Located just over the border in Shimane Prefecture in Onan, Mizuho Highland is one of the area’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, with 5 runs on the “Highland Side” and the 8 on the “Valley Side”. There are a few good eateries, a kids play zone and also a snow park for those who like to get tricky.
Lift passes for the 2015/16 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 5-18) and final weeks (March 14- April 10) 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||¥6700||¥3300|
|Skis and full skiwear||¥6700||¥3300|
|Snowboard & boots||¥3800||¥1900|
|“Free set”(switch between skis and snowboard at any time)||¥4200||¥2100|
|“Wear set” (jacket & pants)||¥4200||¥1600|
|Gloves (for sale)||¥1100||¥900|