Yakushi (Uonuma City, Niigata)

薬師 (新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until mid March 2017
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 20cm - 1st 100cm 75cm 1st 140cm 60cm
2nd - - 2nd 10cm 35cm 2nd 110cm 75cm 2nd 120cm 60cm
3rd - - 3rd 5cm 30cm 3rd 120cm 75cm 3rd 120cm 60cm
4th - - 4th 5cm 25cm 4th 110cm 70cm 4th 120cm 60cm
5th - - 5th 5cm 20cm 5th 100cm 75cm 5th 110cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 5cm - 6th 90cm 70cm 6th 110cm 55cm
7th - - 7th 5cm 15cm 7th 90cm 70cm 7th 100cm 55cm
8th - - 8th 5cm 20cm 8th 90cm 70cm 8th 100cm 55cm
9th - - 9th 5cm 20cm 9th 130cm 70cm 9th 130cm 55cm
10th - - 10th 5cm 20cm 10th 120cm 70cm 10th 130cm 50cm
11th - - 11th 5cm 25cm 11th 130cm 80cm 11th 140cm 50cm
12th - - 12th 50cm 25cm 12th 160cm 70cm 12th 130cm 40cm
13th - - 13th 50cm - 13th 160cm 70cm 13th 130cm 40cm
14th - - 14th 100cm 30cm 14th 160cm 60cm 14th 130cm -
15th - - 15th 110cm 30cm 15th 160cm 60cm 15th 130cm -
16th - - 16th 110cm 30cm 16th 160cm 60cm 16th 110cm -
17th - - 17th 110cm 30cm 17th 150cm 60cm 17th 100cm -
18th 40cm - 18th 110cm 30cm 18th 140cm 70cm 18th 100cm -
19th 40cm - 19th 100cm 30cm 19th 145cm 60cm 19th 100cm -
20th 35cm - 20th 90cm 30cm 20th 140cm 60cm 20th 100cm -
21st 35cm 2cm 21st 90cm 30cm 21st 145cm 50cm 21st - -
22nd 30cm 2cm 22nd 90cm 60cm 22nd 145cm 50cm 22nd - -
23rd 30cm 2cm 23rd 100cm 60cm 23rd 140cm 50cm 23rd - -
24th 8cm - 24th 130cm 75cm 24th 140cm 50cm 24th - -
25th 8cm 1cm 25th 130cm 75cm 25th 140cm 50cm 25th - -
26th - 2cm 26th 130cm 75cm 26th 140cm 70cm 26th - -
27th 5cm 6cm 27th 110cm 75cm 27th 140cm 65cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th 100cm 60cm 28th 140cm 60cm 28th - -
29th 5cm - 29th 100cm 65cm 29th - 60cm 29th - -
30th 20cm 40cm 30th 90cm 75cm 30th 30th - -
31st 25cm 35cm 31st 100cm 75cm 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 Mid 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 in December, January and February.

It is open daily during the period from 22nd December 2016 until 8th January 2017.

During the month of March it is open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

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 (*) 38,000 yen 23,500 yen 38,000 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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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 next few months in time for the upcoming ski season. (Updated: late August 2017)
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