Kandatsu Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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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.

The Mountain

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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 80cm 90cm 1st 250cm 160cm 1st 280cm 180cm
2nd - - 2nd 80cm 100cm 2nd 260cm 160cm 2nd 275cm 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 85cm 85cm 3rd 270cm 170cm 3rd 290cm 180cm
4th - - 4th 90cm 80cm 4th 265cm 170cm 4th 290cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 70cm 5th 260cm 170cm 5th 280cm 160cm
6th - - 6th 120cm 70cm 6th 260cm 170cm 6th 275cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 65cm 7th 280cm 175cm 7th 280cm 110cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 85cm 8th 300cm 170cm 8th 300cm 130cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 100cm 9th 290cm 170cm 9th 290cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 130cm 90cm 10th 290cm 180cm 10th 290cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 150cm 100cm 11th 300cm 180cm 11th 300cm 130cm
12th - - 12th 160cm 105cm 12th 310cm 180cm 12th 295cm 140cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 105cm 13th 325cm 170cm 13th 290cm 140cm
14th - - 14th 195cm 105cm 14th 330cm 160cm 14th 280cm 135cm
15th - - 15th 245cm 105cm 15th 330cm 150cm 15th 285cm 150cm
16th - - 16th 245cm 110cm 16th 320cm 155cm 16th 290cm 150cm
17th 85cm - 17th 250cm 110cm 17th 300cm 160cm 17th 300cm 160cm
18th 80cm - 18th 240cm 110cm 18th 295cm 170cm 18th 290cm 140cm
19th 70cm - 19th 240cm 110cm 19th 305cm 170cm 19th 290cm 125cm
20th 65cm - 20th 230cm 110cm 20th 300cm 160cm 20th 280cm 115cm
21st 55cm - 21st 225cm 110cm 21st 300cm 150cm 21st 280cm 115cm
22nd 60cm - 22nd 225cm 110cm 22nd 310cm 150cm 22nd 290cm 115cm
23rd 40cm - 23rd 250cm 110cm 23rd 290cm 140cm 23rd 295cm 115cm
24th 60cm - 24th 250cm 120cm 24th 295cm 150cm 24th 310cm 115cm
25th 60cm - 25th 290cm 150cm 25th 290cm 150cm 25th 315cm 140cm
26th 55cm 10cm 26th 280cm 150cm 26th 290cm 150cm 26th 295cm 130cm
27th 45cm 10cm 27th 265cm 150cm 27th 290cm 150cm 27th 300cm 120cm
28th 60cm 60cm 28th 260cm 150cm 28th 280cm 145cm 28th 305cm 120cm
29th 60cm 80cm 29th 250cm 150cm 29th - 130cm 29th 300cm 110cm
30th 80cm 85cm 30th 240cm 160cm 30th 30th 290cm 100cm
31st 85cm 90cm 31st 250cm 160cm 31st 31st 280cm 90cm

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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 two main park areas at Kandatsu Kogen - 'Sclover Park', and the 'Hike Up Area' for beginners. 

Kandatsu Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
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 8am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 7am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

There are a number of different nighta schedules at Kandatsu. From late December until the beginning of April, the resort is open for nighta from 6pm until 4am 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 (Holidays) 4,500 yen 3,200 yen 4,000 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,700 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 3,300 yen
Late 1 Day (10:30am-4:30pm) 3,800 yen 2,700 yen 3,600 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 3,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,000 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-12am) 4,200 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta (6pm-12am) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,700 yen
Mid-Nighta (10pm-4am) 3,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
All Nighta (6pm-4am) 3,600 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen

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

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