Resort Spotlight: Ishiuchi Maruyama, Minamiuonuma (Niigata)
Ishiuchi Maruyama (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture)
Just 90 minutes from Tokyo Station
|ALL NEW FOR 2018-2019|
|* Brand new hybrid Gondola and 6-person lift
* Brand new triple lift
* Brand new Resort Center
* Brand new 'Snow Land' play area
Friday 21st December 2018 until early Sunday 7th April 2019
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 50 years ago. The 2018-2019 season sees some major exciting new developments at Ishiuchi Maruyama with numerous modern new facilities opening. A brand-new Resort Center building offers all the facilities required for a ski resort base. And on the slopes, this season sees the introduction of the world’s most advanced ‘combi-lift’ called Sunrise Express, a new triple lift and a new Snow Land area!
New for 18-19! Hybrid Gondola & 6-person lift
The brand-new Sunrise Express lift 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.
New for 18-19! Tyrol Triple Lift
As well as a new Gondola lift, a brand new triple lift is also being introduced this season by the Monster Pipe facility.
New for 18-19! Snow Land
A new Snow Land area opens this season close to the top Gondola Station offering a safe place for small children to enjoy playing in the snow.
The fun Ishishi and Maruru characters (below) live at Ishiuchi Maruyama and are waiting to join in the fun!
You don't need to ski or snowboard to get up to Snow Land.... just take the Sunrise Express Gondola ski lift.
Snow Land Location
By the Green Lift, close to the top Gondola station
Snow Land Opening
10:00am until 4:00pm
Snow Land Charges
Entry to the Snow Land area: 500 yen
Snow Racer (2 times): 500 yen
A special return Gondola ticket is available for 1,500 yen (adults), 1,000 yen (children).
There are other areas for children by the resort base areas.
New for 18-19! Resort Center
Opening dates & times
Every day from 7:00am until 9:00pm
Until 6:00pm on 21st-27th December 2018, 17th March until 7th April 2019
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)
New for 18-19! Austria Snow House
Photographs // tourism information // shop // eating space // various planned events
21st December 2018 until 2nd April 2019
Close to the top of the Sunrise Express
Famous floodlit night skiing
Ishiuchi Maruyama has long been famous for its extensive 'nighta' night time operations.
Nighta is daily from Friday 28th December 2018 until Saturday 16th March 2019, from 4:00pm until 8:30pm.
On weekdays the Chuo Area (via the new Sunrise Express gondola/lift) - is open for night time operations.
On nights before holidays and between 29th December 2018 and 5th January 2019, the Hatsukaishi Area and Kanko Area also open for nighta.
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.
** New English version coming soon **
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||Gondola & 6 person|
|B||Tyrol Triple Lift||Triple lift|
|C||Chuo Number High Spee||Triple lift|
|D||Chuo Sancho Lift||Quad lift|
|E||Kankou Number 1 Express||Quad lift|
|F||Kankou Number 2 Express||Quad lift|
|G||Kankou Number 3 Express||Quad lift|
|H||Kankou Number 4 Pair Lift||Pair lift|
|I||Green Lift||Pair lift|
|J||Hatsukaishi Iriguchi Lift||Triple lift|
|K||Hatsukaishi Family Pair Lift||Pair lift|
|L||Hatsukaishi Family Triple Lift||Triple lift|
|M||Hatsukaishi Super Lift||Triple lift|
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 2018/2019 Season
|Ishiuchi Maruyama Ticket|
|AM Ticket||4,200 yen||3,600 yen||2,800 yen||8am-1pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|PM Ticket||4,200 yen||3,600 yen||2,800 yen||12pm-5pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|1 Day Ticket||4,900 yen||4,200 yen||3,400 yen||8am-5pm||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|2 Day Ticket||8,600 yen||7,200 yen||5,900 yen||Nighta on 1st day OK|
|3 Day Ticket||12,000 yen||10,000 yen||7,700 yen||Nighta on 1st and 2nd day OK|
|Long PM Ticket||4,900 yen||4,200 yen||3,400 yen||12pm-Close||All Ishiuchi Maruyama lifts|
|Nighta||2,200 yen||4pm-Close||All lifts that are open for Nighta operations|
|1 Day Lunch Pack||5,200 yen||1 Day Ticket or Long PM Ticket + Lunch Ticket + Other discounts|
|Half Day Lunch Pack||4,300 yen||Half Day Ticket + Lunch Ticket + Other discounts|
|All Season||44,000 yen||40,000 yen||35,000 yen||Valid all season|
|BIG MOUNTAIN Yuzawa Snow Link|
|1 Day||5,700 yen||5,000 yen||4,200 yen||Ishiuchi Maruyama
|2 Day||9,200 yen||7,800 yen||6,500 yen|
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 available from 6th January until 18th March 2018
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 takes just 10 minutes.
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture