Sakae Club is located in Sakae village in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture, close to the border with Tsunan town in Niigata Prefecture. It is the most northerly located ski area in Nagano Prefecture.
A number of the courses at Sakae Club are left ungroomed on most weekdays during the season. The local train station just a few kilometres away from the lifts boasted a remarkable snow depth record of 7.85m in 1941! It might not snow quite that much every season, but consistent heavy snowfall is usually one feature of this region. The Nozawa Onsen ski area is about 22km to the south-west of Sakae Club.
Weekday season tickets for just 10,000 yen are great value - and popular with some due to the ungroomed weekday policy mentioned above.
Sakae Club Snow Depth Statistics
Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sakae Club.
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is available.
There is a sledding play area at the base of the ski area.
There are no special snow park facilities.
A few areas are left ungroomed on weekdays in January and February.
Sakae Club Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Sakae Club is open from 8:45am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and national holidays.
The Number 3 lift is closed on most weekdays, with some exceptions. Note that all courses are still available when that lift is closed.
There is no night skiing at this area.
Sakae Club Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Lift Coupon
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets
Children under elementary school age can ride the lifts for free, but must be with an adult.
People with a Nozawa Onsen or Charmant Hiuchi season ticket can buy a 1 day lift ticket at Sakae Club for 1,000 yen (apart from over New Year).
Getting to Sakae Club
By public transport
31.5km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.6km from Morimiyanohara Station on the Iiyama Line
28.2km from Tokamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Sakae Club is and just over 2.5km from Morimiyanohara Station on the local Iiyama line, though there are no scheduled shuttle bus services.
Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is the closest Shinkansen station and is around 31.5km to the south west of Sakae Club.
Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 41km to the east.
About 60 minutes by train from Iiyama Station to Morimiyanohara Station. About 50 minutes by bus from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Morimiyanohara Station.
There is no ski areas shuttle bus service.
36.1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.3km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.8km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 117 (1.8km away)
Sakae Club is less than 2km off the main Route 117 road that goes from Nagano city through to Ojiya city in Niigata Prefecture.
There are two exits on expressways that are convenient.
From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway, Sakae Club is about 36km and the journey usually takes about 40 minutes.
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway (in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata Prefecture), Sakae Club is just over 37km away and the journey usually takes about 50 minutes.
After exiting the toll booth at Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right and continue for 1km until reaching Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 towards Yuzawa and after about 650m turn right onto Route 353. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching the Route 117 traffic light junction. Turn left onto Route 117 (Nozawa Onsen is on the main signpost). Continue on Route 117, through Tsunan town and over the border into Nagano Prefecture, for about 15km. Turn right at the signs to head up to Sakae Club.
About 30 minutes from Nozawa Onsen. About 55 minutes from Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC. About 50 minutes from Toyota Iiyama IC.
There is a car park close to the base of Sakae Club for over 200 vehicles. Free every day.
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