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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 Storm Chaser DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas

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Price p/p
USD 2,610 USD 2,610
Book before Aug 31st to receive 40,000 yen discount off the advertised price
Book before Aug 31st to get a 13.8% discount
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru 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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Price p/p
USD 3,643 USD 3,643
Pay by 31 Aug forearly bird special
Get 2% discount if you pay before Aug 31
Ability: 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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Powder Road Trip DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing
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USD 2,664
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Journey into central Hokkaido to visit ski areas such as Furano, Tomamu, & Asahidake. Ideally suited to those who mostly want to ride lift accessed powder at the ski areas and also have the option to do a bit of touring or a full day of touring at Tokachi-dake.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Central Hokkaido Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding
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Price p/p
USD 2,745 USD 2,745
Full payment required by Aug 31 2018. Some tour dates only.
Get up to 5% discount if you pay before Aug 31
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Furano Guided Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
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Price p/p
USD 90
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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Furano/Central Hokkaido Experience DETAILS
LOCAL GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 5 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 1,863
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Experience the best powder that Furano & the Central Hokkaido region has to offer. Venture off-piste in Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro & Asahidake with local guides. It’s their passion to show you great skiing/boarding, relaxing onsens & the enjoyment of dining at their favourite local restaurants where few tourists go.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
High Earnings DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
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USD 2,781
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 Belt Backcountry Tour DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY TOURING WITH LIFT ASSIST
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding
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USD 2,811 USD 2,811
Early bird. Pay in full by Aug 31 to get $100 off the price
Pay by Aug 31 to get 2.6% discount
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore Central Hokkaido's endless backcountry under your own steam as well as using the lifts. Perfect for those that don't want to hike all day and/or those relatively new to backcountry touring. Based in Furano, explore different ski areas each day.
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Powder Extravaganza DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY & OFF-PISTE TOUR
18 Days | 17 Nights | 5+ ski areas
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USD 5,310
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. By the end of this 17 day trip you will have had your annual powder fix & will be ready for a tropical holiday!
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Cat Skiing Tours
Otoe Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGES
Mixed Group or Private Group
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Price p/p
USD 378
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Amazing Central Hokkaido powder and only a max of 11 other guests to share all the powder with. The Otoe cat tour package includes a full day of guided cat skiing and transport to/from Furano (if required)
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