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The Panorama Ski Area and Shimokura Ski Area accommodate different levels and groupings.
A shuttle bus runs between the two ski fields.

Panorama Ski Area

The gentle slopes feature top-quality powder snow groomed to perfection, making them great for small children and families as well as older members thanks to the less onerous nature of the courses.
The Guinness World Record for ski parades, where as many skiers as possible ski down a hill in a line, was established here on the unique, long gentle slope.

No. of runs: 7
Longest run: 2,700m
Average gradient: 12 degrees
Lifts: Two standard, one large (One high-speed covered wide lift and two two-seater lifts)
Operating period: Mid-December to Late March

*A free shuttle bus runs between the Panorama Ski Area and Shimokura Ski Area.

Gear Rental

A wide variety of gear is available for rent for all levels, from beginners to experts.
Ski sizes available range from 80cm to 170cm and boots from 15.5cm to 32cm.

Ski / Snowboard set (boots, poles) 
Rubber boots 

*Hats, gloves and goggles are not available for rent for reasons of hygiene. Please bring your own or purchase them at the shop.

*Children of elementary school age or below are eligible for the children’s price.

Hachimantai Winterland

Hachimantai Winterland is a safe and secure spot for small children to have fun away from the slopes.
The area is exclusively for playing in the snow and includes a large array of equipment.
Winterland can be enjoyed by all ages, from children to adults.

◎Opening period: Saturday, December 23, 2023 to Sunday, March 17, 2024 ◎Closed: Every Tuesday and Wednesday from Monday, January 15, 2024
◎Location: Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Resort, in front of Hachimantai Mountain Hotel
◎Business hours: 9:30-16:00
◎Admission fee (usually includes sled rental fee)
・Children 1,000 yen Various sleds available
・Elementary school students and above 1,500 yen Sabari All types available for evening use

◎Snow activities
・Banana boat once: 800 yen per person (target age: 5 years or older, about 5 minutes)
・Mini snowmobile once: 800 yen per person (target age: elementary school students and above, 2 laps on special course)
・One snowmobile tandem tour: 1,200 yen per person (ride on a snowmobile operated by staff near Kenmin no Mori)
・One snow rafting experience: 1,200 yen per person (up to 4 people at a time, approximately 15 minutes on a 1.2 km dedicated course)
・Tree run tubing once: 1,200 yen per person (Target age: Elementary school students and above, skiing on a special course) (Target age: Elementary school students and above, sliding on a dedicated course)
[Tree run tubing business days]
Every day from Saturday, December 30, 2023 to Sunday, January 14, 2024 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Monday, January 15 to Sunday, March 3
・Mountain cart once: 3,500 yen per person (Target age: Elementary school students and above (height 140cm or more), skiing on a special course)
[Mountain cart business days]
Every day from Saturday, December 30, 2023 to Monday, January 8, 2024 (holiday)
Every day from February 10th (Saturday) to February 12th (Monday/holiday) and February 23rd (holiday/Friday) to February 25th (Sunday), 2024

≪Please note≫
・Winterland is an area exclusively for sledding and snow activities.
Please refrain from using skis, snowboards, and miniskis.
・Business hours may change due to weather or other reasons. Please note.

Beginners Park

First-time skiers and snowboarders can ride on the snow escalator and have fun with peace of mind.

Operating period: Late December to Late March
Operating hours: 8:40AM -4:00PM
Location: In front of the restaurant Sekirei on the slopes
Entrance fee:
Flat rate 1,000 yen

Shimokura Ski Area

While the wide variety of slopes can be enjoyed by everyone, from novice to expert skiers, the ultralight powder snow makes skiing easier even for beginners with just a little bit of new snow, making the resort very popular.
Steep slopes with deep powder and a tree run are recommended for advanced skiers.

No. of runs: 6
Longest run: 2,700m
Lifts: Three two-seaters
Lift operating rate: 99.4% (average of past four seasons)
Operating period: Mid-December to Late March

Ultralight Powder Snow

The best powder snow occurs when a lot of wet snow falls on the Akita Prefecture side and dry snow falls on the Iwate Prefecture side as snow-laden clouds that develop in the Sea of Japan pass over the Ou Mountains.
In particular, a large amount of top-quality powder snow with minimal water content settles on Mt. Iwate, the highest peak in the range, and on the Shimokura Ski Area in the heart of Hachimantai.
The layout of the Shimokura Ski Area has been designed to limit the impact of seasonal westerly winds and sunshine on each course after a new snowfall in addition to the field being high above sea level where the temperature is low.
This ensures light, good-quality snow that can be enjoyed for a longer period.

Shimokura Powder Station

Shimokura Powder Station provides the latest information on the condition of the powder snow for the day.
Fat skis and other equipment can also be rented here for use with deep powder.
A café inside the station serves hugely popular cinnamon rolls made on the premises.

Location: Shimokura Center Lodge 1F Powder Station
Capacity: 50 seats
Operating hours: 8:40AM -4:00PM

Tree Run

If you want to enjoy Japan’s top-class “ultra light powder snow”, we recommend the tree run area.
NEW! A new tree run area “EDGE” opens at the bottom!

◎ “EDGE” where the sunshine hours are short and good conditions last
◎ “FUN” that even beginners can enjoy with confidence
◎ “CRUISE” where you can enjoy a pleasant powder run
◎ “DROP” where you can enjoy powder to your heart’s content on steep slopes and abundant snowfall

There are four tree run areas with different types.
*Please wear a helmet for safety when using.

Tree run area details
Maximum slope: 37 degrees
Terrain/Snow quality: Unleveled land between natural forests, natural powder snow
Business period: Days when powder is likely to be enjoyed
    (Course status will be confirmed and opened)
   ① Near Shimokura ski resort No. 3 lift landing area
   ②Silky course left slope
   ③ Upper part of White Silky Course

※The area may be closed depending on the weather and snowfall.
Area opening hours: 9:30-15:00 *Subject to change due to weather and conditions
Note: When entering the area, you must check in at the center lodge.
Those who do not have a reception certificate will have their lift ticket confiscated as a penalty.
*Please be sure to check the local rules at the time of reception.

The entrance to the tree run area is as shown in the image below. (One case)
At the entrance to the area, there is a “Tree Run Area Local Rules” sign that you should check at reception.
Please check once before entering and enjoy the powder snow.

※The area is surrounded by yellow and black ropes. Do not go outside the rope, be sure to proceed to the “exit”.
Depending on the location, there are places that are cliffs. Please be careful when skiing.

Operating period: Mid-January to Start of March (planned)

Ski & Snowboard School

Children and adults alike are welcome here to learn skiing and snowboarding in a fun way.

Snowshoe Trekking

Snowshoe Trekking to Nanataki Waterfall

Visitors take the quad lift on the Panorama Ski Area and put on snowshoes for this snow trek to Nanataki Waterfall in winter.
The 25m waterfall freezes into a clear blue cascade, providing a surreal scene and adding a sense of poetic charm to the area for a limited time in winter.

Operating period: Late January to February (subject to change depending on weather and temperature)
Opening hours: 9:00AM -12:00PM
Fee: 7,000 yen
*Minimum number of participants: 2 people
*Reservation required by 4:00PM on the day before

Snowshoe Trekking in Iwate Prefecture’s Kenmin no Mori Forest

Put on some snowshoes and trek through Iwate Prefecture’s Kenmin no Mori Forest next to the Hachimantai Mountain Hotel.
The added height might even allow you to see scenery and wild animals not normally visible.

Operating period: Late January to February (subject to change depending on weather and temperature)
Opening hours: 10:00AM -12:00PM
Fee: 5,000 yen
*Minimum number of participants: 2 people
*Reservation required by 4:00PM on the day before