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.
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.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
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.
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
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 7:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
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
Child (6-12 years)
Senior (over 55 years)
1 Day (Holidays)
1 Day (weekdays)
Late 1 Day (10:30am-4:30pm)
PM & Nighta (12pm-12am)
All Nighta (6pm-4am)
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
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.
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.
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.
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