Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma (Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma
星野リゾート 裏磐梯猫魔
(福島県 北塩原村)
Planned season: Saturday 28th November 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
(Closed on some weekdays peak season - see below)
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Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma - often known as simply Urabandai Nekoma - is located on the north-western slopes of Mt Bandai in Kita Shiobara village, Fukushima Prefecture. In winter the Gold Line toll road connecting this area of Kita Shiobara village with Bandai town is closed and so the roads going round the east side of the mountain need to be used.

The upper part of the Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai resort is geographically close to the upper part of Alts Bandai on the other side of the mountain, but they are not lift or (ski) course connected. Since 2018-2019 in spring they tried a new 'walking course' between the two. The 800m route between the top of the two resorts takes about 15 minutes in normal conditions and it should be open from early January through early May.

The two ski areas are owned by the same company and some joint lift tickets are available. Be sure to have a valid ticket if you intend to right lifts at both resorts!

For the 2020-2021 season, Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma is normally closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12th January and 4th March 2021.

Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

The Mountain

1337m
311m
1026m
33"
11
2100m
5
40%
30%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 0 0 5 0 0

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
season
19/20
season
1st - 5cm 1st - 45cm 1st - 100cm 1st - 160cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 100cm 2nd - 155cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 155cm
4th - 20cm 4th - 55cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 150cm
5th - - 5th - 55cm 5th - 120cm 5th - 150cm
6th - - 6th - 65cm 6th - 120cm 6th - 170cm
7th - 53cm 7th - 65cm 7th - 165cm 7th - 165cm
8th - 50cm 8th - 65cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 155cm
9th - 50cm 9th - 50cm 9th - 170cm 9th - 155cm
10th - 50cm 10th - 50cm 10th - 175cm 10th - 145cm
11th - 50cm 11th - 70cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 135cm
12th - 50cm 12th - 70cm 12th - 190cm 12th - 135cm
13th - 50cm 13th - 70cm 13th - 190cm 13th - 130cm
14th - 50cm 14th - 75cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 130cm
15th - 50cm 15th - 75cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 130cm
16th - 50cm 16th - 75cm 16th - 120cm 16th - 130cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 80cm 17th - 115cm 17th - 130cm
18th - 40cm 18th - 85cm 18th - 120cm 18th - 130cm
19th - 40cm 19th - 85cm 19th - 120cm 19th - 165cm
20th - 40cm 20th - 100cm 20th - 120cm 20th - 165cm
21st - 40cm 21st - 130cm 21st - 120cm 21st - 155cm
22nd - 40cm 22nd - 135cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 135cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - 140cm
24th - 45cm 24th - 135cm 24th - 145cm 24th - 145cm
25th - 55cm 25th - 110cm 25th - 145cm 25th - 145cm
26th - 40cm 26th - 110cm 26th - 140cm 26th - 145cm
27th - 40cm 27th - 110cm 27th - 145cm 27th - 145cm
28th - 50cm 28th - 110cm 28th - 160cm 28th - 140cm
29th - 50cm 29th - 110cm 29th - 160cm 29th - 140cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 100cm 30th 30th - 140cm
31st - 45cm 31st - 100cm 31st 31st - 140cm

Previous Statistics

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma. 
Rental
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
 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Opening Park' is open until 11th January 2021.
The 'Monster Park' (step up park) is open from 6th March until 5th May 2021.
Both open from 10:00am until 3:00pm on those dates.
Both by the Devil 3 area of the resort. 

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma normally opens from 8:30am until 4:00pm.

From 29th March 2021 onwards, on days that it is open, operating hours are from 7:30am until 3:00pm on weekdays and from 5:55am until 3:00pm on weekends and holidays.

The ski area is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 12th January and 4th March 2021 (but open on 11th and 23rd February).

There is no night skiing at this area.

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,400 yen 3,700 yen
1 Day + Alts 4,900 yen 2,100 yen 3,700 yen 4,200 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,700 yen 1,600 yen 2,900 yen 3,200 yen
Afternoon + Alts 4,400 yen 1,600 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
Beginner 1 Day 1,600 yen 1,100 yen
Season Ticket 57,000 yen 27,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The season ticket is valid at both Nekoma and Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai.

Individual tickets for just Nekoma or tickets that are also valid at Alts Bandai are available. The tickets above noted as '+ Alts' include access to Alts Bandai.

Lift tickets are slightly more expensive than those shown above between 19th December 2020 and 5th January 2021 (an adult one day individual Nekoma ticket is 500 yen more).

Getting to Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma

By public transport
Train
Train
58.3km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
22.5km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
58.3km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Nishi line is 22.5km from Urabandai Nekoma.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus operates from Inawashiro Station to Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma. Available on the days the ski area is open between 19th December 2020 and 4th April 2021. The journey takes about 40 minutes.

There is also a free bus service from Urabandai Lake Resort and Hoshino Resort Bandaisan Onsen Hotel.
By Car
Car
22.8km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
50.3km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
57km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 459 (2.4km away)
Direction
Direction
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma is just under 23km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Pref Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 12.5km - with Lake Hibara on the right side - until reaching a road sign for Urabandai Nekoma (written on the sign as just Nekoma). Turn left onto this road to head to the resort base.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Parking
Parking
There are a few car parks close to the base of the resort for around 1000 vehicles, open from 6:00am until 5:00pm.

Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays.

More Information

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Address
Address
Nekomayama-1163 Hibara
Kita Shiobara-mura
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-2701
Telephone
Telephone
0241-32-3001
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