Sakae Club (Sakae Village, Nagano)

Sakae Club
(長野県 栄村)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
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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 actually the most northerly located ski hill 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 an astonishing 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 resort 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.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Sakae Club Course Map

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Sakae Club Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 190cm 30cm 1st 220cm 60cm 1st 250cm 80cm
2nd - - 2nd 220cm 30cm 2nd 220cm 60cm 2nd 240cm 80cm
3rd - - 3rd 240cm 40cm 3rd 240cm 60cm 3rd 240cm 70cm
4th - - 4th 240cm 40cm 4th 260cm 60cm 4th 240cm 60cm
5th - - 5th 230cm 60cm 5th 280cm 50cm 5th 230cm 55cm
6th - - 6th 230cm 70cm 6th 290cm 100cm 6th 220cm 60cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 65cm 7th 270cm 110cm 7th 220cm 55cm
8th - - 8th 270cm 50cm 8th 270cm 110cm 8th 220cm 50cm
9th - - 9th 270cm 45cm 9th 270cm 150cm 9th 220cm 50cm
10th - - 10th 270cm 45cm 10th 280cm 160cm 10th 210cm 45cm
11th - - 11th 280cm 40cm 11th 270cm 170cm 11th 210cm 40cm
12th - - 12th 260cm 40cm 12th 260cm 160cm 12th 200cm 40cm
13th - - 13th 260cm 40cm 13th 250cm 140cm 13th 190cm 40cm
14th - - 14th 250cm 40cm 14th 240cm 120cm 14th 180cm 40cm
15th - - 15th 240cm 40cm 15th 240cm 110cm 15th 180cm 30cm
16th - - 16th 222cm 45cm 16th 240cm 110cm 16th 170cm 30cm
17th - - 17th 220cm 45cm 17th 230cm 100cm 17th 170cm 30cm
18th - - 18th 220cm 40cm 18th 280cm 110cm 18th 170cm 30cm
19th 180cm - 19th 230cm 40cm 19th 290cm 120cm 19th 160cm 20cm
20th 180cm - 20th 250cm 40cm 20th 280cm 110cm 20th 150cm 20cm
21st 220cm - 21st 230cm 55cm 21st 260cm 100cm 21st 150cm -
22nd 220cm - 22nd 220cm 60cm 22nd 250cm 95cm 22nd 140cm -
23rd - 0cm 23rd 210cm 55cm 23rd 240cm 100cm 23rd 140cm -
24th 200cm 5cm 24th 210cm 50cm 24th 260cm 85cm 24th 130cm -
25th 180cm 10cm 25th 200cm 45cm 25th 270cm 80cm 25th 120cm -
26th 180cm 5cm 26th 190cm 45cm 26th 270cm 75cm 26th 110cm -
27th 170cm 5cm 27th 180cm 40cm 27th 280cm 90cm 27th 110cm -
28th 160cm 20cm 28th 170cm 40cm 28th 270cm 100cm 28th 100cm -
29th 150cm 30cm 29th 160cm 30cm 29th - 90cm 29th - -
30th 140cm 20cm 30th 200cm 25cm 30th 30th - -
31st 150cm 20cm 31st 210cm 40cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Sakae Club Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sakae Club. 
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
There is a sledding play area at the base of the ski hill. 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:45am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
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 the lift is closed.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Sakae Club Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,200 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 2,700 yen 2,000 yen
4 Hours 2,800 yen 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen
Season Ticket (all) 25,200 yen 16,000 yen 10,600 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 10,000 yen 10,000 yen 10,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 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
Transport Information
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.

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About 60 minutes by train from Iiyama Station to Morimiyanohara Station.
About 50 minutes by bus from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Morimiyanohara Station.

No shuttle bus service is available.
By Car
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.

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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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