Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Maiko Snow Resort
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 18th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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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. The resort has two main bases (Maiko and Nagamine) and three main areas (Maiko, Nagamine and Okusoechi). Part of what is now the Maiko area originally opened in 1959 and the resort 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 of the resort. The best snow conditions can usually be found at Okusoechi as well as some fine mountainous scenery.

Since the 2019-2020 season, Maiko area openend up two official tree run courses - one on either side of the top Okusoechi course. Registration will be required to enter the areas. The (single) Family Lift will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.

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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Maiko Snow Resort Course Map

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Maiko Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 280cm 60cm 1st 290cm 90cm 1st 310cm 135cm
2nd - - 2nd 290cm 60cm 2nd 270cm 100cm 2nd 285cm 120cm
3rd - - 3rd 290cm 60cm 3rd 280cm 100cm 3rd 300cm 120cm
4th - - 4th 275cm 80cm 4th 285cm 100cm 4th 300cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 275cm 100cm 5th 330cm 95cm 5th 285cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 260cm 110cm 6th 310cm 150cm 6th 280cm 140cm
7th - - 7th 245cm 100cm 7th 295cm 170cm 7th 275cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 310cm 90cm 8th 305cm 160cm 8th 275cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 320cm 70cm 9th 340cm 190cm 9th 270cm 115cm
10th - - 10th 310cm 70cm 10th 350cm 190cm 10th 270cm 115cm
11th - - 11th 320cm 70cm 11th 345cm 200cm 11th 265cm 90cm
12th - - 12th 300cm 65cm 12th 330cm 190cm 12th 260cm 95cm
13th - 30cm 13th 290cm 60cm 13th 320cm 170cm 13th 260cm 90cm
14th - 30cm 14th 285cm 60cm 14th 310cm 150cm 14th 250cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 280cm 60cm 15th 295cm 140cm 15th 245cm 95cm
16th - - 16th 270cm 80cm 16th 290cm 140cm 16th 250cm 105cm
17th - - 17th 285cm 75cm 17th 310cm 110cm 17th 245cm 110cm
18th - - 18th 280cm 75cm 18th 330cm 140cm 18th 240cm 100cm
19th 40cm - 19th 300cm 75cm 19th 340cm 160cm 19th 230cm 90cm
20th 280cm 10cm 20th 310cm 70cm 20th 330cm 150cm 20th 230cm 80cm
21st 300cm 10cm 21st 300cm 90cm 21st 310cm 140cm 21st 220cm 80cm
22nd 280cm - 22nd 290cm 110cm 22nd 300cm 130cm 22nd 210cm 75cm
23rd 250cm 10cm 23rd 275cm 110cm 23rd 290cm 110cm 23rd 210cm 70cm
24th 240cm 10cm 24th 270cm 80cm 24th 330cm 130cm 24th 200cm 90cm
25th 240cm 20cm 25th 260cm 80cm 25th 340cm 115cm 25th 200cm 100cm
26th 280cm 20cm 26th 260cm 80cm 26th 320cm 110cm 26th 200cm 90cm
27th 270cm 20cm 27th 250cm 80cm 27th 320cm 130cm 27th 200cm 80cm
28th 250cm - 28th 250cm 80cm 28th 315cm 150cm 28th 180cm 70cm
29th 240cm 40cm 29th 255cm 55cm 29th - 130cm 29th 165cm 100cm
30th 220cm 40cm 30th 270cm 55cm 30th 30th 155cm -
31st 250cm 40cm 31st 280cm 70cm 31st 31st 155cm -

Previous Statistics

Maiko Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
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. 
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
There are two 'Smile Kids Parks' 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' (child car) on the 2nd Floor of the gondola base building. Charges are 1,200 yen per hour, available for children ages 2-6. 
Park Information
Park information
There are few snow park areas at Maiko Snow Resort including the Maiko Snow Park 'Garden' and the 'Electric Step Up Park' - located in the Maiko Area of the resort. 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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Maiko Snow Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends during the daytime

Night skiing is scheduled for from 4:00pm until 8:00pm in part of the Maiko Area on Saturdays and Sundays from 9th January 2021 through 13th March 2021 and also from 30th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021.

Maiko Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 5,000 yen 3,000 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
2 Days 8,700 yen 5,400 yen 7,800 yen 7,800 yen
3 Days 12,200 yen 7,600 yen 10,900 yen 10,900 yen
4 Days 15,500 yen 9,600 yen 13,800 yen 13,800 yen
5 Days 18,600 yen 11,400 yen 16,500 yen 16,500 yen
6 Days 21,500 yen 13,000 yen 19,000 yen 19,000 yen
7 Days 24,200 yen 14,400 yen 21,300 yen 21,300 yen
5 Hours 4,500 yen 2,700 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Nighta 1,000 yen 500 yen 800 yen 800 yen
5 Tickets 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,500 yen 900 yen 1,300 yen 1,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

The full day lift ticket passes include access to nighta.

Children's Day:
Third Sunday of the month - 1 day pass for elementary school children is free

Women's Day:
Every Wednesday (except 30th December 2020) - 1 day pass for men is 3,800 yen (other extras included)

Men's Day:
Every Thursday (except 31st December 2020 and 11th February 2021) - 1 day pass for men is 3,800 yen

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
Transport Information
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.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport

A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to Maiko Snow Resort. The journey takes about 30 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Maiko Area costs around 2,900 yen and to the Day Centre area costs around 3,400 yen.
By Car
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 and 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 resort car park.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
Parking is free in both areas on weekdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, over New Year and on special holidays parking costs 1000 yen per vehicle.

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