Maiko Snow Resort is located in Minamiuonuma city, close to the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway and about ten minutes from the central area of Yuzawa town. This ski area has two main bases (Maiko and Nagamine) and three main areas (Maiko, Nagamine and Okusoechi). Part of what is now the Maiko rea originally opened in 1959 and the ski area has changed names a number of times over the years. The Maiko area is home to gentler slopes, snow parks and Maiko Kogen Hotel. The Nagamine area features the main Day Centre and Maiko Gondola which goes up to the popular slopes of the Okusoechi area. The best snow conditions can usually be found at Okusoechi as well as some fine mountainous scenery.
Since the 2019-2020 season, Maiko area opened up two official tree run courses - one on either side of the top Okusoechi course. Registration is required to enter the areas.
Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town are home to over 20 individual ski areas, including some of the most well-known in Japan. With easy and quick access by train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of Japan's most popular ski destinations. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter.
Maiko Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics
Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Maiko Snow Resort. 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.
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is available.
There are two Smile Kids Park areas at Maiko Snow Resort - one by the Day Ski Centre and the other in the Maiko Area. Each are 800 yen to enter.
Banana Boat rides and Snow Mobile Experience rides are also available in the Maiko Area.
There is a Kids Room on the 2nd Floor of the gondola base building. Charges are 1,200 yen per hour, available for children ages 2-6.
There are few snow park areas at Maiko Snow Resort including the Maiko Snow Park Garden and the Step Up Park - located in the Maiko Area. There is also an ungroomed Peak Performance Off-Piste Zone in the Nagamine Area, which opens depending on snow conditions.
Maiko Snow Resort Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Maiko Snow Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends during the daytime.
Maiko de Night night skiing is scheduled for from 4:00pm until 8:00pm in part of the Maiko Area. It is on Saturdays and Sundays from 8th January 2022 through 12th March 2022 and also from 30th December 2021 until 3rd January 2022 and 11th February 2022.
Maiko Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
High School age
55 years & over
Gondola (1 time)
2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.
The full day lift ticket passes include access to night skiing.
Getting to Maiko Snow Resort
By public transport
8.8km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
2.7km from Ishiuchi Station on the Joetsu Line
8.8km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Maiko Snow Resort is less than 3km from the small local Ishiuchi Station. However, most people arriving by train use the free shuttle bus from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station which is just under 9km from Maiko Snow Resort.
Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line and connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available.
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to Maiko Snow Resort. The journey takes about 20 minutes to the Maiko Area and 30 minutes to the Nagamine Area.
A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Maiko Area costs around 3,000 yen and to the Day Centre area costs around 3,700 yen.
0.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
13km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 28
There are two bases at Maiko Snow Resort.
The Maiko Area is less than 1km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway. At the IC exit, go straight ahead and follow the road up to the main parking area on the right hand side.
The Nagamine Area is where the main Day Centre and Gondola is located. For many this is considered the main base of Maiko. At the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit traffic lights, turn left and after just over 1km follow the signs by turning right to head up to the car park.
Parking is free in both areas on weekdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, over New Year and on special holidays parking costs 1,000 yen per vehicle.
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