced learners are all accepted into this school, which will then tailor the course content to the student's level. For example, first-timers will be taught essential ski control, whereas advanced skiers will take their lessons on actual ski trails and be taught how to thoroughly enjoy the silky snow found in Kamui Ski Links by enthusiastic staff teachers who are eager to make sure everyone has a good time. Foreigners are welcome and English lessons are available in this school as well.

Besides those already mentioned, there are also other schools like the SAJ Accredited Ski School and SIA Accredited Ski School, and more details about the courses they offer can be found on the official website, which you can also use to make reservations to attend one or more of the courses available.

Trail restaurants: Feast on famous ramen or relax in a trendy cafe!

Trail restaurants: Feast on famous ramen or relax in a trendy cafe!

After you're done with your skiing for the day, you'll probably need some food to recharge your exhausted body! Thankfully, Kamui Ski Links has restaurants located both at the peak and on the foot of its ski mountain for everyone's convenience.

●Center Lodge 2F Restaurant
On the second floor of Center Lodge is the main restaurant of Kamui Ski Links, a wide and spacious dining area with more than 500 seats available. Items on the menu include cutlet curry rice and cutlet rice, staple meals offered at every Japanese ski resort, along with a few unique dishes like the "Asahikawa Potato and Pork Stamina Rice Bowl (900 yen)", which uses locally-sourced fresh ingredients.

We'd also like to direct your attention to the warm and toasty "Gukbap (1,000 yen)", a Korean dish that's basically soup with rice. Food is only prepared once an order is received, so that customers will always be served hot food to warm up their bodies after all that time out in the snow!

"Asahikawa Potato and Pork Stamina Rice Bowl"
Piping hot and spicy "Gukbap"

Also on the second floor of the Center Lodge is the popular Japanese-style Fukuyoshi Cafe - only open during the winter season! "Tokiwayaki (pastry with red bean stuffing)" and "Fukuyoshi Latte" are a couple of items from its special menu, only available at Kamui Ski Links!

Any time the children in your travel group need a little snack, or even during times when the adults are craving a sweet treat, make a quick stop at Fukuyoshi cafe for their tasty dessert and drinks!

Asahikawa specialty: "Tokiwayaki"
Even the latte cup is so fancy! Try taking pictures of them against the backdrop of the silver world outside

●Mountaintop restaurant Trattoria Pizzeria Monte 751
Right next to the Kamui Gondola's mountaintop station is Trattoria Pizzeria Monte 751, which has recently been completely renovated for the 2019/2020 snow season.

There's now a fireplace right in the shop, which adds to the restaurant's calm and cozy atmosphere. This is a fine place to enjoy some authentic Italian pizza and pasta while gazing out of the windows, at a panoramic view of Ishikari Plains from a height of 751 meters (about 2,500 feet) above sea level!

Ramen Noodle Bar NOBu
Since you're in Asahikawa, you don't want to miss one of its most well-known food specialties: Asahikawa Ramen! The good news is, you can enjoy this dish right in Kamui Ski Links, in Ramen Noodle Bar NOBu, another eatery that can be found inside the Center Lodge's Ramen House section. They serve bona fide, traditional Asahikawa Ramen here, and few things beat relishing a bowl of piping hot ramen after being exposed to the cold for hours on end on the ski field!

Snow activities: Have your fill of powder snow with fun activities like snow banana boards and snow rafting!

Snow activities: Have your fill of powder snow with fun activities like snow banana boards and snow rafting!

There are plenty of other things to do on the snow other than skiing here, so why not try them all out? People of all ages love the exciting snow banana board activity (Adults 1,000 yen; Children 500 yen), and we're confident you will too. For the 2019/2020 season, the resort has added a new activity: Snow rafting (Adults 1,000 yen; Children 500 yen)!

Suppose you're not really into winter sports or happen to be caring for young children. In that case, these activities are great ways to enjoy the resort's beautiful powder snow without getting your feet too wet for your comfort.

Foreign language support: English and Chinese-speaking staff are always on hand to help, even with sightseeing information!

Foreign language support: English and Chinese-speaking staff are always on hand to help, even with sightseeing information!

Got a burning question about the resort and its surroundings? Drop by the Kamui Tourist Information counter in Kamui Ski Links' Center Lodge for all the answers you need, from information about the ski resort to popular sightseeing spots in Asahikawa City.

English and Chinese-speaking staff are always on hand to entertain your inquiries, so don't hesitate to let them know what you need.

Discount deals: Information on combination lift passes and upcoming trip packages

Discount deals: Information on combination lift passes and upcoming trip packages

Combination lift passes that allow usage of ski lifts in both Kamui Ski Links and Hoshino Resorts Tomamu are available for those planning on visiting both places. Here are the three options you can choose from:

●3-day pass (any 3 days within an 8-day period starting from day of usage): Adults 14,000 yen; Children 9,500 yen
●4-day pass (any 4 days within a 9-day period starting from day of usage): Adults 17,000 yen; Children 11,000 yen
●5-day pass (any 5 days within a 10-day period starting from day of usage): Adults: 21,000 yen; Children 12,500 yen

These lift passes are very traveler-friendly in the sense that you can pick any day within a certain time to use them on. The days do not have to be consecutive, so you can easily slot a ski trip in between other sightseeing days using these passes. Another advantage is that the same lift pass allows you access to lifts in two resorts, simplifying your trip even further.

For example, you buy the 3-day pass and enjoy yourself at Kamui Ski Links on the first day. For the next two days, you do sightseeing in Asahikawa. On the fourth day, you head to Tomamu and ski there for two days. That's the pass fully utilized without having to pack two ski-intensive activities too tightly together - a win-win situation for everyone!

There's an upcoming Day & Night Pass (name TBD) that can be used for both Kamui Ski Links and another ski resort in Asahikawa City, Santa Present Park. This package comes with a 1-day lift pass for Kamui Ski Links and a night pass for Santa Present Park.

Another limited-time discount package being planned will offer affordable accommodations to travelers wanting to fully enjoy Kamui Ski Links during peak snow season. Reservations will be open from mid-September to November 15, barring unforeseen circumstances, and travel agencies will likely release deals for ski-related merchandise or rental plans during this time as well.

It's not every day you get to visit Asahikawa, so going to Asahiyama Zoo or doing sightseeing in nearby areas such as Daisetsuzan at the same time is probably a no-brainer. Not to worry, of course - there's probably a discount ticket or bundle that you can take advantage of to make the trip worth the effort and then some!

Lodgings with stayover packages for Kamui Ski Links:

  • Art Hotel Asahikawa
    • Address 7jo-dori 6, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 070-0037
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    • Nearest Station Asahikawa Station (Soya Main Line / Hakodate Main Line / Furano Line)

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  • JR Inn Asahikawa
    • Address Miyashitadori 7-Chome 2-5, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 070-0030
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    • Nearest Station Asahikawa Station (Soya Main Line / Hakodate Main Line / Furano Line)

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Kamui Ski Links' preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19

Staff members are required to put on a mask at all times inside the Center Lodge. The building is also regularly ventilated and disinfected. Alcohol-based antiseptic solutions have been installed at intervals and guests are encouraged to disinfect their hands regularly.

For the 2020/2021 season, the ski resort will improvise accordingly when dealing with guests, depending on the amount of people in a group. For example, in order to prevent overcrowding, only up to four people from the same group are allowed to ride on the gondola together at any one time. Otherwise, only one person will be allowed on at any one time. The resort may also be installing acrylic boards at appropriate places and employing other measures against the spread of infectious diseases as needed.

Text by: Minna no Kotobasha
English translation by: Huimin Pan
*All information in this article is accurate as of September 2020

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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