Some of the best snowfall ever! Geto Kogen Ski Resort brings the skiers to the yard

28 October, 2022
Located in Kitakami in Iwate Prefecture, “Geto Kogen Resort” is a ski resort which boasts one of the top levels of snowfall in Japan. The region is extremely cold with temperatures in winter reaching -5.2 degrees Celsius, resulting in dry powder snow with low moisture content falling continuously. Since it’s easy to turn in this fluffy snow by simply leaning the axis of the body slightly, even beginner skiers can ski without difficulty. Also, this ski resort is complete with onsen facilities which can be used by day trippers, as well as overnight accommodations. This convenience is another reason for such high popularity among many skiers.

A full range of courses to satisfy beginners through advanced skiers

What makes Geto Kogen Resort great is the wide variety and abundant number of courses. For beginners, the A5 course with its mild slope is recommended.

On the A5 course, ski lessons targeting beginners and children are available, so beginners don’t need to worry about bothering more advanced skiers.

In addition, panoramic courses that offer breathtaking views of the active volcanoes Mt. Chokai - which has an elevation of 2,236 meters - and Mt. Iwate. Skiing while being able to take in this vast and beautiful scenery is a refreshing feeling that can’t be expressed in words.

After you become acclimatized, check out the long run course with a total length of 2,120 meters. Within this silver snow kingdom that extends as far as the eye can see, being able to experience an exhilarating ski run, cutting through the wind, will likely be an unforgettable memory of a lifetime. The courses are also wide, so you can enjoy relaxed skiing.

Great light meals in the giant 1,000-seat food court restaurant!

When it comes to skiing, isn’t one of the pleasures having meals during breaks? Geto Kogen Resort is equipped with a large food court restaurant that boasts 1,000 seats. The food court offers unique Japanese menu items, such as Japanese curry - a staple dish of home cooking - as well as traditional Japanese cuisine registered on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

One particular choice recommended among the many restaurants is “Ramen Ichiba Osekkai Hachibei”. Did you know that Japanese ramen is also quite popular among overseas tourist guests?

The most popular choice is Osehachi Tonkotsu Ramen. The tonkotsu (pork bone) soup is generously topped with cloud ear mushrooms, thickly sliced barbequed pork and succulent bamboo shoots. The richly flavored soup and aroma of wheat noodles combine for an exquisite dish. Is there anything more blissful than hot ramen to warm up the cold?

Another feature of “Ramen Ichiba Osekkai Hachibei” is that there is none of that pork-boney smell, making it easy to eat.

Ramen Ichiba Osekkai Hachibei
Opening Hours: 11:00am - 1:00pm on weekdays, and 10:30am - 3:00pm on weekends/national holidays

Geto Kogen Onsen “Usagimori-no-Yu” which can also be used on day trips

What the onsen facilities may or may not look like
Skiing is a sport that uses the entire body, and you can become more fatigued than expected. If you want to wash off your sweat and become refreshed, we definitely recommend Geto Kogen Onsen’s “Usagimori-no-Yu”.

Spring water pumped up from 1,700 meters below ground used in the bath is low alkaline pure spring water. The spring water quality is said to have a high beautification effect on the skin, which feels silky smooth after getting out of the bath. It also has a positive effect on recovering from muscle pain and fatigue.

Why not soak in a spacious bath after skiing, and treat your tired body to a thoroughly relaxing experience? By the way, if you have a meal in the “Restaurant Usagimori” within the facility, you can get a 200 yen discount on the onsen entrance fee.

Geto Kogen Onsen “Usagimori-no-Yu”
Opening Hours: 2:00pm - 6:00pm (last entry 5:30pm)
December 9 - March 21, March 22 - May 6
Admission fee: adults 700 yen, up to middle school age 400 yen
Weekly Holiday: Wednesday

“Skiers Bed”: a simple accommodation facility connected directly to the resort

Accommodation facilities
For those who wish to ski or snowboard and stay overnight, we recommend the lodging facility “Skiers’ Bed” which is connected directly to the ski resort. The weekday rate including dinner and breakfast is 5,400 yen, and for days before weekends or national holidays the rate is 5,900 yen. Compared with average rates at accommodation facilities near the ski resort - roughly 10,000 yen per adult per night - this is quite a reasonable price zone.

Also, since the bath is equipped with facial foam, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, hair driers, etc., you don’t need to pack those items, which is a handy point for ski travelers.

Also, there is a rest lounge on the 2F of “Skiers’ Bed”, so even those not staying overnight can take a break. This lounge has reclining deck chairs with adjustable seat backs as well as blankets, so you can take a nap and relieve fatigue. There is also a wide selection of magazines and comics available for anyone to read, so why not spend a little time relaxing?

Skiers’ Bed
Opening Hours: bath 10:00am - 10:00pm, morning bath 6:30am - 8:00am
Room rates: weekdays with 2 meals from 5,900 yen, days before weekends/holidays with 2 meals from 6,400 yen

Let’s enjoy the powder snow of Geto Kogen Resort

The slopes
All the slopes at Geto Kogen Resort are wide, so you can enjoy relaxing skiing without concerns over congestion or collisions with other skiers. Also, there is a free shuttle bus service from the closest station, Kitakami.

The 40 minute ride from the station to the ski resort is a little long, however having some time to take in the beautiful snow scenery will be a nice memory of your trip.

Geto Kogen Resort
Location: Iwasaki Shinden, Wagacho, Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture
Opening Hours: 8:00am - 5:10pm

Pricing information and schedule may not be up to date and are subject to change without notice. Please check before your trip.

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Geto Kogen Resort Iwate Prefecture

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Longest run distance2,980 m
Maximum gradient36 °
Longest run2,980 m
Maximum36 °

Adult 2 people1 night

AUD 263.86〜 (JPY 25,818〜)
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