About Okunakayama Kogen

Iwate Prefecture’s Okunakayama Kogen Ski Resort offers a total of eleven ski zones that take advantage of the mountain’s natural terrain. Zones are clearly separated with intermediate and advanced slopes starting at the summit and beginner slopes found at the base. Located in a region of Iwate with heavy snow, the mountain’s base elevation rests at 650 meters while summit elevation is at 1018 meters-creating a whopping 368-meter vertical drop. This enables you to enjoy superb powder snow during the resort’s skiing season. At the top of the mountain, the advanced snow zones known as Hayabusa and Tsubame await-offering non-compacted powder snow. What’s more, at base elevation, hot springs can be found at either the management centre or at a facility called Centre House. This is perfect for those who want to warm up after skiing in the cold! The resort is also easy to access by train-with a “Hot Spring and Ski Trip Ticket” available for purchase when transferring onto the Iwate Ginga Railway from Morioka Station.


Snow Resort Stats


Elevation Top: 1018m

Elevation Bottom: 650m

Vertical Drop: 368m

Max Pitch: 10°~30°

Skiable Terrain: 55ha

Longest Run: 2000m

Total Piste: 10,000m

Beginner: 40%

Intermediate: 30%

Advanced: 30%

Total Number of Trails: 11


Lifts: 5 (Pair Lifts

Capacity: 4,800 pax/hr

Total Highest Lifted Point: 1000m









Snow Making

Snow Making: N/A

Total Number of Guns: N/A










Terrain Parks

Terrain parks: 0











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Okunakayama Kogen: Insider Ski & Snowboard Tips

The zones available include beginner, intermediate, advanced, non-compacted snow zones, a tree skiing and riding area, and a snow park etc.

Okunakayama Kogen: Access

① JR (Train): Take the “Tohoku Shinkansen” to Iwate-Numakunai Station and get on the fixed-route bus to the resort (approx. 10 min.)
② Car: Take the Takizawa Interchange Route 4 on the Tohoku Expressway for approx. 50 minutes.

Okunakayama Kogen: Accommodation

Next to the ski resort is Hotel Okunakayama Kogen. This facility has a retro atmosphere- offering enjoyments such as natural hot springs and great access to the slopes. It also acts a perfect sightseeing base for those who want to visit Ichinohe Town, the Hachimantai area, and the northern region of Iwate Prefecture.

Okunakayama Kogen: Restaurants & Après

The resort boasts two restaurants-Cassiopeia (in the main building, Kiraboshi-no-yu) and a dining hall located on the second floor of Asake-no-yu (annexed to the main building)! Here you can find casual meals that people of all ages can enjoy.

Okunakayama Kogen: Non-Skiing Activities

Located one kilometre away from the resort is Iwate Children’s Centre (Iwate Kodomo no Mori) – a popular facility for families with small children. Another sightseeing spot to visit in Ichinohe Town is Goshono Jomon Museum. Designated as a World Heritage Site in July of 2017, this museum has become a newly popular tourist site.

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