Fujiten Snow Resort is a great day trip from our home in Zushi. With only ~2 hours of drive time and costing $27 – 35usd in tolls it satisfies that ski-urge without breaking the bank. Nestled right against Mount Fuji along it’s northern base the resort offers a good number of things to do against a picture-perfect backdrop – Fuji-san. If you have more than just a day to devote to the area we recommend checking out Fuji Safari Park and/or Grinpa Amusement Park on the southern side. Not your cup of tea? Nature lovers should check out our Fuji Five Lakes Region write-up for more ideas, or if you are visiting around June to September and want to see the view from the top see our How to Climb Mt. Fuji post! If you aren’t keen on the climb, but still want a killer view of Fuji-san we recommend heading to Fuji Bussharito Heiwa Park (Fuji Peace Park), which is particularly nice during sakura season.
Since we only did a day trip for this specific resort we opted to focus on one of the two ski resorts in the area. Fujiten, although small compared to many other resorts in Japan, is bigger than its counterpart, Snow Town Yeti on the southern base. Additionally, it’s mostly groomed runs (7) to make sure that there’s a little something for everyone (40% beginner, 45% intermediate, 15% advanced).
During our time at the resort, Dom and I took turns skiing the runs, and alternated working with Miles. This was his first time on skis and boy was he brave! Fortunately for us, the bunny slope is located next to the sledding area. This allowed Miles to easily take breaks from skiing to play in the snow or bomb down the sledding hill.
So, yes, there is a good bit for everyone to do, well except for Penny (age 1). She filled her day with a lot of nursing and sleeping in the snuggly carrier, so not much time in the snow for this little lady. Fortunately, there is a nursing/baby care area located close to the sledding hill where Miles spent a good chunk of time, making it easy for one of us to work with both kids while the other skied.
- Close proximity to the house and able to be skied in a day (We’ve never lived close enough to anything like this, so that rocks our world!)
- Fairly good snow-making capabilities
- Great sledding area – Miles loved it and got some killer speed!
- The view is epic. Trust us, marveling at Fuji-san never gets old. Seriously.
- At 4000 yen/day, the lift tickets are cheaper than other (bigger) Japanese ski resorts (Happo One in Nagano was 5200 yen, Zao Onsen regular season 5000 yen, Niseko Village in Hokkaido was 7400 yen per day).
- Often the resort does not have enough natural snow making it necessary to use man-made snow. As a result, the runs have a tendency to be a bit icier as there is less powder.
- The sledding area can get a bit crowded on the weekends. Although like most things in life this varies a good bit depending on when you go. We went on a weekend and would assume that that would be more crowded than during the week (drawing upon our other experiences in Japan).
- Longer lines for lifts than we have experienced in other places like Nagano, Zao, and Niseko. Again, very much dependent on when you go!
- Hours: Weekdays 0830 – 1700, Weekends and Holidays 0900 – 1700, Night Skiing 1600 – 2200
- 4 Hour Ski Lift Ticket: 3500yen/Adult
- 1 Day Lift Ticket: 4000yen/Adult, 3000yen/Junior, 3000yen/Senior
- Snow Sled/Kid Slope Area: 700yen/person (this fee is waved if the person holds a full day ski pass)
- Ski Set: 4500yen/day
- Snowboard Set: 4500yen/day
- Parking: 1000yen