Resort Spotlight: Joetsu Kokusai (Niigata)

Website: www.jkokusai.co.jp

Joetsu Kokusai
Minamiuonuma

Niigata

Joetsu Kokusai is located just to the north of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture in Minamiuonuma-shi, formerly known as Shiozawa.  

With it's own train station on the Joetsu line (just 12 minutes from Echigo Yuzawa Station), it is very easy to get to and provides some stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. 

Joetsu Kokusai is a popular resort with all ages and riders, and offers a wide range of courses with over 10 million square meters of space.

* More information on Joetsu Kokusai resort *

Joetsu Kokusai and Iwappara - 7th Season of collaboration!

Joetsu Kokusai teams up with nearby Iwappara ski and snowboard resort (in Yuzawa, about 20-25 minutes drive from Joetsu Kokusai) and offers joint tickets, events and more.

Kid's Paradise
There's a moving walkway so it's easy to get around - this has become one of the biggest children's areas on the snow in Japan.

Snow Park
Snow Parks are fun at these resorts.  The Iwappara Snow Park is for those wanting to try out the half pipe, kicker, rail, box..... then when you have progressed why not challenge the Big Kicker at Joetsu Kokusai.

Sponge Bob Snow Camp
Sponge Bob Snow Camp - for beginner children getting used to and playing in the snow and improving skills

Sponge Bob Kids Park
Sponge Bob Kids Park - once they have got used to sliding, challenge the park!  Features arch and wave.

Salomon Station - Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu and Annex
Try out the latest Salomon gear - and don't restrict yourself to just one, check out more, freely.

Joint Events with Iwappara

 Course Map
(Click on image for Japanese PDF version)

 Resort Statistics

Area

10,000,000 sq m

Courses area

3,800,000 sq m

Elevation

200m - 1017m

Vertical

817m

Number of lifts

25 lifts
3 quads
4 triple lifts
18 pairs

Number of courses

22 courses
Beginner - 30%
Intermediate - 50%
Advanced - 20%

Restaurants on the slopes

Resort restaurants:
10 restaurants with 2117 capacity

Parking

Space for 5,500 cars
Parking charges: free - 1000 yen

Longest course

6,000m

Steepest slopes

3

Waiting times

Weekdays - none
Holidays - 5-10 minutes at peak times

Restrictions

Skiers and snowboarders are welcome on all slopes

Half pipe

2 halfpipes:
Length 100m x Width 17m x Height 4m
15.5 degrees
Length 130m x Width 20m x Height 4m
18.0 degrees (used in 2004 World Cup)

Snow Park

Nagamine No 3 gelende
Table top, rails, fun box, etc.

Sponge Bob Kids Park

In front of the Hotel (free)

Kids Paradise

Playing in the Snow Zone
Entrance: 500 yen

Sledge Land In front of the hotel

Child care

In front of the entrance to the hotel
Half day - 3000 yen
1 day - 5000 yen
1 hour - 1300 yen

School

Joetsu Kokusai Ski Snowboard School, SAJ Certified
Sponge Bob Snow Camp

Day return onsen

Annex 2nd Floor
1000 yen adults
500 yen children

Lift Tickets 2016/2017

Daytime 8am-5pm
Nighta 5pm-9:00pm
TYPE OF TICKET
 
VALID TIMES
 
ADULT
 
JUNIOR
(3-12)
MASTER
(over 55)
1 day 8am-5pm 4,000 2,500 3,000
5 hours 5 hours during day 3,000 1,500 2,000
Long 1 day 8am-end of nighta 4,500 2,500 3,500
PM + Nighta 12pm until end of nighta 4,000 2,500 3,000
2 day End of nighta on 2nd day 7,000 3,500 5,000
Nighta 5pm until end of nighta 1,500 1,000 1,000
Kids Paradise entrance 9am-4pm (re-entry ok) 500

Season Passes 2016/2017

TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR MASTER
Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 55,000 35,000 45,000
Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 35,000 25,000 28,000

Special extras included for those purchasing season tickets:

Extra 1
Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa
Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Iwappara
Iwappara season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Joetsu Kokusai

Extra 2
Free parking

Extra 3
Half price onsen!
Iwappara - Resort Center 2 for 300 yen (normal price 600 yen)
Joetsu Kokusai - Annex for 500 yen (normal price 1000 yen)

Extra 4
Half price lessons!
Iwappara Snowboard School, Joetsu Kokusai Ski/Snowboard School, Sponge Bob Snow Camp Iwappara or Joetsu Kokusai - general lesson at half price

Early Season & Spring Skiing lift tickets

TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR MASTER
Opening:
3rd Dec 2016 - 16th Dec 2016
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500
Finale:
21st Mar 2017 - 9th Apr 2017
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Salomon Station - Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu
All the latest Salomon models are available from this special rental shop - test run any of the models on offer.

  Half Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days Size
  Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child  
Ski Set Salomon EX 4,500 - 6,500 - 9,000 - 11,500 -  
Salomon Regular 4,000 1,500 5,500 2,500 7,500 3,500 9,500 4,500  
Skis only Salomon EX 3,000 - 4,500 - 6,000 - 7,500 -  
Salomon
Regular
2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 4,500 3,000 5,500 4,000 70-140cm
130-175cm
Boots Salomon EX - - - - - - - -  
Salomon
Regular
1,500 800 2,000 1,200 3,000 2,000 4,000 2,800 15-21cm
22-31.5cm
Poles Salomon EX - - - - - - - -  
Salomon Regular 500 500 1,000 800 1,500 1,000 2,000 1,200 75-130cm
Board Set Salomon 3,500 1,500 5,000 2,500 7,000 3,500 9,000 4,500  
Board only Salomon 2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 5,000 3,000 6,500 4,000 100-125cm
130-162cm
Boots Salomon 2,000 800 2,500 1,000 4,000 1,200 5,500 1,400 19-21cm
22-31.5cm
Wear   - - 3,500 2,000 5,000 3,000 6,500 4,000 90-140cm
S-XXO

Events

Information coming soon

Getting to Joetsu Kokusai

Joetsu Kokusai is located in the Shiozawa area of Minamiuonuma City, just to the north of Yuzawa Town.

By train:
Joetsu Kokusai has it's own JR station - called Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station. Taking the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Yuzawa takes about 80 minutes, and from Yuzawa - on the Joetsu local train line - it takes just under 15 minutes to the Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station. For staying guests at the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu, a shuttle bus is available from the local Joetsu line Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station to the hotel.

A shuttle bus is also available from Echigo Yuzawa Station which takes around 25 minutes.

By car:
Joetsu Kokusai is about 10 minutes drive from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, just a few minutes off Route 17.
 

Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu
   

Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu is the large hotel located right at the base of the Joetsu Kokusai resort offering ski-in ski-out convenince.

>> Information on the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu can be found here

Website: www.jkokusai.co.jp