Ishiuchi Maruyama (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Thursday 21st December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
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Latest report posted at 7:57am on Tuesday 20th February 2018
Official snow depth 290cm (0cm) [updated on 20th February 2018]

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Ishiuchi Maruyama is a popular resort located in Minamiuonuma city, just to the north of the central area of Yuzawa town. This resort is connected with the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa resort in Yuzawa town at the top of the mountain, which in turn is also connected with Yuzawa Kogen. A joint lift ticket that covers the three resorts is available from 6th January until 18th March 2018.

There are three base areas to Ishiuchi Maruyama - the Hatsukaishi Entrance (just off Route 17 and the closest to Yuzawa town), the main Chuo Entrance and the Kanko Entrance. Ishiuchi Maruyama has been operating since 1949.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

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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Ishiuchi Maruyama is lift-connected with:
GALA Yuzawa, Yuzawa Kogen

Ishiuchi Maruyama Course Map

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Ishiuchi Maruyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 140cm 80cm 1st 270cm 260cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd 160cm 70cm 2nd 260cm 260cm 2nd - 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 180cm 70cm 3rd 250cm 250cm 3rd - 250cm
4th - - 4th 200cm 80cm 4th 250cm 250cm 4th - 260cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 80cm 5th 280cm 240cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 110cm 6th 260cm 240cm 6th - 250cm
7th - - 7th 240cm 90cm 7th 250cm 250cm 7th - 240cm
8th - - 8th 230cm 90cm 8th 250cm 270cm 8th - 260cm
9th - - 9th 230cm 80cm 9th 240cm 260cm 9th - 260cm
10th - - 10th 230cm 90cm 10th 240cm 260cm 10th - 250cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 100cm 11th 230cm 280cm 11th - 260cm
12th - - 12th 180cm 150cm 12th 230cm 280cm 12th - 250cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 170cm 13th 240cm 290cm 13th - 250cm
14th - - 14th 190cm 220cm 14th 240cm 300cm 14th - 240cm
15th - - 15th 190cm 250cm 15th 250cm 300cm 15th - 230cm
16th - - 16th 180cm 250cm 16th 250cm 300cm 16th - 240cm
17th - - 17th 180cm 250cm 17th 240cm 280cm 17th - 230cm
18th - - 18th 170cm 250cm 18th 280cm 260cm 18th - 230cm
19th - - 19th 160cm 230cm 19th 290cm 280cm 19th - 230cm
20th - - 20th 160cm 220cm 20th 290cm 270cm 20th - 230cm
21st 100cm 70cm 21st 160cm 240cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 90cm 60cm 22nd 160cm 220cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 230cm
23rd 90cm 50cm 23rd 170cm 240cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 230cm
24th 80cm 50cm 24th 180cm 240cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 240cm
25th 80cm 60cm 25th 220cm 270cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 240cm
26th 80cm 60cm 26th 280cm 280cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 240cm
27th 150cm 50cm 27th 320cm 250cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 240cm
28th 150cm 50cm 28th 340cm 280cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 240cm
29th 150cm 60cm 29th 340cm 260cm 29th - - 29th - 240cm
30th 170cm 100cm 30th 340cm 230cm 30th 30th - 240cm
31st 160cm 90cm 31st 320cm 260cm 31st 31st - 240cm

Previous Statistics

Ishiuchi Maruyama Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Ishiuchi Maruyama. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
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
The 'Ishimaru-kun Kids Park' is located near the car park at the base of the Chuo Area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a number of park areas at Ishiuchi Maruyama - the main Ishiuchi Snow Park, the 120m long half pipe and the Hatsukaishi Snow Park.

There is also a 'Friendly Cross' mini-cross course suitable for both children and adult racers. 

Ishiuchi Maruyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:50pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:50pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Ishiuchi Maruyama is open from 8am until 5pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is scheduled for every day during the period Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Saturday 17th March 2018, and is open from 5pm until 8:50pm. There are two unconnected areas of the resort open for nighta at Ishiuchi - part of the Hatsukaishi and Chuo areas. Note that there is no floodlit connecting course between the two areas. Lifts operating for nighta are the Kanko Number 1 Express*, Kanko Number 3 Express, Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift* and Hatsukaishi Number 2 lift*. (Lifts marked * operate for nighta only on weekends and holidays).

Ishiuchi Maruyama Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,500 yen 3,400 yen 3,800 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 3,800 yen 2,800 yen 3,200 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,800 yen 2,800 yen 3,200 yen
2 Days 7,900 yen 5,900 yen 6,400 yen
3 Days 11,500 yen 9,800 yen
Long PM (12pm-closing) 4,500 yen 3,400 yen 3,800 yen
Nighta (5pm-closing) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
8 Lift Coupons 2,800 yen 2,100 yen 2,400 yen
Season Ticket 52,500 yen 42,500 yen 42,500 yen
Lunch Pack (1 day) 4,800 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen
Lunch Pack (Half day) 4,300 yen 4,300 yen 4,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 2 Day ticket is valid for nighta on the first night and until 5pm on the second day.
The 3 Day ticket is valid for nighta on the first and second nights and until 5pm on the third day.
The Lunch Pack tickets include 900 yen voucher for food and drink.

Mt 3 Ticket
The Mt 3 ticket is valid at Ishiuchi Maruyama and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 6th January until Sunday 18th March 2018.
1 day - 5,100 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 4,200 yen seniors
2 days - 8,100 yen adults; 6,600 yen children; 6,600 yen seniors

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday 21st January, Sunday 18th February and Sunday 18th March 2018. On those days, children under the age of 12 can ride the lifts and enter the Kids Park for free.

Getting to Ishiuchi Maruyama

By public transport
3.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.3km from Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The Hatsukaishi Entrance is the closest to central Yuzawa and less than 4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line.

The Kanko Entrance is about 2km from the small local train line Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu line but this is a station and there is no bus service to the resort.

Most people visiting Ishiuchi Maruyama by train use Echigo Yuzawa Station and the shuttle bus from there.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
There is a shuttle bus service between the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and the Chuo Entrance of Ishiuchi Maruyama for day return visitors. This is a free service and takes 10-15 minutes. A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Ishiuchi Maruyama costs from around 2,000 yen. The Hatsukaishi Entrance is the closest to Yuzawa.
By Car
2.7km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
4.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
14.3km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.1km away)
The closest exit of the Kanetsu Expressway is Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC (2.7km) but the Yuzawa IC (4.6km) is also convenient (and a little cheaper if you are approaching from the south).
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 and about 1km later turn right at the signposts for Ishiuchi Maruyama. The main car park is a few hundred metres further along that road on the left hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
There are a number of car parks dotted around all three of the base areas. The largest car park area is located between the Chuo and Kanko areas, about 500m off Route 17. Parking is free in most of the car parks on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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