Suhara (Uonuma City, Niigata)

(新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Late December 2020 until late March 2021

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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.

The 'original character' mascot for Suhara is 'Suha-ratto'... looks like it is a rat. That stands like a human.

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 200cm 15cm 1st 235cm - 1st 250cm 20cm
2nd - - 2nd 240cm 30cm 2nd 210cm - 2nd 247cm -
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 40cm 3rd 235cm 10cm 3rd 250cm -
4th - - 4th 205cm 45cm 4th 270cm - 4th 245cm -
5th - - 5th 210cm 40cm 5th 285cm - 5th 240cm -
6th - - 6th 190cm 40cm 6th 260cm 30cm 6th 235cm -
7th - - 7th 180cm 35cm 7th 240cm 30cm 7th 235cm -
8th - - 8th 220cm 30cm 8th 235cm 40cm 8th 230cm -
9th - - 9th 230cm 25cm 9th 270cm 50cm 9th 225cm -
10th - - 10th 245cm 25cm 10th 285cm 60cm 10th 220cm -
11th - - 11th 270cm 15cm 11th 270cm 65cm 11th 215cm -
12th - - 12th 250cm 10cm 12th 250cm 50cm 12th 210cm -
13th - - 13th 240cm 10cm 13th 245cm 45cm 13th 205cm -
14th - - 14th 225cm - 14th 235cm 40cm 14th 195cm -
15th - - 15th 215cm - 15th 230cm 30cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th 205cm - 16th 220cm 30cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th 215cm - 17th 290cm 25cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th 205cm - 18th 330cm 30cm 18th - -
19th 135cm - 19th 210cm - 19th 345cm 35cm 19th - -
20th 150cm - 20th 225cm - 20th 320cm 30cm 20th - -
21st 165cm 0cm 21st 220cm - 21st 290cm 30cm 21st - -
22nd 145cm - 22nd 210cm - 22nd 265cm 25cm 22nd - -
23rd 130cm - 23rd 200cm - 23rd 250cm 20cm 23rd - -
24th 115cm - 24th 195cm - 24th 260cm 20cm 24th - -
25th 100cm - 25th 185cm - 25th 300cm 20cm 25th - -
26th 140cm - 26th 180cm - 26th 300cm 15cm 26th - -
27th 135cm 0cm 27th 175cm - 27th 260cm 20cm 27th - -
28th 120cm - 28th 175cm - 28th 255cm 20cm 28th - -
29th 100cm - 29th 180cm - 29th - 20cm 29th - -
30th 90cm 10cm 30th 210cm - 30th 30th - -
31st 120cm 5cm 31st 245cm - 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 is a 'Mini Park' in the upper area of Suhara. 

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 skiing operations at Suhara... but you can pay to have your own exclusive 'nighta'. The charge is 55,000 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 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 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 2020-2021 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 ski area 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
More information on the Joetsu train line
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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