Hoshino Resorts Urabandai Nekoma (Kitashiobara Village, Fukushima)

Hoshino Resorts Urabandai Nekoma
星野リゾート 裏磐梯猫魔
(福島県 北塩原村)
Planned season: Wednesday 1st December 2021 until Sunday 8th May 2022
(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

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Hoshino Resorts Urabandai Nekoma Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 190cm 1st - 255cm 1st - 200cm
2nd - - 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 255cm 2nd - 195cm
3rd - - 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 195cm
4th - - 4th - 190cm 4th - 255cm 4th - 190cm
5th - - 5th - 195cm 5th - 270cm 5th - 190cm
6th - - 6th - 225cm 6th - 285cm 6th - 190cm
7th - - 7th - 215cm 7th - 280cm 7th - 190cm
8th - - 8th - 230cm 8th - 280cm 8th - 190cm
9th - - 9th - 250cm 9th - 285cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 255cm 10th - 285cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th - 250cm 11th - 285cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th - 250cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th - 240cm 13th - 255cm 13th - 190cm
14th - - 14th - 225cm 14th - 255cm 14th - 185cm
15th - - 15th - 250cm 15th - 240cm 15th - 185cm
16th - - 16th - 240cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 180cm
17th - - 17th - 235cm 17th - 240cm 17th - 180cm
18th - - 18th - 235cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 180cm
19th - 98cm 19th - 235cm 19th - 240cm 19th - 180cm
20th - 90cm 20th - 235cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 180cm
21st - 85cm 21st - 260cm 21st - 230cm 21st - 175cm
22nd - 85cm 22nd - 260cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd - 88cm 23rd - 225cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 86cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 170cm
25th - 80cm 25th - 235cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 170cm
26th - 84cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 90cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 205cm 27th - 160cm
28th - 94cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 205cm 28th - 155cm
29th - 91cm 29th - 220cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 89cm 30th - 230cm 30th 30th - 145cm
31st - 94cm 31st - 240cm 31st 31st - 130cm

Previous Statistics

Hoshino Resorts Urabandai Nekoma Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma. 
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 Resorts Urabandai Nekoma Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'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 26th March 2022 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 11th January and 10th March 2022 (but open on 23rd February).

There is no night skiing at this area.

Hoshino Resorts Urabandai Nekoma Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
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 Resorts Urabandai Nekoma

By public transport
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
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
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
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)
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
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.

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