Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Maiko Snow Resort
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 13rd December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
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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 bowl area of the resort. The best snow conditions can usually be found at Okusoechi as well as some fine mountainous scenery.

For the 2019-2020 season, Maiko area opening up two official tree run courses - one on either side of the top Okusoechi course. Registration will be required to enter the areas.

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 60cm 210cm 1st 90cm 340cm 1st 135cm 270cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 210cm 2nd 100cm 350cm 2nd 120cm 260cm
3rd - - 3rd 60cm 240cm 3rd 100cm 330cm 3rd 120cm 260cm
4th - - 4th 80cm 240cm 4th 100cm 310cm 4th 110cm 260cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 220cm 5th 95cm 305cm 5th 110cm 260cm
6th - - 6th 110cm 240cm 6th 150cm 300cm 6th 140cm 260cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 250cm 7th 170cm 290cm 7th 140cm 250cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 260cm 8th 160cm 290cm 8th 120cm 280cm
9th - - 9th 70cm 260cm 9th 190cm 310cm 9th 115cm 280cm
10th - - 10th 70cm 260cm 10th 190cm 320cm 10th 115cm 260cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 260cm 11th 200cm 330cm 11th 90cm 250cm
12th - - 12th 65cm 240cm 12th 190cm 320cm 12th 95cm 245cm
13th 30cm - 13th 60cm 235cm 13th 170cm 320cm 13th 90cm 240cm
14th 30cm - 14th 60cm 230cm 14th 150cm 335cm 14th 80cm 260cm
15th - - 15th 60cm 230cm 15th 140cm 330cm 15th 95cm 250cm
16th - 60cm 16th 80cm 230cm 16th 140cm 330cm 16th 105cm 240cm
17th - 60cm 17th 75cm 240cm 17th 110cm 340cm 17th 110cm 240cm
18th - 70cm 18th 75cm 240cm 18th 140cm 330cm 18th 100cm 240cm
19th - 80cm 19th 75cm 275cm 19th 160cm 320cm 19th 90cm 240cm
20th 10cm 70cm 20th 70cm 260cm 20th 150cm 300cm 20th 80cm 230cm
21st 10cm 75cm 21st 90cm 290cm 21st 140cm 310cm 21st 80cm 220cm
22nd - 70cm 22nd 110cm 320cm 22nd 130cm 290cm 22nd 75cm 210cm
23rd 10cm 70cm 23rd 110cm 310cm 23rd 110cm 280cm 23rd 70cm 210cm
24th 10cm 70cm 24th 80cm 310cm 24th 130cm 280cm 24th 90cm 230cm
25th 20cm 70cm 25th 80cm 330cm 25th 115cm 280cm 25th 100cm 240cm
26th 20cm 70cm 26th 80cm 320cm 26th 110cm 270cm 26th 90cm 220cm
27th 20cm 65cm 27th 80cm 330cm 27th 130cm 270cm 27th 80cm 210cm
28th - 120cm 28th 80cm 330cm 28th 150cm 270cm 28th 70cm 220cm
29th 40cm 150cm 29th 55cm 350cm 29th 130cm - 29th 100cm 210cm
30th 40cm 180cm 30th 55cm 340cm 30th 30th - 210cm
31st 40cm 190cm 31st 70cm 320cm 31st 31st - 200cm

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.

'Maiko Snow Land' is a 400m sledging course next to the Maiko Family lift in the Maiko Area. Entry is free and the area is open 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays and 10:00am-3:00pm on Sundays and holidays. Sledge rental is available.

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', 'Bank Yard' 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. For the 2019-2020 season there will be two new official tree run courses by the top course in the Okusoechi area. 

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 Yes
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.

Nighta is scheduled for from 4:00pm until 8:00pm in part of the Maiko Area during the main season, from Saturday 28th December 2019 until Saturday 14th March 2020.

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
Sanroku 2,400 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Gondola (1 time) 1,200 yen 700 yen 900 yen 900 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.

The 'Sanroku Ticket' is valid on the Number 1, Number 2 and Family ski lifts in the Maiko Area of the resort for the whole day.

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

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

Men's Day:
Every Thursday (except 2nd January) - 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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(Updated 24th September)

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