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. It is not open every day and possible to rent out the ski hill to yourself on Mondays-Wednesdays... more details below.
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.
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.
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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