Iwappara (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

岩原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Sunday 9th April 2017
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Iwappara enjoys a commanding position on the southern slopes of the Mt Iiji close to the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. It first opened in 1931 and so has a long history. The central part of the resort has long, wide and gentle slopes making that area particularly suitable for beginners. More advanced skiers and boarders will want to head up to the top for more of a challenge. A joint lift ticket and season pass that is valid at Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai in Minamiuonuma is available.

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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Iwappara Course Map

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Iwappara Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 60cm 1st 185cm 105cm 1st 200cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 45cm 60cm 2nd 205cm 105cm 2nd 200cm 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 55cm 3rd 205cm 125cm 3rd 200cm 120cm
4th - - 4th 35cm 50cm 4th 200cm 120cm 4th 200cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 45cm 5th 185cm 115cm 5th 195cm 105cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 40cm 6th 175cm 110cm 6th 190cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 35cm 7th 195cm 110cm 7th 190cm 90cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 40cm 8th 220cm 110cm 8th 205cm 90cm
9th - - 9th 55cm 40cm 9th 210cm 105cm 9th 195cm 90cm
10th - - 10th 55cm 40cm 10th 210cm 140cm 10th 190cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 65cm 40cm 11th 220cm 170cm 11th 200cm 90cm
12th - - 12th 80cm 40cm 12th 235cm 155cm 12th 190cm 90cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 40cm 13th 245cm 145cm 13th 185cm 90cm
14th - - 14th 140cm 40cm 14th 240cm 135cm 14th 175cm 90cm
15th 45cm 0cm 15th 190cm 40cm 15th 240cm 125cm 15th 175cm 90cm
16th 50cm 0cm 16th 195cm 40cm 16th 230cm 160cm 16th 175cm 90cm
17th 60cm 0cm 17th 195cm 40cm 17th 215cm 150cm 17th 175cm 90cm
18th 60cm 15cm 18th 195cm 40cm 18th 205cm 160cm 18th 170cm 85cm
19th 50cm 15cm 19th 175cm 40cm 19th 220cm 145cm 19th 165cm 80cm
20th 50cm 15cm 20th 170cm 40cm 20th 205cm 135cm 20th 165cm 75cm
21st 50cm 15cm 21st 165cm 60cm 21st 215cm 125cm 21st 155cm 70cm
22nd 40cm 10cm 22nd 165cm 100cm 22nd 230cm 130cm 22nd 155cm 65cm
23rd 30cm 10cm 23rd 190cm 110cm 23rd 210cm 130cm 23rd 155cm 60cm
24th 30cm 10cm 24th 190cm 100cm 24th 220cm 130cm 24th 155cm 60cm
25th 30cm 0cm 25th 225cm 100cm 25th 215cm 130cm 25th 160cm 60cm
26th 30cm 5cm 26th 220cm 115cm 26th 210cm 130cm 26th 150cm 60cm
27th 30cm 20cm 27th 205cm 110cm 27th 210cm 120cm 27th 145cm 55cm
28th 35cm 60cm 28th 195cm 105cm 28th 205cm 110cm 28th 145cm 50cm
29th 35cm 60cm 29th 185cm 100cm 29th - 100cm 29th 140cm 45cm
30th 60cm 65cm 30th 175cm 110cm 30th 30th 130cm 40cm
31st 60cm 60cm 31st 190cm 105cm 31st 31st 120cm 35cm

Previous Statistics

Iwappara Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Iwappara. 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: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Sponge Bob Kids Paradise' area is located near to the base of the central quad lift - it is free to those with valid day tickets, 500 yen entry otherwise. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located near Resort Centre 2 in the main area and features a number of items. 

Iwappara Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Iwappara is open from 8am until 5pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is open every day from 17th December until 20th March 2017; nighta times are 5pm until 8pm on weekdays and until 9pm on Saturdays.

Iwappara Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years and above
Older Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Long 1 Day (8am-closing) 4,500 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-closing) 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
2 Days 7,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-closing) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 23,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (I+JK) 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

The season ticket noted as 'I+JK' is valid for the season at both Iwappara and the Joetsu Kokusai resorts. With the joint Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai season ticket, one day lift tickets at GALA Yuzawa can be bought for 1,000 yen.

With the Iwappara-only season ticket, one day lift tickets for Joetsu Kokusai or GALA Yuzawa resorts can be bought for 1,000 yen.

Parking is also free every day of the season for season ticket holders along with other special discounts.

Getting to Iwappara

By public transport
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The nearest train station is Iwappara Ski Jo Mae (named after the resort and about 1km from the base), but it is a very small local Joetsu line station. Most people use Echigo Yuzawa Station which is serviced by the Joetsu local line and Joetsu Shinkansen lines.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The journey takes about 12 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Iwappara base costs around 1,500 yen.
By Car
2.9km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
10.5km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (2.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 268
The base area of Iwappara (Resort Center 1) is just over 3km away from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Resort Center 2 is located at a higher location and can be accessed by car. It is a further 1.5km along the same road.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and go about 600m to the traffic lights at the 7-11 convenience store. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue for about 650m until you reach another set of traffic lights by a Save On convenience store. Turn right at these traffic lights and continue for 850m - through one set of traffic lights until you arrive at the second set of traffic lights. At this junction there are signs for Iwappara. Turn left here and head towards Resort Center 1 which is around 800m from the traffic lights.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
A number of car parks are available both at base (near Resort Center 1) and further up the mountain. There is parking for about 1500 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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