Resort Spotlight: Ishiuchi Maruyama, Minamiuonuma (Niigata)
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture)
Just 90 minutes from Tokyo Station
10 minutes from Echigo Yuzawa Station
Planned season: Friday 18th December 2020 until early Sunday 4th April 2021
Main Entrance: Daily
Hatsukaishi Entrance: 24th December until 21st March 2021
North Entrance: 26th December until 3rd January 2021; 9th-11th January 2021; 16th January until 7th March; 13th-14th March 2021
Ishiuchi Maruyama ski and snowboard resort, one of the larger resorts in Japan and located in the Minamiuonuma region of Niigata Prefecture - previously known as Shiozawa, just to the north of Yuzawa town - was originally funded and developed by ski enthusiasts living in Tokyo more than 70 years ago. Last season saw some major new facilities making their debut at Ishiuchi Maruyama. A brand-new Resort Center building offers all the facilities required for a ski resort base. The mountain saw the introduction of the world’s most advanced ‘combi-lift’ called Sunrise Express, a new triple lift and a new Snow Land area for children.
NEW FOR 2020-2021
A new way to enjoy the snow at Ishiuchi Maruyama.
Entry to the Snow Garden costs 1500 yen for adults, 1000 yen for children and 1000 yen for infants
A ticket that includes a return trip on the Gondola (as well as an original tumbler and drink for adults) is 3,000 yen for adults, 2000 yen for children and 1500 yen for infants
Entry includes access to a Dome Tent (30 minutes), the Snow Escalator, Snow Activity Area and Snow Terrace
* Use of the Dome Tent is in units of 30 minutes and by reservation priority system.
If there is a vacancy, we will accept it on the day, but we recommend you to apply in advance.
Hybrid Gondola & 6-person lift
The Sunrise Express lift, first opening during the 2018-2019 season, combines a 10-person Gondola with 6-person hooded chair lifts – all operating on the same line. You can choose between riding a ski lift or a Gondola cabin. The warm and comfortable Gondola is perfect if you just want to use ascend the mountain for sightseeing and playing in the snow activities. Both the chair lifts and gondola are latest models, offering an extremely steady and quiet journey up the mountain. Luxurious heated seats also add to the feeling of a ‘First Class’ ride, making this new lift an experience in itself. From the top of the Gondola you can enjoy views of the Uonuma plain along with some gentle slopes that everyone can enjoy.
Opening dates & times
Every day from 7:00am until 9:00pm
Until 5:30pm from 22nd March until 12th April 2020
Chuo Car Park, close to the Sunrise Express gondola base station
Information counter // Equipment rental // Shop // Cafe stand
Changing rooms & coin lockers // Powder room // Lounge space
Goldwin Ishiuchi Maruyama (official Goldwin shop)
Austria Snow House
Photographs // tourism information // shop // eating space // various planned events
Planned opening dates
28th December 2019 until 29th March 2020
11:00am until 4:00pm (until 8:00pm on Sundays)
Close to the top of the Sunrise Express
Famous floodlit night skiing
Ishiuchi Maruyama has long been famous for its 'nighta' night time operations.
Nighta is planned daily from Saturday 26th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021 and then on the following dates:
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th March 2021
Time: From 4:00pm until 8:30pm
The Sunrise Express, Tyrol Triple and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts operate for night skiing.
Snow Park & Powder
Gungho Monster Pile
Special 'Powder Areas' are available on the upper part of the mountain and the Oumaruyama course and Giant course are areas where you can enjoy top quality untouched Niigata snow. In this region, it is not unknown for a full meter of snow to fall in one night! Make an early morning start to hit the powder in a morning after a big snowfall.
2020-2021 Course Map
Point 1 = Sunrise Express Gondola Point 2 = Tyrol Triple Lift Point 3 = Resort Center
Point 4 = Snow Land Point 5 = Austria Snow House
|A||Sunrise Express*|| 10 person gondola &
6 person lift
|B||Tyrol Triple Lift*||Triple lift|
|C||Chuo High Speed Triple Lift||Triple lift|
|D||Sancho High Speed Lift||Quad lift|
|E||Kankou No1 Express*||Quad lift|
|F||Kankou No 2 Express*||Quad lift|
|G||Kankou No 3 Express||Quad lift|
|H||Kita Maruyama Family Pair Lift||Pair lift|
|I||Green Lift||Pair lift|
|J||Hatsukaishi Number 1 Triple Lift||Triple lift|
|K||Hatsukaishi Family Pair Lift||Pair lift|
|L||Hatsukaishi Family Triple Lift||Triple lift|
|M||Hatsukaishi Super Lift||Triple lift|
Lifts marked with * can be used for coming back down as well as up!
|*||Maerchen Course||1,000m / 20°/ 14°|
|*||Paradise Course||830m / 16°/ 9°|
|-||Kita Maruyama Family Course||350m / 18°/ 12°|
|*||Green Course||200m / 12°/ 10°|
|-||Chuo Shakakko Course||200m / 12°/ 10°|
|-||Sunrise Line||1,350m / 18°/ 12°|
|**||Hatsukaishi Family Course||420m / 15°/ 9°|
|**||Kamoshika Course||180m / 18°/ 15°|
|-||One Course||250m / 21°/ 15°|
|-||Sportsman Course||650m / 18°/ 11°|
|-||Angel Course||500m / 20°/ 12°|
|*||Ginza Course||670m / 18°/ 12°|
|*||Ou Maruyama Course||500m / 30°/ 13°|
|-||Cruiser Course||600m / 27°/ 15°|
|*||Sailer Course||350m / 29°/ 18°|
|*||Hoppichler Course||270m / 30°/ 18°|
|-||Gengoro Course||500m / 25°/ 13°|
|-||Sancho Course||900m / 35°/ 15°|
|-||Kokutai Course||350m / 35°/ 20°|
|-||Giant Course||1,050m / 32°/ 13°|
|-||Devil Down Course||430m / 32°/ 28°|
|**||Dynamic A Course||430m / 24°/ 20°|
|**||Dynamic B Course||430m / 24°/ 20°|
|-||Dynamic Bypass||350m / 10°/ 8°|
|-||Hatsukaishi Bypass A||850m / 10°/ 6°|
|-||Hatsukaishi Bypass B||850m / 10°/ 6°|
|-||Chuo Bypass||150m / 10°/ 6°|
|-||Ou Maruyama Bypass||170m / 18°/ 10°|
* Night time operations every day
** Night time operations on nights before holidays and over New Year
- No night operations
Places to eat
There are 24 places to eat at Ishiuchi Maruyama offering a huge range of choice and surely something for everyone.
Some restaurants are in spectacular locations offering wide panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
A day at Ishiuchi Maruyama is a perfect chance to try out some delicious local specialities, such as the famous ‘koshihikari’ rice and ‘Echigo mochi-buta’ pork. Enjoy your meal!
Ski Lift Tickets 2020-2021 Season
|Ishiuchi Maruyama Ticket|
|AM Ticket||4,500 yen||3,900 yen||2,900 yen||8am-1pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|PM Ticket||4,500 yen||3,900 yen||2,900 yen||12pm-5pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|1 Day Ticket||5,300 yen||4,500 yen||3,500 yen||8am-5pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|2 Day Ticket||9,600 yen||8,100 yen||6,200 yen||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|3 Day Ticket||13,900 yen||12,000 yen||9,100 yen||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|Long PM Ticket||5,300 yen||4,500 yen||3,500 yen||12pm-Close||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|Nighta||2,300 yen||4pm-Close||All lifts that are open for Nighta operations|
|1 Day Lunch Pack||5,400 yen||1 Day Ticket or Long PM Ticket + Lunch Ticket + Other discounts|
|Sunrise Express return||1,500 yen||1,000 yen||1,500 yen|
|All Season||45,000 yen||41,000 yen||36,000 yen||Valid all season|
|BIG MOUNTAIN Yuzawa Snow Link|
|1 Day||5,700 yen||5,000 yen||4,200 yen||Ishiuchi Maruyama
|2 Day||10,000 yen||8,800 yen||7,600 yen|
Cheaper lift tickets are available online in advance
The BIG MOUNTAIN Yuzawa Snow Link ticket is valid at Ishiuchi Maruyama and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen ski and snowboard resorts.
The connection is planned to be available until 15th March 2020
Getting to Ishiuchi Maruyama
It is easy to get to Ishiuchi Maruyama.... the resort is located just 200km to the north of Tokyo and close to the centre of Yuzawa Town.
Ishiuchi Maruyama is located just off Route 17 close to the border of Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city:
-- 3km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway
Just one and a half hours from Tokyo using the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train to Echigo Yuzawa Station. There is a regular free shuttle bus service running from Echigo Yuzawa station to the Hatsukaishi and Chuo entrances of Ishiuchi Maruyama. The journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the resort takes just 10 minutes.
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture