Located just over the border in Shimane Prefecture in Ohnan, Mizuho Highland is one of the region’s largest snow resorts.
On a good day, it takes just over an hour to reach Mizuho Interchange on the Hamada expressway (via the Sanyo & Chugoku Expressways) from Hiroshima. At the exit intersection, you are met by colorful snow-gear rental shops and the lifts are just 2.5km.
The resort has two main areas, the “Highland Side” and the “Valley Side”. 5 runs on the Highland Side and 8 on the Valley side are generally open as they are supplemented with artificial snow if the weather doesn’t cooperate. There are also two double black diamond runs on the Valley Side for experts which are open when there is plenty of natural snow.
Mizuho Highland has invested quite a bit in its restaurants and there are a few good places to eat. There is also a kids play zone and a snow park for those who like to get tricky.
Lift passes for the 2017/18 season are ¥4800 for adults for an all day pass, ¥4300 for morning or afternoon passes and ¥2500 for night passes. Kids up to high school age are only ¥1000 and little ones under 6 are free. During the opening (December 16-28) and final weeks (March 1- April 1) of the season, adult lift passes are discounted by ¥300.
Runs on the Highland Side are accessed from the main gondola and these are the runs that are usually opened first – supplemented by artificial snow until there is enough natural snow to open up the valley side too.
|Snowboard and full gear||¥7000||¥3500|
|Skis and full skiwear||¥7000||¥3500|
|Snowboard & boots||¥4000||¥2000|
|“Free set”(switch between skis and snowboard at any time)||¥4600||¥2300|
|“Wear set” (jacket & pants)||¥3500||¥1800|
|Gloves (for sale)||¥1500||¥1200|