Okutadami Maruyama is located deep in the mountains of the eastern region of Uonuma City, close to Niigata-Fukushima Prefecture border. Approach to the resort however is only possible from the Koide area of Uonuma city using the Silver Line road. Much of the second half of the journey is through quite narrow tunnels. Okutadami Maruyama is famous for effectively having two seasons - it actually closes for the peak winter months, usually from early January until mid-March. As such it is popular for early and late skiing and snowboarding.
Uonuma city is located just to the north of Minamiuonuma and Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture. There are 6 ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountains of Uonuma and while getting to them may not be as convenient as some other resorts to the south, the region enjoys very heavy snowfall each winter.
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.
There is a free shuttle bus that starts from the East Exit of Urasa Station and also stops at Koide Station and a few other places. This service operates on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays and there is no charge to use the service. The bus leaves Urasa Station at 9:00am and arrives at Okutadami Maruyama at 10:30am.
32.4km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
38km from the Horinouchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
40.8km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 352 (22.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 50
Okutadami Maruyama is just over 32km from the Koide IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.
From the Koide IC exit, turn right onto Route 291 and then turn left at the T-junction. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right onto Route 352 (Jukai Line) until just before Oyu Onsen (about 8.5km) where there is a turn off to the left for Prefecture Road 50 and the Silver Line. Continue on the Silver Line - through lots of tunnels - to the resort.
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