Sakae Club (Sakae Village, Nagano)

Sakae Club
さかえ倶楽部 (長野県 栄村)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
Official snow depth 80cm (10cm) [updated on 17th December 2017]

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Sakae Club is located in Sakae village in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Tsunan town in Niigata Prefecture. It is actually the most northerly located ski hill in Nagano Prefecture. A number of the courses at Sakae Club are left ungroomed on most weekdays during the season. The local train station just a few kilometres away from the lifts boasted an astonishing snow depth record of 7.85m in 1941! It might not snow quite that much every season, but consistent heavy snowfall is usually one feature of this region. The Nozawa Onsen resort is about 22km to the south west of Sakae Club.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Sakae Club Course Map

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Sakae Club Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 65cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - - 2nd - 55cm 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th - 50cm 4th - 220cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th - 55cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 75cm 6th - 190cm 6th - 170cm
7th - - 7th - 70cm 7th - 190cm 7th - 180cm
8th - - 8th - 65cm 8th - 230cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th - 55cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 175cm
10th - - 10th - 55cm 10th - 240cm 10th - 170cm
11th - - 11th - 90cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 180cm
12th - - 12th - 85cm 12th - 290cm 12th - 175cm
13th - - 13th - 95cm 13th - 290cm 13th - 170cm
14th - - 14th - 140cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 170cm
15th - - 15th - 180cm 15th - 310cm 15th - 170cm
16th 70cm - 16th - 190cm 16th - 310cm 16th - 170cm
17th 80cm 70cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 170cm
18th - 60cm 18th - 210cm 18th - 260cm 18th - 170cm
19th - 50cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 265cm 19th - 170cm
20th - 45cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 165cm
21st - 40cm 21st - 205cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 160cm
22nd - 40cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 25cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 250cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 165cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 155cm
27th - 25cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 35cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 40cm 29th - 240cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 80cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 70cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Sakae Club Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sakae Club. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging play area at the base of the ski hill. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Sakae Club Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Sakae Club is open from 9am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and national holidays.

The Number 3 lift is closed on most weekdays, with some exceptions. It is open from 28th December until 4th January and from 18th March until 28th March. Note that all courses are still available when the lift is closed.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Sakae Club Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,200 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
4 Hours 2,800 yen 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen
Season Ticket (all) 25,200 yen 16,000 yen 10,600 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children under elementary school age can ride the lifts for free, but must be with an adult.

'Lucky Monday': 1 day lift ticket for 1000 yen!

Getting to Sakae Club

By public transport
31.5km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.6km from Morimiyanohara Station on the Iiyama Line
28.2km from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Sakae Club is and just over 2.5km from Morimiyanohara Station on the local Iiyama line, though there are no scheduled shuttle bus services.

Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is the closest Shinkansen station and is around 31.5km to the south west of Sakae Club.

Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 41km to the east.

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No shuttle bus service is available.
By Car
36.1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.3km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.8km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (1.8km away)
Sakae Club is less than 2km off the main Route 117 road that goes from Nagano city through to Ojiya city in Niigata Prefecture.

There are two exits on expressways that are convenient.

From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway, Sakae Club is about 36km and the journey usually takes about 40 minutes.

From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway (in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata Prefecture), Sakae Club is just over 37km away and the journey usually takes about 50 minutes.

After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 towards Yuzawa and after about 650m turn right onto Route 353. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching the Route 117 traffic light junction. Turn left onto Route 117 (Nozawa Onsen is on the main signpost). Continue on Route 117, through Tsunan town and over the border into Nagano Prefecture, for about 15km. Turn right at the signs to head up to Sakae Club.

>> More information on Kanetsu Expressway
More information on Joshinestsu Expressway
There is a car park close to the base of Sakae Club.

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