Ipponsugi (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

一本杉 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Friday 23rd December 2016 until early April 2017
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Ipponsugi is a very small one-lift ski hill that is located just a few hundred metres from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station, and is found just off the main onsen road of Yuzawa town. Ipponsugi is one of the few remaining areas that are skiers-only. The only other skiers-only resort in Yuzawa town is NASPA Ski Garden.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city - located around 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Ipponsugi is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Ipponsugi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 60cm 70cm 1st 205cm 100cm 1st 215cm 110cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 70cm 2nd 225cm 100cm 2nd 210cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 60cm 3rd 230cm 100cm 3rd 210cm 105cm
4th - - 4th 45cm 50cm 4th 220cm 100cm 4th 205cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 40cm 5th 215cm 100cm 5th 200cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 75cm 35cm 6th 205cm 105cm 6th 200cm 90cm
7th - - 7th 75cm 30cm 7th 220cm 110cm 7th 200cm 90cm
8th - - 8th 70cm 40cm 8th 240cm 110cm 8th 210cm 65cm
9th - - 9th 70cm 40cm 9th 240cm 105cm 9th 200cm 60cm
10th - - 10th 65cm 35cm 10th 250cm 135cm 10th 200cm 60cm
11th - - 11th 80cm 40cm 11th 255cm 145cm 11th 200cm 60cm
12th - - 12th 90cm 40cm 12th 250cm 140cm 12th 200cm 60cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 45cm 13th 280cm 135cm 13th 190cm 55cm
14th - - 14th 130cm 45cm 14th 285cm 115cm 14th 190cm 55cm
15th - - 15th 200cm 45cm 15th 290cm 100cm 15th 180cm 55cm
16th - - 16th 210cm 45cm 16th 280cm 120cm 16th 180cm 55cm
17th - - 17th 220cm 45cm 17th 280cm 120cm 17th 175cm 50cm
18th - - 18th 215cm 40cm 18th 255cm 130cm 18th 170cm 50cm
19th - - 19th 215cm 45cm 19th 260cm 115cm 19th 160cm 50cm
20th - - 20th 205cm 50cm 20th 245cm 115cm 20th 160cm 40cm
21st - - 21st 205cm 65cm 21st 250cm 95cm 21st 155cm 40cm
22nd - - 22nd 200cm 70cm 22nd 255cm 95cm 22nd 155cm 40cm
23rd - - 23rd 210cm 80cm 23rd 240cm 90cm 23rd 155cm 40cm
24th - - 24th 225cm 80cm 24th 250cm 95cm 24th 155cm 40cm
25th - - 25th 240cm 100cm 25th 250cm 100cm 25th 165cm 40cm
26th 7cm 0cm 26th 250cm 105cm 26th 250cm 105cm 26th 160cm 35cm
27th 4cm 20cm 27th 230cm 105cm 27th 250cm 105cm 27th 160cm 35cm
28th 10cm 50cm 28th 220cm 100cm 28th 230cm 90cm 28th 160cm 25cm
29th 20cm 60cm 29th 210cm 100cm 29th - 80cm 29th 155cm -
30th 20cm 80cm 30th 200cm 100cm 30th 30th 150cm -
31st 65cm 70cm 31st 210cm 100cm 31st 31st 140cm -

Ipponsugi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Ipponsugi. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Limited ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Wear and sledges are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
A special area at the base of Ipponsugi is reserved for children who can play with items, slides and sledging. There's usually some Japanese-style 'kamakura' igloos as well. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Ipponsugi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ipponsugi is open from 8:30am until 5pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Ipponsugi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Half Day 3,200 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
15 Lift Coupons 2,700 yen
5 Lift Coupons 1,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen
Lift Ticket Information Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of January, February and March. On those days, the purchase of a 1 day lift ticket enters a draw to win another.

For children born in 2004, a 1 day lift ticket costs just 104 yen. Accompanying family members also get a 50% discount.

Getting to Ipponsugi

By public transport
0.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Ipponsugi is located just off the main onsen road of Yuzawa, just over 300m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line. Connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
No shuttle bus is required as just a 3 minute walk from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.
By Car
2.2km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
7.9km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
From Yuzawa IC, turn right onto Route 17 and go straight ahead for about 650m to the second set of traffic lights. Turn left at these traffic lights and go straight on this road for about 800m, passing Yuzawa Town Office on the left hand side. Go under the Shinkansen train line and at the T-junction turn right to head into Yuzawa town. Ipponsugi is a further 650m on the left, just over 300m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The small hill is set back about 50m off the main road.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There are a few parking spaces available by the lift, but it is very limited. There is also plenty of parking available under Echigo Yuzawa Station.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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