Skiing in AOMORI Prefecture

Aomori skiing is renowned for the abundant snowfall
Owani Onsen Ski Resort Aomori
Aijigasawa Onsen Aomori
Deep powder skiing Aomori Prefecture
Aomori Spring Ski Resort
Aomori Spring powder skiing
Hakkoda Aomori Prefecture
Hakkoda Japow
Mount Hakkoda
Sukayu Onsen
Towada Shrine
Nebuta House Warasse
Aomori Japan

Skiing in AOMORI Prefecture

Japan Ski Tour Tohoku Area
The Aomori Prefecture is the most northern prefecture on the main island (Honshu) of Japan in the Tohoku region. The Aomori ski resorts boast some big snowfalls due to their proximity to the Sea of Japan. Even the City of Aomori receives huge amounts of snow and snow removal is almost a full time job for the locals during winter.

Aomori Ski Resorts

The Aomori Prefecture skiing consists of about a dozen ski areas that are mostly visited by the locals, so like many of the other Tohoku ski resorts, the Aomori ski resorts have very little skier traffic.

The famed Hakkoda is mostly known for its backcountry skiing terrain, which is partly serviced by a ropeway (cable car), and some routes drop onto the road, so access to a vehicle opens up a lot of low-effort lines. Big storms buffet Hakkoda, so in the peak of winter there are times that the ropeway is closed.

Hakkoda Accommodation

Aomori Spring Ski Resort (formerly Naqua Shirakami) is a relatively unknown powder gem that has fantastic sidecountry trees, great beginner terrain, and exceptional terrain parks and half pipes (which are rare in Japan). Mt Iwaki (the Mt Fuji of Tsugaru) also provides some spectacular backcountry touring when weather permits. The ski-in ski-out Rockwood Hotel at the base of Aomori Spring Ski Resort is a deluxe hotel which has a lovely onsen.

Aomori Spring Accommodation

Hirosaki Iwaki Hyakuzawa Ski Area is very close to Aomori Spring as the crow flies. It's just over the back of Iwaki-san (Mt Iwaki) on its south eastern flank. The ski area's elevation is reasonable, but it's best visited when temperatures are frigid considering its sunny aspect.

The small Owani Onsen Ski Resort is also best visited when the snow is primo considering its top elevation is only 533m. At least it has some reasonable pitch by Japanese standards.

The other Aomori ski resorts have moderate to low elevation and may not be that exciting for powder chasing fiends.

Travel to Aomori

Aomori Airport receives flights from Sapporo New Chitose, Tokyo Haneda and Osaka-Itami as well as Seoul-Incheon (Korea) and Tianjin Binhai (China). You can search for flights here.

It’s also really easy to get to the Aomori Prefecture via bullet train, with a trip from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori station taking just over 3 hours. The Shin-Aomori train station is also connected to Hokkaido (via undersea tunnel) and the train trip to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto takes one hour. The trip onto Sapporo takes another 3-3.5 hours, which will reduce over time as the Hokkaido Shinkansen further develops.

Whether you’re on a guided multi-day tour or a DIY road trip (you can rent a car at Shin-Aomori train station), some of the Aomori ski resorts can be combined with time at the Iwate ski resorts. Appi Kogen is 134km south of Hakkoda and from there, many of the other Iwate ski areas are pretty close.
Tours In/Near Aomori Prefecture

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Frontier Explorer
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Areas + Cat Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Trying to get away from the crowds & the tracked out snow? Away from the masses you will experience Japanese culture, food & unlimited powder on this Tohoku tour. Chase the best snow on the day in the far northern parts of Honshu.
Price p/p From price based on twin-share room occupancy.
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USD 2,821
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Tohoku Yuki
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | Up to 7 Ski Areas
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This hosted & guided road trip travels to the northern reaches of Tohoku and includes off the beaten track powder resorts such as Zao Onsen, Tazawako, Appi Kogen, Geto Kogen, Aomori Spring & Hakkoda.
Price p/p From price is based twin/triple-share and some dorm rooms (no private room upgrade option)
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USD 2,630
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Tohoku Powder Tour
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Tohoku skiing and snowboarding is all about heading to ski resorts that most people have never heard of, where there are freshies galore in the off-piste areas. Head to Geto Kogen, ski areas near Morioka, and the mighty Hakkoda.
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USD 3,913
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Hakkoda Hachimantai Tour
6 Nights Customisable | BC & Resort
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This 6 night / 7 day tour offers skiers & boarders the opportunity to ride some of Japan's deepest powder in Hakkoda and Hachimantai + optional cat skiing. Tours can be customised from min 3 nights & start any day from early January to late March with a minimum of only 2 people required to run.
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USD 2,093
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Hokkaido - Honshu Expedition
12 Nights | 11 Guided Ski Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This ADVANCED+ ski and snowboard customisable tour is for private groups. It starts in SW Hokkaido & then heads south to Honshu where you will ski/ride some of Tohoku's hidden gems. Includes some ski touring / split boarding (or snow shoeing) but you don't necessarily need to have any experience in this area.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share for 2020 season for group of 5.
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USD 4,086
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