Wakabuna Kogen (Sekikawa Village, Niigata)

Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原 (新潟県 関川村)
Planned season: Wednesday 20th December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018
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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 80cm 20cm 1st 215cm 155cm 1st 330cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 80cm - 2nd 215cm 155cm 2nd 310cm 145cm
3rd - - 3rd 85cm - 3rd 215cm 160cm 3rd 300cm 140cm
4th - - 4th 95cm 5cm 4th 215cm 165cm 4th 290cm 140cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 5cm 5th 230cm 155cm 5th 270cm 135cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 20cm 6th 240cm 145cm 6th 250cm 135cm
7th - - 7th 110cm 20cm 7th 270cm 145cm 7th 245cm 135cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 10cm 8th 280cm 150cm 8th 240cm 145cm
9th - - 9th 105cm 5cm 9th 290cm 155cm 9th 220cm 145cm
10th - - 10th 100cm 5cm 10th 290cm 155cm 10th 210cm 150cm
11th - - 11th 125cm 15cm 11th 285cm 155cm 11th 210cm 150cm
12th - - 12th 150cm 50cm 12th 290cm 160cm 12th 205cm 150cm
13th - - 13th 160cm 65cm 13th 330cm 160cm 13th 200cm 140cm
14th - - 14th 170cm 90cm 14th 340cm 160cm 14th 190cm 140cm
15th - - 15th 170cm 110cm 15th 330cm 165cm 15th 185cm 130cm
16th - 30cm 16th 170cm 120cm 16th 330cm 165cm 16th 175cm 130cm
17th - 30cm 17th 165cm 130cm 17th 330cm 155cm 17th 170cm 130cm
18th - 30cm 18th 160cm 130cm 18th 330cm 150cm 18th 160cm 130cm
19th - 30cm 19th 155cm 130cm 19th 335cm 160cm 19th 150cm 120cm
20th 50cm - 20th 150cm 120cm 20th 335cm 160cm 20th 140cm 110cm
21st 50cm - 21st 150cm 120cm 21st 340cm 160cm 21st 130cm -
22nd 45cm - 22nd 150cm 115cm 22nd 340cm 160cm 22nd 130cm -
23rd 40cm - 23rd 150cm 125cm 23rd 340cm 155cm 23rd 110cm -
24th 40cm - 24th 170cm 145cm 24th 340cm 145cm 24th 100cm -
25th 40cm - 25th 170cm 160cm 25th 340cm 150cm 25th 90cm -
26th 40cm - 26th 180cm 175cm 26th 340cm 150cm 26th - -
27th 50cm - 27th 185cm 175cm 27th 340cm 150cm 27th - -
28th 55cm 20cm 28th 190cm 165cm 28th 330cm 150cm 28th - -
29th 65cm 20cm 29th 195cm 165cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 80cm 25cm 30th 205cm 160cm 30th 30th - -
31st 85cm 20cm 31st 210cm 150cm 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 normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:00pm on weekends and holidays.

From 1st March, open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.

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 3,200 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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As the 2018-2019 winter season approaches, we will gradually be updating the information for every ski resort in Japan.

Many ski resorts in Japan do not update their own information until the autumn months and so our process of updating information will be ongoing until November.

Resorts usually open and close around the same time each season - if the 2017-2018 planned season dates are still displayed on this page, they can be used as a good indication of the season length.

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