Suhara (Uonuma City, Niigata)

(新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until late March 2020

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Suhara is located in the north western area of Uonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. This resort offers 'reserved nighta' so you can have the slopes all to yourself (and/or your group) in the evenings if you like. Uonuma city is located just to the north of Minamiuonuma and Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture. There are 6 ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountains of Uonuma and while getting to them may not be as convenient as some other resorts to the south, the region enjoys very heavy snowfall each winter.

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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Suhara Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 15cm 95cm 1st - 175cm 1st 20cm 132cm
2nd - - 2nd 30cm 85cm 2nd - 185cm 2nd - 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 115cm 3rd 10cm 175cm 3rd - 130cm
4th - - 4th 45cm 115cm 4th - 165cm 4th - 125cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 95cm 5th - 150cm 5th - 123cm
6th - - 6th 40cm 110cm 6th 30cm 150cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th 35cm 125cm 7th 30cm 145cm 7th - 110cm
8th - - 8th 30cm 120cm 8th 40cm 150cm 8th - 108cm
9th - - 9th 25cm 135cm 9th 50cm 175cm 9th - 110cm
10th - - 10th 25cm 125cm 10th 60cm 175cm 10th - 105cm
11th - - 11th 15cm 115cm 11th 65cm 175cm 11th - 100cm
12th - - 12th 10cm 105cm 12th 50cm 180cm 12th - 90cm
13th - - 13th 10cm 100cm 13th 45cm 175cm 13th - 85cm
14th - - 14th - 95cm 14th 40cm 175cm 14th - 110cm
15th - - 15th - 90cm 15th 30cm 170cm 15th - 110cm
16th - - 16th - 95cm 16th 30cm 160cm 16th - 90cm
17th - - 17th - 115cm 17th 25cm 170cm 17th - 85cm
18th - - 18th - 115cm 18th 30cm 180cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 120cm 19th 35cm 165cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 110cm 20th 30cm 158cm 20th - -
21st 0cm - 21st - 120cm 21st 30cm 155cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 170cm 22nd 25cm 150cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 155cm 23rd 20cm 145cm 23rd - -
24th - 10cm 24th - 155cm 24th 20cm 145cm 24th - -
25th - 10cm 25th - 155cm 25th 20cm 140cm 25th - -
26th - 10cm 26th - 160cm 26th 15cm 140cm 26th - -
27th 0cm 10cm 27th - 180cm 27th 20cm 135cm 27th - -
28th - 40cm 28th - 175cm 28th 20cm 135cm 28th - -
29th - 50cm 29th - 175cm 29th 20cm - 29th - -
30th 10cm 50cm 30th - 175cm 30th 30th - -
31st 5cm 80cm 31st - 160cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Suhara Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Suhara. 
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 70m x 70m 'Recreation' sledding area by the base area.

A 'Kids Room' can be found on the 2nd Floor of the base Centre House. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no specific snow park facilities. 

Suhara Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Suhara is open from 8:30pm until 4:45pm every day.

There is no scheduled public night operations at Suhara... but you can pay to have your own exclusive 'nighta'. The charge is 33,000 yen - that includes lift ticket and operations from 5:00pm-8:00pm and for any number of people. You can have it just to yourself if you like! Reservations a week in advance are required.

Suhara Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 3,700 yen 2,700 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
5 Hour 3,200 yen 2,200 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
AM or PM 2,800 yen 1,900 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Special Weekday 2,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
2 Days 6,400 yen 5,000 yen 5,800 yen 5,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 260 yen 260 yen 260 yen 260 yen
10 Lift Coupons 2,300 yen 2,300 yen 2,300 yen 2,300 yen
Season Ticket 36,000 yen 27,000 yen 27,000 yen 27,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Children younger than elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

A season ticket that is valid at both Suhara and also the Okutadami Maruyama resort in Uonuma City is available for 52,000 yen.

Getting to Suhara

By public transport
21.5km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.3km from Echigo Suhara Station on the Tadami Line
12.8km from Koide Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The base of Suhara is a few hundred metres from the Echigo Suhara station on the local Tadami train line.

Koide Station on the local Joetsu and Tadami lines is just under 13km from Suhara.

The nearest stop on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line is at Urasa Station, about 21.5km away.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
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No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
14.5km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
16.9km from the Horinouchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
21.4km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 252 (0.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 346
Two exits of the Kanetsu Expressway are convenient for getting to Suhara.

The Koide IC is about 14.5km away and from the north the Horinouchi IC is just under 17km from base, both around 30 minutes by car.

In both cases head towards and then follow Route 252 for about 11km to reach Suhara.

Route 252 continues through into Fukushima Prefecture but that section of the road is closed in the winter months.

>> More information on Kanetsu Expressway
There are two car parks near the base of Suhara for about 400 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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