Facilities & Services
Asahidake is a no frills ski area with very limited services and facilities. Shopping and dining opportunities are limited to the ropeway station at the base of the ski area and the few hotels nearby. There is a small visitor’s centre which is open during winter, but its primary purpose is to service the many summer tourists who visit for the hiking.
There is one cafeteria upstairs in the Asahidake ropeway building with typical vending machine fast-food Japanese dishes such as ramen and rice dishes. The food is high-quality and very reasonably priced. There is now an English menu and the ladies working in the cafeteria have been working on their English a little to yell out the order numbers!
There’s also a kiosk downstairs selling snacks such as pork buns for those who want to eat on the run (or whilst you’re waiting for the rope-way).
Facilities for Children
There are no specific facilities for children at Asahidake.
Asahidake Ski and Snowboard School
You’ll have to teach yourself!
Asahidake Ski Hire & Backcountry Equipment Rental
There is no ski hire or snowboard rental available on-mountain at the ropeway station. About 100 metres away, the Manseikaku Bear Monte Hotel has equipment rentals in the Totori Rental Shop. The main focus is on Burton snowboard gear and they also hire out avalanche beacons, backpacks and snowshoes.
The Shirakabasou-Asahidake hostel rents out fat skis, skins and range of backcountry safety gear. The other option is Journey into Japan who have a backcountry rental shop in Furano and deliver to Asahidake.
There are no ATMs at Asahidake, so cash up on yen before you arrive because they don’t accept credit cards for lift tickets, souvenirs or food.
Free wifi is available in the ropeway station.
There is a very small shop downstairs in the ropeway building selling Asahidake souvenirs including T-shirts and trinkets, as well as confectionary giftware and sundries such as sunscreen. The Asahidake shop also has basic ski and snowboard accessories (e.g. beanies, gloves). For substantial ski or snowboard requirements, you’ll need to go shopping in Asahikawa.
The Asahidake shop also sells a few beverages and food items such as noodles, but otherwise there is no grocery or alcohol shopping at Asahidake. Stock up in Furano or Asahikawa before you arrive, or alternatively there are vending machines (of course!!) in the hostel and hotels selling snacks, beers and yummy Chu-His (yummy alcopops).