Wakabuna Kogen (Sekikawa Village, Niigata)

Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原 (新潟県 関川村)
Planned season: Thursday 15th December 2016 until late March 2017
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Wakabuna Kogen is located in Sekikawa village in the north-eastern region of Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Yamagata Prefecture. It has been operating since 1987.

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. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Wakabuna Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 20cm 30cm 1st 155cm 190cm 1st 150cm 160cm
2nd - - 2nd - 25cm 2nd 155cm 190cm 2nd 145cm 165cm
3rd - - 3rd - 10cm 3rd 160cm 190cm 3rd 140cm 165cm
4th - - 4th 5cm 5cm 4th 165cm 195cm 4th 140cm 160cm
5th - - 5th 5cm 0cm 5th 155cm 195cm 5th 135cm 155cm
6th - - 6th 20cm 0cm 6th 145cm 200cm 6th 135cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 20cm 3cm 7th 145cm 205cm 7th 135cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 10cm 10cm 8th 150cm 210cm 8th 145cm 135cm
9th - - 9th 5cm 30cm 9th 155cm 215cm 9th 145cm 130cm
10th - - 10th 5cm 40cm 10th 155cm 220cm 10th 150cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 15cm 70cm 11th 155cm 220cm 11th 150cm 125cm
12th - - 12th 50cm 110cm 12th 160cm 220cm 12th 150cm 125cm
13th - - 13th 65cm 120cm 13th 160cm 215cm 13th 140cm 120cm
14th - - 14th 90cm 140cm 14th 160cm 205cm 14th 140cm 115cm
15th - - 15th 110cm 140cm 15th 165cm 195cm 15th 130cm 110cm
16th 30cm - 16th 120cm 140cm 16th 165cm 195cm 16th 130cm 105cm
17th 30cm 0cm 17th 130cm 145cm 17th 155cm 205cm 17th 130cm 100cm
18th 30cm 35cm 18th 130cm 145cm 18th 150cm 205cm 18th 130cm 90cm
19th 30cm 20cm 19th 130cm 155cm 19th 160cm 200cm 19th 120cm 80cm
20th - 20cm 20th 120cm 160cm 20th 160cm 200cm 20th 110cm 70cm
21st - - 21st 120cm 160cm 21st 160cm 190cm 21st - 65cm
22nd - - 22nd 115cm 160cm 22nd 160cm 190cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd 125cm 160cm 23rd 155cm 175cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th 145cm 165cm 24th 145cm 170cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th 160cm 180cm 25th 150cm 170cm 25th - -
26th - 3cm 26th 175cm 185cm 26th 150cm 170cm 26th - -
27th - 3cm 27th 175cm 185cm 27th 150cm 175cm 27th - -
28th 20cm 10cm 28th 165cm 175cm 28th 150cm 170cm 28th - -
29th 20cm 25cm 29th 165cm 170cm 29th - 160cm 29th - -
30th 25cm 30cm 30th 160cm 175cm 30th 30th - -
31st 20cm 30cm 31st 150cm 175cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Wakabuna Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Wakabuna Kogen. 
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
The 'Chibbiko Hiroba' is a special area for young children and offers sledging and a place to play in the snow. 
Park Information
Park information
'Wakabuna Snow Park' features a selection of items including a number of kickers. 

Wakabuna Kogen Season & Opening Times

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

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Wakabuna Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55-59 years
1 Day (until 4pm) 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (open-10am) 2,700 yen
Morning (10am-12pm) 1,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-2pm) 2,700 yen
Afternoon (2pm-4pm) 1,500 yen
Mid (10am-2pm) 2,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 250 yen
10 Lift Coupon 3,800 yen 2,300 yen
Season Ticket (all) 35,000 yen 18,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season (weekends & holidays) 23,000 yen
Season (weekdays) 23,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A class of tickets called 'Silver' for people aged 60 and over is also available. A 1 day ticket is 2,500 yen.

Women can buy a lift ticket at the same charge as the Senior tickets shown above.

A season ticket that is valid at Wakabuna Kogen and Okutadami Maruyama (in Uonuma city, Niigata)is available for 53,000 yen.

Getting to Wakabuna Kogen

By public transport
69.1km from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
2.8km from Echigo Katakai Station on the Yonesaka line
20.2km from Sakamachi Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Wakabuna Kogen is less than 3km from the small Echigo Katakai Station on the Yonesaka line.

Echigo Shimoseki station is further away (approx. 9km) but larger and easier to get a taxi from.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
A free shuttle bus is available from Murakami Station.
By Car
23.2km from the Arakawa Tainai IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
26.3km from the Murakami Senami Onsen IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
33.1km from the Nakajo IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 113 (2.2km away)
Wakabuna Kogen is about 23km from the Arakawa Tainai IC exit on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.

From the IC exit head in an easterly direction on Route 113. Wakabuna Kogen is just over 2km off Route 113 on the right hand side.

>> More information on Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
There is parking for about 1,200 vehicles by the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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