Kandatsu Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 22nd April 2018
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Latest report posted at 7:57am on Tuesday 20th February 2018
Official snow depth 285cm (-5cm) [updated on 20th February 2018]

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Kandatsu Kogen is a popular resort located just to the south of the centre of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. The resort is positioned in a natural bowl area which often enjoys heavy snowfall and good conditions, particularly considering the relatively low elevation. The entrance is just over 1km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway and there are also regular shuttle buses from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the resort. It is particularly popular for day-trips and long nighta operations since the 15-16 season, including some 'all-night' opening days. Kandatsu Kogen first opened in 1986.

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.

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Kandatsu Kogen Course Map

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Kandatsu Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 150cm 80cm 1st 270cm 250cm 1st - 280cm
2nd - - 2nd 180cm 80cm 2nd 270cm 260cm 2nd - 275cm
3rd - - 3rd 200cm 85cm 3rd 260cm 270cm 3rd - 290cm
4th - - 4th 220cm 90cm 4th 250cm 265cm 4th - 290cm
5th - - 5th 225cm 100cm 5th 250cm 260cm 5th - 280cm
6th - - 6th 215cm 120cm 6th 260cm 260cm 6th - 275cm
7th - - 7th 215cm 120cm 7th 250cm 280cm 7th - 280cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 110cm 8th 245cm 300cm 8th - 300cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 120cm 9th 260cm 290cm 9th - 290cm
10th - - 10th 180cm 130cm 10th 250cm 290cm 10th - 290cm
11th - - 11th 195cm 150cm 11th 240cm 300cm 11th - 300cm
12th - - 12th 195cm 160cm 12th 245cm 310cm 12th - 295cm
13th - - 13th 195cm 180cm 13th 250cm 325cm 13th - 290cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 195cm 14th 250cm 330cm 14th - 280cm
15th - - 15th 200cm 245cm 15th 240cm 330cm 15th - 285cm
16th 90cm - 16th 205cm 245cm 16th 255cm 320cm 16th - 290cm
17th 100cm 85cm 17th 195cm 250cm 17th 250cm 300cm 17th - 300cm
18th 120cm 80cm 18th 185cm 240cm 18th 270cm 295cm 18th - 290cm
19th 120cm 70cm 19th 180cm 240cm 19th 290cm 305cm 19th - 290cm
20th 110cm 65cm 20th 180cm 230cm 20th 285cm 300cm 20th - 280cm
21st 105cm 55cm 21st 180cm 225cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 280cm
22nd 100cm 60cm 22nd 180cm 225cm 22nd - 310cm 22nd - 290cm
23rd 100cm 40cm 23rd 190cm 250cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 295cm
24th 90cm 60cm 24th 205cm 250cm 24th - 295cm 24th - 310cm
25th 80cm 60cm 25th 230cm 290cm 25th - 290cm 25th - 315cm
26th 85cm 55cm 26th 245cm 280cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 295cm
27th 90cm 45cm 27th 255cm 265cm 27th - 290cm 27th - 300cm
28th 150cm 60cm 28th 250cm 260cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 305cm
29th 160cm 60cm 29th 240cm 250cm 29th - - 29th - 300cm
30th 165cm 80cm 30th 255cm 240cm 30th 30th - 290cm
31st 160cm 85cm 31st 270cm 250cm 31st 31st - 280cm

Previous Statistics

Kandatsu Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kandatsu Kogen. 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 main 'Kids Park' is in front of the restaurant building at the base of the main resort area. There is also an area for playing in the snow near the base car parks. 
Park Information
Park information
The are a few park areas at Kandatsu Kogen - 'Sclover Park', 'Hike Up Area' for beginners, 'SPICA' and 'Banked Slalom'. 

Kandatsu Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kandatsu Kogen is usually open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 7:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

There are a number of different nighta schedules at Kandatsu. From late December until late March, the resort is open for nighta from 6:00pm until 4:00am the next morning on Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Kandatsu Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Child (6-12 years)
Senior (over 55 years)
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,600 yen 3,300 yen 4,100 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 4,000 yen 2,900 yen 3,800 yen
2 Days (weekends & holidays) 8,100 yen 5,500 yen 7,100 yen
2 Days (weekdays) 6,900 yen 4,900 yen 6,500 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 3,700 yen 2,700 yen 3,400 yen
Late 1 Day (10:30am-4:30pm) 3,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,700 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 3,300 yen 2,300 yen 3,100 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-12am) 4,300 yen 2,600 yen 3,600 yen
Nighta (6pm-12am) 2,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,800 yen
Mid Nighta (11pm-4am) 3,100 yen 2,100 yen 2,600 yen
All Nighta (6pm-4am) 3,700 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 30,000 yen 20,000 yen 28,000 yen
Season Ticket (nighta) 15,000 yen 12,000 yen 13,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children's DayElementary school age children can receive a free 1 day lift pass on the third Sunday of the month.

Ladies DayLadies can buy a 1 day lift pass for 1500 yen on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (excluding 30th December 2017 - 3rd January 2018)

Major credit cards are accepted.

Getting to Kandatsu Kogen

By public transport
4.1km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.1km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
4.1km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Kandatsu Kogen is just over 4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station which 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
A regular free shuttle bus service to Kandatsu Kogen is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The journey takes about 10 minutes. A taxi journey costs around 1,500 yen.
By Car
2.5km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
11.4km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.1km away)
From Yuzawa IC turn left onto Route 17, through some traffic lights and go past the 7-11 convenience store on the left hand side. The approach road to Kandatsu Kogen resort is signposted soon after on the left hand side (and just 1.3km from the IC exit). The car park and resort base is a about another 1km or so along the narrow approach road.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There is parking for about 2000 vehicles close to the base of Kandatsu Kogen. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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