Shizukuishi Ski Resort is a hidden gem nestled in the beautiful Tohoku region, where rugged mountains, lakes and forests create the perfect setting for a ski resort. Visitors will love the uncrowded slopes, tubing park and delicious local food. Also on offer is cat skiing, a powdery thrill for intermediate to advanced skiers. At the end of the day the traditional Takakura Onsen welcomes you with a promise of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Where to stay in Shizukuishi
Shizukuishi’s accommodations seamlessly blend modern comfort with traditional Japanese charm, offering a range of options to suit diverse preferences. With ski-in, ski-out and group-friendly accommodations available for various party sizes, Shizukuishi ensures a tailored experience for every visitor. The integration of onsen facilities adds an extra layer of relaxation, allowing guests to unwind in natural hot springs amid the stunning winter landscape.
For those looking for a ski-in, ski-out option, look no further than the Shizukuishi Prince Hotel. The Prince Hotel embodies Japanese hospitality, offering warm and welcoming atmospheres in its common areas and restaurants. After a day of skiing or snowboarding guests can unwind in the hotel's onsen, immersing themselves in the soothing hot springs.
Skiing & Snowboarding Shizukuishi
Shizukuishi Ski Resort is famous for its stunning view of the Mt. Iwate, the highest mountain in Iwate prefecture. 11 superbly maintained trails including a full-scale downhill race course and two outstanding terrain parks, is what rounds out Shizukuishi Ski Resort.
Shizukuishi boasts a combination of beautiful natural views of Mt. Iwate, long exciting trails, and superb quality snow thanks to the cold, dry air that blows down from the north. The scenic trails take full advantage of the natural terrain to provide plenty of variety, with the longest trail stretching to a thigh burning 4,500m. Free-style skiers will enjoy the intermediate to advanced features in the Easy Park.
How to get to Shizukuishi
Those who are travelling from Australia can choose to book their flights to Haneda or Narita airports in Tokyo. From Tokyo Shizukuishi it is approximately 555km north, or 40kms from Hanamaki Airport Shizukuishi’s closest airport.
The most efficient way to reach Shizukuishi from Tokyo is by taking the Tohoku Shinkansen, which is a bullet train. This 2-2.5hr train will take passengers to Shizukuishi station, they will then need to take a short taxi from the train station to Shizukuishi Ski Resort.
Things to do in Shizukuishi in winter
Shizukuishi provides an array of winter activities for both skiers and snowboarders. For an exhilarating Shizukuishi ski experience, seasoned riders can venture beyond the main trails and try cat skiing. If a day of relaxation is in order, or an afternoon away from the slopes is desired, Shizukuishi also presents snowmobiling tours, allowing guests to discover the beauty of Shizukuishi from a fresh vantage point. Families are sure to love Snow Land, featuring tubing lanes suitable for all ages, along with a Ninja Activity area, where both kids and adults can partake in ninja-themed experiences.
Dining and Apres in Shizukuishi
In Shizukuishi, a diverse range of dining establishments awaits, featuring a blend of local delicacies and international fare. While the selection of Western cuisine is not extensive, the remainder of restaurants and cafés showcases delicious Japanese food. If you're eager to delve into authentic Japanese flavors, the local izakayas and soba shops are sure to captivate your taste buds.
For those opting for accommodation at the Shizukuishi Prince Hotel, two exceptional restaurants are at your disposal. These establishments present delectable meals crafted with locally sourced produce from the Tohoku region.