Charmant Hiuchi (Itoigawa City, Niigata)

Charmant Hiuchi
(新潟県 糸魚川市)
Planned season: Friday 18th December 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
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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 260cm 120cm 1st 340cm 230cm 1st 390cm 260cm
2nd - - 2nd 280cm 130cm 2nd 330cm 230cm 2nd 370cm 250cm
3rd - - 3rd 340cm 130cm 3rd 350cm 230cm 3rd 395cm 240cm
4th - - 4th 340cm 160cm 4th 340cm 230cm 4th 390cm 240cm
5th - - 5th 340cm 200cm 5th 340cm 230cm 5th 370cm 240cm
6th - - 6th 330cm 200cm 6th 340cm 250cm 6th 370cm 240cm
7th - - 7th 320cm 195cm 7th 330cm 250cm 7th 360cm 240cm
8th - - 8th 360cm 180cm 8th 370cm 240cm 8th 360cm 240cm
9th - - 9th 380cm 150cm 9th 380cm 310cm 9th 360cm 235cm
10th - - 10th 380cm 170cm 10th 370cm 300cm 10th 350cm 230cm
11th - - 11th 380cm 160cm 11th 380cm 310cm 11th 350cm 230cm
12th - - 12th 380cm 170cm 12th 380cm 290cm 12th 350cm 230cm
13th - - 13th 430cm 170cm 13th 370cm 280cm 13th 350cm 230cm
14th - - 14th 400cm 170cm 14th 360cm 260cm 14th 350cm 230cm
15th - - 15th 390cm 170cm 15th 350cm 240cm 15th 350cm 225cm
16th - - 16th 370cm 190cm 16th 360cm 230cm 16th 350cm 235cm
17th - - 17th 400cm 190cm 17th 370cm 230cm 17th 340cm 235cm
18th - - 18th 410cm 190cm 18th 370cm 220cm 18th 340cm 240cm
19th 210cm - 19th 410cm 190cm 19th 410cm 225cm 19th 340cm 230cm
20th 230cm - 20th 410cm 190cm 20th 410cm 210cm 20th 340cm 230cm
21st 240cm - 21st 400cm 195cm 21st 400cm 210cm 21st 330cm 230cm
22nd 230cm - 22nd 390cm 205cm 22nd 370cm 210cm 22nd 320cm 210cm
23rd 220cm - 23rd 390cm 205cm 23rd 370cm 205cm 23rd 320cm 205cm
24th 210cm - 24th 360cm 190cm 24th 400cm 205cm 24th 320cm 220cm
25th 230cm - 25th 350cm 190cm 25th 410cm 200cm 25th 320cm 230cm
26th 280cm 90cm 26th 350cm 180cm 26th 410cm 210cm 26th 310cm 220cm
27th 275cm 90cm 27th 330cm 180cm 27th 400cm 240cm 27th 310cm 215cm
28th 265cm 100cm 28th 330cm 170cm 28th 400cm 270cm 28th 310cm 205cm
29th 250cm 100cm 29th 330cm 160cm 29th - 260cm 29th 300cm 225cm
30th 230cm 100cm 30th 340cm 160cm 30th 30th 290cm 220cm
31st 240cm 100cm 31st 340cm 195cm 31st 31st 290cm 210cm

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 sledding 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 night skiing at this area.

Charmant Hiuchi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years to Junior High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,100 yen 3,050 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 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

A ticket for one adult and two children is 4,200 yen.

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 areas.

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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