Ishiuchi Maruyama (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Ishiuchi Maruyama
石打丸山 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 21st December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Ishiuchi Maruyama is a popular resort located in Minamiuonuma city, just to the north of the central area of Yuzawa town. It has been operating since 1949. This resort is connected with the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa resort in Yuzawa town at the top of the mountain, which in turn is also connected with Yuzawa Kogen. A joint lift ticket that covers the three resorts is available in the peak season. There are three base areas to Ishiuchi Maruyama - the Hatsukaishi Entrance (just off Route 17 and just outside Yuzawa town), the main Chuo Entrance and the Kanko Entrance.

Really big news from Ishiuchi Maruyama for the 2018-2019 season as they unveil three brand new major facilities. Close to the Chuo Entrance base is a brand new Resort Center building that includes the various facilities you might expect at the ski resort base (changing rooms, rental, shop, rest area, etc). The new ‘Sunrise Express’ lift that goes up to the central area of Ishiuchi Maruyama combines 10 people Gondola cabins for and ski lifts that seat 6 people... all on the same cable line. This new lift features brand new specs that promise a very comfortable and quiet ride experience. Luxurious too - heated gondola cabins and heated ski lift seats! If that wasn’t enough, there is also a new triple lift called ‘Tyrol’ in the central area. Impressive! (To make way for the new Gondola lift, the Chuo Number 1 quad lift and central triple lifts have been removed).

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

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. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Ishiuchi Maruyama is lift-connected with:
GALA Yuzawa, Yuzawa Kogen

Ishiuchi Maruyama Course Map

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Ishiuchi Maruyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 190cm 140cm 1st 330cm 270cm 1st 220cm 240cm
2nd - - 2nd 190cm 160cm 2nd 340cm 260cm 2nd 220cm 250cm
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 180cm 3rd 330cm 250cm 3rd 220cm 250cm
4th - - 4th 230cm 200cm 4th 290cm 250cm 4th 210cm 250cm
5th - - 5th 230cm 220cm 5th 280cm 280cm 5th 210cm 220cm
6th - - 6th 230cm 220cm 6th 270cm 260cm 6th 210cm 220cm
7th - - 7th 240cm 240cm 7th 270cm 250cm 7th 210cm 210cm
8th - - 8th 250cm 230cm 8th 270cm 250cm 8th 220cm 210cm
9th - - 9th 240cm 230cm 9th 270cm 240cm 9th 220cm 190cm
10th - - 10th 260cm 230cm 10th 280cm 240cm 10th 210cm 190cm
11th - - 11th 230cm 180cm 11th 280cm 230cm 11th 200cm 190cm
12th - - 12th 230cm 180cm 12th 290cm 230cm 12th 200cm 190cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 180cm 13th 290cm 240cm 13th 190cm 180cm
14th - - 14th 220cm 190cm 14th 290cm 240cm 14th 230cm 170cm
15th - - 15th 210cm 190cm 15th 290cm 250cm 15th 220cm 170cm
16th - - 16th 200cm 180cm 16th 290cm 250cm 16th 210cm 150cm
17th - - 17th 210cm 180cm 17th 300cm 240cm 17th 200cm 150cm
18th - - 18th 220cm 170cm 18th 300cm 280cm 18th 190cm 150cm
19th - - 19th 250cm 160cm 19th 280cm 290cm 19th 190cm 150cm
20th - - 20th 250cm 160cm 20th 270cm 290cm 20th 180cm 150cm
21st 60cm 100cm 21st 270cm 160cm 21st 260cm 290cm 21st 180cm 150cm
22nd 60cm 90cm 22nd 300cm 160cm 22nd 260cm 290cm 22nd 170cm 150cm
23rd 60cm 90cm 23rd 300cm 170cm 23rd 260cm 280cm 23rd 170cm 150cm
24th 60cm 80cm 24th 320cm 180cm 24th 250cm 270cm 24th 180cm 140cm
25th 70cm 80cm 25th 320cm 220cm 25th 240cm 270cm 25th 180cm 140cm
26th 70cm 80cm 26th 320cm 280cm 26th 240cm 270cm 26th 180cm 140cm
27th 70cm 150cm 27th 330cm 320cm 27th 230cm 260cm 27th 170cm 140cm
28th 100cm 150cm 28th 320cm 340cm 28th 230cm 260cm 28th 170cm 140cm
29th 140cm 150cm 29th 340cm 340cm 29th - - 29th 160cm 130cm
30th 170cm 170cm 30th 330cm 340cm 30th 30th 160cm 120cm
31st 190cm 160cm 31st 330cm 320cm 31st 31st 150cm 120cm

Previous Statistics

Ishiuchi Maruyama Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Ishiuchi Maruyama. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The new 'Snow Land' area is located close to the top Gondola Station and open from 10:00am until 4:00pm from late December until late March. A Free Pass for the area is 1,000 yen. Special return tickets for the new 'Sunrise Express' Gondola lift are available for non-skiers: 1,500 yen adults; 1,000 yen children.

There is also a 'Kodomo Hiroba' play area for children close to the Kanko Entrance base area and a 'Chibikko' area close to the Hatsukaishi Entrance base. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a number of park areas at Ishiuchi Maruyama - the 'Main Park' and the 'Beginner Park'.

The 'Gungho Monster Pipe' (actually operated by Minamiuonuma city) is located in the central area of the resort. Specs: 6.7m high, 22m wide, 170 long! The planned opening dates for the Gungho Monster Pipe are 19th January 2018 until 31st March 2019 (opening times vary). A 1 day ticket to use this facility are 1,000 yen for adults if you are coming from outside Niigata Prefecture (700 yen if you are a Niigata resident) and 750 yen for children. 

Ishiuchi Maruyama 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 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Ishiuchi Maruyama is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is scheduled for every day during the period Friday 28th December 2018 until Saturday 16th March 2019, and is open from 4:00pm until 8:30pm. (Note that nighta in the Kanko and Hatsukaishi areas is only on nights before holidays and over New Year).

* Between 1st April and 7th April, only the Chuo Entrance will be open.

Ishiuchi Maruyama Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,900 yen 3,400 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days 8,600 yen 5,900 yen 7,200 yen
3 Days 12,000 yen 7,700 yen 10,000 yen
Half Day 4,200 yen 2,800 yen 3,600 yen
PM + Nighta 4,900 yen 3,400 yen 4,200 yen
10 Lift Tickets 3,600 yen
Nighta 2,200 yen
Season Ticket 44,000 yen 35,000 yen 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 2 Day ticket is valid for nighta on the first night and until 5:00pm on the second day.
The 3 Day ticket is valid for nighta on the first and second nights and until 5:00pm on the third day.

'Yuzawa Snow Link'

The Yuzawa Snow Link ticket is valid at Ishiuchi Maruyama and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 29th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019:

- 1 day >> 5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors
- 2 days >> 9,200 yen adults; 6,500 yen children; 7,800 yen seniors

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday 21st January, Sunday 18th February and Sunday 18th March 2018. On those days, children under the age of 12 can ride the lifts and enter the Kids Park for free.

Getting to Ishiuchi Maruyama

By public transport
3.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.3km from Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The Hatsukaishi Entrance is the closest to central Yuzawa and less than 4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line.

The Kanko Entrance is about 2km from the small local train line Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu line but this is a station and there is no bus service to the resort.

Most people visiting Ishiuchi Maruyama by train use Echigo Yuzawa Station and the shuttle bus from there.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
There is a shuttle bus service between the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and the Chuo Entrance of Ishiuchi Maruyama for day return visitors. This is a free service and takes 10-15 minutes, the first bus is at 5:40pm.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Ishiuchi Maruyama costs from around 2,000 yen. The Hatsukaishi Entrance is the closest to Yuzawa.
By Car
2.7km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
4.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
14.3km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.1km away)
The closest exit of the Kanetsu Expressway is Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC (2.7km) but the Yuzawa IC (4.6km) is also convenient (and a little cheaper if you are approaching from the south).
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC, turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 and about 1km later turn right at the signposts for Ishiuchi Maruyama. The main car park is a few hundred metres further along that road on the left hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
There are a number of car parks dotted around all three of the base areas. The largest car park area is located between the Chuo and Kanko areas, about 500m off Route 17.

Parking is free in most of the car parks on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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