Hakkaisan Ropeway 八海山ロープウェー
Take the ropeway up to the sacred peak of Mt. Hakkai
At a height of 1,778 meters, Mt. Hakkai is one of the top three mountains in Niigata Prefecture , and a sacred place in Minamiuonuma City.
See panoramic views of nearby mountains and farming villages from the top.
How to Get There
Accessible by train or car.
From Tokyo, take the shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station and transfer to the Joetsu Line or Hokuhoku Line to Muikamachi Station. Take the Mt. Hakkai Ski Resort Line bus and get off at the final stop. The trailhead is a six-minute walk.
Mt. Hakkai is about 20 minutes from the Muikamachi Interchange on routes 253 and 17.
The Hakkaisan Ropeway
Enjoy Mt. Hakkai's beauty by taking the Hakkaisan Ropeway with a ride on the aerial tramway that originally opened in 1983. Mainly used to transport skiers within Muikamachi Hakkaisan Ski Resort on the western slopes of Mt. Hakkai, the ropeway is also popular in fall for autumn leaf viewing.
The ropeway operates from December to March in winter and May to October in summer and fall.
Hiking to the top
Hiking to the top of Mt. Hakkai is also possible, but recommended for experienced hikers only as the path gets very steep at times. In some areas the trail has nearly 90-degree climbs and you will have to use the chains provided. There are many steep ups and downs on this hike, making it quite physically challenging.