Just 40 minutes from Niseko, Iwanai is the Hidden Hokkaido. On a lost coastal corner abutting the Sea of Japan, beautiful Iwanai rises 1000m above the bay. This once proud resort is finding its way back since our purchase in early 2017. While just one lift now services the lower mountain, our deluxe snow cat tours will get into steep and deep powder, allowing you to achieve the best day...of your life.
SEA & SKI
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'll be a part of the Japanese community when you ski here and will be welcomed by young locals, many who may have never met a foreigner. This is the authentic Japan, where you can see inside their culture.
Our resort has just one lift at the moment with more coming in the near future. There are three courses to access from our Center Pair Chair, ranging from beginner to intermediate. We also have a snow board park with various challenges to test your skills.
Come join us in our Three Little Birds restaurant which features both Japanese and Western foods. Or relax upstairs in our après-ski bar, where you can warm your body against our full open fireplace. 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. There is plenty to do in Iwanai!