Skiing in Saitama, Sayama Indoor Skiing Ground. Saitama Prefecture does not have any natural ski slopes, but we have an indoor ski resort in Sayama ski resort and it is just on the border of Tokyo. The resort underwent renovations in 2019 and reopened in Autumn 2020 with new facilities including a kids snow park. Below is the information for the 2021 – 2022 season.
Just 40 minutes from Tokyo you can enjoy indoor skiing and snowboarding at the Sayama Ski Resort in Saitama. In 2019 to 2020 they closed for renovations, but the resort reopened in Autumn 2020, albeit later than normal, for the 2020 – 2021 season. Among the changes in the new and improved Sayama Ski Resort is a snow escalator! Moreover, they now have a kids snow park.
Sayama Indoor Skiing Ground / Ski Resort
The Sayama Ski Resort, known on Google maps as Sayama Indoor Skiing Ground, is a Prince Snow Resort and part of the Seibu Group. It 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. 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 since last year (2020) they have a children’s section at the base of the slope. From this season (2021 – 2022) they are calling it a “snow park”. In addition, 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
2021 ~ 2022 Season
The 2021 season will start on Saturday October 30th. It will run until March 27th 2022. On account of the Coronavirus, you have to wear a mask and you may be required to get your temperature checked.
For the 2020 – 2021 season they didn’t have any particular special events. However, this year they once again have events scheduled for the opening weekend. On both Saturday (30th) and Sunday (31st) they will have snowball fights, snow blizzards and an opportunity to get a commemorative photo on a snow tractor. They will also have a professional skier on site for mini lessons. First come, first served. Five customers each time.
In the past, before the renovation and corona, they offered a discount to people with 雪 or 神 in their name for the opening event in October. That seems to be discontinued.
Hours and cost
Season: October 30th 2021 to March 27th 2022.
Base hours: 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday through Thursday from November 1st. Open until 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays from November 5th.
For the opening weekend the resort will be open from 10 am to 6 pm. From November 1st the resort opens at 10 am to 9 pm. There are no events on the weekdays except for November 3rd which is a public holiday. They will have the same events as the opening weekend during the day time on November 3rd. Specifics for events past November 3rd have not yet been released.
Night skiing will start on Friday November 5th from 10 pm until 6 am on November 6th. The night skiing will be on every Friday and Saturday thereafter, except for Christmas eve, Christmas night, New Years eve and New Years night.
|2021 – 2022 Season||Hours||Cost|
|Snow park||10 am to 9 pm||1,000 yen*|
|Children’s ticket||10 am to 9 pm||1,000 yen|
|One day pass||10 am to 9 pm||4,000 yen|
|Afternoon pass||2 to 9 pm||3,000 yen|
|3 hour pass||(between 10 am and 9 pm)||2,000 yen|
|Night time||6 to 9 pm||2,000 yen|
|All night||10 pm to 6 am||3,500 yen|
|Entry only (no skiing) / Spectating||1,000 yen|
|Season pass||35,000 yen|
*The snow park cost is the entrance fee – parents / guardians also have to pay. Last year, 2020/21 every Wednesday was Ladies Day and skiing only cost 2500 yen. But I don’t see any information about that yet this year. Also, last year the prices were different on weekdays and weekends, but this season they seem to be the same.
Address: 2167 Kamiyamaguchi, Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture 359-1153, Japan. The phone number is (04)2922-1384
Access: The ski resort is a three minute walk from the Leo Liner Yamaguchi Line Seibu Kyūjōmae station. By car the ski resort is ten kilometers from the Iruma Interchange of the Ken-o expressway following route 463 on to route 55. Parking is charged.
Information in English on Snow Japan, which is a comprehensive ski and snow boarding English information site for Japan.
Frequently asked questions
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.
Saitama does not have any natural ski slopes. The only place you can currently ski indoors is the Sayama Ski Resort by Seibu, in Tokorozawa. Its location makes it the closest place to Tokyo that you can ski, but it is an artificial ski slope.
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.
Yes it is. It will open for the season on Saturday October 30th.
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