Ishiuchi Maruyama (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Wednesday 21st December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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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 14th January until 20th March 2017. 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 80cm 100cm 1st 260cm 120cm 1st 250cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 100cm 2nd 260cm 120cm 2nd 240cm 160cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 80cm 3rd 250cm 140cm 3rd 250cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 80cm 70cm 4th 250cm 150cm 4th 260cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 80cm 60cm 5th 240cm 150cm 5th 250cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 110cm 60cm 6th 240cm 140cm 6th 250cm 130cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 50cm 7th 250cm 150cm 7th 240cm 120cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 70cm 8th 270cm 150cm 8th 260cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 80cm 70cm 9th 260cm 150cm 9th 260cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 90cm 70cm 10th 260cm 200cm 10th 250cm 110cm
11th - - 11th 100cm 80cm 11th 280cm 210cm 11th 260cm 110cm
12th - - 12th 150cm 80cm 12th 280cm 210cm 12th 250cm 120cm
13th - - 13th 170cm 80cm 13th 290cm 170cm 13th 250cm 110cm
14th - - 14th 220cm 80cm 14th 300cm 130cm 14th 240cm 100cm
15th - - 15th 250cm 80cm 15th 300cm 130cm 15th 230cm 110cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 80cm 16th 300cm 160cm 16th 240cm 110cm
17th - - 17th 250cm 80cm 17th 280cm 160cm 17th 230cm 110cm
18th - 20cm 18th 250cm 80cm 18th 260cm 160cm 18th 230cm 100cm
19th - 20cm 19th 230cm 90cm 19th 280cm 140cm 19th 230cm 100cm
20th - 20cm 20th 220cm 100cm 20th 270cm 130cm 20th 230cm 90cm
21st 70cm 10cm 21st 240cm 100cm 21st 270cm 120cm 21st 220cm 90cm
22nd 60cm 5cm 22nd 220cm 110cm 22nd 270cm 130cm 22nd 230cm 90cm
23rd 50cm 5cm 23rd 240cm 120cm 23rd 260cm 110cm 23rd 230cm 80cm
24th 50cm 5cm 24th 240cm 120cm 24th 270cm 120cm 24th 240cm 80cm
25th 60cm 5cm 25th 270cm 140cm 25th 260cm 140cm 25th 240cm 90cm
26th 60cm 5cm 26th 280cm 140cm 26th 260cm 140cm 26th 240cm 90cm
27th 50cm 5cm 27th 250cm 140cm 27th 250cm 140cm 27th 240cm 80cm
28th 50cm 70cm 28th 280cm 130cm 28th 250cm 130cm 28th 240cm -
29th 60cm 100cm 29th 260cm 120cm 29th - 130cm 29th 240cm -
30th 100cm 100cm 30th 230cm 140cm 30th 30th 240cm -
31st 90cm 100cm 31st 260cm 120cm 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 'Angel Snow Park', the 'Ginza Halfpipe', the 'Big Area Ground Zero' and the 'Hatsukaishi Snow Park'.

Alongside the popular half pipe by the Chuo Number 2 lifts, for 2016-2017 season there will be a new 'Monster Half Pipe'. This new feature (called 'Monster Pipe') will actually be operated by Minamiuonuma city - a charge will be required and bookings for use (info correct as of early October 2017). 

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 23rd December 2016 until 19th March 2017, and is open until 8:50pm.
There are two unconnected areas of the resort open for nighta at Ishiuchi - part of the Hatsukaichi and Chuo areas. Note that there is no floodlit connecting course between the two areas.

Ishiuchi Maruyama Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,300 yen 3,400 yen 3,400 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
1.5 Days 6,800 yen 5,500 yen 5,500 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 5,900 yen 5,900 yen
3 Days 10,100 yen 7,700 yen
Long PM (12pm-closing) 4,300 yen 3,400 yen 3,400 yen
Nighta (5pm-closing) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
8 Lift Coupons 2,600 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
Season Ticket 52,500 yen 42,500 yen 42,500 yen
Lunch Pack (1 day) 4,600 yen 4,600 yen 4,600 yen
Lunch Pack (Half day) 4,100 yen 4,100 yen 4,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1.5 Day ticket is valid for nighta on the first day and a half day either the first or second day.
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 14th January until Monday 20th March 2017.
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 of January, February and March. 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 costs around 2,000 yen.
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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