The Ski Resort
Founded by a group of ski enthusiasts from Tokyo over 50 years ago, Ishiuchi Maruyama has long grown into a well-known ski and snowboard resort. A large selection of accommodations and restaurants provide enough possibilites even for guests staying multiple nights.
The area offers great ski runs for beginners, advanced skiers and real experts. Guests have the opportunity of exploring Ishiuchi Maruyama, GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen Resort with a single lift pass. Gala Yuzawa is large and rather commercial, while Ishiuchi Maruyama is more traditionally-oriented. The good train connection to Tokyo makes all three resorts very popular weekend destinations.
Ishiuchi Maruyama is also known for its nightskiing opportunities. Up to seven lifts take skiers and snowboarders up to the night runs every weekend. Under the floodlights, skiing becomes a great adventure even at nighttime.
- It is among the 5 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Japan.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 3035 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Japan is 2894 ft. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 3875 ft.
- The day pass at Gala Yuzawa/Ishiuchi Maruyama is JPY5,300 making it one of the 10 cheapest ski Resorts in Japan.
- During the season the average snow depth at Gala Yuzawa/Ishiuchi Maruyama is 115 ". Snow coverage is usually best during November, offering an average base depth of 794 ".
By public transport:
The Joetsu Shinkansen express takes you from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa station in about one and a half hours. The shuttle bus service from there will take you to the resort's valley stations in about ten minutes.
You can reach the ski resort via the Kanetsu Expressway from Tokyo. Take the Shiozawa Ishiuchi exit and drive about another three kilometers until you reach the resort.