A new hidden gem!
Ani Ski Resort is a hidden gem. If you have been to Hakkoda in Aomori, it is pretty similar. The resort is surrounded by beautiful forests of Japanese Beech and hoards of Snow Monsters.
The resort consists of one gondola and two chairlifts. Because it hasn't been discovered by western skiers or boarders yet, you hardly see any travellers from overseas. Of course, there is no lift queue!
Ani Ski Resort is located in the Akita prefecture.The best public transport would be Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kakunodate station (180 mins). Then there is a cute little local train from Kakunodate to Aniai station (85 mins). From Aniai station, you can be picked up by your accommodation (20 mins)
We recommend to arrange a local guide to enjoy this mountain. We met Takuma who is a super friendly local backcountry & mountain guide at Ani. He knows where to ski & how to enjoy this mountain! The guiding fee is only 30,000 yen / full day guide for up to 4 guests. We are happy to arrange it with your accommodation.
We stayed at Hotel Fusch and met Junko-san who runs this cozy lodge near Ani Ski Resort. It is only 2 minutes drive from Ani Ski Resort. The lodge staff drops you off and picks you up at the resort daily. They also offer pick up & drop off at Aniai station.