Yunomaru is located in Tomi city in the eastern region of Nagano Prefecture, right close by the border with Gunma Prefecture. At a high elevation this region often enjoys good snow conditions. In fact, it boasts of being 'the closest powder snow ski resort to Tokyo'. There are slopes on either side of the main base area and car parks at Yunomaru. It dates back to 1928 with the main development happening in the early 60's.
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Yunomaru.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
The 'Kids Park' is by the base of the Number 2 course and entry is free.
There is a child care facility - reservations not needed, charges apply (2,500 yen for half a day and 5,000 yen for a full day).
'Yunomaru Snowmobile Land' operates on weekends and holidays. Charges apply (from 3,500 yen per hour).
Yunomaru Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late November until Mid April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 7:30am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Yunomaru is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. Opening at 7:30am on weekends and holidays in the main season.
There is no nighta at this ski hill.
Yunomaru Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (weekend)
1 Day (weekday)
1 Lift Coupon
9 Lift Coupons
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
A number of family tickets are also available:
2 adults + 1 child: 9,000 yen on weekends and holidays; 7,500 yen on weekdays. 2 adults + 2 children: 10,000 yen on weekends and holidays; 9,000 yen on weekdays. 1 adult + 1 child: 5,500 yen on weekends and holidays; 5,000 yen on weekdays. 1 adult + 2 children: 7,000 yen on weekends and holidays; 6,500 yen on weekdays.
Children of elementary school age and below can ride the lifts for free on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Ladies Day is every Wednesday and Thursday (except 2nd-3rd January 2019). On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is 2,000 yen.
Mens Day is every Tuesday (except 1st January 2019). On those days a 1 day ticket for men is 2,000 yen.
Senior Day is every Friday. On those days a 1 day ticket for seniors is 1,000 yen.
Getting to Yunomaru
By public transport
30.2km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
13.8km from Shigeno Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
19.1km from Komoro Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
Yunomaru is about 14km from Shigeno Station and 19km from Komoro Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line.
No resort shuttle bus service information is available.
A private company bus service is available from Sakudaira Station.
13.8km from the Tobu Yunomaru IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
17.8km from the Komoro IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (13.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 94
Yunomaru is about 14km from the Tobu Yunomaru IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway. Head north from the Tomi area on Prefecture Road 94 up to the ski hill.
From the Tobu Yunomaru IC exit, turn left onto Prefecture Road 81 and then soon left onto Prefecture Road, right again and then right once more until reaching the Mihari traffic lights. Turn left at the traffic lights onto Prefecture Road 94. Continue on this road until reaching Yunomaru.
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