Snow flurries in the cool crips air, festive lights and decorations all around the Rokkosan attractions, the sounds of merry seasonal songs, the holiday winter season is upon us!
Open from November 16th this year, the earliest ski area in all of Japan to open, the Rokko Snow Park is now open for skiing, snowboard, sledding and enjoying winter sports! Open daily from 9am to 5pm and weekends and holidays from 9am to 10pm fun for the entire family can be found. This season is scheduled to run until March 29th of 2020.
Don’t have any gear with you? No Problem! Skiing wear, hats and gloves, and just about anything one needs to enjoy the snow is available for rent. Seasoned instructors are ready to introduce one to the joys of sliding down a mountain, or giving some pointers in getting your winter legs back. The instructors (mainly Japanese) use English phrases and instruction boards (written in both English and traditional Chinese) to help one understand the lesson.
Many people who live in Kansai had their first taste of winter sports and learned to ski here at the Rokko Snow Park. Fun for the entire family.
The sweet smell of gingerbread and lovely music of the Nutcracker can be heard at the Rokko International Musical Box Museum. Decorated for the holiday season and with the many award winning gingerbread and candy houses on display. From November 25th to December 25th, special concerts featuring the music of the Nutcracker will be performed daily, every 30 minutes from 10:30 until 16:30.
There will be live harp or harpsichord music along with a special Christmas night dinner on December 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and the 24th. The cost is 7,500 yen per person.
The winter version of the “Lightscape in Rokko” will be from December 1st until January 13th. The light show lasts for approximately 7 minutes and will run from 17:00 until 21:00 each evening. Masayuki Fushimi produced the light show this year and the theme is “The Pillow Book” (Makura-no-Sōshi) which was published in the year 1002. It details the thoughts and observations of Sei Shōnagon who was a court lady to Empress Consort Teishi.
For those of you that are hiking or just walking around Rokkosan. If you need a place to stop by, rest and get warm, just head over to the Mt.Rokko Visitor Center. The lovely wood pellet stove that was installed last year is the perfect place to warm up and relax before going off on your next Rokkosan adventure!
See you on Rokkosan!!