Wakabuna Kogen (Sekikawa Village, Niigata)

Wakabuna Kogen
(新潟県 関川村)
Planned season: Thursday 19th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020
Official snow depth --- [updated on 18th February 2020]

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Wakabuna Kogen is located in Sekikawa village in the north-eastern region of Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Yamagata Prefecture. It has been operating since 1987.

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. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Wakabuna Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 10cm 55cm 1st 5cm 185cm 1st - 160cm
2nd - - 2nd 10cm 60cm 2nd 5cm 190cm 2nd - 155cm
3rd - - 3rd 10cm 60cm 3rd 5cm 190cm 3rd - 150cm
4th - - 4th 10cm 60cm 4th 10cm 180cm 4th - 145cm
5th - - 5th 25cm 60cm 5th 5cm 175cm 5th - 140cm
6th - - 6th 25cm 80cm 6th 15cm 170cm 6th - 140cm
7th - - 7th 20cm 90cm 7th 15cm 170cm 7th - 135cm
8th - - 8th 20cm 105cm 8th 15cm 175cm 8th - 135cm
9th - - 9th 0cm 125cm 9th 30cm 180cm 9th - 130cm
10th - - 10th 0cm 125cm 10th 30cm 190cm 10th - 125cm
11th - - 11th 0cm 125cm 11th 30cm 190cm 11th - 125cm
12th - - 12th 0cm 125cm 12th 35cm 190cm 12th - 100cm
13th - - 13th 0cm 125cm 13th 30cm 210cm 13th - 100cm
14th - - 14th 0cm 125cm 14th 25cm 230cm 14th - 100cm
15th - - 15th 0cm 120cm 15th 20cm 230cm 15th - 100cm
16th - - 16th 0cm 125cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 95cm
17th - - 17th 0cm 125cm 17th - 235cm 17th - 90cm
18th - - 18th 5cm 135cm 18th - 235cm 18th - 85cm
19th - - 19th 5cm 135cm 19th - 230cm 19th - 85cm
20th - - 20th 5cm 135cm 20th - 215cm 20th - 75cm
21st 0cm - 21st 5cm 135cm 21st - 205cm 21st - 60cm
22nd - 25cm 22nd 5cm 140cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - -
23rd - 25cm 23rd 5cm 140cm 23rd - 195cm 23rd - -
24th - 20cm 24th 5cm 140cm 24th - 190cm 24th - -
25th - 20cm 25th 0cm 145cm 25th - 190cm 25th - -
26th - 20cm 26th 0cm 145cm 26th - 180cm 26th - -
27th 4cm - 27th 0cm 160cm 27th - 170cm 27th - -
28th 0cm 50cm 28th 0cm 165cm 28th - 165cm 28th - -
29th 5cm 50cm 29th 0cm 180cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 5cm 50cm 30th 0cm 180cm 30th 30th - -
31st 0cm 55cm 31st 0cm 180cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Wakabuna Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Wakabuna Kogen. 
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 'Chibbiko Hiroba' (Children's Area) is a special area for young children and offers sledging and a place to play in the snow. 
Park Information
Park information
'Wakabuna Snow Park' features a selection of items including a number of kickers. 

Wakabuna Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid 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 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Wakabuna Kogen is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:00pm on weekends and holidays.

From 1st March, open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Wakabuna Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High age
50 years & over
1 Day (until 4pm) 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (open-10am) 2,800 yen
Morning (10am-12pm) 1,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4pm) 2,800 yen
Afternoon (2pm-4pm) 1,500 yen
Mid (10am-2pm) 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 250 yen
10 Lift Coupon 3,800 yen 2,300 yen
Season Ticket (all) 35,000 yen 18,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season (weekends & holidays) 23,000 yen
Season (weekdays) 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Ladies can buy a lift ticket at a cheaper rate - 3,200 yen for 1 day.

Getting to Wakabuna Kogen

By public transport
69.1km from Niigata Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
2.8km from Echigo Katakai Station on the Yonesaka line
20.2km from Sakamachi Station on the Uetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Wakabuna Kogen is less than 3km from the small Echigo Katakai Station on the Yonesaka line.

Echigo Shimoseki station is further away (approx. 9km) but larger and easier to get a taxi from.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
A number of free shuttle bus services are available, one from Niigata Station which leaves the South Exit at 8:00am on Saturdays during the main season (21st December 2019 through 29th February 2020). It takes about 75 minutes.

A bus leaving Sakamachi Station operates every day and leaves the station at 9:10am. It takes about 30 minutes.
By Car
23.2km from the Arakawa Tainai IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
26.3km from the Murakami Senami Onsen IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
33.1km from the Nakajo IC on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 113 (2.2km away)
Wakabuna Kogen is about 23km from the Arakawa Tainai IC exit on the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.

From the IC exit head in an easterly direction on Route 113. Wakabuna Kogen is just over 2km off Route 113 on the right hand side.

>> More information on Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway

About 1 hour from Niigata city.
There is parking for about 1200 vehicles on the two car parks close by the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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