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Resort Summary
Resort Name Kurodake
Location {{{location}}}
Resort Altitude
Winter Season Longst in Japan; from Late Oct to mid June with a small break in the middle which changes each year.
Terrain Overall:
Advanced: extremely good, plus amazing hiking
Lift System 2 lifts, cable car and pair lift
Highest Lift
Lowest Lift
Vertical 1.5km with small hike to the very top
Longest Run 4.5km
Avg Snowfall
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities Very good onsen/ hot spring.
Nearest Town Sounkyou
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $


Small cable car accessed ski area with 1 pair lift at the top. Cool town with an amazing ice festival.


SOunkyou, central Hokkaido, just north of Asahikawa and 2 hours away from Furano.


Amazing steep terrain and the best snow as it is located in central Hokkaido. Nice very small town and great onsen to stay in.


Not enough for a long stay. Not enough of a lot of things, but probably the best place in Japan when it is on.


Phone: 01658-5-3031




Getting There

get a bus or a train ending up in Sounkyou. You can usually get there through Asahikawa easily. Driving is easy and simple in Japan so rent-a-car is a good option if you want to see a number of the smaller and less well known ski areas.


On Mountain


Off Mountain

There are many hotels and lodges located right around the base. Some fantastic places with incredible onsen.

Lift Tickets

Available at the base.

Ski School


Equipment Hire

Yes but limited.

Resort Facilities

Getting Around

Walk around or shuttle buses from your hotel or lodge.


Plenty of free parking at the base.


Ice climbing


Most dining is in the hotels although there are a few good restaurants in the town.

Bars & Entertainment

Some small bars and entertainment but the best entertainment is in the onsen/ hot spring hotels.


N/A Just some convenience store.


The top can be skied by children. The Sounkyou town has one of the best festivals in Hokkaido with the Ice Festival. Amazing and everyone should see it.

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

The top under the pair lift is suitable for beginners.

Groomed Runs

There are two courses between the trees at the top under the pair lift for beginners and intermediates.

Off Piste

Hike to the peak for some of the best skiing and riding in Japan. Under the cable car from the top has some insane and steep tree skiing back to the base. This is not for avergae skiers as the top is steep. The bottom traverses around for another descent to the cable car base.

Out of Bounds

There is very little patrol here, just one dude in a fluro top. If you do go out of bounds here, be VERY careful as it is steep and big.

Parks & Pipes



Very, very big ones. These are called mountains. On these we ski extremely good powder. There is no where near enough guests at this resort to get any bumps formed. I have never crossed a track here.

Powder Zones


Sheltered Runs

Under the ropeway in the trees. Also off the pair if the wind is not blowing.


No, it is illegal to play with snow at Kurodake. You can and will be arrested for this offence. Think how the snow would feel?


Great weather although it does get fairly cold.