Muikamachi Hakkaisan (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
六日町八海山 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018
Closed on Wednesdays between 10th January and 14th March
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Muikamachi Hakkaisan is located on the western slopes of Mt Hakkai in the northern region of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. This resort is popular for long and challenging mogul courses and also some smoother intermediate cruising style courses. Beginners will prefer to stay near base, though there is also a winding course down from the peak for those wanting to avoid the steeper top areas. The main 81 person capacity Ropeway (which regularly goes from close-to base to the top of the resort) moves at quite some speed! In the green season mountain biking is possible on the slopes and in autumn the Ropeway is busy with people enjoying the beautiful autumn colours and views of Hakkai-san mountain.

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

1147m
792m
355m
38"
15
5500m
4
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
55%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
45%
1 0 0 0 3 0 0

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
1st - - 1st 200cm 100cm 1st 340cm 300cm 1st 350cm 350cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 60cm 2nd 340cm 300cm 2nd 350cm 340cm
3rd - - 3rd 220cm 60cm 3rd 340cm 330cm 3rd 350cm 340cm
4th - - 4th 230cm 70cm 4th 340cm 330cm 4th 320cm 340cm
5th - - 5th 240cm 80cm 5th 340cm 330cm 5th 320cm 340cm
6th - - 6th 240cm 100cm 6th 340cm 330cm 6th 320cm 340cm
7th - - 7th 240cm 100cm 7th 340cm 330cm 7th 320cm 330cm
8th - - 8th 240cm 100cm 8th 340cm 350cm 8th 300cm 330cm
9th - - 9th 240cm 100cm 9th 340cm 350cm 9th 300cm 340cm
10th - - 10th 240cm 100cm 10th 340cm 350cm 10th 260cm 340cm
11th - - 11th 240cm 120cm 11th 340cm 350cm 11th 260cm 340cm
12th - - 12th 240cm 180cm 12th 340cm 350cm 12th 260cm 340cm
13th - - 13th 240cm 200cm 13th 350cm 380cm 13th 240cm 320cm
14th - - 14th 250cm 220cm 14th 350cm 380cm 14th 240cm 320cm
15th - - 15th 250cm 250cm 15th 350cm 380cm 15th 240cm 320cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 270cm 16th 350cm 380cm 16th 240cm 300cm
17th - 80cm 17th 250cm 270cm 17th 350cm 380cm 17th 240cm 280cm
18th - 80cm 18th 250cm 290cm 18th 370cm 370cm 18th 230cm 280cm
19th - 80cm 19th 250cm 270cm 19th 370cm 380cm 19th - 280cm
20th - 80cm 20th 250cm 290cm 20th 370cm 380cm 20th - 280cm
21st - 80cm 21st 250cm 290cm 21st 370cm 370cm 21st - 260cm
22nd - 70cm 22nd 250cm 290cm 22nd 370cm 370cm 22nd - 250cm
23rd 120cm 40cm 23rd 250cm 290cm 23rd 370cm 370cm 23rd - 250cm
24th 120cm 50cm 24th 250cm 300cm 24th 370cm 370cm 24th - 250cm
25th 120cm 50cm 25th 280cm 300cm 25th 370cm 360cm 25th - 250cm
26th 120cm 50cm 26th 300cm 300cm 26th 370cm 360cm 26th - 250cm
27th 150cm 50cm 27th 330cm 300cm 27th 370cm 360cm 27th - -
28th 180cm 50cm 28th 340cm 300cm 28th 370cm 360cm 28th - -
29th 190cm 60cm 29th 340cm 300cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 200cm 80cm 30th 340cm 300cm 30th 30th - -
31st 200cm 100cm 31st 340cm 300cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muikamachi Hakkaisan. 
Rental
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 'Chibbiko' area for young children by the base area. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Free Ride Park' with two areas featuring a number of items, both on the lower slopes of the resort. Total length 350m. 

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:15am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Muikamachi Hakkaisan is normally open from 8:15am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:00pm on Saturdays and holidays.

The Number 2 Romance lift (and the course by the lift) only opens from 10:00am until 3:30pm on weekends, national holidays and between 30th December and 9th January.

Closed on Wednesdays between 10th January and 14th March 2018.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
High School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 3,900 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
3 Hours 3,200 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
5 Hours 3,600 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Ropeway (one-way) 1,200 yen 1,200 yen 1,200 yen
Ropeway (return) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

The Number 2 Romance lift (and the course by the lift) only opens from 10am until 3:30pm on weekends, national holidays and between 30th December and 9th January.

A ‘Premium Season Ticket’ that is valid at all the lifts at the nine Prince snow resorts in Japan throughout the 2017-2018 season is available for 100,000 yen. Available to buy until 15th November 2017. Valid at Furano, Shizukuishi, Naeba, Kagura, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Karuizawa Prince Hotel, Manza Onsen, Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama and Myoko Suginohara.

Getting to Muikamachi Hakkaisan

By public transport
Train
Train
15.6km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
10.2km from Itsukamachi Station on the Joetsu Line
12.6km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Information
The nearest local train station is Itsukamachi Station (just over 10km) on the Joetsu local line. Muikamachi Station (just under 13km) is the nearest larger station on the same local Joetsu line and the Hokuhoku line. Urasa Station is the closest station on the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line and is about 16km away from Muikamachi Hakkaisan.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
bus
Bus
Buses are available from the East Exit of Muikamachi Station direct to Muikamachi Hakkaisan and the journey takes about 30 minutes. The bus charge from Muikamachi Station is 420 yen for adults and 210 yen for children, with skis/boards costing an additional 100 yen. A limited bus service from the West Exit of Urasa Station to Muikamachi Hakkaisan is available on Saturdays and holidays and the journey takes about 30-35 minutes. The charge for that service is 530 yen for adults and 270 yen for children, with skis/boards costing an additional 100 yen.
By Car
Car
12.4km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
16.9km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
22.9km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (6.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 214
Direction
Direction
The nearest IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway is Muikamachi IC.

From the Muikamachi IC exit, turn left at the traffic lights onto Route 253 for about 700m until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 heading north towards Nagaoka for about 2.5km. Turn right into Prefecture Road 214 and follow the road straight on to the resort. Muikamachi Hakkaisan is about 9km from Route 17.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base areas of the resort for about 1,000 vehicles. Car parking is free on weekdays and 500 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and other special holidays.

More Information

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Address
Address
Yamaguchi 1610
Minamiuonuma-shi
Niigata-ken
949-7121
Telephone
Telephone
025-775-3311
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