On a lost coastal corner abutting the Sea of Japan, beautiful Iwanai rises 1086m above the bay. Just 40 minutes from Niseko but far from the noise and lines, Iwanai is the Hidden Hokkaido. Ski the entire day in untracked powder with oceanfront views. A place so beautiful, you'll get the experience of a lifetime.
Iwanai offers every type of adventure skiing including perfectly spaced old-growth birch trees, long (600m) vertical bowls with fast pitch, open powder runs on retired courses and endless backcountry terrain with exquisite snowscapes. Your every turn faces the ocean, enchanting your day in blue and white hues. This is Hokkaido you've been waiting to ski. Come have the best day of your life.
CHARMING RESORT AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Iwanai Resort has a charm all its own. Built on an older resort that followed the Japanese population in decline, we've rebuilt and enhanced to bring you the most memorable resort in Niseko. When you enter our updated lodge, you'll be with local people. You are a part of the Japanese community here and will be welcomed by young locals, many who may have never met a foreigner. This is the authentic Japan, a place where you can see inside their culture.
The Resort features lift service to three intermediate groomed courses, while our snowcat takes you high up our powder mountain. Come join us in our Three Birds Restaurant featuring both Japanese and Western foods. If you'd like to do more than just ski, we offer many other activities such as snowshoe hikes, cross-country skiing, horseback rides, ice-skating and tours where you can visit sea-side towns. Iwanai has a bevy of museums including the largest private Picasso collection in Asia. After skiing, relax upstairs in our après-ski bar, where you can warm your body with hot sake or drink a frothy Sapporo. Shoot a game of pool, hangout with new and old friends, all while looking out over sky-blue ocean.
When you're finished fighting for lines in Niseko, come to Iwanai and enjoy your day in Hidden Hokkaido.