Sakae Club (Sakae Village, Nagano)

Sakae Club
さかえ倶楽部 (長野県 栄村)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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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.

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 130cm 65cm 1st 280cm 200cm 1st 210cm 190cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 55cm 2nd 270cm 210cm 2nd 210cm 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 130cm 50cm 3rd 260cm 220cm 3rd 220cm 180cm
4th - - 4th 210cm 50cm 4th 250cm 220cm 4th 210cm 180cm
5th - - 5th 230cm 55cm 5th 280cm 200cm 5th 200cm 170cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 75cm 6th 270cm 190cm 6th 200cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 70cm 7th 260cm 190cm 7th 200cm 180cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 65cm 8th 260cm 230cm 8th 190cm 180cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 55cm 9th 260cm 220cm 9th 180cm 175cm
10th - - 10th 190cm 55cm 10th 260cm 240cm 10th 180cm 170cm
11th - - 11th 190cm 90cm 11th 240cm 260cm 11th 180cm 180cm
12th - - 12th 210cm 85cm 12th 220cm 290cm 12th 170cm 175cm
13th - - 13th 190cm 95cm 13th 210cm 290cm 13th 170cm 170cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 140cm 14th 210cm 300cm 14th 160cm 170cm
15th - - 15th 195cm 180cm 15th 200cm 310cm 15th 160cm 170cm
16th 70cm - 16th 185cm 190cm 16th 200cm 310cm 16th 150cm 170cm
17th 80cm 70cm 17th 180cm 220cm 17th 200cm 290cm 17th 150cm 170cm
18th 100cm 60cm 18th 160cm 210cm 18th 240cm 260cm 18th 140cm 170cm
19th 100cm 50cm 19th 150cm 220cm 19th 250cm 265cm 19th 140cm 170cm
20th 100cm 45cm 20th 145cm 220cm 20th 250cm 250cm 20th 140cm 165cm
21st 90cm 40cm 21st 145cm 205cm 21st 240cm 270cm 21st 140cm 160cm
22nd 85cm 40cm 22nd 140cm 220cm 22nd 230cm 270cm 22nd 140cm 160cm
23rd 80cm 25cm 23rd 155cm 240cm 23rd 220cm 260cm 23rd 130cm 160cm
24th 80cm 30cm 24th 170cm 250cm 24th 220cm 270cm 24th 130cm 165cm
25th 80cm 30cm 25th 210cm 260cm 25th 210cm 210cm 25th 130cm 160cm
26th 90cm 30cm 26th 250cm 280cm 26th 210cm 200cm 26th 120cm 155cm
27th 140cm 25cm 27th 260cm 270cm 27th 210cm 200cm 27th 120cm 150cm
28th 160cm 35cm 28th 250cm 260cm 28th 210cm 190cm 28th 110cm 150cm
29th 150cm 40cm 29th 250cm 240cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 150cm 80cm 30th 300cm 200cm 30th 30th - -
31st 140cm 70cm 31st 300cm 200cm 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 sledging play area at the base of the ski hill. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Sakae Club Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
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 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Sakae Club is open from 9am 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. It is open from 28th December until 4th January and from 18th March until 28th March. Note that all courses are still available when the lift is closed.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

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) 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children under elementary school age can ride the lifts for free, but must be with an adult.

'Lucky Monday': 1 day lift ticket for 1000 yen!

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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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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There is a car park close to the base of Sakae Club.

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