Naeba (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

苗場 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
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Official snow depth 250cm (0cm) [updated on 20th February 2018]

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Naeba is one of the most famous ski and snowboard resorts in Japan with both a long history and reputation. It has been the venue for numerous international events including the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Naeba is located in the southern area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Gunma Prefecture. It is lift-connected with the Kagura resort via the 8-person Dragondola. There are two other gondolas at Naeba (6 and 8 people), making it only one of the two resorts in Japan with more than two. Naeba and Kagura are collectively known as 'Mt Naeba' and a joint ticket is available. In late July, Naeba is also the venue the for the annual Fuji Rock Festival.

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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Naeba Course Map

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Naeba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 90cm 1st 240cm 240cm 1st - 290cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 90cm 2nd 240cm 250cm 2nd - 290cm
3rd - - 3rd 220cm 90cm 3rd 240cm 260cm 3rd - 290cm
4th - - 4th 220cm 90cm 4th 240cm 260cm 4th - 280cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 100cm 5th 240cm 260cm 5th - 270cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 100cm 6th 240cm 260cm 6th - 260cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 100cm 7th 240cm 270cm 7th - 260cm
8th - - 8th 220cm 100cm 8th 240cm 280cm 8th - 260cm
9th 40cm - 9th 220cm 110cm 9th 240cm 280cm 9th - 260cm
10th 40cm - 10th 210cm 120cm 10th 240cm 280cm 10th - 260cm
11th 40cm - 11th 210cm 130cm 11th 240cm 280cm 11th - 260cm
12th 50cm - 12th 210cm 130cm 12th 240cm 290cm 12th - 260cm
13th 50cm - 13th 210cm 140cm 13th 240cm 300cm 13th - 250cm
14th 60cm - 14th 220cm 150cm 14th 240cm 300cm 14th - 250cm
15th 60cm 60cm 15th 220cm 180cm 15th 240cm 300cm 15th - 250cm
16th 60cm 60cm 16th 220cm 200cm 16th 240cm 300cm 16th - 250cm
17th 70cm 70cm 17th 220cm 200cm 17th 240cm 300cm 17th - 250cm
18th 70cm 70cm 18th 200cm 200cm 18th 250cm 300cm 18th - 250cm
19th 70cm 70cm 19th 200cm 200cm 19th 250cm 300cm 19th - 240cm
20th 70cm 70cm 20th 200cm 200cm 20th 250cm 300cm 20th - 240cm
21st 70cm 60cm 21st 200cm 210cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 240cm
22nd 70cm 60cm 22nd 200cm 210cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 240cm
23rd 70cm 50cm 23rd 220cm 210cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 240cm
24th 70cm 60cm 24th 220cm 220cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 240cm
25th 70cm 60cm 25th 230cm 230cm 25th - 290cm 25th - 240cm
26th 70cm 60cm 26th 240cm 230cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 240cm
27th 100cm 50cm 27th 240cm 230cm 27th - 290cm 27th - 240cm
28th 150cm 55cm 28th 240cm 230cm 28th - 290cm 28th - 240cm
29th 170cm 65cm 29th 240cm 230cm 29th - - 29th - 240cm
30th 190cm 65cm 30th 240cm 230cm 30th 30th - 240cm
31st 190cm 90cm 31st 240cm 240cm 31st 31st - 230cm

Previous Statistics

Naeba Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Naeba. 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 'WakuWaku Family Snowland' is located by the Naeba South Gate and is open from 9:30am until 4pm on weekdays and until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays. The entry charge is 1200 yen for children and 1000 yen for an accompanying adult. There are three areas - Chibikko Hiroba, Chibikko course and a 'snow train' (600 yen charge). Entry to the 'Kids & Snowpark N-Hiroba' is also included in the price of entry to this area.

The 'Kids & Snowpark N-Hiroba' is located by the N-Plateau day trip ski center by the base of the resort. This area offers a snow escalator, snow tubing, sledging and areas to play in the snow. Snow mobiles, snow rafting are also available (charges apply). The entry charge is 1000 yen for children and 800 yen for an accompanying adult. For an extra 300 yen, entry to the 'WakuWaku Family Snowland' is also possible.

There is a child care facility within the base Naeba Prince Hotel. Charges apply. 
Park Information
Park information
The new 'Roxy Snow Park' is located by the side of the Number 5 quad lift and features jumps, jib, banks and more attractions. 

Naeba Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Naeba is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.
Nighta is from 4:00pm until 8:30pm every day from 16th December 2017 until 25th March 2018.

Note: From Monday 9th April until Friday 27th April 2018, Naeba only plans to open on weekends and during Golden Week - it is closed on weekdays during that period.

Dragondola season dates:
Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018
Prince Number 1 Gondola season:
Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018
Prince Number 2 Gondola season dates:
Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
Weekends and holidays between 9th April and 27th April 2018
Saturday 28th April until Sunday 6th May 2018

Naeba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (Naeba) 5,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,500 yen
2 Hours (Naeba) 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
5 Hours (Naeba) 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
PM & Nighta (Naeba) 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Weekday Nighta (Naeba) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Holiday Nighta (Naeba) 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Day (Naeba & Kagura) 5,700 yen 5,000 yen
Dragondola (Single) 1,500 yen
Dragondola (Return) 2,200 yen
Prince Gondola (Single) 1,200 yen
Prince Gondola (Return) 1,600 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

The 2 Hour ticket is valid for 2 hours from the time of purchase.

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

The 1 Day 'Naeba & Kagura' (Mt Naeba) ticket is valid at Naeba and also the connecting Kagura resort.

Special one, two and three day lift tickets are also available for people who are staying at the base Naeba Prince Hotel.

A ‘Premium Season Ticket’ that is valid at all the lifts at the nine Prince snow resorts in Japan throughout the 2017-2018 season is available for 100,000 yen. Available to buy until 15th November 2017. Valid at Furano, Shizukuishi, Naeba, Kagura, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Karuizawa Prince Hotel, Manza Onsen, Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama and Myoko Suginohara.

Getting to Naeba

By public transport
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Naeba is just over 23km from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line as well as connecting with the Hokuhoku line.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and takes about 50 minutes to Naeba. Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Naeba Prince Hotel costs 660 yen for adults and 330 yen for children up to the age of 12 years. Additional charges of 100 yen apply for skis, snowboards and other large luggage.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Naeba costs around 6,900 yen.

A shuttle bus that operates between Naeba Prince Hotel, and the Tashiro and Mitsumata Stations of Kagura resort is also available. This service is free if you have an 'all Mt Naeba' lift ticket; otherwise 300 yen adults, 150 yen children.
By Car
21.9km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
31.5km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.6km away)
Naeba is about 22km from the Yuzawa IC and 32km from the Tsukiyono IC of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and continue on the road until arriving in the Naeba area. Naeba resort and car parks are on the right hand side of Route 17 and clearly signposted.

People approaching from the south will often get off at the Tsukiyono IC exit and head north on Route 17. The drive up into the mountains from Tsukiyono IC features many curves and usually takes about 50 minutes in good conditions.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There is ample parking for about 3800 vehicles close to the base areas of Naeba. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays. (Parking is free for guests of the Naeba Prince Hotel).

More Information

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Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata, 949-6292
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