Sayama ski resort – indoor ski resort Japan
Yes there are several indoor ski resorts in Japan. They use artificial snow. There are three near Tokyo: Snova Shin Yokohama, Snova Mizonokuchi and Sayama Ski Resort.
It depends on a few things – period length, equipment rental etc – but generally it costs around 4000 yen to ski or snowboard at an indoor ski resort in Japan.
Sayama Indoor Ski Resort
Just 40 minutes from Tokyo you can enjoy indoor skiing and snowboarding at the Sayama Ski Resort in Saitama.
In 2019 they closed for renovations, but the resort has confirmed a November 12th renewal open date. Among the changes in the new and improved Sayama Ski Resort is a snow escalator! The 2020 / 2021 season will run until April 11th. For this season, on account of the Coronavirus, you will be required to have your temperature checked before entering the premises.
Sayama Indoor Ski Resort
The Sayama Ski Resort, a Prince Snow Resort and part of the Seibu Group, opens annually toward the end of October. Usually they open the resort from the last weekend of October on weekends only. And then open full time from mid November. However, in 2020 it seems they will open from November 12th full time for the season. You can also see the up-to-date information for this year (and any subsequent years) in the event post embedded above, which is updated annually in the events calendar.
It is an artificial snow resort, best suited to beginners and intermediate level skiers and snowboarders. They didn’t have any special play attractions for children before the renovation, but it looks like they have built a children’s section. And they always had (and will continue to have) ski lessons for children. There is also good information in English on this site: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/saitama/tokorozawa/sayama
They usually offer a discount to people with 雪 or 神 in their name for the pre-opening event in October.
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm on the first weekend. Once it opens full time the facility is generally open from 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays. Moreover on weekends it opens overnight from 10 pm until 6 am for night skiing.
Address: 2167 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture 359-1153, Japan. The phone number is (04)2922-1384 and the official website (Japanese only) is: https://www.seibu-leisure.co.jp/ski_web/
Access: The resort is only a 3 minute walk from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Seibu Kyujomae station.
10 KM from Iruma Interchange on the Ken-O expressway following route 463 on to route 55. Parking is charged.