Muikamachi Hakkaisan (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
六日町八海山 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 21st December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 13th December 2018]

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Muikamachi Hakkaisan is located on the western slopes of Mt Hakkai in the northern region of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. This resort is popular for long and challenging mogul courses and also some smoother intermediate cruising style courses. Beginners will prefer to stay near base, though there is also a winding course down from the peak for those wanting to avoid the steeper top areas. The main 81 person capacity Ropeway (which regularly goes from close-to base to the top of the resort) moves at quite some speed! In the green season mountain biking is possible on the slopes and in autumn the Ropeway is busy with people enjoying the beautiful autumn colours and views of Hakkai-san mountain.

During the 2018-2019 season Muikamachi Hakkaisan will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. To celebrate, on days that include the number 3 and 5, a one day lift ticket with a 1,000 yen voucher to use at the resort will cost 3,500 yen. Also, the Number 2 lift will operate daily (in recent seasons it had only opened on weekends and holidays).

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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Muikamachi Hakkaisan Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 200cm 1st - 340cm 1st - 350cm
2nd - - 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 340cm 2nd - 350cm
3rd - - 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 340cm 3rd - 350cm
4th - - 4th - 230cm 4th - 340cm 4th - 320cm
5th - - 5th - 240cm 5th - 340cm 5th - 320cm
6th - - 6th - 240cm 6th - 340cm 6th - 320cm
7th - - 7th - 240cm 7th - 340cm 7th - 320cm
8th - - 8th - 240cm 8th - 340cm 8th - 300cm
9th - - 9th - 240cm 9th - 340cm 9th - 300cm
10th - - 10th - 240cm 10th - 340cm 10th - 260cm
11th - - 11th - 240cm 11th - 340cm 11th - 260cm
12th - - 12th - 240cm 12th - 340cm 12th - 260cm
13th - - 13th - 240cm 13th - 350cm 13th - 240cm
14th - - 14th - 250cm 14th - 350cm 14th - 240cm
15th - - 15th - 250cm 15th - 350cm 15th - 240cm
16th - - 16th - 250cm 16th - 350cm 16th - 240cm
17th - - 17th - 250cm 17th - 350cm 17th - 240cm
18th - - 18th - 250cm 18th - 370cm 18th - 230cm
19th - - 19th - 250cm 19th - 370cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 250cm 20th - 370cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 250cm 21st - 370cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 370cm 22nd - -
23rd - 120cm 23rd - 250cm 23rd - 370cm 23rd - -
24th - 120cm 24th - 250cm 24th - 370cm 24th - -
25th - 120cm 25th - 280cm 25th - 370cm 25th - -
26th - 120cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 370cm 26th - -
27th - 150cm 27th - 330cm 27th - 370cm 27th - -
28th - 180cm 28th - 340cm 28th - 370cm 28th - -
29th - 190cm 29th - 340cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 200cm 30th - 340cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 200cm 31st - 340cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Muikamachi Hakkaisan. 
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 is a 'Chibbiko' (Kids Trail) area for young children is located by the base area. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a long 'banked wave' course area on the lower part of the resort. 

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:15am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Muikamachi Hakkaisan is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:00pm on Saturdays and holidays.

For the 2018-2019 season, Hakkaisan plans to be open daily during the season. The Number 2 lift will also operate daily (in recent seasons it had only opened on weekends and holidays).

There is no nighta at this resort.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 3,900 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
3 Hours 3,200 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
5 Hours 3,600 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Ropeway (one-way) 1,200 yen 1,200 yen 1,200 yen
Ropeway (return) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

During the 2018-2019 season Muikamachi Hakkaisan will celebrate its 35th Anniversary. To celebrate, on days that include the number '3' and '5', a one day lift ticket (along with a 1,000 yen voucher) to use at the resort will cost 3,500 yen.

Getting to Muikamachi Hakkaisan

By public transport
15.6km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
10.2km from Itsukamachi Station on the Joetsu Line
12.6km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The nearest local train station is Itsukamachi Station (just over 10km) on the Joetsu local line.

Muikamachi Station (just under 13km) is the nearest larger station on the same local Joetsu line and the Hokuhoku line.

Urasa Station is the closest station on the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line and is about 16km away from Muikamachi Hakkaisan.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
Buses are available from the East Exit of Muikamachi Station direct to Muikamachi Hakkaisan and the journey takes about 30 minutes. The bus charge from Muikamachi Station is 420 yen for adults and 210 yen for children, with skis/boards costing an additional 100 yen. A limited bus service from the West Exit of Urasa Station to Muikamachi Hakkaisan is available on Saturdays and holidays and the journey takes about 30-35 minutes. The charge for that service is 530 yen for adults and 270 yen for children, with skis/boards costing an additional 100 yen.
By Car
12.4km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
16.9km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
22.9km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (6.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 214
The nearest IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway is Muikamachi IC.

From the Muikamachi IC exit, turn left at the traffic lights onto Route 253 for about 700m until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17 heading north towards Nagaoka for about 2.5km. Turn right into Prefecture Road 214 and follow the road straight on to the resort. Muikamachi Hakkaisan is about 9km from Route 17.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
Parking is available at the base areas of the resort for about 1,000 vehicles. Car parking is free on weekdays and 500 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and other special holidays.

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