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Kanayasan Park

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The Birthplace of Skiing in Japan

Mt.Kanaya is the place where Major Theodore Von Lerch, from Austria-Hungary, introduced skiing to Japan in 1911. The Japan Ski Museum and a bronze statue of major Lerch, well known to skiers, is also located here. Every year at the beginning of February the Lerch Festival is held on Mt.Kanaya to commemorate major Lerch's visit. The summit of Mt.Kanaya offers beautiful views of the Takada Plains, the Sea of Japan and Sado Island. In winter, visitors can ski. In summer, people can go hiking, use the BMX bike course or enjoy bobsleighing. Mt.Kanaya is place that can be enjoyed all year round by adults and children alike. In 2016 the bobsleigh was open from April 23 to October 30.

detail information

Name of places: Kanayasan Park
Address: 595-2 Onuki, Joetsu-shi, Niigata
Traffic access(train): Take the Echigo Tokimeki Haneuma Railway to Takada Station. From there, it's 30 minutes on foot or 10 minutes by car.
Traffic access(bus): Take Kubiki bus to Yoderu Kanaya Mae and it's 10 minutes on foot.
Traffic access(car): Take the Joshinetsu Expressway to Joetsu-Takada IC and from there it's a 5-minute drive.
Tel: Phone: 025-525-4295 (Mt.Kanaya Management Office)
025-526-5111 (Sightseeing Division, Joetsu City Hall)
Fax: Fax: 025-526-6113 (Sightseeing Division, Joetsu City Hall)
Business hours: 9:30~17:00
For bobsleigh times, see above. The ski hill is open from 9:00 to 4:30.
Average time to see: 60min
Holidays: every Monday
The bobsleigh track is closed on Mondays. The ski hill is open every day.
Fee: Bobsleigh prices: 1 time - ¥150, 6 times - ¥750
Lift tickets: Adults (high school and older): 1 time -¥200; children (jr.high and under) - ¥150/time
Book of six tickets: Adults: ¥1000, children - ¥750
Book of 11 tickets: Adults: ¥2000, children - ¥1500
Books of 6 tickets are available only in summer. Books of 11 tickets are available only in winter.
Car parking: Free parking available for 174 vehicles in summer and 78 vehicles in winter.

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