Wakabuna Kogen (Sekikawa Village, Niigata)

Wakabuna Kogen
わかぶな高原 (新潟県 関川村)
Planned season: Wednesday 19th December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
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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 55cm 80cm 1st 185cm 215cm 1st 160cm 330cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 80cm 2nd 190cm 215cm 2nd 155cm 310cm
3rd - - 3rd 60cm 85cm 3rd 190cm 215cm 3rd 150cm 300cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 95cm 4th 180cm 215cm 4th 145cm 290cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 100cm 5th 175cm 230cm 5th 140cm 270cm
6th - - 6th 80cm 100cm 6th 170cm 240cm 6th 140cm 250cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 110cm 7th 170cm 270cm 7th 135cm 245cm
8th - - 8th 105cm 110cm 8th 175cm 280cm 8th 135cm 240cm
9th - - 9th 125cm 105cm 9th 180cm 290cm 9th 130cm 220cm
10th - - 10th 125cm 100cm 10th 190cm 290cm 10th 125cm 210cm
11th - - 11th 125cm 125cm 11th 190cm 285cm 11th 125cm 210cm
12th - - 12th 125cm 150cm 12th 190cm 290cm 12th 100cm 205cm
13th - - 13th 125cm 160cm 13th 210cm 330cm 13th 100cm 200cm
14th - - 14th 125cm 170cm 14th 230cm 340cm 14th 100cm 190cm
15th - - 15th 120cm 170cm 15th 230cm 330cm 15th 100cm 185cm
16th - - 16th 125cm 170cm 16th 230cm 330cm 16th 95cm 175cm
17th - - 17th 125cm 165cm 17th 235cm 330cm 17th 90cm 170cm
18th - - 18th 135cm 160cm 18th 235cm 330cm 18th 85cm 160cm
19th - - 19th 135cm 155cm 19th 230cm 335cm 19th 85cm 150cm
20th - 50cm 20th 135cm 150cm 20th 215cm 335cm 20th 75cm 140cm
21st - 50cm 21st 135cm 150cm 21st 205cm 340cm 21st 60cm 130cm
22nd 25cm 45cm 22nd 140cm 150cm 22nd 200cm 340cm 22nd - 130cm
23rd 25cm 40cm 23rd 140cm 150cm 23rd 195cm 340cm 23rd - 110cm
24th 20cm 40cm 24th 140cm 170cm 24th 190cm 340cm 24th - 100cm
25th 20cm 40cm 25th 145cm 170cm 25th 190cm 340cm 25th - 90cm
26th 20cm 40cm 26th 145cm 180cm 26th 180cm 340cm 26th - -
27th - 50cm 27th 160cm 185cm 27th 170cm 340cm 27th - -
28th 50cm 55cm 28th 165cm 190cm 28th 165cm 330cm 28th - -
29th 50cm 65cm 29th 180cm 195cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 50cm 80cm 30th 180cm 205cm 30th 30th - -
31st 55cm 85cm 31st 180cm 210cm 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' 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 - improved for 2018-2019 (according to the resort!) 

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
55-59 years
1 Day (until 4pm) 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (open-10am) 2,700 yen
Morning (10am-12pm) 1,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4pm) 2,700 yen
Afternoon (2pm-4pm) 1,500 yen
Mid (10am-2pm) 2,700 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 A class of tickets called 'Silver' for people aged 60 and over is also available. A 1 day ticket is 2,500 yen.

Women can buy a lift ticket at the same charge as the Senior tickets shown above.

Children's Day is on the third Sunday of the month (every Sunday in March) - elementary and junior high school age children can ride the lifts for free.

A season ticket that is valid at Wakabuna Kogen and Okutadami Maruyama (in Uonuma city, Niigata)is available for 53,000 yen.

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 free shuttle bus is available from Murakami Station.
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
There is parking for about 1,200 vehicles by the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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2019-2020 SEASON INFO
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