A cow farm which turns into a snow resort in winter with ungroomed tree runs in the middle of the resort & private backcountry cat runs available during the holidays & weekends (the perfect way to guarantee uncrowded runs even on the busy days)
This is Yamada Farm in summer.
In winter, it becomes Yamaboku Wild Snow Park.
Where is it?
Yamaboku is located in Nagano. It is just opposite Shiga Kogen. The most convenient train station would be JR Suzaka or JR Obuse. There is a bus between JR Suzaka station and Yamaboku. Fukeikan offers a free pick up from JR Obuse station.
Where and when can we ski/snowboard?
Yamaboku has a very unique structure that defines where you can ski or snowboard. There are 3 different areas called stages and The TACOCHI course.
- 1st STAGE - open all season
- 2nd STAGE - only available on weekends or holidays
- 3rd STAGE - scheduled Saturdays in February and March or upon request
- The TACOCHI course - open all season (subject to weather conditions)
This contains 16 courses with 3 chairlifts. A 70 % of the area is non-groomesd. Just explore and find your favourite tree courses!
1 day weekday lift pass - 3,100 yen
1 day weekend lift pass - 3,600 yen
This is a private non-groomd area that is limited only to 30 people who booked in advance. From the top of the #3 chairlift, you will be taken to the 2nd STAGE by CAT. It would be a perfect for backcountry biginners.
Cost: 5,700 yen per person including 1 day lift pass
This is a CAT tour to ski/board Mt. Kasadake which is a 2,075 metre high mountain. The CAT tour bookings require a minimum of 5 people.
Cost: 19,000 yen per persion including 1 day lift pass, lunch, backcountry gear rental
The TACOCHI course
This is a 13 kilometre long off-piste course that is 800m higher & is accessed from the top of chairlift number #3. There is a guided tour or you can have a free run!
Guided tour: 5,700 yen per person including 1 day lift pass
Free skiing / boarding: 1,000 yen per person (Lift passes are also required)
The best accommodation would be Fukeikan which is located in the Yamada Onsen village where you ski back in after finishing the TACOCHI course. Fukeikan is about 15 minutes to the chairlifts but the staff will drive you there and pick you up daily. Koichiro who is the owner & manager of this ryokan speaks English and he will assit you during your stay.
Note: Pricing shown above is from 2016-2017 season. We will update once we find the 2017-2018 rates.