Ohara ski area is located deep in the mountains of the northern part of Uonuma city in Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Fukushima Prefecture. This location used to be part of Irihirose village before that village was merged with Uonuma. 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. Ohara was originally known as Kanetsu Kokusai Ohara.
Unfortunately, it appears that Ohara is not going to be open for the 2019-2020 winter season. Reason unknown - information is hard to come by, but we will try to find out more details over the coming months along with news on the chance of a future re-opening.
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.
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Getting to Ohara
By public transport
37.7km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
2.8km from Oshirakawa Station on the Tadami Line
28.9km from Koide Station on the Joetsu Line
The small Oshirakawa Station on the local Tadami line is just over 2.5km from Ohara.
The Tadami line continues further to the east into Fukushima Prefecture. It is a popular train line for scenery through the year, but services can be interrupted during winter due to the large amounts of snow in this area on the Niigata side.
Koide Station on both the Tadami line and the local Joetsu line is about 30km away and the nearest station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is Urasa Station (about 38km away).
29.6km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
31.2km from the Horinouchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
50.9km from the Nagaoka IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 252 (2.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 346
Ohara is located just over 2.5km off Route 252. While the Route 252 road actually continues through into nearby Fukushima Prefecture, that section of the road is closed during the winter months and so access during winter is only from the west.
Ohara is just under 30km from the nearest exit on the Kanetsu Expressway - Koide IC - and just a little further from the Horinouchi IC exit on the same expressway. The journey is fairly simple - basically following Route 252 in a north easterly direction.
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