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.
During the 2018-2019 season Muikamachi Hakkaisan will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. To celebrate, on days that include the number 3 and 5, a one day lift ticket with a 1,000 yen voucher to use at the resort will cost 3,500 yen. Also, the Number 2 lift will operate daily (in recent seasons it had only opened on weekends and holidays).
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muikamachi Hakkaisan.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There is a 'Chibbiko' (Kids Trail) area for young children is located by the base area.
There is a long 'banked wave' course area on the lower part of the resort.
Muikamachi Hakkaisan Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Normally open from 8:15am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Muikamachi Hakkaisan is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:00pm on Saturdays and holidays.
For the 2018-2019 season, Hakkaisan plans to be open daily during the season. The Number 2 lift will also operate daily (in recent seasons it had only opened on weekends and holidays).
There is no nighta at this resort.
Muikamachi Hakkaisan Lift Ticket Charges
High School age
55 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.
During the 2018-2019 season Muikamachi Hakkaisan will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. To celebrate, on days that include the number '3' and '5', a one day lift ticket (along with a 1,000 yen voucher) to use at the resort will cost 3,500 yen.
Getting to Muikamachi Hakkaisan
By public transport
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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