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 30th November 2019 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
(Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 14th Jan - 5th Mar)
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Latest report posted at 10:51am on Wednesday 11th December 2019
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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 course connected. Last season in spring they tried a new 'walking course' between the two. It seems to have been a success as they are opening it again as soon as they deem it safe. They are aiming to have it open from mid January 2020 until the end of the season. The 800m route between the top of the two resorts takes about 15 minutes in normal conditions and it should be open between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

The two resorts 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 2019-2020 season, Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 14th January and 5th March 2020.

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.

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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
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
season
18/19
season
1st 5cm - 1st - 100cm 1st - 165cm 1st - 150cm
2nd - - 2nd - 115cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 150cm
3rd - - 3rd - 115cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 150cm
4th 20cm - 4th - 100cm 4th - 190cm 4th - 150cm
5th - - 5th - 100cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th - 180cm 6th - 170cm
7th 53cm - 7th - 95cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 170cm
8th 50cm - 8th - 95cm 8th - 180cm 8th - 170cm
9th 50cm - 9th - 110cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 175cm
10th 50cm - 10th - 115cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 165cm
11th 50cm - 11th - 115cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 165cm
12th - - 12th - 110cm 12th - 170cm 12th - 165cm
13th - 30cm 13th - 105cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 165cm
14th - 30cm 14th - 105cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 170cm
15th - 40cm 15th - 105cm 15th - 170cm 15th - 195cm
16th - 40cm 16th - 105cm 16th - 175cm 16th - 195cm
17th - 40cm 17th - 110cm 17th - 175cm 17th - 190cm
18th - 40cm 18th - 130cm 18th - 170cm 18th - 185cm
19th - 80cm 19th - 127cm 19th - 170cm 19th - 180cm
20th - 100cm 20th - 130cm 20th - 170cm 20th - 180cm
21st - 100cm 21st - 135cm 21st - 170cm 21st - 180cm
22nd - 90cm 22nd - 145cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 165cm
23rd - 85cm 23rd - 145cm 23rd - 155cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 75cm 24th - 155cm 24th - 155cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 70cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 153cm 25th - 165cm
26th - 61cm 26th - 155cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 70cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 160cm
28th - 80cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 160cm
29th - 95cm 29th - 175cm 29th - - 29th - 160cm
30th - 105cm 30th - 175cm 30th 30th - 185cm
31st - 110cm 31st - 175cm 31st 31st - 180cm

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
A child care service is available at base. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Opening Park' open until 13th January 2020.
The 'Monster Park' open from 7th March until 6th May 2020.
Both open from 10:00am until 3:00pm on those dates. 

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 opens from 8:30am until 4:00pm.

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

The resort is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 14th January and 5th March 2020.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

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 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

This season there is a choice of just an individual Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma ticket or a ticket that includes access to Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai. The ones above noted as '+ Alts' include access to Alts Bandai.

Lift tickets are slightly more expensive than those shown above between 21st December 2019 and 5th January 2020 (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.

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 1000 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
2019-2020 UPDATES
9th December 2019: Most ski resort information for the 19-20 has been updated, but some work remains as we ourselves wait for information. We will get it completed as quickly as possible. More about updates here
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Lift system 70
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