Resort Spotlight: Ishiuchi Maruyama (Niigata)
Planned season: 21st December 2016 until early April 2017
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski and Snowboard resort, one of the larger resorts in Japan and located in the Minamiuonuma region of Niigata Prefecture (previously known as Shiozawa, just to the north of Yuzawa town), was originally funded and developed by ski enthusiasts living in Tokyo more than 50 years ago.
The resort expanded and developed over the years by a number of companies and local people into the resort that it is today... a popular and well-known modern ski and snowboard resort in a great location. Due to the years of development, the area has some unique characteristics - especially with a wide range of accommodations, restaurants and other facilities competing to provide the highest quality of service to guests.
The resort offers a wider range of ski slopes and facilities for all ranges and abilities of skier and snowboarder. Although the altitude of the ski base is relatively low, the resort receives heavy snowfall each winter thanks to the geographical characteristics of the region and that fact along with the facilities enable the resort to annually host various large-scale national ski and snowboard events.
The top of the resort is connected to the neighbouring GALA Yuzawa resort and a special lift ticket is available that allows you to ride at Ishiuchi Maruyama, GALA Yuzawa and the other connected resort, Yuzawa Kogen - making for an extremely large area that will take you a few days to fully explore!
Some of the best 'nighta' in Japan!
Ishiuchi Maruyama is also well-known as offering some of the most extensive - and best - nighta (floodlit night skiing) in Japan. The Oumaruyama course is also open on weekdays for the 16-17 season.
Special 'Powder Areas' on the upper part of the mountain, the Oumaruyama course and Giant course are areas where you can enjoy top quality untouched Niigata snow. In this region, it is not unknown for a full metre of snow to fall in one night! Make an early morning start to hit the powder in a morning after a big snowfall.
Ishiuchi Maruyama is a popular resort choice for people who enjoy 'park', and this year there's a new 'Hike Up Area' and more attractions for park lovers. The 500m long main park area is a must and within the area itself there are different areas for people of varying skill levels and experience... so beginners can try it out too. The half pipe is also a popular and famous attraction at Ishiuchi Maruyama.
The Friendly Cross area by Sportsman Course features a range of attractions such as banks, waves - and is fun for everyone from young children to adults wanting their first go at a snow park type area. For children who are not ready to put on skis or a snowboard yet, the Ishimaru-kun Kids Park is recommended. This area, which is located by the Chuo Entrance base area features a snow escalator and other items for young children to enjoy.
|Terrain:||40% beginner - 40% intermediate - 20% advanced|
|Lifts:||15 lifts - Quad (5); Triple (6); Pair (3); Single (1)|
|Restaurants:||20 inside area|
|1||Marchen Course||1000m||20º max gradient|
|2||Paradise Course||830m||16º max gradient|
|3||Green Course||220m||12º max gradient|
|4||Rinkan Course||850m||10º max gradient|
|5||Sportsman Course||650m||18º max gradient|
|6||Dynamic Bypass||350||10º max gradient|
|7||Angel Course||500m||20º max gradient|
|8||Ginza Course||670m||18º max gradient|
|9||Kita Maruyama Course||350m||18º max gradient|
|10||Beginner Course||650m||12º max gradient|
|11||Summit Course||420m||15º max gradient|
|12||Elite Course||180m||18º max gradient|
|13||Chuoshakakko Course||200m||12º max gradient|
|14||Oumaruyama Course||500m||30º max gradient|
|15||Silver Course||420m||26º max gradient|
|16||Super Course||600m||27º max gradient|
|17||Hoppichler Course||270m||30º max gradient|
|18||Tyrol Course||350m||29º max gradient|
|19||Gengoro Course||500m||25º max gradient|
|20||Dynamic Course||430m||24º max gradient|
|21||Sancho Course||900m||35º max gradient|
|22||Giant Course||1050m||32º max gradient|
|23||Devil Down Course||800m||33º max gradient|
|24||Kokutai Course||350m||35º max gradient|
|H1||Hatsukaishi Iriguchi Lift (Triple)||NIGHTA|
|H2||Hatsukaishi Summit Lift (Triple)|
|H3||Hatsukaishi No.2 Pair Lift (Pair)||NIGHTA|
|H4||Hatsukaishi Super Lift (Triple)|
|C1||Chuo No.1 High Speed (Quad)||NIGHTA*|
|C2||Chuo No.2 Lift AB Line (Triple)||NIGHTA*|
|C3||Chuo No.3 High Speed (Triple)|
|C5||Chuo Paradise Lift (Triple)|
|C6||Chuo Sancho Lift (Quad)|
|K1||Kankou No.1 Express (Quad)||NIGHTA|
|K2||Kankou No.2 Express (Quad)|
|K3||Kankou No.3 Express (Quad)||NIGHTA*|
|K4||Kankou No.4 Pair Lift (Pair)|
|K6||Green Lift (Pair)|
Ishiuchi Maruyama is open for excellent 'nighta' with 7 lifts (weekends) servicing a wide area of courses for everyone from beginners to advanced skiers to enjoy. See the above data for the lifts that open for night skiing and snowboarding. (* The two Chuo lifts are operate at night on weekdays).
Placed to eat
There is a wide selection of great places to eat both around the base of Ishiuchi Maruyama and on the mountain. The Ishiuchi region is famous throughout Japan as producing what is widely considered as the best rice in all of Japan - Uonuma koshihikari. Try it for yourself this season at Ishiuchi Maruyama! There are also a good selection of onsen hot springs available nearby that you can enjoy.
Lift Tickets 2016/2017 Season
|Ishiuchi Maruyama Ticket|
|AM Ticket||3,600 yen||2,800 yen||8am-1pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|PM Ticket||3,600 yen||2,800 yen||12pm-5pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|1 Day Ticket||4,300 yen||3,400 yen||8am-5pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|1.5 Day Ticket||6,800 yen||5,500 yen||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts
1 full day + 1st day nighta + 1 half day
|2 Day Ticket||7,500 yen||5,900 yen||Nighta on 1st day OK|
|3 Day Ticket||10,100 yen||7,700 yen||Nighta on 1st and 2nd day OK|
|Long PM Ticket||4,300 yen||3,400 yen||12pm-Close||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|Nighta||2,000 yen||5pm-Close||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts
(lifts open for Nighta operations)
|1 Day Lunch Pack||4,600 yen||1 Day Ticket or Long PM Ticket + Lunch Ticket + Other discounts|
|Half Day Lunch Pack||4,100 yen||HalfDay Ticket + Lunch Ticket + Other discounts|
|All Season||52,500 yen||42,500 yen||Valid all season|
|Season (1st Feb-)||37,500 yen||32,000 yen||Valid every day from 1st February|
|Three Mountain Ticket|
|1 Day||5,100 yen||4,200 yen||8am-5pm||Ishiuchi Maruyama
- including gondola and ropeway. Available from 14th January until 20th March 2017
|2 Day||8,100 yen||6,600 yen||8am-5pm|
The Three Mountain ticket is valid at Ishiuchi Maruyama and connecting GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen resorts.
Getting to Ishiuchi Maruyama
It is very easy to get to Ishiuchi Maruyama.... the resort is located just 200km to the north of Tokyo and close to the centre of Yuzawa Town.
Ishiuchi Maruyama is located just off Route 17 close to the border of Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city:
-- 3km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway
Just 1 and a half hours from Tokyo using the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train to Echigo Yuzawa Station. There is a regular free shuttle bus service running from Echigo Yuzawa station to the Hatsukaishi and Chuo entrances of Ishiuchi Maruyama. The journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to takes just 10 minutes.
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture