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9 Best Ski Resorts Near Osaka That'll Have You Booking Your Winter Getaway (2022-2023 Season)

9 Best Ski Resorts Near Osaka That'll Have You Booking Your Winter Getaway (2022-2023 Season)

Date published: 6 February 2020
Last updated: 11 November 2022

Winter is the season of Japow - Japanese powder snow! And these best ski resorts near Osaka have plenty of it.

The image of Japanese ski resorts may make your mind naturally wander towards the more popular ones in Hokkaido or Nagano, but did you know there are actually many excellent ski resorts in the Kansai region as well? And they make perfect day trips from Osaka too, as they can be reached in about 2 to 3 hours via train or bus.

Here are 9 of them you can feel absolutely free to drop by for a bit of casual skiing while you're sightseeing around the Osaka or Kyoto areas!

Main image: Adi Haririe / Shutterstock.com

Table of Contents
  1. Enjoy top-class skiing at ski resorts in western Japan
  2. Ski Resorts Near Osaka: Enjoy skiing and snowboarding during your Kansai trip
  3. Budget: How much does it cost to ski around Osaka?
  4. Top 9 Ski Resorts Near Osaka
  5. 1. Mount Rokko Snow Park (Hyogo)
  6. 2. Hachikogen Ski Resort / Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort (Hyogo)
  7. 3. Up Kannabe Ski Resort (Hyogo)
  8. 4. Kaminabe Kogen Manba Ski and Snowboard Resort (Hyogo)
  9. 5. Sky Valley Ski Resort (Hyogo)
  10. 6. Biwako Valley (Shiga)
  11. 7. Gransnow Okuibuki (Shiga)
  12. 8. Yogo Kogen Resort Yap (Shiga)
  13. 9. Hakodateyama Ski Resort (Shiga)
  14. Tips for an enjoyable ski tour in Osaka

Enjoy top-class skiing at ski resorts in western Japan

Adi Haririe / Shutterstock.com
Adi Haririe / Shutterstock.com

There are more than 500 ski resorts in Japan. Although relatively smaller in scale than the grander ski resorts available in the West, these places offer various ski courses and good facilities to support the sport.

On top of that, the snow quality of Japanese ski resorts is excellent, and they're usually in places conveniently accessible from major cities. Without a doubt, you can expect ski resorts in Japan to provide top-class environments for those who appreciate the sport.

Nagano has the most number of ski resorts in Japan, followed by Hokkaido ski resorts and Niigata. Ski resorts in Nagano are especially well-known for an astounding variety of ski trails.

Also, ski resorts located next to mountain peaks usually issue shared lift vouchers that can grant you access to completely different ski courses. Many ski resorts also come equipped with hot spring facilities, allowing you to enjoy the full Japanese post-skiing package without too much extra traveling!

Regardless of their scale, most Osaka area ski resorts offer different ski trails, from child-friendly gentle slopes to more challenging courses. This means anyone - whether beginners or experts - can look forward to having a good time.

Ski Resorts Near Osaka: Enjoy skiing and snowboarding during your Kansai trip

The best season for skiing in Kansai is between December to March, and skiers usually flock to Shiga and Hyogo, where there's relatively more snowfall. (Snow in Osaka is somewhat uncommon.)

Shiga is relatively close to Osaka and Kyoto and can be reached in about one to two hours from those areas.

Hyogo's northern parts see lesser mainstream train traffic, so those unfamiliar with the transportation system used there may want to consider reserving seats in a ski bus tour beforehand, as the bus will take you there and back directly from Namba or Shin-Osaka. This takes about two to three hours one way. Depending on the bus schedule, you should have about five to six hours at the ski resort proper.

If rushing through the day isn't your thing, then consider an overnight stay. Changing between trains and buses incurs a lot of waiting time and can be very difficult to bear after a tiring day at the ski slopes, perhaps even to the point of ruining all the good memories you've made there! So go ahead and book a homestay or hot spring hotel near the ski resort to avoid the travel grind and rest up well for the next day of activity.

Budget: How much does it cost to ski around Osaka?

Budget: How much does it cost to ski around Osaka?

But here's a pertinent question visitors to ski resorts in Osaka are likely more interested in: How much does it actually cost to do some casual skiing there?

Many resorts charge 3,000 yen per day for early reservations in terms of prices, though the main pricing is generally around 10,000 yen inclusive of chair lift usage.

Skis, boards, gear, and other equipment are all available for rental at the ski resort, allowing you to plan to travel there empty-handed if you like.

We've done some research for you about daily rates for most ski resorts and listed an example below for your reference. The actual cost will differ from resort to resort, so you'll still need to do your due diligence for the resort you're interested in!

Rental fees (a rough guide for one day for one person)
・Skis/Snowboards: 3,500 yen onwards (per set)
・Skiwear: 3,500 yen onwards (does not include hats, gloves, or goggles - note that few resorts offer rentals for these)

Lift tickets
Around 4,000 yen – 5,000 yen (if you're in a tour package, this will sometimes be included in the tour price)

Transport
・Trains: 10,000 yen onwards (although a safe way to travel, it's likely to incur additional charges because most ski resorts are located a distance away from the nearest train stations)
・Buses: 5,200 yen onwards (cheaper, but the time you get to spend at the resort is limited)
・Rental car: 7,000 yen (compact car rental for 24 hours - no time limit at the resort, but can be dangerous if you're not used to driving on snowy roads)

Others
・Food/Lockers: 3,000 yen

Ski Tour
・Example: Osaka to Hachikita Ski Resort Day Trip (weekday) - 5,000 yen onwards (according to an aggregator website search)

Top 9 Ski Resorts Near Osaka

Since there are so many ski resorts in the Kansai area, which is the one that will suit you best?

To help you with that decision, here's a list of 9 ski resorts recommended by the most authoritative ski resort/snowfall website in Japan, Surf&Snow, for your handy reference!

1. Mount Rokko Snow Park (Hyogo)

1. Mount Rokko Snow Park (Hyogo)

The moderate slopes in this snow park make it a smash hit with families and beginners. Ski slopes are also kept separate from the Snowland area for playing in the snow, meaning everyone is guaranteed a good time here without having to worry about accidentally crossing the wrong path. This ski resort near Osaka also has enough rental gear to go around!

Season: December 3, 2022 - March 5, 2023
・Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on night skiing days)
・Fee: 1-day ticket (adult): 2,200 yen, night skiing ticket (adult): 2,700 yen, 1-day lift ticket: 1,550 yen (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Open daily

2. Hachikogen Ski Resort / Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort (Hyogo)

2. Hachikogen Ski Resort / Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort (Hyogo)

Hachi and Hachi Kita are two separate areas containing 25 courses and ski slopes. This is the largest ski resort in the Kansai region!

Hachikogen Ski Resort
Season: December 24, 2022 - March 21, 2023 (may change depending on snow conditions)

Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort
Season: December 10, 2022 - around the first week of April 2023 (may change depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 8:00 a.m.)
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 5,000 yen *various discounts available, tax included
・Closed: Open daily

  • Hachi Kogen Ski Resort
    ハチ高原スキー場
    • Address 909-1 Tando, Yabu, Hyogo 667-1344
    • Phone Number 079-667-8036
  • Hachi Kita Kogen Ski Resort
    ハチ北高原スキー場
    • Address 580-1 Muraokaku Osasa, Kami, Mikata-gun, Hyogo 667-1344
    • Phone Number 079-696-0202

3. Up Kannabe Ski Resort (Hyogo)

3. Up Kannabe Ski Resort (Hyogo)

The resort is proud of its beginner-friendly slopes and confident that skiers will leave satisfied. In fact, 80% of its courses are for beginners to intermediate skiers, with wide slopes and gentle gradients so that everyone - from children to adults can have some relaxing fun.

Season: Late December, 2022 - mid-February, 2023 (may change depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: Daytime: 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m., Night skiing: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
・Fee: One-day lift ticket (adult): 3,800 yen (weekday), 4,500 yen (weekends), Nighttime: 2,500 yen (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

4. Kaminabe Kogen Manba Ski and Snowboard Resort (Hyogo)

4. Kaminabe Kogen Manba Ski and Snowboard Resort (Hyogo)

Kaminabe Kogen, located in northern Hyogo, is an internationally renowned geopark blessed with lush natural sights like the sea, mountains, rivers, and farm produce.

It's a fantastic ski resort near Osaka. Upon stepping into the grounds, the first thing you'll see is the wide and welcoming family-friendly ski slope, which is a great way to introduce children to the sport and allow them to practice safely!

Season: December 24, 2022 - March 5, 2023 (may change depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult): 4,000 yen (weekdays), 4,800 yen (Saturdays, Sundays, Public holidays) (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

5. Sky Valley Ski Resort (Hyogo)

5. Sky Valley Ski Resort (Hyogo)

This ski and snowboard facility has a 3,200 meters (about 10,500 feet) long ski course and a place for halfpipe skiing too. The spacious ski center is open 24 hours and even comes with a napping room! It's connected to the nearby Hyperbowl Tohachi via ski lifts. With a shared ski lift voucher, you can look forward to double the ski courses and triple the fun.

Season: December 17, 2022 - March 31, 2022 (may change depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4: 40 p.m. (8:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays) *Subject to change due to weather conditions
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 3,800 yen, 4,500 yen on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and January 1-3. *Various discounts available, tax included
・Closed: Open daily

6. Biwako Valley (Shiga)

6. Biwako Valley (Shiga)

By using a world-class artificial snow machine to complement natural snowfall, Biwako Valley can ensure the grounds always have plenty of quality snow. This ski resort near Osaka boasts nine vastly different courses such as Horai Panorama Ski Slope with the beautiful Lake Biwa as the backdrop, or the popular glades course.

Season: December 24, 2022 - March 21, 2023 (may change depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. *Last ropeway ride is at 5:00 p.m.
・Price: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 6,000 yen and up *Discounts available, tax included, ropeway fee included
・Closed: Open daily.

7. Gransnow Okuibuki (Shiga)

7. Gransnow Okuibuki (Shiga)

One of Kansai's best snow resorts that is easily accessible from both the Kansai and Chubu regions. Its location near an interchange road also means there won't be any traffic jams here.

This ski resort near Osaka is in the perfect location for a ski and snowboarding day trip! It also features top-class ski slopes that fully utilize the area's natural landscape, resulting in 12 widely varied courses that have been designed to appeal to people of all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Season: Mid-December, 2022 - late March 2023
・Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult) 4,500 yen and up, 5,400 yen and up on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

8. Yogo Kogen Resort Yap (Shiga)

8. Yogo Kogen Resort Yap (Shiga)

A popular Shiga ski resort for day trips, it takes about just two hours to get here from Osaka and Kyoto, or 1.5 hours from Nagoya.

On Saturdays, this ski resort near Osaka is open until 11:00 p.m. for nighttime skiing from the mountain peak all the way down - the same mountain peak that commands a panoramic view of Tsuruga Bay, too! The snow quality here is so good, some may find it hard to believe they're still in Kansai!

Season: Mid-December, 2022 - Late March, 2023 (may change depending on snow conditions)
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (until 11:00 p.m. from 2023), Sundays and holidays 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
・Fee: 1-day lift ticket (adult): 4,000 yen and up (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Undecided

9. Hakodateyama Ski Resort (Shiga)

9. Hakodateyama Ski Resort (Shiga)

At this ski resort in Shiga, you're taken directly to the ski slopes in an 8-seater gondola, where you can take in wonderful views of Lake Biwa and its surroundings on your way up. It's a great way to spend a winter vacation with the family! There is a variety of courses for everyone, from beginners to experts available here.

Season: December 23, 2022 - March 21, 2022
・Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Hours may change at irregular intervals
・Fee: Gondola lift set 1 day pass (adult) 4,500 yen and up (various discounts available, tax included)
・Closed: Open all year round

  • Hakodateyama Ski Resort
    • Address Hiokimae, Imazu-Cho, Takashima-Shi, Shiga-Ken, 520-1655
      View Map
    • Nearest Station Ominakasho Station (JR Kosei Line)
    • Phone Number 0740-22-2486

    Reserve a Lift ticket in advance

    • West Japan (6 Resort Combo) Multi-Resort Gondola & Lift Ticket
      • 1-Day Ticket
      • All Ages
      • All-Day
      38%OFF
      5,300
      3,300JPY
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Tips for an enjoyable ski tour in Osaka

Ski resorts in the Kansai region have several advantages: Transport is relatively easy to arrange, beginner courses with gentle slopes are abundant, facilities are often family-friendly, ski classes are available, and usually come with the full suite of essential services for a good time.

Hot springs or delicious food can always be found in the vicinity of these ski resorts near Osaka as well, so why not include skiing into your winter trip itinerary? Although somewhat different from the usual sightseeing fare, you can be sure this activity be equally, if not more fun and enjoyable!

Text by: Westplan. English Translation by: Huimin Pan.
The information in this article has been re-edited as of November 2022. Please check the official website for the latest information.

▼Early-bird lift tickets are recommended for winter skiing in Japan▼

*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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