Yakushi (Uonuma City, Niigata)

薬師 (新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd December 2017 until mid March 2018
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Yakushi is a small local ski hill located in the western area of Uonuma city. A season ticket that is valid at Yakushi and Okutadami Maruyama (both in Uonuma city) is available.

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. 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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Yakushi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 120cm 20cm 1st 200cm 100cm 1st 180cm 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 10cm 2nd 170cm 110cm 2nd 190cm 120cm
3rd - - 3rd 130cm 5cm 3rd 160cm 120cm 3rd 180cm 120cm
4th - - 4th 145cm 5cm 4th 150cm 110cm 4th 170cm 120cm
5th - - 5th 140cm 5cm 5th 150cm 100cm 5th 170cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 5cm 6th 150cm 90cm 6th 170cm 110cm
7th - - 7th 140cm 5cm 7th 150cm 90cm 7th 170cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 140cm 5cm 8th 210cm 90cm 8th 160cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 140cm 5cm 9th 220cm 130cm 9th 155cm 130cm
10th - - 10th 140cm 5cm 10th 190cm 120cm 10th 150cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 130cm 5cm 11th 180cm 130cm 11th 150cm 140cm
12th - - 12th 135cm 50cm 12th 200cm 160cm 12th 150cm 130cm
13th - - 13th 140cm 50cm 13th 230cm 160cm 13th 150cm 130cm
14th - - 14th 140cm 100cm 14th 230cm 160cm 14th 150cm 130cm
15th - - 15th 140cm 110cm 15th 230cm 160cm 15th 150cm 130cm
16th - - 16th 135cm 110cm 16th 230cm 160cm 16th 150cm 110cm
17th - - 17th 135cm 110cm 17th 210cm 150cm 17th 130cm 100cm
18th - 40cm 18th 110cm 110cm 18th 210cm 140cm 18th 130cm 100cm
19th - 40cm 19th 110cm 100cm 19th 210cm 145cm 19th 115cm 100cm
20th - 35cm 20th 100cm 90cm 20th 210cm 140cm 20th 110cm 100cm
21st - 35cm 21st 100cm 90cm 21st 210cm 145cm 21st 100cm -
22nd - 30cm 22nd 100cm 90cm 22nd 210cm 145cm 22nd 100cm -
23rd 55cm 30cm 23rd 100cm 100cm 23rd 200cm 140cm 23rd 100cm -
24th 50cm 8cm 24th 100cm 130cm 24th 200cm 140cm 24th 100cm -
25th 45cm 8cm 25th 180cm 130cm 25th 200cm 140cm 25th 100cm -
26th 50cm - 26th 200cm 130cm 26th 200cm 140cm 26th 100cm -
27th 100cm 5cm 27th 200cm 110cm 27th 200cm 140cm 27th 80cm -
28th 105cm - 28th 200cm 100cm 28th 200cm 140cm 28th - -
29th 130cm 5cm 29th 200cm 100cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 130cm 20cm 30th 210cm 90cm 30th 30th - -
31st 130cm 25cm 31st 210cm 100cm 31st 31st - -

Yakushi Facilities

Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Yakushi. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
There is no ski and snowboard equipment available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Yakushi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yakushi is usually open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays; from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Yakushi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
1 Day (weekdays) 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 3,000 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen 200 yen 200 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 15,000 yen 10,000 yen 15,000 yen
Season Ticket (*) 39,000 yen 24,000 yen 39,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The season ticket marked (*) can also be used at the Okutadami Maruyama resort in Uonuma City.

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month. On those days, children can ride the lifts for free.

Getting to Yakushi

By public transport
11km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.1km from Koide Station on the Joetsu Line
23.4km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Yakushi is located just outside of Koide and about 4km from Koide Station on the local Joetsu line.

The nearest stop on the Joetsu Shinkansen line at Urasa Station is about 11km away.

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More information on the Joetsu train line
There is no ski hill shuttle bus, but a local bus stops fairly close.

A taxi ride from Koide Station costs 1300-1500 yen.
By Car
3.1km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
8.4km from the Horinouchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
10.6km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 352 (1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 70
From Koide IC exit turn right onto Route 291 and at the traffic lights after 500m, turn left onto Prefecture Road 70. Continue on this road for 1.8km, over the river, through the traffic lights and past the school on the right hand side and then right to head towards the ski hill base.

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Free parking is available at base for up to 200 vehicles.

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

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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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