Cupid Valley (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Cupid Valley
キューピットバレイ (新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until late March 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 9th December 2018]

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Cupid Valley is located on the northern slopes of Mt Hishigatake, about half way between Joetsu city and Tokamachi city in Niigata Prefecture. It is also around half way between the popular Myoko and Yuzawa regions of Niigata. The area known as 'Yukudaruma Kogen' - loose translation as 'Snowman Heights'! On a clear day fine views of the Japan Sea looking over layers of rice fields can be enjoyed from the top.

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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Cupid Valley Course Map

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Cupid Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 180cm 1st - 330cm 1st - 350cm
2nd - - 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 320cm 2nd - 340cm
3rd - - 3rd - 230cm 3rd - 390cm 3rd - 340cm
4th - - 4th - 240cm 4th - 300cm 4th - 330cm
5th - - 5th - 245cm 5th - 330cm 5th - 320cm
6th - - 6th - 250cm 6th - 330cm 6th - 300cm
7th - - 7th - 250cm 7th - 320cm 7th - 300cm
8th - - 8th - 250cm 8th - 340cm 8th - 295cm
9th - - 9th - 220cm 9th - 340cm 9th - 280cm
10th - - 10th - 210cm 10th - 330cm 10th - 295cm
11th - - 11th - 210cm 11th - 320cm 11th - 290cm
12th - - 12th - 220cm 12th - 320cm 12th - 290cm
13th - - 13th - 220cm 13th - 340cm 13th - 280cm
14th - - 14th - 260cm 14th - 340cm 14th - 280cm
15th - 120cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 350cm 15th - 270cm
16th - 110cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 360cm 16th - 260cm
17th - 120cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 350cm 17th - 260cm
18th - 160cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 370cm 18th - 260cm
19th - 150cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 380cm 19th - 250cm
20th - 170cm 20th - 195cm 20th - 380cm 20th - 250cm
21st - 160cm 21st - 195cm 21st - 390cm 21st - 250cm
22nd - 155cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 390cm 22nd - 240cm
23rd - 150cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 380cm 23rd - 240cm
24th - 140cm 24th - 235cm 24th - 370cm 24th - 240cm
25th - 120cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 380cm 25th - 230cm
26th - 130cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 370cm 26th - -
27th - 180cm 27th - 300cm 27th - 360cm 27th - -
28th - 180cm 28th - 290cm 28th - 360cm 28th - -
29th - 180cm 29th - 280cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 190cm 30th - 330cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 190cm 31st - 340cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Cupid Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Cupid Valley. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Wear, snow shoes and snow scoots are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kindergarden' is located by the Number 1 quad lift. Entry is 500 yen entry for children and 250 yen for guardians, or free with a valid lift ticket. Plastic skis, sledges, buckets are available to rent.

The 'Family Park' offers some attractions for parents and young children including wave and tunnels. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Snow Park' and a 'Family Park' area. Items available vary depending on the weather and snow conditions. The 'Puchippa' park area for beginners is by the base of the resort. 

Cupid Valley 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 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Cupid Valley is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

There is no nighta at Cupid Valley.

Cupid Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
Junior High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 4,200 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
12 Lift Coupons 4,800 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,000 yen 1,800 yen 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,000 yen 700 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Gondola (return) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information Men's Day is every Tuesday between 18th December 2018 and 19th March 2019
Ladies Day is every Wednesday between 19th December 2018 and 20th March 2019

On those days, a 1 day lift ticket with a 500 yen lunch voucher is just 3,000 yen (for men or women, on the respective days).
(Not valid on 1st and 2nd January 2019).

Senior Day is every Thursday between 20th December 2018 and 21st March 2019
On those days, a 1 day lift ticket with entry to the onsen facilities is 2,500 yen for seniors.
(Not valid on 3rd January 2019).

A 1 day lift ticket that also includes entry to the onsen hot spring facility and a 1,000 yen lunch voucher and other discounts is available:

Adult: 4,800 yen
Elementary School age: 3,300 yen
High School age and Seniors: 4,300 yen

Getting to Cupid Valley

By public transport
34.8km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
13.6km from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
31.3km from Naoetsu Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Cupid Valley is less than 14km from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station on the Hokuhoku train line.

The Hokuhoku line runs from Echigo Yuzawa Station through to Naoetsu Station with convenient connections at both.

>> More information on the Hokuhoku train line
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A shuttle bus is available from Mushigawa Ohsugi Station. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
By Car
30.2km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
33km from the Kakizaki IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
56.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 403 (0.1km away)
Cupid Valley can be reached either from exits on the Hokuriku Expressway or from exits on the Kanetsu Expressway.

It is located to the south of Route 405 which runs from Joetsu city to Tsunan town.

>> More information on Hokuriku Expressway
More information on Kanetsu Expressway
There is parking for 1,250 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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