Kanayasan (Joetsu City, Niigata)

金谷山 (新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Early January 2017 until mid March 2017
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Kanayasan is located in Joetsu city in the western region of Niigata Prefecture. It is known as the place where Theodor Edler von Lerch introduced skiing to Japan in 1911 and there is a small memorial museum near the base of this very small ski hill. In recent times this region has not received a lot of snowfall, especially compared with the snow that Myoko to the south receives, and so the season can be quite short.

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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Kanayasan Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - - 1st 50cm 60cm 1st - 20cm
2nd - - 2nd - - 2nd 50cm 65cm 2nd - 30cm
3rd - - 3rd - - 3rd 50cm 70cm 3rd - 15cm
4th - - 4th - - 4th 50cm 65cm 4th - 10cm
5th - - 5th - - 5th 45cm 60cm 5th - 0cm
6th - - 6th - - 6th 40cm 55cm 6th - 0cm
7th - - 7th - 0cm 7th 25cm 80cm 7th - 0cm
8th - - 8th - 10cm 8th 35cm 80cm 8th - 0cm
9th - - 9th - 10cm 9th 35cm 65cm 9th - 0cm
10th - - 10th - 10cm 10th 30cm 65cm 10th - 0cm
11th - - 11th - - 11th 45cm 65cm 11th - 0cm
12th - - 12th - - 12th 55cm 65cm 12th - 0cm
13th - - 13th - 20cm 13th 65cm 60cm 13th - 0cm
14th - - 14th - 17cm 14th 66cm 35cm 14th - 0cm
15th - - 15th - 30cm 15th 65cm 15cm 15th - 0cm
16th - - 16th - 30cm 16th 60cm 50cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 28cm 17th 55cm 40cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 22cm 18th 45cm 50cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 20cm 19th 60cm 40cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th 52cm 20cm 20th 50cm 30cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st 50cm 25cm 21st 40cm 20cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd 48cm 35cm 22nd 45cm 30cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd 65cm 45cm 23rd 40cm 25cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th 65cm 47cm 24th 40cm 20cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th 80cm 60cm 25th 40cm 45cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th 85cm 70cm 26th 35cm 45cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th 85cm 70cm 27th - 35cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th 65cm 50cm 28th - 20cm 28th - -
29th - - 29th 60cm 50cm 29th - 10cm 29th - -
30th - - 30th 50cm 70cm 30th 30th - -
31st - - 31st 50cm 50cm 31st 31st - -

Kanayasan Facilities

Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Kanayasan. 
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. 

Kanayasan Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early January until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kanayasan is open from 9am until 4:30pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Kanayasan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
1 Lift Coupon 100 yen 100 yen
11 Lift Coupons 1,000 yen 1,000 yen

Getting to Kanayasan

By public transport
4.4km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.2km from Minami Takada Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
2.9km from Takada Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Kanayasan is just under 3km from Takada Station on the Myoko Haneuma Line and 4.4km from the Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by public transport
No shuttle bus service is available.

A local bus from Takada Station stops at Kanayasan Iriguchi which is about 15 minutes walk away.
By Car
2.1km from the Joetsu Takada IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
8.1km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (4.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Kanayasan is just over 2km from the Joetsu Takada IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.

At the IC exit turn left and follow the road for about 700m until reaching Prefecture Road 63. Turn left onto 63 and after 850m turn left again to head to the base of the ski hill.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by car
There is a car park for 78 cars at the base of the ski hill. Parking is free every day of the season.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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