Resort Spotlight: Sakae Club (Nagano)

Sakae Club Ski Area
Sakae Village, Nagano Prefecture

Celebrating it's 21st birthday for the 2016/2017 season!

Official website

Sakae Club is located in the north eastern corner of Nagano Prefecture and this particular region enjoys record-beating amounts of powder snow every winter - just about 20km from Nozawa Onsen.

The local train station just a few kilometers away from the resort base boasts an astonishing snow depth of 7.85m, recorded in 1941! It might not snow quite that much every season, but consistent heavy snowfall is one feature of the area.

This fairly small but fun ski and snowboard resort is a great place to avoid the crowds but more importantly to enjoy and make the most of large areas of untouched and ungroomed powder... on weekdays during the months of January and February (between 6th Jan - 29th February), most of the courses at Sakae Club remain ungroomed.

Course Guide

Sakae Club Ski Area webcam

1 Number 1 Pair Lift
2 Number 2 Pair Lift
3 Number 3 Pair Lift
4 Sledge area
5 Center House
6 Lift Tickets & Rental
7 Car Park

The managed resort area boundary is shown on the map by the red dotted line. Pink areas are cliff areas and dangerous. The resort asks that people keep within the resort area boundary.

A Course
  B Course
C Course   E Course
34 degrees slope and many days no grooming - deep conditions!
  D Course
Often used for competition (closed 3rd, 4th, 6th March)
F Course
Popular with families and beginners
  G Course
Popular beginner run coming off from D Course by Number 1 lift
H Course
The next step up from the beginners slopes!
  Sledge ('sori') area
A special sledging area for children to enjoy in safety

Most courses at Sakae Ski Club are ungroomed on weekdays in January and February

At lunch be sure to enjoy the local delicacy in the cafeteria at Center House base.  'Nozawana' (below) is a delicious local vegetable; 'nozawana-zuke' (野沢菜漬け) is pickled nozawana and especially popular with locals and visitors to the area. And you can eat as much as you want with your meal in the restaurant in Center House. It's healthy and it tastes great too!

Souvenir shopping at the nearby Michi-no-eki Shinetsu Sakae Area is also recommended, just 3km from Sakae Club Ski Area - souvenirs, local produce and specialities, light snacks and refreshments... and remember to take your Sakae Club Ski Area lift ticket for some special offers.

How to get to Sakae Club Ski Area

Sakae Club is located in the northern eastern area of Nagano Prefecture near the border with Niigata Prefecture. The resort is within easy reach of Nozawa Onsen, Madarao Kogen and other Nagano resorts as well as the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuna region of Niigata Prefecture. Please refer to the Travel section on SnowJapan for more details.

21km from Nozawa Onsen
40km from Madarao Kogen
42km from Yuzawa Town (Niigata)
65km from Nagano City

By train:
The base of Sakae Club is about 3km from the local Morimiyanohara Station which is on the Iiyama-sen local train line.

By car:
The base of Sakae Club is about 2km from the main Route 117 road
50 minutes from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC of the Kanetsu Expressway using Route 353 and Route 117
40 minutes from Toyota Iiyama IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway using Route 117

>> Click here to see location on map and use Route Finder to find your way to Sakae Club Ski Area


Sakae Club Ski Area Lift Tickets 2016-2017 Season

Ticket price Adult Child
(6-12 years)
(over 60 years)
1 Day ticket 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,200 yen
Half Day ticket 2,700 yen 2,000 yen -
1 lift ride ticket 400 yen 400 yen -
4 hour ticket 2,800 yen 2,100 yen -
Season ticket 25,200 yen 16,000 yen 10,600 yen
Weekday only season ticket 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen

Free car parking at base for 230 cars

Lifts cannot be used for skiing or snowboarding outside of the official ski area courses
The Number 3 lift is closed on normal weekdays, but on those days all ski courses remain open
All lifts will be operating between 28th December 2015 and 5th January 2016 and also between 22nd March and 31st March 2016
Elementary school children can ride the lifts for free during the period between 28th December 2015 and 3rd January 2016
Childrens Day on the 3rd Sunday of each month - children ride the lifts for 1000 yen
A morning ticket is valid from opening until 1pm
An afternoon ticket is valid from 12pm until closing

Resort opening times:
Weekdays - 9am until 4:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays - 8:30am until 4:30pm


Sakae Club Rental

Ticket price Adult
Junior high school and above
6-12 years
Ski set 3,200 yen 2,700 yen
Board set 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Wear (top and bottoms) 3,200 yen 2,700 yen


Saturday 17th December
20th Season special Opening event
Inoshishi (wild boar) soup ands sweet sake service along with other events

Sunday 1st January 2017
New Year mochi-tuki event

Saturday 11th February 2017
Valentine Chocolate fun event

Sunday 15th January 2017 and Sunday 19th February 2017
Ski Childrens Day Snow Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunt for young children

Saturday 18th March 2016
Sakae Snow & Children Festival

Sunday 12th March 2017 (planned)
Sakae Village Snow Festival
Bikes on snow!

Sayonara Thanks Days
Saturday 25th March until Tuesday 28th March 2017
Half price lift tickets!


Official website