Maiko is located in Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture - one of the regions of Japan that enjoys heavy snowfall during the winter months and known as 'Snow Country'. Maiko is surrounded by beautiful nature, and the rice fields during the green season produce the famous best-in-Japan 'koshihikari' brand rice.
During the winter months, Maiko Snow Resort is a popular choice for skiers and snowboarders. The remaining seasons all have their own characteristics with hiking, trekking, enjoying nature and exploring the history and culture of 'Snow Country' being popular pastimes.
This is an area that can be enjoyed throughout the year - and don't forget to enjoy the delicious rice, various other local specialities as well as Niigata sake.
How to get to Maiko:
By Train: 80 minutes from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station using the Joetsu Shinkansen. Then 15 minutes by bus or taxi from Echigo Yuzawa Station.
By Car: Two and a half hours from the Nerima I.C exit to Shiozawa Ishiuchi I.C exit of the Kanetsu Expressway toll road. Maiko is the area right by the IC exit - the ski resort base is just 1 minutes from the exit!
For more information or to make bookings, please check the individual websites and contact them directly.
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The Shiozawa town area of Minamiuonuma features the popular Bokushi-dori (street). This road features a traditional and uniform look and lets you feel like you are participating in part of the history and culture of Snow Country as well as learn various aspects about the region.
Kankoji is a beautiful temple and gardens that opened in 1410. Along with Untoan, it is one of the famous temples of Echigo.
Daigenta Canyon is a popular spot in nearby Yuzawa town. There is a walking course around Daigenta Lake and a camping area, as well as the impressive mountain backdrop. Daigenta Canyon is particularly beautiful during autumn when the leaves turn into many different spectacular colors.
The famous Hakkaisan mountain is one of the defining 'symbols' of Minamiuonuma City. This 1778m high mountain looks spectacular in every season.
: Winter (ski season)
: Spring, summer, autumnPlease note various opening times and holidays of various facilities along with the dates of events and festivals.