Kitaakita area

Snow Monsters at Ani Ski Resort

The natural phenomenon called 'Snow Monsters' can be found atop Mt. Moriyoshi.

Snowfall and freezing winds form over trees, conjuring up the look of interesting white creatures.

It is recognized as one of the top three frost covered trees locations in Japan.
What’s awesome about Ani Ski Resort is that you can backcountry ski or snowboard through the snow monsters, and the great quality of powder snow.

To get to the snow monsters, all you have to do is take a 20-minute gondola ride up the mountain and then take a 10-minute walk.
You can even borrow a pair of snowshoes from the gondola station free-of-charge and take a stroll around the snow monsters.
There is a 1,200 meter walking trail that takes about 30 minutes to walk one lap.

Ani Ski resort has beginner, intermediate, and ungroomed courses.
You can borrow skis, snowboards and snow wear too.

Photo Gallery

In February it is possible to catch a snow cat to the top of the mountain to view the ‘snow monsters’ at night.

Available all 4 seasons, don't miss out on seeing the beautiful flowers in Spring, amazing green in the Summer and the gorgeous changing Autumn leaves in the fall.

Contact Information

Kitaakita-shi tourist information center (association of sightseeing in Kitaakita-shi product)
TEL 0186-62-1851
FAX 0186-84-8610

【Ani Ski Resort (Mt. Moriyoshi)】
79-5 Anikaginodaki, Kitaakita, Akita 018-4624