Oku Ibuki (Maibara City, Shiga)

Oku Ibuki
奥伊吹 (滋賀県 米原市)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until early April 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 13th December 2018]

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Oku Ibuki is located in the northern area of Maibara city in Shiga Prefecture - in the mountains to the east of the northern part of Lake Biwa. Oku Ibuki is one of the larger ski hills in the Kansai region and many people visit from the Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya regions. The 'New Challenge' course features a steepest gradient of 46 degrees, allowing the resort to boast about it being the 'steepest in Japan'! This region usually enjoys some good snow conditions. Oku Ibuki has been operating since 1970.

Shiga Prefecture is part of the Kansai region in the western region of the main island of Honshu. Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater in Japan located at the centre of Shiga Prefecture. Most of the ski hills in Shiga Prefecture are found in the region to the north west of Lake Biwa. Be sure not to confuse Shiga Prefecture with the popular ‘Shiga Kogen’ resort region of Nagano Prefecture – they are un-related.

The Mountain

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Oku Ibuki Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 170cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 270cm
2nd - - 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd - - 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 260cm
4th - - 4th - 200cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 250cm
5th - - 5th - 200cm 5th - 270cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th - 200cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 230cm
7th - - 7th - 200cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 230cm
8th - - 8th - 200cm 8th - 280cm 8th - 220cm
9th - - 9th - 180cm 9th - 280cm 9th - 200cm
10th - - 10th - 190cm 10th - 280cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th - 200cm 11th - 280cm 11th - 200cm
12th - 45cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 280cm 12th - 200cm
13th - 80cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 300cm 13th - 200cm
14th - 120cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 200cm
15th - 120cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 190cm
16th - 120cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 180cm
17th - 140cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 300cm 17th - 180cm
18th - 140cm 18th - 200cm 18th - 300cm 18th - 180cm
19th - 140cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 300cm 19th - 180cm
20th - 150cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 300cm 20th - 170cm
21st - 150cm 21st - 170cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 170cm
22nd - 150cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 150cm
23rd - 140cm 23rd - 170cm 23rd - 300cm 23rd - 150cm
24th - 130cm 24th - 170cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 150cm
25th - 110cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 140cm
26th - 100cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 130cm
27th - 150cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 290cm 27th - 130cm
28th - 170cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 120cm
29th - 170cm 29th - 220cm 29th - - 29th - 120cm
30th - 170cm 30th - 240cm 30th 30th - 110cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 250cm 31st 31st - 110cm

Previous Statistics

Oku Ibuki Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Oku Ibuki. 
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
The 'Chibbiko' childrens area is next to the Resthouse building by the base area. It features a covered moving walkway. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is off the Number 3 quad lift. 

Oku Ibuki Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Oku Ibuki Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
Junior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,500 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 4,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Afternoon (weekends & holidays) 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
Afternoon (weekdays) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Voucher 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen
9 Lift Vouchers 2,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Tunnel Ticket 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 45,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen 35,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 30,000 yen 35,000 yen
January + February 35,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for lift tickets.

Getting to Oku Ibuki

By public transport
34.3km from Maibara Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen line
24.4km from Omi Nagaoka Station on the Tokaido Honsen Line
34.3km from Maibara Station on the Hokuriku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Oku Ibuki is just over 24km from Omi Nagaoka Station on the Tokaido Honsen line.

A bus service to the resort is available from Omi Nagaoka Station.

A bus service is also available from Maibara Station and takes about 55 minutes.
By Car
28.3km from the Nagahama IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
31.5km from the Maihara IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
30.9km from the Sekigahara IC on the Meishin Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 365 (21km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Okuibuki is about 23km from Route 365 on Prefecture Road 40.

It is about 30 minutes drive from the Maihara IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway and 40 minutes from the Sekigahara IC exit of the Meishin Expressway using Route 365.

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Parking is 500 yen on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays - free with valid season ticket. Parking is available for 2,700 vehicles over 10 different car parks!

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