On a lost coastal corner abutting the Sea of Japan, beautiful Iwanai rises 1086m above the bay. Just 40 minutes from Niseko, Iwanai is the Hidden Hokkaido. This once proud resort is finding its way back since our purchase in early 2017. While one lift now services the lower mountain, our deluxe snow cat tours will get you into steep and deep powder, allowing you to achieve the best day...of your life.
Sea + Ski
Whether you'd like to take a snow cat tour to the outer reaches of our mountain or perhaps play on our easier course runs, Iwanai will give you a phenomenal experience. Get close and touch nature....come with us as we show you the Real Japan.
CHARMING RESORT AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Iwanai Resort has a charm all its own. When you enter our updated lodge, you'll be with local people, enjoying their resort. 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.
Come join us in our Three Birds Restaurant, which features both Japanese and Western foods. After skiing, relax upstairs in our après-ski bar, where you can warm your body with hot sake. Or shoot a game of pool, all while looking out over sky-blue ocean.
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, or tours where you can visit other local sea-side towns. Iwanai also has a bevy of museums including the largest private Picasso collection in Asia. You are on the coast and there is plenty to do!