Yakushi (Uonuma City, Niigata)

Yakushi
薬師
(新潟県 魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 25th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021
Open Thursdays to Sundays & holidays
Official snow depth --- [updated on 20th April 2021]

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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. 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.

The Mountain

220m
120m
100m
30"
4
800m
1
20%
30%
50%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Yakushi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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19/20
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20/21
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20/21
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19/20
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1st - - 1st 150cm 0cm 1st 190cm 2cm 1st 200cm 5cm
2nd - - 2nd 190cm 5cm 2nd 180cm 3cm 2nd 190cm -
3rd - - 3rd 190cm 10cm 3rd 180cm 3cm 3rd 190cm 0cm
4th - - 4th 180cm 10cm 4th 210cm 5cm 4th 190cm 0cm
5th - - 5th 180cm 10cm 5th 220cm 5cm 5th 190cm -
6th - - 6th 180cm 10cm 6th 200cm 30cm 6th 190cm -
7th - - 7th 150cm 10cm 7th 190cm 30cm 7th 175cm -
8th - - 8th 190cm 10cm 8th 195cm 30cm 8th 175cm -
9th - - 9th 200cm 10cm 9th 210cm 40cm 9th 175cm -
10th - - 10th 210cm 10cm 10th 210cm 40cm 10th 175cm -
11th - - 11th 240cm 3cm 11th 220cm 50cm 11th 160cm -
12th - - 12th 240cm 2cm 12th 210cm 50cm 12th 160cm -
13th - - 13th 240cm 2cm 13th 190cm 40cm 13th 155cm -
14th - - 14th 200cm 0cm 14th 185cm 30cm 14th 150cm -
15th - - 15th 190cm 0cm 15th 185cm 20cm 15th 150cm -
16th - - 16th 175cm 2cm 16th 185cm 20cm 16th 145cm -
17th - - 17th 180cm 0cm 17th 185cm 20cm 17th 145cm -
18th - - 18th 180cm 0cm 18th 240cm 30cm 18th 145cm -
19th - - 19th 170cm 0cm 19th 270cm - 19th 130cm -
20th - - 20th 170cm 0cm 20th 250cm 10cm 20th 125cm -
21st - - 21st 190cm 2cm 21st 230cm 10cm 21st 120cm -
22nd - - 22nd 180cm 0cm 22nd 220cm 10cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd 180cm 0cm 23rd 200cm 10cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th 170cm 0cm 24th 200cm 5cm 24th - -
25th 60cm - 25th 170cm 0cm 25th 240cm - 25th - -
26th 70cm - 26th 160cm 0cm 26th 220cm - 26th - -
27th 110cm - 27th 160cm 0cm 27th 210cm 0cm 27th - -
28th 110cm - 28th 155cm 0cm 28th 200cm 5cm 28th - -
29th 100cm 5cm 29th 155cm 0cm 29th - 5cm 29th - -
30th 95cm 2cm 30th 175cm 0cm 30th 30th - -
31st 110cm 0cm 31st 190cm 0cm 31st 31st - -

Yakushi Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Yakushi. 
Rental
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
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
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yakushi is normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm daily, until 11th January 2021. After that it is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Yakushi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
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 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

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 (on most Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays):

- half day: 38,500 yen
- full day: 66,000 yen

Getting to Yakushi

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
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
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
Direction
Direction
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.

>> More information on Kanetsu Expressway
Parking
Parking
Free parking is available at base for up to 200 vehicles.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Nanokaichi Shinden 643-1
Uonuma-shi
Niigata-ken
946-0072
Telephone
Telephone
025-792-5554
2020-2021 UPDATES
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