Mount Hakkai Ropeway and Observatory


A magnificent 360° panoramic view from the top of Mount Hakkai

Mount Hakkai has been worshipped as a spiritual mountain since ancient times. It is the local area’s most popular place to enjoy autumn leaves. Mount Hakkai has been selected as one of the 200 most famous Japanese mountains and is known as one of the Echigo Sanzan (Three Mountains of Echigo) along with Mount Echigo-Komagatake and Mount Nakanodake.

The 5-minute ropeway ride travels through beautiful scenery up to the station at the top of Mount Hakkai. A further 5-minute walk takes you to the Mount Hakkai Observatory where you can enjoy a 360° panoramic view. On fine days the view extends as far as the distant mountains of Joshinetsu, the Sea of Japan and Sado Island.

Come and enjoy the breath-taking seasonal scenery from spring greens blanketed in the remains of the winter snow to the verdant greens under blue summer skies, autumnal colours and pure white winter mountain scenes.

The best time to climb the Hakkai Moutains is between June and November. The highest peak is Mount Nyudodake at 1,778m above sea level where a mountain hut is available to take a break. Although the mountain trails are mainly suited for advanced climbers, trekkers of all levels can take the ropeway to the forth station of Mount Hakkai and enjoy the mountain-top paths.

General Information

Directions30 minutes by bus from “Muikamachi Station” on JR Joetsu and Hokuhoku Line to the terminal “Hakkaisan Ski Resort”

20 minutes by car from “Muikamachi IC” on Kan-etsu Expressway
Prices[April 22 - September 30]
Adult round ticket: 1,800 yen
Child round ticket: 900 yen

[October 1 - November 12]
Adult round ticket: 2,100 yen
Child round ticket: 1,050 yen

Discounts available for disabled persons, one-way tickets and groups of 15 or more
Pet round ticket: 500 yen (Only small dogs in carriers are allowed.)
NotesFrom mid-October to early November


NameMuikamachi Hakkaisan Ski Resort
Telephone Number025-775-3311
Fax Number025-775-3173