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Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort

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Address: 1938-3 Ishiuchi, Minamiuonuma 949-6372, Niigata Prefecture
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Nice skiing but could use a little updating; great food!

We visited in February 2016. As other reviewers mentioned, getting to the top is surprisingly convoluted. Go up a lift, ski down, up again, walk uphill--there's a ton of zig... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2016
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Yokohama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We visited in February 2016. As other reviewers mentioned, getting to the top is surprisingly convoluted. Go up a lift, ski down, up again, walk uphill--there's a ton of zig zagging that would be solved with one high-speed lift, frankly. The snow was great but the trails a bit on the short side. Also the runs were very poorly labeled.... More 

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Zhejiang, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

Great access from Tokyo (a 1.5hr shinkansen ride) and high quality of the powder snow is there. Almost no queue and easy access for each ski lifts. Great panorama view from the top and AWESOME Japanese food at restaurants in this ski resort attracts me to visit there almost every year.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016 via mobile

An excellent choice for intermediate skiers requiring easy access from Tokyo area. Slopes well maintained, plenty of lifts with option to connect to Gala area to extend the range. When I attended at the weekend late January the snow was fresh, views excellent and no lift lines!.

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

A resort with slopes of varieties, but if we want to go the peak, we need to change lifts at least 3 times. And the lifts are not connectable, which I mean is we cannot just get off from one lift then get onto the other one right away. Much worse, even we ski down to catch another lift, it... More 

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Niigata Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

One of the larger resorts in the area on its own, and links to GALA Yuzawa if you want even more runs to explore. Good mix of different slopes but especially good for intermediates. Lots of independent restaurants on the slopes so a great choice of places to grab lunch. Plenty of places to stay right on the snow. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

What a fabulous experience at Ishiuchi! The powder was deep, the runs are varied and challenging, the passes are cheap and the staff incredibly friendly. We took a couple of lifts up the mountain to discover a small village of restaurants, where we were welcomed to take off our boots, dry our gloves and enjoy fresh tasty local food. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I've spend 2 days snowboarding in Ishiuchi and was fantastic. Good slopes, great powder, good food and very easy to get around if you don't speak Japanese.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

A quick bus ride from the station or easy access off the highway. This resort by far is my favorite in Niigata. It beats Naeba on my scale. The snow is great and the resort is connected to Gala as well which requires a seperate ticket. I can go through the day without being able to try all the courses.... More 

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