Cupid Valley (Joetsu City, Niigata)

Cupid Valley
(新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020
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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 40cm 200cm 1st 95cm 410cm 1st 120cm 340cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 215cm 2nd 105cm 400cm 2nd 110cm 330cm
3rd - - 3rd 90cm 270cm 3rd 100cm 385cm 3rd 110cm 330cm
4th - - 4th 95cm 260cm 4th 110cm 345cm 4th 110cm 325cm
5th - - 5th 120cm 250cm 5th 110cm 335cm 5th 105cm 325cm
6th - - 6th 120cm 280cm 6th 170cm 330cm 6th 115cm 320cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 290cm 7th 180cm 320cm 7th 115cm 315cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 285cm 8th 170cm 345cm 8th 110cm 325cm
9th - - 9th 50cm 320cm 9th 210cm 375cm 9th - 325cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 305cm 10th 210cm 390cm 10th - 320cm
11th - - 11th 60cm 300cm 11th 220cm 400cm 11th - 305cm
12th - - 12th 50cm 290cm 12th 210cm 410cm 12th - 300cm
13th - - 13th 50cm 285cm 13th 180cm 420cm 13th - 290cm
14th - - 14th 50cm 280cm 14th 155cm 430cm 14th - 320cm
15th - 75cm 15th 50cm 270cm 15th 135cm 430cm 15th - 310cm
16th - 80cm 16th 65cm 280cm 16th 120cm 415cm 16th - 310cm
17th - 70cm 17th 65cm 300cm 17th 100cm 450cm 17th - 305cm
18th - 80cm 18th 60cm 310cm 18th 120cm 430cm 18th - 310cm
19th - 80cm 19th 60cm 330cm 19th 130cm 420cm 19th - 300cm
20th - 70cm 20th 60cm 310cm 20th 120cm 380cm 20th - 300cm
21st - 65cm 21st 80cm 350cm 21st 120cm 370cm 21st - 290cm
22nd - 60cm 22nd 90cm 390cm 22nd 110cm 370cm 22nd - 260cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd 85cm 380cm 23rd 100cm 365cm 23rd - 265cm
24th - 60cm 24th 70cm 410cm 24th 105cm 360cm 24th - 270cm
25th - 70cm 25th 70cm 390cm 25th 100cm 360cm 25th - -
26th - 70cm 26th 70cm 400cm 26th 95cm 350cm 26th - -
27th - 70cm 27th 70cm 410cm 27th 130cm 350cm 27th - -
28th - 120cm 28th 65cm 400cm 28th 145cm 345cm 28th - -
29th - 135cm 29th 60cm 410cm 29th 135cm - 29th - -
30th - 160cm 30th 50cm 400cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 170cm 31st 70cm 390cm 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 600 yen entry for children (or free with a valid lift ticket). Plastic skis, sledges, buckets are available to rent.

There is also an area nearby suitable for beginner.

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 Late March
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 4:30pm.

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) 4,300 yen 2,800 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
5 Hours 3,600 yen 2,500 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
12 Lift Coupons 6,000 yen 6,000 yen 6,000 yen 6,000 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,200 yen 2,000 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,100 yen 800 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
Gondola (return) 1,600 yen 1,100 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 lift tickets

Senior High School students lift tickets are the same cost as Senior tickets.

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: 5,000 yen
Elementary School age: 3,500 yen
High School age and Seniors: 4,500 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.

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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.

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There is parking for 1250 vehicles at the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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