Sakae Club (Sakae Village, Nagano)

Sakae Club
(長野県 栄村)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
Official snow depth 240cm (-20cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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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 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.

The Mountain

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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 200cm 190cm 1st - 220cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd 210cm 220cm 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 240cm 240cm 3rd - 240cm 3rd - 240cm
4th - - 4th 200cm 240cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 240cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 230cm 5th - 280cm 5th - 230cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 230cm 6th - 290cm 6th - 220cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 220cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 220cm
8th - - 8th 230cm 270cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 220cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 270cm 9th - 270cm 9th - 220cm
10th - - 10th 190cm 270cm 10th - 280cm 10th - 210cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 280cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 210cm
12th - - 12th 210cm 260cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 200cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 260cm 13th - 250cm 13th - 190cm
14th - - 14th 260cm 250cm 14th - 240cm 14th - 180cm
15th - - 15th 220cm 240cm 15th - 240cm 15th - 180cm
16th - - 16th 220cm 222cm 16th - 240cm 16th - 170cm
17th - - 17th 210cm 220cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 170cm
18th 40cm - 18th 250cm 220cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 170cm
19th 60cm 180cm 19th 245cm 230cm 19th - 290cm 19th - 160cm
20th 70cm 180cm 20th 250cm 250cm 20th - 280cm 20th - 150cm
21st 60cm 220cm 21st 270cm 230cm 21st - 260cm 21st - 150cm
22nd 55cm 220cm 22nd 260cm 220cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd 50cm - 23rd 240cm 210cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 140cm
24th 40cm 200cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 130cm
25th 30cm 180cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 120cm
26th 70cm 180cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 110cm
27th 100cm 170cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 110cm
28th 140cm 160cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 270cm 28th - 100cm
29th 145cm 150cm 29th - 160cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 140cm 140cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - -
31st 200cm 150cm 31st - 210cm 31st 31st - -

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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledding play area at the base of the ski area. 
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 that 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 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
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.

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.
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.

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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