Kanayasan (Joetsu City, Niigata)

金谷山 (新潟県 上越市)
Planned season: Early January 2019 until mid March 2019
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Kanayasan is located in Joetsu city in the western region of Niigata Prefecture. It is known as the place where Theodor Edler von Lerch introduced skiing to Japan in 1911 and there is a small memorial museum near the base of this very small ski hill. In recent times this region has not received a lot of snowfall, especially compared with the snow that Myoko to the south receives, and so the season can be quite short.

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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Kanayasan Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - - 1st 65cm 120cm 1st 15cm 105cm
2nd - - 2nd - - 2nd 65cm 120cm 2nd 15cm 95cm
3rd - - 3rd - - 3rd 55cm 100cm 3rd 15cm 90cm
4th - - 4th - - 4th 35cm 100cm 4th 0cm 90cm
5th - - 5th - - 5th 30cm 100cm 5th 0cm 70cm
6th - - 6th - - 6th 30cm 140cm 6th 0cm 70cm
7th - - 7th - - 7th 27cm 130cm 7th 0cm 60cm
8th - - 8th - - 8th 40cm 145cm 8th 0cm 60cm
9th - - 9th - - 9th 55cm 130cm 9th 0cm 50cm
10th - - 10th - - 10th 70cm 120cm 10th 0cm 45cm
11th - - 11th - - 11th 65cm 110cm 11th 0cm 45cm
12th - - 12th - - 12th 50cm 120cm 12th 0cm 35cm
13th - - 13th - - 13th 80cm 150cm 13th 0cm 30cm
14th - - 14th - 130cm 14th 110cm 160cm 14th - 25cm
15th - - 15th - 130cm 15th 105cm 120cm 15th - 15cm
16th - - 16th - 100cm 16th 80cm 130cm 16th - 5cm
17th - - 17th - 70cm 17th 80cm 120cm 17th - 0cm
18th - - 18th - 65cm 18th 65cm 125cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 50cm 19th 60cm 130cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 45cm 20th 55cm 135cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 40cm 21st 50cm 135cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 40cm 22nd 45cm 150cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 45cm 23rd 40cm 130cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 60cm 24th 35cm 125cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 75cm 25th 30cm 130cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th - 90cm 26th 25cm 125cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 100cm 27th 25cm 120cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th - 100cm 28th 20cm 115cm 28th - -
29th - - 29th 60cm 100cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - - 30th 60cm 130cm 30th 30th - -
31st - - 31st 55cm 130cm 31st 31st - -

Kanayasan Facilities

Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Kanayasan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
There is no ski and snowboard equipment available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are an area for sledding. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Kanayasan Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early January until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kanayasan is open from 9:00am until 4:30pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Kanayasan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen 150 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 1,500 yen

Getting to Kanayasan

By public transport
4.4km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.2km from Minami Takada Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
2.9km from Takada Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Kanayasan is just under 3km from Takada Station on the Myoko Haneuma Line and 4.4km from the Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by public transport
No shuttle bus service is available.

A local bus from Takada Station stops at Kanayasan Iriguchi which is about 15 minutes walk away.
By Car
2.1km from the Joetsu Takada IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
8.1km from the Joetsu IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (4.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Kanayasan is just over 2km from the Joetsu Takada IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.

At the IC exit turn left and follow the road for about 700m until reaching Prefecture Road 63. Turn left onto 63 and after 850m turn left again to head to the base of the ski hill.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by car
There is a car park for 78 cars (exactly!) at the base of the ski hill. Parking is free every day of the season.

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2019-2020 SEASON INFO
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