Yakushi (Uonuma City, Niigata)

薬師 (新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until mid March 2019
Open Thursdays to Sundays & holidays
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 2018]

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Yakushi is a small local ski hill located in the western area of Uonuma city. A season ticket that is valid at Yakushi and Okutadami Maruyama (both in Uonuma city) is available.

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. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Yakushi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 120cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd - 130cm 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - - 3rd - 130cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th - 145cm 4th - 150cm 4th - 170cm
5th - - 5th - 140cm 5th - 150cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 140cm 6th - 150cm 6th - 170cm
7th - - 7th - 140cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 170cm
8th - - 8th - 140cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 160cm
9th - - 9th - 140cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 155cm
10th - - 10th - 140cm 10th - 190cm 10th - 150cm
11th - - 11th - 130cm 11th - 180cm 11th - 150cm
12th - - 12th - 135cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 150cm
13th - - 13th - 140cm 13th - 230cm 13th - 150cm
14th - - 14th - 140cm 14th - 230cm 14th - 150cm
15th - - 15th - 140cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 150cm
16th - - 16th - 135cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th - 135cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 130cm
18th - - 18th - 110cm 18th - 210cm 18th - 130cm
19th - - 19th - 110cm 19th - 210cm 19th - 115cm
20th - - 20th - 100cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 110cm
21st - - 21st - 100cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 100cm
22nd - - 22nd - 100cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd - 55cm 23rd - 100cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 100cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 100cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 100cm
25th - 45cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 100cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 100cm
27th - 100cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 80cm
28th - 105cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 200cm 28th - -
29th - 130cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 130cm 30th - 210cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 130cm 31st - 210cm 31st 31st - -

Yakushi Facilities

Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Yakushi. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
There is no ski and snowboard equipment available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities.

Snowmobile experience rides are available. 

Yakushi 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 9:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yakushi is usually open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays; from 9:00am until 5:00pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Yakushi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
1 Day (weekdays) 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 3,000 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen 200 yen 200 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 15,000 yen 10,000 yen 15,000 yen
Season Ticket (*) 39,000 yen 24,000 yen 39,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The season ticket marked (*) can also be used at the Okutadami Maruyama resort in Uonuma City.

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month. On those days, children can ride the lifts for free.

You can reserve the whole hill for either a half day or full day for private use:

- half day: 36,000 yen
- full day: 62,000 yen

Getting to Yakushi

By public transport
11km from Urasa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.1km from Koide Station on the Joetsu Line
23.4km from Muikamachi Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Yakushi is located just outside of Koide and about 4km from Koide Station on the local Joetsu line.

The nearest stop on the Joetsu Shinkansen line at Urasa Station is about 11km away.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
More information on the Joetsu train line
There is no ski hill shuttle bus, but a local bus stops fairly close.

A taxi ride from Koide Station costs 1,300 - 1,500 yen.
By Car
3.1km from the Koide IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
8.4km from the Horinouchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
10.6km from the Yamato Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 352 (1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 70
From Koide IC exit turn right onto Route 291 and at the traffic lights after 500m, turn left onto Prefecture Road 70. Continue on this road for 1.8km, over the river, through the traffic lights and past the school on the right hand side and then right to head towards the ski hill base.

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Free parking is available at base for up to 200 vehicles.

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