Charmant Hiuchi (Itoigawa City, Niigata)

Charmant Hiuchi
(新潟県 糸魚川市)
Planned season: Friday 13th December 2019 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
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Charmant Hiuchi is located to the east of Itoigawa city and to the north west of the Myoko region of Niigata Prefecture (and north east of Hakuba in Nagano), quite close to Japan Sea coastline. Access is only from the north. The area gets a lot of snowfall and the resort often enjoys a long season into May. Charmant Hiuchi may not be the easiest place to get to but it has been popular for it's various 'off-piste' ungroomed course areas (65% of the total courses), snow quantity and snow quality. There are three types of areas at the resort - Powder Area, Off Piste and On Piste. Be sure to register and sign if you intend to go out of bounds.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Charmant Hiuchi Course Map

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Charmant Hiuchi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 240cm 1st - 400cm 1st - 380cm
2nd - - 2nd - 270cm 2nd - 430cm 2nd - 380cm
3rd - - 3rd - 300cm 3rd - 430cm 3rd - 380cm
4th - - 4th - 300cm 4th - 430cm 4th - 380cm
5th - - 5th - 290cm 5th - 380cm 5th - 390cm
6th - - 6th - 320cm 6th - 350cm 6th - 380cm
7th - - 7th - 340cm 7th - 350cm 7th - 380cm
8th - - 8th - 340cm 8th - 380cm 8th - 400cm
9th - - 9th - 350cm 9th - 390cm 9th - 400cm
10th - - 10th - 340cm 10th - 430cm 10th - 390cm
11th - - 11th - 350cm 11th - 430cm 11th - 380cm
12th - - 12th - 340cm 12th - 440cm 12th - 375cm
13th - - 13th - 320cm 13th - 460cm 13th - 375cm
14th - 130cm 14th - 320cm 14th - 500cm 14th - 390cm
15th - 150cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 500cm 15th - 380cm
16th - 150cm 16th - 330cm 16th - 490cm 16th - 385cm
17th - 120cm 17th - 330cm 17th - 500cm 17th - 380cm
18th - 140cm 18th - 340cm 18th - 480cm 18th - 380cm
19th - 140cm 19th - 340cm 19th - 460cm 19th - 385cm
20th - 150cm 20th - 320cm 20th - 440cm 20th - 380cm
21st - 140cm 21st - 350cm 21st - 420cm 21st - 370cm
22nd - 140cm 22nd - 380cm 22nd - 410cm 22nd - 350cm
23rd - 135cm 23rd - 380cm 23rd - 400cm 23rd - 350cm
24th - 155cm 24th - 400cm 24th - 400cm 24th - 350cm
25th - 155cm 25th - 400cm 25th - 400cm 25th - 350cm
26th - 150cm 26th - 400cm 26th - 390cm 26th - 350cm
27th - 150cm 27th - 420cm 27th - 390cm 27th - 350cm
28th - 180cm 28th - 420cm 28th - 380cm 28th - 350cm
29th - 200cm 29th - 420cm 29th - - 29th - 350cm
30th - 230cm 30th - 430cm 30th 30th - 350cm
31st - 240cm 31st - 400cm 31st 31st - 350cm

Previous Statistics

Charmant Hiuchi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Charmant Hiuchi. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Wear, telemark skis and snowscoots are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging area is available for children near the base of the resort.

There is also a special Kids Room in the base building. 
Park Information
Park information
Charmant is known for ungroomed powder snow, with 65% of courses remaining ungroomed.

The Snow Park - usually open from March - is close to the base of the quad lift. 

Charmant Hiuchi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:15pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:15pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Charmant Hiuchi is normally open from 8:30am until 4:15pm.

From March the lifts open 15 minutes longer.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Charmant Hiuchi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years to Junior High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
Morning (8:30am-12:30pm) 3,100 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,100 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
2 Days 6,600 yen 5,000 yen
1 quad lift ride 500 yen 300 yen
1 pair lift ride 300 yen 300 yen
Season Ticket (all) 38,000 yen 18,000 yen 27,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekday) 17,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Season ticket holders can get a discount on rental, use the park and get a discount on ski goods in the shop... as well as some discounts on tickets at other nearby ski hills.

Getting to Charmant Hiuchi

By public transport
30.7km from Itoigawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
16.3km from Nou Station on the Nihonkai Hisui line
30.7km from Itoigawa Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Charmant Hiuchi is just under 31km from Itoigawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, the Oito line and Nihonkai Hisui line.

Nou Station is the closest station on the Nihonkai Hisui line, just over 16km from the ski hill.

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There is a free shuttle bus to Charmant Hiuchi from the South Exit of Itoigawa Station. This bus operates mainly on weekends and other holidays in the season. The bus leaves Nou Station at 8:12am.

A local bus also leaves Nou Station that goes to the resort (via a change of bus to a resort bus part way). That service costs 550 yen for one way and also operates weekends and holidaya.
By Car
16km from the Nou IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
32.8km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
47.9km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 8 (17.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 246
Charmant Hiuchi is about 16km (and a 30 minute drive) from the Nou IC exit of the Hokuriku Expressway.

At the Nou IC exit turn right onto Prefecture Road and basically follow this road up to the base of Charmant Hiuchi.

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About 30 minutes from Nou IC.
About 4 hours from Tokyo.
About 1 hour from Nagano.
About 1 hour 40 minutes from Matsumoto.
About 1 hour from Toyama.
About 2 hours from Kanazawa.
About 5 hours from Osaka.
There is parking for 500 vehicles at the base of Charmant Hiuchi. Parking is free every day of the season. Closed between 6:00pm and 7:00am.

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