Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma (Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma
星野リゾート 裏磐梯猫魔 (福島県 北塩原村)
Planned season: Saturday 1st December 2018 until Sunday 5th May 2019

(Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 16th Jan - 28th Feb)
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Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma - often known as simply Urabandai Nekoma - is located on the north-western slopes of Mt Bandai in Kita Shiobara village, Fukushima Prefecture. In winter the Gold Line toll road connecting this area of Kita Shiobara village with Bandai town is closed and so the roads going round the east side of the mountain need to be used. The upper part of the Alts Bandai resort is actually rather close to the upper part of Alts Bandai on the other side of the mountain, but they are not lift or course connected. However they are owned by the same company and a joint lift ticket and shuttle bus service between the two is available.

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 16th January and 28th February 2019. Otherwise, open daily.

Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

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The Mountain

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Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 140cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 300cm
2nd - 50cm 2nd - 130cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 300cm
3rd - 50cm 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 300cm
4th - 50cm 4th - 170cm 4th - 240cm 4th - 300cm
5th - 50cm 5th - 170cm 5th - 240cm 5th - 300cm
6th - 50cm 6th - 170cm 6th - 250cm 6th - 280cm
7th - 70cm 7th - 170cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 260cm
8th - 70cm 8th - 170cm 8th - 255cm 8th - 260cm
9th - 70cm 9th - 160cm 9th - 255cm 9th - 250cm
10th - 70cm 10th - 185cm 10th - 270cm 10th - 250cm
11th - 70cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 250cm
12th - 90cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 280cm 12th - 230cm
13th - 100cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 280cm 13th - 230cm
14th - 100cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 280cm 14th - 230cm
15th - 115cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 310cm 15th - 220cm
16th - 115cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 310cm 16th - 220cm
17th - 115cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 300cm 17th - 215cm
18th - 115cm 18th - 210cm 18th - 300cm 18th - 215cm
19th - 120cm 19th - 210cm 19th - 310cm 19th - 210cm
20th - 130cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 310cm 20th - 210cm
21st - 130cm 21st - 195cm 21st - 310cm 21st - 210cm
22nd - 130cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 310cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd - 130cm 23rd - 215cm 23rd - 310cm 23rd - 210cm
24th - 130cm 24th - 215cm 24th - 310cm 24th - 210cm
25th - 130cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 210cm
26th - 115cm 26th - 245cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 210cm
27th - 135cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 300cm 27th - 210cm
28th - 140cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 210cm
29th - 135cm 29th - 230cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th - 140cm 30th - 240cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st - 140cm 31st - 250cm 31st 31st - 180cm

Previous Statistics

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma. 
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
A child care service is available at base. 
Park Information
Park information
Opening Park until mid January and Monster Park from early March until the end of the season in early May 2019. 

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am 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
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm during the main season.

The resort is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 16th January and 28th February 2019.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Open for early ski from 6th April until 6th May - from 7:30am on weekdays and from 5:55am on weekends and holidays (closing at 3:00pm).

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,200 yen 3,500 yen
Afternoon (from 12pm) 3,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,700 yen 3,000 yen
Alts+Nekoma Joint 5,200 yen 2,500 yen 4,000 yen 4,500 yen
Season Ticket 55,000 yen 25,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Alts+Nekoma Joint Ticket is valid at both Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma and Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai. The season ticket is also valid at both resorts.

Getting to Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma

By public transport
58.3km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
22.5km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
58.3km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Nishi line is 22.5km from Urabandai Nekoma.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
A shuttle bus operates from Inawashiro Station to Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma.
By Car
22.8km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
50.3km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
57km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 459 (2.4km away)
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma is just under 23km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Pref Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 12.5km - with Lake Hibara on the right side - until reaching a road sign for Urabandai Nekoma (written on the sign as just Nekoma). Turn left onto this road to head to the resort base.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
There are a few car parks close to the base of the resort for around 1000 vehicles, open from 6am until 5pm.

Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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