Ludens Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Ludens Yuzawa
ルーデンス湯沢 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Mid December 2017 until early April 2018
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Latest report posted at 6:57am on Friday 23rd March 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 14th December 2017]

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Ludens Yuzawa is a small ski hill with one pair lift located to the south of the main town area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. The Yuzawa Nakazato ski resort is nearby.

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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Ludens Yuzawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 220cm 1st - 200cm
2nd - - 2nd - 40cm 2nd - 240cm 2nd - 200cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 240cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - - 4th - 45cm 4th - 220cm 4th - 200cm
5th - - 5th - 50cm 5th - 220cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 65cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 65cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 200cm
8th - - 8th - 70cm 8th - 240cm 8th - 200cm
9th - - 9th - 75cm 9th - 230cm 9th - 200cm
10th - - 10th - 80cm 10th - 260cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th - 80cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 200cm
12th - - 12th - 100cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 200cm
13th - - 13th - 100cm 13th - 260cm 13th - 200cm
14th - - 14th - 100cm 14th - 260cm 14th - 200cm
15th - - 15th - 130cm 15th - 260cm 15th - 200cm
16th - - 16th - 150cm 16th - 260cm 16th - 200cm
17th - - 17th - 150cm 17th - 260cm 17th - 200cm
18th - - 18th - 160cm 18th - 260cm 18th - 190cm
19th - - 19th - 160cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 190cm
20th - - 20th - 170cm 20th - 270cm 20th - 180cm
21st - - 21st - 180cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 180cm
22nd - - 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 180cm
23rd - - 23rd - 170cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 190cm
24th - - 24th - 200cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 200cm
25th - - 25th - 210cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 190cm
26th - - 26th - 210cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 180cm
27th - - 27th - 180cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 180cm
28th - - 28th - 210cm 28th - 210cm 28th - 180cm
29th - 20cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 180cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st - 50cm 31st - 210cm 31st 31st - 180cm

Previous Statistics

Ludens Yuzawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Ludens Yuzawa. 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
There is a 'Kids Hiroba' area close to the base. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Ludens Yuzawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ludens Yuzawa is open from 8:30am until 4:45pm every day.

There is no nighta at Ludens Yuzawa.

Ludens Yuzawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
Half Day 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 25,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen

Getting to Ludens Yuzawa

By public transport
6.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.7km from Echigo Nakazato Station on the Joetsu Line
6.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The small Echigo Nakazato Station on the Joetsu line is the closest station. The main Echigo Yuzawa Station in the Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line is just over 6km away.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
No shuttle bus is available though a local bus service stops fairly close-by. A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Ludens Yuzawa costs around 2,200 yen.
By Car
5.3km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
13.9km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (4.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 541
Yuzawa IC is the nearest exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

At the Yuzawa IC exit traffic lights, 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 the traffic lights by the Save On convenience store. Turn right at these traffic lights and continue for 500m to the next traffic lights. Turn right at the traffic lights, cross the local train line and continue along the road past Yuzawa Fishing Park for about 2.5km. At the end T-junction, turn right and soon right again following the signposts to Ludens Yuzawa.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There are two car parks for 100 vehicles near the base of Ludens Yuzawa. The car park is free to use every day of the season.

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