Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort - for all the great cuisine and onsen you’ll need!

July 08, 2024
Even amongst the many ski resorts in Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort, located in Omachi City, is one of the most popular for skiers and snowboarders. The reason? Its wide variety of areas and courses, all with their own characteristics. There’s even an area for small children that can’t ski yet, called Shimashika Kids’ Park. This is a ski resort for the whole family - from beginners to advanced skiers/snowboarders, and from children to adults alike. Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort also offers a wide variety of ski resort cuisine. There’s a restaurant located inside the ski resort that offers dishes using Shinshu salmon, a brand of salmon cultivated in Nagano Prefecture. The resort also has onsen facilities, so that in addition to enjoying some skiing, you can try out some local cuisine and enjoy the onsen, which is a distinct part of Japanese culture.

Wide variety of courses, all capable of giving you a great skiing/snowboarding experience

Reference: http://www.kashimayari.net/snow/fields/gelande
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort offers three ski slope areas, and over 15 types of courses. The Long Downhill Course, oriented for advanced skiers/snowboarders, starts at a 1,550-meter elevation, and with a magnificent view from the summit.

The sunset as seen on a cloudless, sunny day looks almost mystical, and is an extraordinary sight available only to the people who can get to the summit. Racing down the snow while gazing out over the mountains looming in the distance, is the sort of refreshing experience you can’t get with any other sport.

We also recommend the Tree Run Course and the Nakaami Super Rinkan Course, which lets you go down the slopes while maneuvering between the trees of the forest. It’s a great experience to be able to feel the vastness of the great outdoors around you as you go about your skiing experience.

There’s enough here to keep you entertained even if you ski the whole day - so why not try them all, each with their own unique characteristics, and see what makes each of them different?

Shimashika Kids’ Park - an open play area for children

Reference: http://www.kashimayari.net/snow/kids/kidspark
On the slopes of Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort, there is a kids-only play area called Shimashika Kids’ Park. Head into the park, and you’ll be welcomed by the Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort mascot, Shimashika Kashima-kun.

Try asking Shimashika Kashima-kun to come play with you, and he’ll go sled and play in the slides with you, and even let you take commemorative photos - so be sure to give him a holler.

The park also offers other fun activities that will let the kids have fun on their own, including a 50-meter, kids-only ski slope, as well as snow striders (bikes without pedals).

Almost every day, we see kids playing together and making friends with each other! And while they play, you - their parents and guardians - can go out and enjoy some skiing without having to worry about them.

Sleds and snow striders are rented out for free, and people are free to enter and exit whenever they want. It might be good to enter the park with your kids, then head out to the slopes when you see that your kids have gotten used to the environment.

Shimashika Kids’ Park
Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (open entry and exit)
Price: 500 yen for 1 day (1 guardian enters free for each child)

Shinshu salmon and avocado rice bowl - a must-eat local specialty

Reference: http://www.kashimayari.net/snow/facilities/list
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort is home to all kinds of ski resort cuisine, including Baskin Robbins and a crepe store - both very popular with both kids and adults - as well as the hot dog specialty store Double Mountain.

Of the many stores at this ski resort, the one we particularly want to recommend is a restaurant called Red Cedar, located in the Central Plaza.

They offer a ton of tantalizing options, from a special leek and katsu (cutlet) rice bowl, to the gap pad bai gaprow, available only for a limited time. Of the many dishes offered, the most popular is the Shinshu salmon avocado rice bowl - a local specialty.

This is a rice bowl topped liberally with Shinshu salmon, a brand of salmon that was developed over the course of ten years by the Nagano Prefectural Fisheries Experimental Station. This salmon has almost none of the fishiness you normally get from fish, and is thick, and so rich and smooth it almost melts in the mouth. It goes amazingly with the steaming hot rice and avocadoes, and will definitely keep you coming back for more!

They also offer a nozawana and minced-meat rice bowl (a Kashimayari original), made from a kind of minced meat known as soboro, and nozawana (pickled coleseed greens), a Nagano Prefecture specialty. Try it out!

Red Cedar
Opening Hours: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm

Yukemuri-yashiki Yakushinoyu - perfect for your skiing day-trip

Reference: http://www2.plala.or.jp/yakushino-yu/index.html
At an 18-minute drive away from Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort, Yukemuri-yashiki Yakushinoyu is a bit far from the ski resort, but it’s definitely worth it.

The onsen water is slightly alkaline, and is said to be good for relieving nerve pain, muscle pain, joint pain, as well as fatigue, and improving general health.

The onsen will warm your body - chilled from skiing - and help ease all your aches and pains. After you bathe, you can also lie down and rest in the great hall - with its space of about 90 tatami mats or 139 square meters - or you can just daze off into the distance while looking at the scenery outside. Just relax in any way you want.

Yukemuri-yashiki Yakushinoyu
Address: Omachi Onsen Village, Omachi, Nagano Prefecture
Opening Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm (July - October), 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (November - June)
Price: 700 yen for adults (middle school age and above), 300 yen for children (elementary school age), 100 yen for children 3 years old and above, and under preschool age, free for children under 3 years old

Yamanaka-kan for your lodging needs!

Reference: http://www.yamanakakan.jp/cooking.html
Yamanaka-kan is in a great location, at only a 3-minute drive away from Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort. If you get tired from skiing, you can call it a day a bit early and head back to the inn to rest.

But the greatest thing about Yamanaka-kan is the fact that you can enjoy various home-grown, seasonal ingredients.

Many of the dishes they offer - the pride and joy of the master chef - make liberal use of the eggplants and rice grown in nearby fields, and are not available anywhere else.

All of the dishes are extraordinary, from the yosenabe (mixed stew), with its handmade tsukune (a kind of chicken meatloaf), to the Nagano specialty Shinshu soba, and the basashi (horse meat sashimi), which is popular locally. The basashi has a simple taste without any odor or strange flavors, and has a rich, smooth texture. We recommend you try it at least once.

Address: 19820 Nakatsuna, Taira, Omachi, Nagano Prefecture
Opening Hours: Check-in at 3:00 pm (until 3:00 am), check-out at 10:00 am

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort - a great family-friendly ski resort


Well, what do you think?

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort is an amazing ski resort with something for everyone - from beginners to advanced skiers/snowboarders, kids to adults, and even couples! And as you go about your ski trip, why not make some great new memories by enjoying some cuisine you can only get there?

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari Ski Resort
Address: 20490-4 Taira, Omachi, Nagano Prefecture
Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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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Dec. 16th to Mar. 24th
Longest run distance4,100 m
Maximum gradient38 °
Longest run4,100 m
Maximum38 °

Adult 2 people1 night

USD 175.81〜 (JPY 27,818〜)