Iwappara (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

岩原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
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Latest report posted at 7:45am on Monday 19th February 2018
Official snow depth 250cm (10cm) [updated on 19th February 2018]

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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 130cm 50cm 1st 215cm 185cm 1st - 200cm
2nd - - 2nd 150cm 45cm 2nd 215cm 205cm 2nd - 200cm
3rd - - 3rd 180cm 40cm 3rd 205cm 205cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - - 4th 190cm 35cm 4th 200cm 200cm 4th - 200cm
5th - - 5th 195cm 40cm 5th 225cm 185cm 5th - 195cm
6th - - 6th 185cm 60cm 6th 210cm 175cm 6th - 190cm
7th - - 7th 185cm 60cm 7th 205cm 195cm 7th - 190cm
8th - - 8th 175cm 60cm 8th 210cm 220cm 8th - 205cm
9th - - 9th 155cm 55cm 9th 205cm 210cm 9th - 195cm
10th - - 10th 145cm 55cm 10th 195cm 210cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th 150cm 65cm 11th 190cm 220cm 11th - 200cm
12th - - 12th 145cm 80cm 12th 190cm 235cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th 145cm 100cm 13th 195cm 245cm 13th - 185cm
14th - - 14th 145cm 140cm 14th 195cm 240cm 14th - 175cm
15th 40cm 45cm 15th 155cm 190cm 15th 190cm 240cm 15th - 175cm
16th 30cm 50cm 16th 145cm 195cm 16th 200cm 230cm 16th - 175cm
17th 30cm 60cm 17th 140cm 195cm 17th 190cm 215cm 17th - 175cm
18th 80cm 60cm 18th 140cm 195cm 18th 240cm 205cm 18th - 170cm
19th 70cm 50cm 19th 135cm 175cm 19th 250cm 220cm 19th - 165cm
20th 70cm 50cm 20th 135cm 170cm 20th - 205cm 20th - 165cm
21st 70cm 50cm 21st 130cm 165cm 21st - 215cm 21st - 155cm
22nd 70cm 40cm 22nd 140cm 165cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 155cm
23rd 60cm 30cm 23rd 140cm 190cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 155cm
24th 60cm 30cm 24th 150cm 190cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 155cm
25th 50cm 30cm 25th 180cm 225cm 25th - 215cm 25th - 160cm
26th 60cm 30cm 26th 210cm 220cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 150cm
27th 130cm 30cm 27th 215cm 205cm 27th - 210cm 27th - 145cm
28th 140cm 35cm 28th 215cm 195cm 28th - 205cm 28th - 145cm
29th 140cm 35cm 29th 215cm 185cm 29th - - 29th - 140cm
30th 145cm 60cm 30th 235cm 175cm 30th 30th - 130cm
31st 135cm 60cm 31st 230cm 190cm 31st 31st - 120cm

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 large '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 normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is open every day from Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018; nighta times are 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays and until 9:00pm on Saturdays and over New Year.

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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