This blog is basically written with one person in mind, but sometimes I will write articles for families. This topic is a little irregular way to go to the ski resort "Katsuyama Ski Jam" in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture.
Ski trip for a family of four... How to go to ski jam Katsuyama by staying at Fukui station
Katsuyama Ski Jam has a hotel called "Hotel Harvest Ski Jam Katsuyama", so staying here is the best option especially for families. However, until the end of March this year, there will be no room on the weekends. No matter what, there is little snow this year and the ski areas around me can't slide, so skiers are concentrated in Katsuyama.
That's why I had to find another hotel, but Katsuyama City is not a place with many hotels even if I look at the whole city. As a result of looking around, I decided to stay overnight at JR Fukui Station and head for Katsuyama Ski Jam by a direct bus in the morning.
Fukui Plaza Hotel | Convenient 1 minute walk from Fukui Station! The room is small, but if you just sleep
Approximately 18 hours by boarding Thunderbird No. 16 from Shin-Osaka Station 39:2. The area around JR Fukui Station is a prefectural capital, but there are few commercial facilities, and I got the impression that it is a calm town.
The hotel you took care of on that day is a 1-minute walk from the west exit of Fukui Station. It is Fukui Plaza Hotel where you can see the signboard from the station almost in front of you.
This hotel is small and somehow retains the atmosphere of the Showa era. Is it family-owned, or is it the mother and the woman and their mother who seem to be a couple? I was serving customers while changing the three people.
Click here for the guided room...
As you can see, the basic structure is a normal business hotel. There is a unit bath on the left side of the camera, and there are 3 single beds and 1 extra bed by the window. Although not shown in the photo, there is a small desk on the left side of the extra bed. This is 1 yen per night without meals.
For a family of four, there is only a walking space other than the bed, but it's not bad if you think of it as a relay point where you just sleep. It's convenient from the station, and there are 4 to 5 convenience stores within 3 minutes on foot, so you don't have to worry about buying bento boxes or snacks.
A direct bus to the ski jam Katsuyama operated by the Keifuku bus... What was the hardest part of your 1-night/2-day trip?
Now, the problem is how to get to the ski resort from here. There is no problem if you have a car, but if you enter Fukui by train, it is a bit of a headache.
The first method is to enter Katsuyama using a local train called Echizen Railway. When you exit the JR Fukui Station East Exit, you will immediately see the Echizen Railway Fukui Station on your left. It takes about 1 hour from here to Katsuyama station. There are trains early in the morning, so it's safe to go to Katsuyama station.
The problem is beyond that. As far as I've checked, there is no public transportation from Katsuyama Station to Ski Jam. There are regular shuttle buses, but only guests staying at Hotel Harvest can take this.
According to Google Map, it takes about 20 minutes by car from Kachiyama station of Echizen Railway to Ski Jam. I'm fortunate to get a taxi, but otherwise I'll have to wait long at the station.
Another method is to use a direct bus operated by Keifuku Bus from JR Fukui Station (adult one-way 1 yen, no round trip discount). This time my home went to ski jam this way. I am happy that the round-trip fare with a lift ticket (adult 2000 yen, child 6000 yen) is cheap, or the parent-child pack discount (round-trip bus + lift ticket 4000 yen) is ...
Let's say it. The dissatisfaction with this bus is...
I can't reserve a seat even though I have a ticket system
Is that. I don't think I'm dissatisfied even if I read that this is all, so I'll explain it from now on.
Keifuku Bus websiteIf you look at the page of the direct bus to ski jam Katsuyama
- We do not accept advance reservations
- It is not possible to get on when the seats are full due to the seat capacity
It says that. The feeling of people coming from far away is that I don't want to waste my trip, so I want to make a reservation as much as possible so that the trip goes smoothly. First of all, I'm sorry that it didn't come true. And how can you get on the bus surely? Think about.
Continuing on the website, it says, "You have to buy a ticket to get on this bus." If so, why not line up early and hold the ticket? And my head guides the measures.
So, let's find a ticket office so that we can come first thing in the morning... But nowhere on the website is the ticket office location (at least as of this writing). When I arrived in Fukui, I asked the people at the hotel and the people at the convenience store at the station that I didn't know where the ticket office was... I went there, went there, and wandered around with the whole family, I found the office to be on the Echizen Railway station. If you plan to go to Ski Jam on the Keifuku bus, please remember it.
By the way, the next morning...I leave the hotel at 4:6 am to buy bus tickets for my family. The office opens at 20:6 this day. Several customers were already waiting in the waiting room before the store opened.
The ticket office opened at 6:40 and I was able to get the tickets for 4 families safely. However, the receptionist said that buying a ticket does not mean that you can board the bus you want. After all, whether or not you can get on the bus is said to be the earliest lined up at the bus stop.
How honest is this system? If there are 40 passengers on the bus, will 50 people sell tickets to all 50 passengers? And are you planning to cut off the 10 people who could not get on the bus by saying, "You have written it on their website?"
If only this office sells bus tickets, seat management should be as easy as it gets. Isn't it better to do that with a bus company? The bus company's system, which can create the cause of trouble on its own and impose responsibility on the customer, makes me want to lean my head. If you use this bus to go to ski jams, you need to understand and prepare for these things.
By the way, I can't use a credit card to buy a ticket. Make sure you have enough cash.
Bus for ski jam Katsuyama
・Parent-child return ticket with ski jam lift ticket 9900 yen
・Adult round-trip ticket 4000 yen x 2 people
Ski Jam Katsuyama｜The ski school here has a reputation for speed promotion!
Although there were various things, my house safely got on the bus to Ski Jam. 7:50 I took a bus from Fukui Station East Exit and arrived at Ski Jam at 8:45 minutes.
I overlooked the scenery by bus on the way, but there was certainly little snow. As you can see on the ski slopes, turf was exposed on a part of the slope, and by the afternoon, the number of places covered with snow was decreasing.
The main purpose of my home is to let children learn to ski. I came here last year too, and I like the instructor's kindness, and I like the unique promotion system, so I decided to take care of this school again this year.
What is that unique promotion system? The school here does not carry out a promotion test during the lesson time. Generally speaking, if you have a 90-minute lesson, it will be used for the final 30 minutes of the advancement test. However, the school here teaches skiing to the end, and if it is judged that the standard of advancement has been reached in that school, it is a system that can be advanced later by paying a progress test fee and a badge fee. In other words, it is more efficient than other schools.
The daytime lessons start at 9:30 in the morning, and there are a total of 2 lessons, 1 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. In order to attend the lesson at 9:30 in the morning, you must either register at the site or book in advance by 8:40. ButInternet reservationThere is, so don't worry. The office will be closed at 16:XNUMX on weekdays, so please be careful when making a last minute reservation.
Ski lessons (group) 2 lessons × 2 people 26,300 yen
・Slope entrance fee 900 yen for beginners × 3 people
・Advance badge fee (Jr yellow) 3000 yen
The Keifuku bus for Fukui Station on the way back is from the parking lot next to Ski Jam Katsuyama Rental Plaza
After that, the ski lessons in the afternoon are over at 15:16 and the kids are back. The bus bound for Fukui Station on the way back leaves at 30:XNUMX, so I will return some of the ski equipment I rented and get a promotion badge... but it will take some time.
In addition to the hotel, there are hot springs and a heated pool in this facility, so even non-guests can use it. In addition, in front of the hotel's front desk, you can also use the Italian cafe "Ito-ri", which has a full-scale stone kiln and goes beyond the level of facilities with ski resorts. It is an open space with a panoramic view of the slopes, and tea time may be good until the departure time of the bus.
The return bus will depart from the parking lot next to Ski Jam Rental Plaza (same as when you got off the bus). It is not possible to reserve seats as with the going bus, so it is recommended that you go to the bus stop early to get on the bus securely.