NASPA Ski Garden (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPAスキーガーデン (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Friday 22nd December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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NASPA Ski Garden is a skiers-only resort located very close to the centre of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. It is one of the few resorts that remains skiers-only and is a popular ski hill for families with children. It is the only ski resort in Japan that has certain elements that are themed with the popular 'Pingu' penguin character, who also makes special appearances at the resort. NASPA Ski Garden is located directly behind NASPA New Otani hotel. Both skiers and snowboarders are welcome to stay at the hotel which offers easy and quick access to the other nearby resorts in Yuzawa. NASPA Ski Garden has been operating since 1992. The name NASPA comes from 'Nature And Sports Personal Area'.

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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NASPA Ski Garden is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

NASPA Ski Garden Course Map

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NASPA Ski Garden Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 80cm 100cm 1st 235cm 110cm 1st 235cm 125cm
2nd - - 2nd 65cm 95cm 2nd 245cm 110cm 2nd 225cm 135cm
3rd - - 3rd 75cm 90cm 3rd 250cm 130cm 3rd 230cm 130cm
4th - - 4th 75cm 75cm 4th 240cm 125cm 4th 230cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 80cm 60cm 5th 230cm 125cm 5th 220cm 105cm
6th - - 6th 105cm 50cm 6th 220cm 120cm 6th 220cm 95cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 50cm 7th 235cm 120cm 7th 225cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 95cm 60cm 8th 260cm 115cm 8th 240cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 65cm 9th 250cm 115cm 9th 225cm 75cm
10th - - 10th 95cm 60cm 10th 255cm 160cm 10th 225cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 100cm 70cm 11th 260cm 175cm 11th 235cm 75cm
12th - - 12th 115cm 65cm 12th 275cm 165cm 12th 230cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 140cm 65cm 13th 295cm 140cm 13th 220cm 75cm
14th - - 14th 170cm 65cm 14th 295cm 105cm 14th 215cm 75cm
15th - - 15th 230cm 65cm 15th 290cm 105cm 15th 215cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 240cm 65cm 16th 285cm 130cm 16th 220cm 85cm
17th - - 17th 235cm 65cm 17th 260cm 120cm 17th 220cm 80cm
18th - - 18th 245cm 60cm 18th 250cm 145cm 18th 220cm 70cm
19th - - 19th 235cm 70cm 19th 265cm 135cm 19th 210cm 70cm
20th - 25cm 20th 235cm 70cm 20th 250cm 120cm 20th 210cm 60cm
21st - 20cm 21st 230cm 85cm 21st 260cm 110cm 21st 200cm 60cm
22nd 40cm 10cm 22nd 230cm 95cm 22nd 265cm 115cm 22nd 205cm 50cm
23rd 35cm - 23rd 255cm 105cm 23rd 240cm 105cm 23rd 205cm 45cm
24th 35cm 0cm 24th 260cm 95cm 24th 250cm 115cm 24th 210cm 50cm
25th 45cm - 25th 300cm 105cm 25th 250cm 125cm 25th 215cm 70cm
26th 30cm 10cm 26th 280cm 110cm 26th 240cm 115cm 26th 210cm 60cm
27th 30cm 25cm 27th 260cm 100cm 27th 240cm 110cm 27th 200cm 55cm
28th 45cm 60cm 28th 250cm 100cm 28th 240cm 105cm 28th 205cm 45cm
29th 55cm 90cm 29th 235cm 100cm 29th - 100cm 29th 195cm 40cm
30th 90cm 100cm 30th 225cm 110cm 30th 30th 195cm 35cm
31st 85cm 100cm 31st 235cm 105cm 31st 31st 190cm 30cm

Previous Statistics

NASPA Ski Garden Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
NASPA Ski School is the official ski school at NASPA Ski Garden. General, group and private ski lessons are available. Lessons in English are available at NASPA Ski Garden during the peak season. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski equipment and ski wear is available in the Garden Annex building which is located at the base of the resort and 20m from the NASPA New Otani hotel. There is also a limited selection of snowboard gear to rent - although NASPA Ski Garden itself does not allow snowboarding, many NASPA New Otani hotel guests snowboard at other nearby resorts in Yuzawa. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
NASPA Ski Garden offers a range of facilities for young children and families. NASPA Kids Garden is located by the Number 1 lift and is an area with a variety of fun things for children to take part in supervised safely. There is a moving walkway, a special kids skiing area, sledging and lots of items to play in the snow. NASPA Kids Garden is open 10am-4pm daily. Entrance fees are as follows:

1 day (10am-4pm) - 1100 yen
AM (10am-1pm) - 800 yen
PM (1pm-4pm) - 800 yen

NASPA also welcomes the popular character Pingu to it's slopes each season - and Pingu helps out with some special Kids Lessons as well.
The Pingu Kids Room in the main NASPA New Otani hotel is a popular play area and free to use. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no one main Snow Park at NASPA Ski Garden. There is however a Slopestyle area on Course G, a simple Wave Course on Course H and a special Mogul Area on Course A. All are free to use and do not require any special entry. 

NASPA Ski Garden 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 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
NASPA Ski Garden is normally open from 8:30am until 5pm every day.

'Thanks Day' (when the Number 1 lift is open from 5pm until 6pm) is on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, 23rd December 2016 and between 30th December 2016 and 9th January 2017. On those days the 1 day ticket, the Afternoon ticket, the PA.M ticket and the Late ticket are valid until 6pm. The 'Thanks' ticket is for people who just want to ski between 5pm and 6pm.

The Number 1 lift opens from 8am on Saturdays and Sundays in January and February, on 23rd December 2016 and between 30th December 2016 and 9th January 2017.

NASPA Ski Garden Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
2 Days 6,600 yen 5,000 yen 5,800 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,200 yen 2,100 yen 2,600 yen
PA.M 4,800 yen 3,800 yen 4,300 yen
LATE (10am-5pm) 3,700 yen 2,700 yen 3,200 yen
Pair 1 Day 6,400 yen 5,300 yen 5,800 yen
Season Ticket (All) 42,000 yen 31,500 yen 36,800 yen
Season Ticket (Weekday) 32,000 yen 24,000 yen 28,000 yen
Afternoon (12:30pm-5pm) 3,200 yen 2,100 yen 2,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 350 yen 400 yen
Thanks (see below) 1,000 yen 600 yen 800 yen
Lift Ticket Information The PAM ticket is valid from 12:30pm until 5pm on the first day and from 8:30am until 1pm on the second day. The 'Thanks' ticket is for people who just want to ski between 5pm and 6pm. On those days (see Opening times details above), the 1 Day, PM, PAM and Late tickets are all valid until 6pm.

A number of special set tickets are also available that include lunch and a drink:
1 day ticket + lunch ticket + drink ticket:
4,400 yen for adults and 3,500 yen for children
Half day ticket + lunch ticket + drink ticket:
3,700 yen for adults and 2,700 yen for children
Family set ticket (1 day ticket for 2 adults and 2 children + lunch ticket + drink ticket):
15,200 yen

Ladies Day is every Tuesday between 10th January and 14th March. On those days a 1 day ticket for ladies is 2,500 yen.

NASPA Day is every Wednesday between 11th January and 15th March. On those days a 1 day ticket is 2,100 yen.

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of January, February and March. On those days, a 1 day ticket is 1,600 yen for younger children and 2,100 yen for up to two accompanying adults.

Getting to NASPA Ski Garden

By public transport
1.5km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.5km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
1.5km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
NASPA Ski Garden is 1.5km from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the JR Joetsu line and JR Joetsu Shinkansen line. Connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus operates between the West Exit of the Station and NASPA Ski Garden. The bus takes less than 5 minutes to get to the resort base. An additional free shuttle bus service is also available that operates between NASPA, Yuzawa Kogen and GALA Yuzawa. A taxi journey from the station costs around 900 yen.
By Car
2.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
10.2km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 351
NASPA Ski Garden is 2.6km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway and 1.9km from Route 17.

From the Yuzawa IC exit traffic lights, turn right and then turn left at second set of traffic lights (there is a large sign for NASPA on the left side). Follow this road past the town office on the left, over the local train line and then under the Shinkansen train line until reaching a T-junction. Turn left at the t-junction and then follow the road up to NASPA Ski Garden. The car parks for the resort are clearly signposted.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
NASPA Ski Garden has plenty of parking for 2000 vehicles near the base of resort, split up into a number of large car parks. Parking is free every day of the season and the car parks are open 24 hours a day.

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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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