Ohara (Uonuma City, Niigata)

(新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until spring 2019 (unconfirmed)
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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.

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.

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Ohara Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Ohara. 
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
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Ohara 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 8:30am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ohara is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:30am until 4:00pm on holidays.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Ohara Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 3,100 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
Half Day 2,200 yen 2,100 yen 2,200 yen
1 Lift Coupon 240 yen 240 yen 240 yen
12 Lift Coupons 2,400 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
Season Ticket 27,800 yen 15,500 yen 20,600 yen

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
Transport Information
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).

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No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
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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Parking is available at the base of the Ohara and is free on every day of the season.

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