Kyushu Ski & Snowboard Mini-Guide

With the cold weather settling in, the much awaited skiing and snowboarding season has arrived! You don’t have to travel all the way to Hokkaido to play in the snow; Fukuoka and Kyushu is home to several small ski resorts and artificial ski fields. You don’t need any experience or snow gear, these well-equipped resorts have everything from gear, instructors, restaurants to parking. Kyushu may not have the powder snow of up north, but the slopes here are great for getting in some practice and getting into the mood.

Gokase Highland
Gokase Highland is a small resort but noteworthy as the most southerly in Japan.

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Gokase Highland 3

Services: Ski & snowboard school, equipment rental, snow park, attractions, free nursery, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, bars, and parking lots.
Rates: Lift charge: ¥4,000/day for adults on weekdays, ¥5,000 on weekends and public holidays
Rental equipment available – details on website.
Tel: 098-283-2144
Address: 4647-171 Kuaoka, Gokase-machi, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki-ken
Website: http://www.gokase.co.jp/ski/

Kuju Shinrin Koen
Kyushu’s largest ski and snowboarding field with 260 hectares and with 1,800m runs.

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Services: Ski & snowboard school, equipment rental, various ski courses (Challenger, trial, Panorama, Family, Lesson Crouse and a kid’s square), instructors, board park, mountain biking, trekking, climbing, self-catered apartments, ski hotels, ski chalets, restaurants, cafes, bars, free parking (accommodating 1,500 vehicles)
Rates: One day ticket (lift + admission): ¥5,000 for adults on weekdays, ¥5,500 on weekends and holidays
Rental equipment available – details on website.
Tel: 097-379-2200
Address: 612-1 Oaza Yutsubo, Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Oita-ken
Website: http://www.kujyuski.co.jp/index.htm

Tenzan Resort
This is the only artificial snow ski resort in Saga Prefecture and is popular among skiers in north Kyushu.

Tenzan 2

Tenzan 3

Services: Ski & snowboard school, equipment rental, bus tours, mountain biking and boarding, grass skiing in summer, onsen, cafes, restaurants, parking lots.
Rates: One day ticket including entrance fee, lift and insurance: ¥5,000 for adults on weekdays, ¥5,500 on weekends and holidays, Lift ticket for one ride: ¥500
Rental equipment available – details on website.
Tel: 095-258-2336
Address: 2338-6 Fujicho Ichikawa, Saga-shi, Saga-ken
Website: http://www.tenzan-resort.co.jp/
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Originally written in Jan. 2015.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in Dec. 2015.

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