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Region
Chugoku
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Tottori
Population
613,229

Daisen White Resort

Ski or snowboard one of Japan’s tallest mountains while enjoying ocean views.

By Laura Payne

Little-known compared to other ski destinations, Daisen White Resort is a hidden gem that offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to enjoy Mount Daisen—the highest mountain in Tottori Prefecture and the Chugoku Region. Clear days are the best time to visit White Resort because the slopes are framed by views of Mount Daisen’s peak and the nearby Sea of Japan.

Best of all, White Resort offers slopes for both beginning and advanced skiers and snowboarders, so there is something to do here regardless of your skill level. White Resort is also a hit with families and young children thanks to its Snow School and kids’ snow park.

Hit the Slopes

Daisen White Resort

Photo by: PIXTA/ 児島写真店 Time to hit the slopes.

Rental gear—including skis, snowboards and outerwear—is available near the main parking area. Once your gear is ready, hop on a free access chairlift that carries visitors to the resort grounds. From here, there are four areas to explore: Kokusai, Uenohara, Nakanohara and Goenzan.

Beginners’ courses are mainly concentrated around Goenzan and the lower slopes of Nakanohara and Uenohara. Meanwhile, intermediate and advanced slopes are found at Kokusai and the upper areas of Uenohara and Nakanohara.

Visitors can explore the slopes independently or join a lesson with the Daisen White Resort Snow School to learn new skills or sharpen existing ones. Children can join lessons from the age of five, and general lessons are open to anyone junior-high-school-aged or older. There are also two-hour and four-hour lessons in English available for groups of up to five people.

Restaurants and Kids’ Activities

Daisen White Resort

Photo by: iStock/Yuthongcome Fuel up.

When mealtime arrives, visitors have three different choices for restaurants: Goenzan Lodge, Nakanohara Ski Center and Lodge Daisen. Lodge Daisen is open the latest (last order is around four in the afternoon) and Nakanohara Ski Center has the largest menu, but all three eateries serve hearty Japanese comfort food like ramen, oyakodon (seasoned chicken and eggs over rice) and curry and rice. Free Wi-Fi is also available at all three facilities.

Near Goenzan Lodge is Takapiyo Land, a snow park open to children elementary-school-aged and younger and their parents. The park provides space for playing in the snow, sledding and skiing or snowboarding. Renting play equipment like sleds and snow shovels is free, and one admission price allows entry and exit for a whole day. Guests in Takapiyo Land also have the chance to meet White Resort’s animal mascot characters, Takapi and Daiten.

Things To Know

Ski Season

Skiing and snowboarding season typically lasts from late December through late March, but exact dates year to year vary depending on the snowfall.

Separate admission is charged for lift tickets and Takapiyo Land. Payments for Snow School lessons are cash-only.

Lift tickets can be purchased at ticket windows or machines located near the access lift or the Goenzan slopes.

Current lift ticket prices, rental gear prices and other information can be found on Daisen White Resort’s website (currently in Japanese only, but machine translation is available on the site): Daisen White Resort.

Rental Shop Hotel Daisen (located near the access lift) is one of the most convenient places to rent gear. Reservations for rentals can be made online (currently in Japanese only, but machine translation is available on the site). Contact information for other rental shops can be found on White Resort’s website.

Some slopes may close if there is insufficient snowfall. Please check White Resort’s website for details on the conditions of each slope and pay careful attention to any posted notices at the resort.

How To Get There

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By train

Take a bus to Daisenji from Yonago station and get off at Daisenji. The resort access lift is a short walk from here. Make sure to check the bus timetables at the station’s tourist information center before you head to the mountain as this bus can depart infrequently.

Yonago Station is accessible by local or express trains such as the Yakumo Limited Express, which departs from major stations including Okayama, Matsue and Izumo.

By car

For the greatest flexibility, rent a car in Yonago and drive to Daisen White Resort. Paid parking is available near the Daisen National Park Centre, which is a short walk from the access chairlift.

When the main parking area is full, cars may be directed further down the mountain to the Makihara Parking Lot. This parking lot is free with a paid shuttle bus that takes visitors to and from the main parking area.

Where To Stay

Sejour Oyama Annex 3rd Building
  • 312-26 Akamatsu, Saihaku-gun Daisen-cho, Tottori, 689-3319 Japan
  • ¥61,600 - ¥123,200
  • 3.5 km
Sejour Oyama Annex 1st Building
  • 1542-86 Tatarado, Saihaku-gun Daisen-cho, Tottori, 689-3317 Japan
  • ¥46,200 - ¥92,400
  • 3.6 km
Auberge Florence
  • 1542-142 Tatarado, Saihaku-gun Daisen-cho, Tottori, 689-3317 Japan
  • ¥90,000 - ¥90,000
  • 4.4 km

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