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Kamui Links Ski Resort Japan
Kamui Links Ski Resort Japan
A great destination for powder hounds
A great destination for powder hounds
Kamui Links, Hokkaido Ski Resort
Kamui Links, Hokkaido Ski Resort
The powder is often deep
The powder is often deep
School groups often spread out across the groomed runs
School groups often spread out across the groomed runs
Kamui Links Ski Resort Japan
Kamui Links Ski Resort Japan
Th base area of Kamui Links Japan
Th base area of Kamui Links Japan
Skiing in Japan, Kamui Links
Skiing in Japan, Kamui Links
A run next to the lift line
A run next to the lift line
Japan snow at its best
Japan snow at its best
Kamui has some great groomed runs
Kamui has some great groomed runs
The base area has some mellow terrain
The base area has some mellow terrain
Most of the ski resort facilities are housed in the one building
Most of the ski resort facilities are housed in the one building
Kamui Links is popular with the local kids
Kamui Links is popular with the local kids
Delightful Kamui powder
Delightful Kamui powder
Snowboarding at Kamui Hokkaido
Snowboarding at Kamui Hokkaido
The sidecountry of Kamui Links Ski Resort
The sidecountry of Kamui Links Ski Resort
One of the nice groomed runs
One of the nice groomed runs
Nice views from the top restaurant
Nice views from the top restaurant
Head to Kamui with Hokkaido Powder Guides for some added fun
Head to Kamui with Hokkaido Powder Guides for some added fun

Kamui

Kamui Ski Links Japan

Kamui Ski Links in Japan is a fantastic little cheap ski resort that provides plenty of opportunities for powder skiing and snowboarding. “Kamui” means “god” or “divine being” in Ainu mythology and Kamui Japan is definitely blessed by the powder gods and a divine place where you can have an all-you-can-eat powder buffet!

Kamui Ski Links is not a destination resort and is best visited from either Asahikawa or Furano. If the snow’s on, which it frequently is, there’s enough terrain to keep powder hounds interested for two to three days.

Kamui Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Kamui Ski Links is a reasonably small ski resort with only 9 courses and about 600 metres of vertical (150-751 metres). There are 7 lifts that consist of one gondola and 6 pair chair lifts. There are great groomed runs for beginners and intermediate riders, and the trail statistics are pretty typical of many Japanese ski resorts: 40% beginner, 40% intermediate and 20% advanced.

A very relaxed approach to off-piste and tree skiing is a major plus for Kamui Links, as are the out-of-bounds (sidecountry) areas that are easily accessible via the lift system and a bit of traversing.

This resort has a reputation for being uncrowded, but occasionally there can be queues for the gondola especially on weekends, and the groomed runs can be busy with school children and army groups. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see why this resort has the reputation of quietness. Away from the groomed runs there are generally very few people, and there are fresh tracks to be ripped up.

Kamui Snow

Like its central Hokkaido counterparts, Kamui doesn’t receive as much snowfall as the coastal resorts (8m per season on average), but the quality of the snow is often exceptional! It’s up there as some of the best in the world!

Where is Kamui Links Ski Resort?

Kamui Ski Links is only 20 minutes from downtown Asahikawa on the north island (Hokkaido) of Japan. Asahikawa is 1.5 hours northeast of Sapporo, and from Asahikawa, Kamui Ski Links is easily accessible via car or bus.

Furano ski resort is a little further away, but it’s also commonly used as a base for Kamui Links. There are day ski tours available that include transport between Furano and Kamui.

The other access option is via a multi-day tour. See the options below.

Accommodation

Kamui Ski Links is a small no-frills resort with no associated town or accommodation. Accommodation options include Asahikawa hotels or Furano hotels.

Facilities

The facilities at Kamui Links include a few on-mountain restaurants, a basic retail shop, limited equipment rentals, and ski school services (in Japanese). Of course there are plenty of vending machines (this is Japan after all) and you’ll need to rely on these if you want to partake in an après drink.



Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros 

  • Lift passes are very cheap.
  • The quality of the powder is often exceptional.
  • Off-piste riding is permitted and there are some very fun tree skiing areas.
  • Kamui Links is a great little powder hound treasure. More powder hunters are heading there now, but it’s uncrowded compared to the high profile resorts and there are usually freshies on offer.
  • One advantage of skiing at Kamui and staying in Asahikawa is that you don’t stay at a resort where the cultural experiences can sometimes be a fraction artificial. In Asahikawa you might not find any gaijin and you will absolutely experience the real Japan. You can bow to your heart’s content and say konnichiwa over and over (and plenty of other Japanese words). If you want to completely absorb the Japanese culture you can even wear a mini skirt with bare legs in minus 20 degrees temperatures – if that takes your fancy! 
  • You can combine resort skiing with some NAC Cat Skiing nearby.

Cons

  • There is no on-mountain accommodation but staying in Asahikawa is pretty cool (see pro).
  • Kamui has basic facilities and the resort doesn’t cater well for kids or adults who require lessons in English.
  • It’s a small ski area so there’s not huge terrain variety (and is therefore ideally visited as part of a multi-resort trip).

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Lots of the staff don’t speak English.
  • Kamui has some lovely sidecountry although there’s a fair bit of traversing to get back into the resort, which may not excite some snowboarders.

Tours That May Include Kamui Links

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Snow Tow DETAILS
HOSTED & SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURE
6 Nights | 7 Days | 5 Skiing | 5 Ski Areas
From price based on triple/quad-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in yen not inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,530
Book and pay deposit prior to Nov 30, 2016 and get 14.7% off advertised price
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Take the hassle out of organising your powder adventure to Hokkaido Japan next season by joining one of these great unguided tours. You still have the freedom to do your own thing at the ski areas but all of the logistics are taken care of.
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Hokkaido Storm Chaser DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Areas
From price based on twin-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in yen not including 8% consumption tax.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,610
Book and pay deposit prior to C.O.B. August 31st 2016 and get 10% off the advertised price.
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Niseko United area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
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Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,435 USD 3,435
Early bird discount of 4-4.4% if booked and paid prior to June 30th 2017
Discount of 4-4.4% if you book & pay before June 30th
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu then Furano then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Le Grand Ultimate Powder Tour DETAILS
GUIDED & HOSTED POWDER TOUR
9 Nights | 8 Ski Days | 5+ Resorts
From price based on twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in USD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the powder in & around the Furano area with qualified guides for 8 epic days. The package also includes quality accommodation with daily breakfast located in the heart of the Furano ski area village plus all lift tickets at up to 5+ ski areas, all private ground transport & welcome & farewell dinners.
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Furano Guided Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
From price based on guided day tour in Furano (private groups only of 6) in low season. If you are a solo the cost is 6 x that shown.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 83
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
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Sky to Sea Progression Tour DETAILS
GUIDED PROGRESSION TOUR
10 Nights | 7 Days Instruction Furano/Otaru
From price based on twin/triple-share accom.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,189 USD 2,189
Discount of AUD$200 if you book and pay by June 30th 2017
Discount of 5.6 - 6.9% if you pay before 30th June
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Do you want to learn to ski or snowboard powder? And also see some of the best Hokkaido ski resorts and experience the Japanese culture? The focus of this Furano and Otaru based tour is to help you develop your powder skiing and snowboarding skills without boring drills.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
High Earnings DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
From price based on twin/triple-share with breakfast.
Price per person for a group of 5. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,601 USD 2,601
10% off advertised price. Must book via Powderhounds.com and pay deposit by June 15th 2017.
10% off if you book and pay deposit by June 15th
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Enter the powder room! Visit some of Hokkaido's most remote locations and best backcountry zones. This trip has a backcountry touring focus and the skins will probably go on every day but your group will be within reach of ski resorts if the weather isn`t suitable for touring or the lift accessed pow looks too good!
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Powder Extravaganza DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY & OFF-PISTE TOUR
18 Days | 17 Nights
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 4,476
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The aptly named Powder Extravaganza Tour offers a mix of pure backcountry skiing at Asahidake & Tokachidake combined with lift-accessed piste & off-piste skiing at ski areas like Tomamu, Furano, & Kamui.
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