Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Maiko Snow Resort
舞子スノーリゾート (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 9th April 2017
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Maiko Snow Resort is located in Minamiuonuma city, close to the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway and about ten minutes from the central area of Yuzawa town. The resort has two main bases (Maiko and Nagamine) and three main areas (Maiko, Nagamine and Okusoeji). Part of what is now the Maiko area originally opened in 1959 and the resort has changed names a number of times over the years. The Maiko area is home to gentler slopes, snow parks and Maiko Kogen Hotel. The Nagamine area features the main Day Centre and Maiko Gondola which goes up to the popular slopes of the Okusoeji bowl area of the resort. The best snow conditions can usually be found at Okusoeji as well as some fine mountainous scenery.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Maiko Snow Resort Course Map

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Maiko Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 110cm 105cm 1st 275cm 160cm 1st 290cm 170cm
2nd - - 2nd 100cm 95cm 2nd 270cm 160cm 2nd 285cm 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 110cm 90cm 3rd 275cm 170cm 3rd 300cm 170cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 85cm 4th 285cm 170cm 4th 300cm 160cm
5th - - 5th 120cm 75cm 5th 270cm 165cm 5th 290cm 155cm
6th - - 6th 130cm 70cm 6th 265cm 160cm 6th 280cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 130cm 70cm 7th 275cm 160cm 7th 290cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 120cm 80cm 8th 300cm 160cm 8th 320cm 130cm
9th - - 9th 130cm 90cm 9th 290cm 160cm 9th 290cm 125cm
10th - - 10th 140cm 90cm 10th 290cm 190cm 10th 290cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 160cm 95cm 11th 300cm 220cm 11th 300cm 130cm
12th - - 12th 175cm 95cm 12th 320cm 210cm 12th 290cm 125cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 95cm 13th 330cm 200cm 13th 285cm 125cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 90cm 14th 330cm 185cm 14th 280cm 120cm
15th - 0cm 15th 270cm 90cm 15th 330cm 175cm 15th 280cm 125cm
16th 95cm - 16th 280cm 90cm 16th 320cm 185cm 16th 290cm 125cm
17th 120cm - 17th 270cm 85cm 17th 310cm 185cm 17th 295cm 120cm
18th 110cm 40cm 18th 265cm 90cm 18th 295cm 195cm 18th 295cm 115cm
19th 100cm 50cm 19th 250cm 95cm 19th 310cm 190cm 19th 280cm 105cm
20th 90cm 50cm 20th 245cm 95cm 20th 300cm 180cm 20th 280cm 100cm
21st 80cm 45cm 21st 240cm 120cm 21st 305cm 170cm 21st 275cm 100cm
22nd 70cm 30cm 22nd 240cm 125cm 22nd 320cm 165cm 22nd 280cm 100cm
23rd 50cm 25cm 23rd 270cm 130cm 23rd 320cm 160cm 23rd 295cm 95cm
24th 60cm - 24th 265cm 130cm 24th 310cm 170cm 24th 300cm 100cm
25th 70cm - 25th 310cm 150cm 25th 310cm 170cm 25th 310cm 110cm
26th 65cm 25cm 26th 310cm 160cm 26th 295cm 170cm 26th 290cm 110cm
27th 50cm 50cm 27th 280cm 155cm 27th 300cm 170cm 27th 290cm 110cm
28th 70cm 70cm 28th 280cm 150cm 28th 295cm 165cm 28th 305cm 105cm
29th 70cm 90cm 29th 270cm 145cm 29th - 155cm 29th 310cm 100cm
30th 110cm 100cm 30th 255cm 165cm 30th 30th 285cm 90cm
31st 120cm 100cm 31st 275cm 160cm 31st 31st 280cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Maiko Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Maiko Snow Resort. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
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 are two 'Smile Kids Parks' at Maiko Snow Resort - one by the Day Ski Centre and the other in the Maiko Area. Each are 500 yen to enter. There is also a 400m free sledging course next to the Maiko Family lift, open from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-3pm on Sundays and holidays. 
Park Information
Park information
There are few snow park areas at Maiko Snow Resort including the 'Nixon Snow Park Garden' and the 'Maiko Bank Yard'. Both are in the Maiko Area of the resort. There is also a 'Peak Performance Off-Piste Zone' in the Nagamine Area, which opens depending on snow conditions. 

Maiko Snow Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Maiko Snow Resort is open from 8:30am until 5pm on weekdays and from 8am until 5pm on weekends during the daytime.

Nighta is scheduled for every night from 4pm until 8pm in part of the Maiko Area, from 28th December 2016 until 19th March 2017. The Maiko Center quad operates during nighta.

Maiko Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,700 yen 2,900 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days 8,200 yen 5,200 yen 7,300 yen 7,300 yen
3 Days 11,500 yen 7,300 yen 10,200 yen 10,200 yen
4 Days 14,600 yen 9,200 yen 12,900 yen 12,900 yen
5 Days 17,500 yen 10,900 yen 15,400 yen 15,400 yen
6 Days 20,200 yen 12,400 yen 17,700 yen 17,700 yen
7 Days 22,700 yen 13,700 yen 19,800 yen 19,800 yen
5 Hours 4,200 yen 2,600 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta (4pm-closing) 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
Gondola 1,100 yen 600 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

Getting to Maiko Snow Resort

By public transport
8.8km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
2.7km from Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu Line
8.8km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Maiko Snow Resort is less than 3km from the small local Ishiuchi Station. However, most people arriving by train use the free shuttle bus from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station which is just under 9km from Maiko Snow Resort. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line and connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport

A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to Maiko Snow Resort. The journey takes about 30 minutes. A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Maiko Area costs around 2,900 yen and to the Day Centre area costs around 3,400 yen.
By Car
0.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
13km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 28
There are two bases at Maiko Snow Resort.

The Maiko Area is less than 1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway. At the IC exit, go straight ahead and follow the road up to the main parking area on the right hand side.

The Nagamine Area is where the main Day Centre and Gondola is located and for many this is considered the main base of Maiko. At the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit traffic lights, turn left and after just over 1km follow the signs by turning right to head up to the resort car park.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
Parking is free in both areas on weekdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, over New Year and on special holidays parking costs 1000 yen per vehicle.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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