Visitor reviews for Kamoidake Kokusai Ski Resort
Ski Resort Rating: Rate Kamoidake Kokusai
August 27, 2015
Gareth Jones from Australia
I spent a season doing a working holiday at Kamoidake and came to know the mountain very well and also became very fond of the staff of Kamoidake resort who are some of the nicest people I've had the pleasure of knowing! I was entertained by the mountain all season, with its wide variety of piste trails, constant fresh snowfall and as my skills improved I kept on finding new and challenging off-piste trails.
Kamoidake Ski Area:
Kamoidake Kokusai ski area is one of Japan's last and best kept secrets. It experiences high amounts of quality powder each season, has a good variety of well groomed trails and with a relaxed attitude taken towards off-piste skiing there are some great tree courses and side country areas to be explored and enjoyed by experts and powder hunters. Enjoy a very traditional Japanese experience at Kamoidake, and take in the spectacular country scenery of central Hokkaido from the summit, whilst being one of the only foreigners to carve up the mountain.
There is something for everyone here at Kamoidake and enough to challenge any level of skier or snowboarder. The piste trails offer something for every level with wide and gradual slopes for beginners and a number of steep slopes; great for experts and speed demons. Kamoidake is used as a ski racing mountain with ski teams taking advantage of the steep and well groomed trails for training and races, however, if you visit outside of mid-December to mid-January, and it is a weekday, it would not be uncommon to find you have the mountain nearly to yourself! Going side-country and through the tree trails you will almost always be guaraunteed fresh tracks due to the high number of fresh snowfall days and also because the majority of skier on the mountain; ski racers stick to the piste trails all day.
There is an on-mountain ski shop with a wide range of ski gear at reasonable prices.
Ski lifts operate from 0900 to 1600. Night skiing is offered on the West slope from 1600-2000. The ski season is usually from early December until the middle of April.
Day tickets for adults are 3,000 Yen. There are also 1 time passes, children tickets, family tickets and night tickets available.
Kamoidake is located in central Hokkaido, approximately inbetween Sapporo and Asahikawa. By car it is about 1 and a half hours from Sapporo, about 1 hour from Ashikawa or also about 1 hour from Furano. The nearest city: Utashinai, is 5 mins away by car and offers the novelty of officially being the smallest city in the whole of Japan.
If catching the train and coming from either Sapporo or Asahikawa stop at Sunagawa station. If coming from Furano, stop at Akabira station. A taxi will cost approximately 5000 yen from Sunagawa and 4000 yen from Akabira. It is also possible to organize a shuttle bus service with us and we will pick you up from the station.
Kamoidake resort is located at the base of the east side of Kamoi mountain. With very reasonable prices and great views of the surrounding landscape and mountain. Stay at Kamoidake resort to have a very traditional countryside Japanese experience and to wake up on the doorstep of the ski area. Accommodation includes delicious food, a traditional style Japanese dinner, a large and diverse Japanese buffet breakfast, access to a gym and access to a large, clean, onsen, complete with a jacuzzi, cold pool and sauna.
Year round activities:
Kamoidake resort is open all year round. In the summer Kamoidake resort is a great place to stay and enjoy the beautiful nature and wildlife of Hokkaido. We offer hiking, horse trekking, bike riding and day trips to Furano and Biei.