This blog is basically written with one person in mind, but sometimes I write an article for family members. The topic this time is a somewhat irregular way of going to the ski area “Katsuyama Ski Jam” in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture.
Ski trip with 4 family members … How to get to Ski Jam Katsuyama from Fukui station
There is a hotel called “Hotel Harvest Ski Jam Katsuyama” at Ski Jam Katsuyama, and it is the best option to stay here, especially for families. However, the weekend is fully occupied until the end of March this year … Anything, because there is little snow this year and I can not ski in the surrounding ski areas, I think that skiers are concentrated in Katsuyama.
That is why I had to look for another hotel, but Katsuyama City is not the place where there are many hotels even if I look at the whole city. As a result of having searched variously, this time I stayed overnight at JR Fukui Station and decided to head to Ski Jam Katsuyama by a direct bus in the morning.
Fukui Plaza Hotel | One minute walk from Fukui Station! The room is narrows, but there is no problem if we only sleep
About 2 hours after boarding Thunderbird 39 from Shin-Osaka Station 18:16 Despite the location of the prefectural office, there were few commercial facilities around JR Fukui Station, and I received the impression of a calm city.
The hotel I took care of on this day is a 1-minute walk from Fukui Station West Exit. This is Fukui Plaza Hotel where you can see the signboard almost in front of the station.
This hotel is small and leaves the atmosphere of Showa somehow. Is it family-owned, or a man and woman and their mother who seems to be a couple at the front desk? I was serving while being replaced by three people.
The room which was guided is this …
As you can see, the basic structure is an ordinary business hotel. There is a unit bath on the left side of the camera position, and there are 3 single beds in the room + 1 extra bed by the window. Although not shown in the photo, there is a small desk to the left of the extra bed. It is 24,800 yen per night without leaving it.
If there are four families, there is only space for walking other than bed, but it is not bad if it is considered as a relay point just to sleep. As it is convenient stores near the station and there are 3-4 convenience stores within 5 minutes on foot, we are not troubled at all with buying lunch box and cakes.
A direct bus to Ski Jam Katsuyama operated by Keifuku Bus … What has been the most difficult trip in 2 days trip?
Well, the problem is how to get to the ski area from here. There is no problem if there is a car, but if you go to Fukui by train, it’s a bit troubled.
The first method is to enter Katsuyama using a local train called Echizen Railway. Exit the JR Fukui Station East Exit and you will find Fukui Station on the left side of the Echizen Railway. It takes about one hour from here to Katsuyama Station. There is a train from early in the morning, so there is no problem going to Katsuyama Station.
The problem is beyond that. As far as I checked, there is no public transportation from Katsuyama Station to ski jam. There is a shuttle bus coming in regularly, but it can only be used by guests staying at Hotel Harvest.
According to Google Maps, it is approximately 20 minutes by car from Katsuyama Station of Echizen Railway to ski jam. Luckily, you should catch a taxi, but otherwise you will have to wait and wait at the station.
And another way is to use the direct bus of Keifuku bus service from JR Fukui Station (Adult one way 2000 yen, no round trip discount). This time my house went to ski jam this way. There is a discount for the round trip fare with a lift ticket (6000 yen for adults, 4,000 yen for children) or a discount for parent and child packs (9900 yen for round trip bus + lift ticket), but I’m glad there …
Let’s say it. The dissatisfaction of this bus is …
I can not reserve a seat even though it is a ticket system
I think that I do not understand what I am dissatisfied even if I read only this, so I will explain it from now on.
If you look at the Keifuku Bus website, on the page of the direct bus to Ski Jam Katsuyama …
- We do not accept advance reservations
- Due to the seating capacity, you can not get in if you are full
It is written. People who come from far do not want to waste travel, so I would like to make reservations as much as possible so that they can travel smoothly. At first it would be disappointing not to get it. And what should I do to get on the bus? I’m thinking about
Continuing to read the website, it says, “You must buy a ticket to get on this bus.” If so, do you have to hold the tickets early in the morning? And my head leads me out.
Then, let’s find a ticket office so that we can come first in the morning … But there is no ticket office location anywhere on the website (at least as of this writing). I arrived in Fukui, and even if I asked the hotel people, I asked the station convenience store people, I did not know where the ticket office is. I found that the office was in the station of Echizen Railway. If you intend to go to ski jam by Keifuku bus, please remember.
Well, the next morning … I leave the hotel at 6:20 am to buy a bus ticket for 4 family members. The office opens this day at 6:40. Several customers were already waiting in the waiting room before the store opened.
The ticket office opened at 6:40 am and I was able to get tickets for 4 family members safely. But the receptionist says that just because you can buy a ticket you can not get on the desired bus. After all, it can be said that it is the order of early things along the bus stop whether you can get on the bus.
How is this system honest? Assuming that the bus capacity is 40 people, if 50 customers come, do you sell tickets to all 50 people? And 10 people who couldn’t get on the bus saying “You are written on the homepage” and are you going to truncate the bazaar?
If it is only this office that sells bus tickets, seat management should be as easy as possible. Isn’t it all right to do at a bus company? While making the cause of the trouble by oneself, the system of this bus company which may push the responsibility to the customer, I would like to lean on the head at all. If you use this bus to go to ski jams, you need to be aware of these circumstances and prepare.
By the way, one more thing, credit cards can not be used to buy tickets. Make sure you have enough cash.
Bus for ski jam Katsuyama
・ Parent and child round trip ticket 9900 yen with ski jam lift ticket
・ Adult round trip ticket 4000 yen × 2 people
Ski Jam Katsuyama | This ski school has a reputation for speed advancement!
Although there were many things, my home was able to get on a bus for ski jam safely. 7:50 I took a bus from Fukui Station East Exit, and it was 8:45 minutes for ski jam arrival.
I looked over the scenery by a bus on the way, but it was surely snowing little. As you can see the ski area … The turf appears on part of the slope, and in the afternoon there were fewer places covered with snow.
The big purpose our home has come to this point is to let children learn to ski. I came here last year, but I liked the instructor’s kindness and my own advancement system and decided to be indebted to this school again this year.
What is its unique system of promotion … This school does not test during the lesson time. In a general sense, if you have 90 minutes of lessons, it will be used for the last 30 minutes of your advanced test. However, the school here has taught skis to the end, and if it is judged that the standard of advancement has been reached, it is a system that you can advance at a retrofit fee and pay the badge fee. In other words, it is more efficient than other schools.
Daytime lessons start at 9:30 am and there are a total of 3 in 2 am + 1 pm. In order to take part in the morning at 9:30, you must either have reception on site by 8:40 or make a reservation in advance. But there are internet reservations, so rest assured. The office is closed on weekdays at 16 o’clock, so be careful when making last minute bookings.
Ski lesson (group) 2 lessons x 2 persons ¥ 26,300
・ Beginner's slope entrance fee 900 yen × 3 people
・ Upper grade badge charges (Jr yellow) 3000 yen
Return trip to Fukui Station by Keifuku bus is from the parking lot next to Ski Jam Katsuyama Rental Plaza
That’s why, afternoon ski lessons are over and children return after 15 o’clock. As the return bus to Fukui station goes at 16:30, return the rental ski equipment, get a grade badge … and even if you are doing, you will have some time left.
In addition to the hotel, there is also a hot spring and a heated swimming pool within this facility, which can be used even by guests. In addition, you can use the Italian cafe “Ikenori” which exceeds the level of the ski area attached facility with a full-fledged stone wall in front of the hotel reception. It is an open space with a panoramic view of the slopes, and may have a nice tea time until the departure time of the bus.
The return bus departs from the parking lot next to the Ski Jam Rental Plaza (the same as getting off the bus). As it is not possible to reserve a seat like a bus to go, we recommend that you go to the bus stop early to get on board.