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: Friday 14th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
(Closed from 1st-5th April 2019)
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Latest report posted at 8:20am on Wednesday 19th December 2018
Official snow depth 70cm (10cm) [updated on 18th December 2018]

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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 - 160cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 240cm
2nd - - 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 230cm
3rd - - 3rd - 230cm 3rd - 240cm 3rd - 240cm
4th - - 4th - 250cm 4th - 230cm 4th - 230cm
5th - - 5th - 245cm 5th - 260cm 5th - 220cm
6th - - 6th - 240cm 6th - 260cm 6th - 220cm
7th - - 7th - 260cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 220cm
8th - - 8th - 250cm 8th - 255cm 8th - 210cm
9th - - 9th - 230cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 210cm 10th - 240cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th - 200cm 11th - 230cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th - 190cm 12th - 230cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th - 190cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 190cm
14th - - 14th - 210cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 180cm
15th - 95cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 240cm 15th - 180cm
16th 60cm 90cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 170cm
17th 60cm 95cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 240cm 17th - 170cm
18th 70cm 120cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 170cm
19th - 120cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 300cm 19th - 170cm
20th - 130cm 20th - 170cm 20th - 300cm 20th - 165cm
21st - 120cm 21st - 170cm 21st - 290cm 21st - 165cm
22nd - 115cm 22nd - 170cm 22nd - 285cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 105cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 100cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 85cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 280cm 25th - 155cm
26th - 100cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 150cm
27th - 160cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 260cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 170cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 140cm
29th - 170cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 135cm
30th - 180cm 30th - 270cm 30th 30th - 125cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 270cm 31st 31st - 120cm

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.

'Maiko Snow Land' is a 400m sledging course next to the Maiko Family lift in the Maiko Area. Entry is free and the area is open 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am-3:00pm on Sundays and holidays. Sledge rental is available for a 300 yen (one time) and 500 yen (two times).

Banana Boat rides and Snow Mobile Experience rides are also available in the Maiko Area.

There is a 'Kids Room' (child car) on the 2nd Floor of the gondola base building. Charges are 1,200 yen per hour, available for children ages 2-6. 
Park Information
Park information
There are few snow park areas at Maiko Snow Resort including the Maiko Snow Park 'Garden', 'Bank Yard' and the 'Electric Step Up Park' - located in the Maiko Area of the resort. There is also an ungroomed '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 Mid 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 normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends during the daytime.

Nighta is scheduled for from 4:00pm until 8:00pm in part of the Maiko Area during the main season, from Friday 28th December 2018 until 16th March 2019.

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 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Sanroku 2,200 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
Gondola (1 time) 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.

The full day lift ticket passes include access to nighta.

The 'Sanroku Ticket' is valid on the Number 1, Number 2 and Family ski lifts in the Maiko Area of the resort for the whole day.

Children's Day:
Third Sunday of the month - 1 day pass for elementary school children is free

Women's Day:
Every Wednesday (except 2nd January 2019) - 1 day pass for men is 3,600 yen (other extras included)

Men's Day:
Every Thursday (except 3rd January and 21st March 2019) - 1 day pass for men is 3,600 yen

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 1,000 yen per vehicle.

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