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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Okutadami Maruyama.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There is a 'Chibbiko gelende' area for young children by the base of the resort.
There are a number of park areas at Okutadami Maruyama including the 'Step Up Park' areas for beginners and the spring 'Snow Park' in the upper area of the resort.
Okutadami Maruyama Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late November until Mid May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Planned 2018-2019 Season
- Friday 23rd November 2018 until Sunday 6th January 2019 - Saturday 23rd March 2019 until Sunday 12th May 2019
In the first section of the season Okutadami Maruyama is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.
In the spring section of the season the resort opens from 8:00am on weekends and special holidays and from 8:30am on weekdays, and closes at 4:30pm.
There is no nighta at this resort.
Okutadami Maruyama Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
High School age
55 years & over
A pack including lunch is available for 4,600 yen.
The Morning ticket is valid from opening until 12:30pm. The Afternoon ticket is valid from 12:00pm until closed.
A season ticket that is also valid at the Suhara resort in Uonuma city is available and costs 52,000 yen.
A season ticket that is also valid at the Yakushi ski hill in Uonuma city is available and costs 39,000 yen.
Ladies Day is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 2,100 yen for a 1 day lift ticket for women.
There are two 'seasons' at Okutadami Maruyama as the resort closes around mid-January until mid-March. In the early ski season, the resort is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day. In the spring season, the resort is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day.
Getting to Okutadami Maruyama
By public transport
40.7km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
33.6km from Koide Station on the Joetsu Line
54.1km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
The local Koide Station on the Joetsu line and Tadami line is the closest train station. The nearest Joetsu Shinkansen station is Urasa Station, just under 41km from the resort.
A shuttle bus that starts at Urasa Station and also stops at Koide Station is available. This service operates on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays and there is no charge to use the service. The journey from Urasa Station takes about one and a half hours.
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.
The 2018-2019 winter season is approaching! Hurray!
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