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Aizu

Urabandai & Inawashiro

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The Resorts

Aizu itself isn’t a ski resort as such, it is the conglomeration of two minor regions in Aizu and Minami Aizu that house a combined 22 different ski resorts. These resorts provide skiers and snowboarders a overwhelming freedom of choice for your prefered conditions from long groomers to terrain parks. Another huge benefit outside of the conditions is that most of these ski resorts are located a stone’s throw from one another, giving you the opportunity to sample a wide range of ski resorts in the same holiday.

The combined Aizu ski resorts don’t attract huge international attention, in some ways this gives the resorts an authentic, insular Japanese experience as there isn’t a massive western influence. Enjoy mingling with locals and Japanese tourists to your heart's content, however don’t expect there to be much english spoken!

Resort Name

Max Elevation

Base

Max Pitch

(degrees)

Courses

Adatara Kogen

1,350m

950m

33

8

Aizu Kogen Daikura

1,200m

838m

38

11

Aizu Kogen Nango

1,000m

510m

37

9

Aizu Kogen Takahata

1,240m

720m

34

10

Aizu Kogen Takatsue

1,650m

943m

36

15

Fairy Land Kaneyama

775m

470m

32

3

Family Snow Park Bandai X2

780m

580m

26

6

Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort

1,200m

760m

33

9

Grandeco Snow Resort

1,590m

1,010m

33

8

Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort

1,280m

950m

26

11

Hoshino Resorts Alts Snow Park  & Resort

1,280m

700m

29

10

Hoshino Resorts Nekoma Snow Park  & Resort

1,337m

1,026m

33

10

Inawashiro

1,255m

675m

34

18

Listel Ski Fantasia

871m

598m

37

6

Minowa

1,500m

1,050m

34

11

Nihonmatsu Shiozawa

925m

709m

35

4

Numajiri

1,220m

850m

30

13

Oze Hinoemata Onsen

1,050m

900m

35

2

Sannokura

780m

570m

22

3

Ski Resort Tenei

870m

700m

38

4

Tadami

550m

400m

28

2

Urabandai

1,200m

900m

35

3



Getting there

Whilst largely undiscovered by international guests, the Aizu region has been used as a go to ski destination for Japanese tourists for many years as it is easily accessible from Tokyo. Located in Fukushima Prefecture of the Tohoku region, the gateway for these resorts is the Koriyama train station. Once you are at Koriyama station it will depend on which resort you are traveling to as the Aizu ski resort sits on the southside of Mt. Bandai or the southwest side of Mt. Adatara However, the Koriyama train station is a slick 80 minutes away from Tokyo on the Shinkansen bullet train!

Minami Aizu is slightly different and a little bit off the beaten track. The ski resorts are located on the southwest rim of Lake Inawashiro and are significantly more spread out than its Aizu cousins. There are various different ways of getting to each of these resorts, but the underlying principle is that these resorts are all accessible within 2 hours of Tokyo.


The Snow

The combined ski resorts of Aizu and Minami Aizu are situated right in central Japan, whilst this is in an enviable location for wandering powder hounds to log some time on the slopes without huge travel times, its location is far from enviable for snow depth. During the season an easterly wind blows over the sea of Japan, picking up a large quantity of moisture as it makes its way toward Japan and once it makes landfall it sheds most of the moisture pick up over the journey. The blessing in this is that there is almost no moisture left in the low pressure system once it hits Mt. Bandai and Mt. Adatara, leaving only extremely dry powder. Its curse is the fact that without moisture it is significantly harder for snow to fall and that leads to a lower than average annual snowfall of roughly 5.8m. However, snow depth is not exactly the be all and end all of your ski experience, remember quantity can’t always substitute quality!


The Nightlife

The 22 ski resorts that constitute the Aizu ski region all offer slightly different things. Unlike many other ski resorts around Japan, many of these ski resorts are owned and operated out of a central property at the base of the mountain. These resorts provide guests with everything that they would need in order to enjoy a stay in Aizu, however they aren’t regarded as nightlife destinations. All of the resorts have facilities such as restaurants, onsen, entertainment, bars, cafes and many other amenities. There are also townships such as Aizu-wakamatsu and Inawashiro where you can experience some cultural delights, however western facilities are not at large throughout these areas.


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HOSHINO RESORT BANDAISAN ONSEN HOTEL

5 nights from $402* per person

Price includes 4 day lift pass + daily breakfast 

A large lively winter ski resort located near Bandai Mountain and Lake Inawashiro. Free schedule ski shuttles provided between resorts.

SPECIAL: Free lift pass for person up to 24 years old 

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LISTEL INAWASHIRO WING TOWER

5 nights from $564* per person

Price includes 4 day lift pass + daily breakfast

A large lively winter ski resort located near Bandai Mountain and Lake Inawashiro. Free schedule ski shuttles provided between resorts.

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ACTIVE RESORT URABANDAI

5 nights from $564* per person

Price includes 4 day lift pass + daily breakfast 

At the foot of Hoshino Nekoma ski resort, offering Japanese, Western-style rooms and indoor/outdoor hot-springs. Also only 15 minutes by shuttle to/from Grandeco & Nekoma ski resorts.

SPECIAL: Free lift pass for person up to 24 years old

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URABANDAI GRANDECO TOKYU HOTEL

5 nights from $576* per person

Price includes 4 day lift pass + daily breakfast

A 10 minute walk from Grandeco Snow Resort, the hotel offers 2 restaurants and a variety of indoor and outdoor bath facilities. All rooms boast a balcony with mountain views.

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URABANDAI LAKE RESORT

5 nights from $576* per person

Price includes 4 day lift pass + daily breakfast

Located in the Aizu region, this lovely hotel has both Western & Japanese style rooms with public bath and open air bath onsite. Provides free shuttle services to ski resorts in the vicinity.

SPECIAL: Free lift pass for person up to 24 years old

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