Hakuba Kashimayari

Kashimayari Snow Resort Hakuba
Hakuba Kashimayari Ski Resort
Kashimayari Ski Resort Japan
One of the permitted off-piste zones
Kashimayari Sports Village
Central Plaza 1130
Kashi is well suited to beginners & intermediates
Awesome views from the onsen
The onsen is a must do
The ski resort has well developed facilities in the day lodge
Kashimayari Snow Resort
Kashi has a small amount of tree skiing
West Mountain Kashimayari Hakuba
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Kashimayari Ski Resort Nagano
The Japanese love ice cream!
Central Plaza Kashimayari
A small retail store in the day lodge
The beautiful Alps
Kashimayari Snow Resort

Hakuba Kashimayari

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The Kashimayari Ski Resort (or Kashi for short) is the second southernmost ski area in the collection of Hakuba Valley ski resorts. Kashimayari Snow Resort is often overlooked by the crowds that descend upon Hakuba Japan, possibly because it’s a little further afield and it’s not particularly big.

Pros and Cons of Hakuba Kashimayari

  • The ski resort offers lovely views on fine days across the lake and surrounding mountains, and Mt Kashimayari is particularly picturesque.
  • The main day lodge has an onsen that offers superb views. You can watch skiers on the moguls, but remember that they can also see you, so perhaps use your modesty towel.
  • Relative to the high profile Hakuba ski resorts, the crowds at Kashimayari are rather low.
  • Very few gaijin visit so it feels rather authentically Japanese.
  • Hakuba Kashimayari is a small ski resort and it’s no longer inter-connected with Sun Alpina Aokiko and Sanosaka because Aokiko is closed, so it’s diminished the amount of overall terrain and Kashimayari lift-accessed sidecountry.
  • To further reduce the terrain, the top lift which services the best terrain, is often shut down.
  • The ski resort is not set up for English speaking ski school.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • Kashimayari Snow Resort has opened up a couple of areas where tree skiing is permitted, but even with the low crowds, freshies disappear rather quickly because the zones are pretty small.
  • Kashimayari Sports Village has a ski-in ski-out hostel, but if you choose to stay there you’ll be confined to the hostel at night. Despite being called a “sports village” there is no village mid-mountain.
  • Very little English is spoken. There is a small amount of engrish which must be why the ski resort posts pics on Instaglam!

Kashimayari Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Kashimayari Ski Resort is reasonably small with 16 courses, 8 lifts, and a vertical of 720 metres (830-1,550) which shrinks to 505m when the top lift is shut. The trail statistics accurately reflect the breakdown of the piste by ability level which is 40% beginner (green), 45% intermediate (red), and 15% advanced (black). The latter consists of two parallel trails on West Mountain that typically mogul up quickly, one of which reaches a maximum gradient of 38 degrees. The same area has a couple of zones where tree skiing is permitted (so one can only assume it’s taboo elsewhere?) which provide some nice fall line skiing and riding.

The real jewel in the crown of Kashimayari is the delicious tree skiing off the top lift (when it’s open or if you hike). Just don’t confuse this with the nearby “Tree Run Course” which isn’t a real tree run.

See the Kashimayari skiing page for more information on the terrain and snow.

Where is Kashimayari Snow Resort?

Kashimayari is considered part of Hakuba Valley, even though it’s officially located in Omachi City. The actual city of Omachi is 14km south of the mid mountain base at Kashimayari Ski Resort, whilst Happo (the central hub of Hakuba) and the Hakuba train station are 14km to the north of the Nakatsuna base area of Kashimayari (the drive takes about 25 minutes).

For day trippers, there are free shuttle buses from the Happo bus terminal (via Echoland) to Kashimayari (Omachi Line), although there are only a couple of schedules in the morning and the afternoon to return, and the morning buses get you there too late on a powder day.

There is free car parking at Kashimayari and the telephone number for easy GPS navigation is 0261-23-1231.

Kashimayari Accommodation

The Central Plaza 1130 at the Kashimayari Sports Village houses a hostel (Alpen Inn or often referred to as Kashimayari Sports Village) with 8-bed dorm rooms and private twin and quad rooms. The rooms rely on communal bathrooms or you can bathe in the onsite onsen.

At the Nakatsuna base of Kashimayari is a small village comprised of houses and several basic pensions, but nothing else.

It is possible to use Kashimayari as a base to also explore other Hakuba ski resorts, but it’s rather isolated and the bus schedule to Happo is infrequent.

Most people stay in central Hakuba accommodation and travel to Kashimayari for day trips.


The Nakatsuna base area has a small number of ski and snowboard related amenities at Plaza 830. Most of the facilities and services are located up at the mid-mountain Central Plaza 1130. The building even has an escalator which is often indicative of how much money the resort has poured into the facilities. There are kids' day care programs (don’t expect the staff to speak English) and a ski/snowboard school, but no international snowsports school with English speaking instructors.

In addition to a massive cafeteria, you can also get a feed at the creperie or Baskin Robbins ice creamery (I’ve never quite understood why the Japanese love ice-cream in the height of winter?!).

The onsen is open to day trippers for a fee and is the perfect way to finish the day whilst you’re waiting for the bus back to Happo.
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