Muikamachi Hakkaisan (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 25th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021
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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.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan celebrated its 35th Anniversary during the 2018-2019 season. In some recent years the Number 2 and 3 pair lifts were rested on weekdays but it appears that all ski lifts are scheduled to be operating daily during the 2020-2021 winter season.

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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Muikamachi Hakkaisan Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 260cm 70cm 1st - 130cm 1st 350cm 180cm
2nd - - 2nd 280cm 80cm 2nd - 150cm 2nd 350cm 170cm
3rd - - 3rd 280cm 80cm 3rd - 150cm 3rd 350cm 160cm
4th - - 4th 280cm 90cm 4th - 150cm 4th 330cm 160cm
5th - - 5th 290cm 100cm 5th - 150cm 5th 330cm 160cm
6th - - 6th 290cm 100cm 6th - 170cm 6th 330cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 290cm 100cm 7th - 190cm 7th 320cm 160cm
8th - - 8th 300cm 100cm 8th - 190cm 8th 320cm 160cm
9th - - 9th 310cm 100cm 9th - 220cm 9th 320cm 160cm
10th - - 10th 310cm 100cm 10th - 220cm 10th 320cm 160cm
11th - - 11th 330cm 100cm 11th - 220cm 11th 320cm 150cm
12th - - 12th 330cm 100cm 12th - 220cm 12th 320cm 150cm
13th - - 13th 330cm 100cm 13th - 220cm 13th 320cm 140cm
14th - - 14th - 100cm 14th - 200cm 14th 320cm 140cm
15th - - 15th - 100cm 15th - 200cm 15th 310cm 140cm
16th - - 16th - 100cm 16th - 180cm 16th 310cm 140cm
17th - - 17th - 100cm 17th - 180cm 17th 300cm 150cm
18th - - 18th - 100cm 18th - 180cm 18th 300cm 140cm
19th - - 19th - 100cm 19th - 200cm 19th 300cm 140cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 100cm 20th - 190cm 20th 280cm 140cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 190cm 21st 280cm 140cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 130cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - 170cm 23rd - 120cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 170cm 24th - 120cm
25th 260cm 50cm 25th - 120cm 25th - 170cm 25th - 120cm
26th 270cm 50cm 26th - 120cm 26th - 170cm 26th - 120cm
27th 270cm 50cm 27th - 120cm 27th 350cm 170cm 27th - 120cm
28th 270cm 60cm 28th - 120cm 28th 350cm 170cm 28th - 100cm
29th 270cm 60cm 29th - 100cm 29th - 180cm 29th - 100cm
30th 270cm 60cm 30th - 100cm 30th 30th - -
31st 220cm 60cm 31st - 100cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muikamachi Hakkaisan. 
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' (Kids Trail) area for young children is located by the base area. 
Park Information
Park information
There is not snow park but usually a long 'banked wave' course area on the lower part of the ski area. 

Muikamachi Hakkaisan 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 8:30am 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
Muikamachi Hakkaisan is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm (the last Ropeway down is at 4:00pm).

There is no night skiing at this area.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,100 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
4 Hours 3,500 yen 2,900 yen 2,900 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Ropeway (one-way) 1,300 yen 1,300 yen 1,300 yen
Ropeway (return) 2,100 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

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
Transport 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
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 430 yen for adults and 220 yen for children, with skis/boards costing an additional 100 yen.

A bus from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station is also available on weekends and holidays between 21st December 2019 and 15th March 2020. The bus leaves at 9:00am and is free - it is limited to 40 people. The journey takes about 1 hour.
By 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
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 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.

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