Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen
湯沢高原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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Yuzawa Kogen is located close to the centre of the popular snow and onsen resort of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. Yuzawa Kogen has two main areas - the main Kogen Area and the lower town-level Nunoba Area. They are connected by the 166-person capacity Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway. Spectacular views of Yuzawa town and the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from the top of Yuzawa Kogen. Yuzawa Kogen is connected with the south area of the GALA Yuzawa resort via a second Ropeway that can be found in the top Kogen area of the resort. GALA Yuzawa is also lift-connected with the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort. A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three resorts is available. Yuzawa Kogen dates back to 1915 when the Nunoba area originally opened.

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

1170m
840m
330m
30"
7
6000m
6
20%
40%
40%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
1 0 0 1 4 0 0
Yuzawa Kogen is lift-connected with:
GALA Yuzawa, Ishiuchi Maruyama

Yuzawa Kogen Course Map

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Yuzawa Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
17/18
season
16/17
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17/18
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16/17
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17/18
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16/17
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17/18
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16/17
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1st - - 1st 180cm 100cm 1st 280cm 300cm 1st 290cm 300cm
2nd - - 2nd 190cm 100cm 2nd 280cm 320cm 2nd 290cm 300cm
3rd - - 3rd 200cm 110cm 3rd 270cm 320cm 3rd 290cm 300cm
4th - - 4th 220cm 110cm 4th 270cm 320cm 4th 290cm 280cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 110cm 5th 280cm 320cm 5th 270cm 280cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 120cm 6th 280cm 300cm 6th 240cm 280cm
7th - - 7th 230cm 120cm 7th 280cm 300cm 7th 240cm 280cm
8th - - 8th 230cm 120cm 8th 280cm 320cm 8th 240cm 280cm
9th - - 9th 220cm 120cm 9th 280cm 320cm 9th 220cm 280cm
10th - - 10th 220cm 120cm 10th 280cm 320cm 10th 220cm 280cm
11th - - 11th 220cm 130cm 11th 280cm 320cm 11th 220cm 280cm
12th - - 12th 220cm 150cm 12th 280cm 330cm 12th 220cm 280cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 160cm 13th 280cm 330cm 13th 220cm 250cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 180cm 14th 280cm 330cm 14th 200cm 250cm
15th - - 15th 230cm 230cm 15th 280cm 330cm 15th 200cm 250cm
16th 80cm - 16th 220cm 250cm 16th 280cm 330cm 16th 180cm 250cm
17th 90cm 100cm 17th 220cm 250cm 17th 280cm 300cm 17th 180cm 250cm
18th 120cm 100cm 18th 190cm 250cm 18th 320cm 300cm 18th 180cm 250cm
19th 110cm 90cm 19th 190cm 250cm 19th 320cm 310cm 19th 160cm 250cm
20th 110cm 90cm 20th 190cm 250cm 20th 320cm 310cm 20th 160cm 250cm
21st 110cm 80cm 21st 170cm 250cm 21st 320cm 320cm 21st 160cm 240cm
22nd 110cm 80cm 22nd 170cm 250cm 22nd 320cm 330cm 22nd 160cm 240cm
23rd 110cm 60cm 23rd 170cm 270cm 23rd 320cm 310cm 23rd 160cm 240cm
24th 100cm 80cm 24th 180cm 270cm 24th 320cm 310cm 24th 160cm 240cm
25th 90cm 80cm 25th 200cm 290cm 25th 320cm 310cm 25th 160cm 240cm
26th 90cm 80cm 26th 230cm 300cm 26th 320cm 310cm 26th 160cm 240cm
27th 130cm 60cm 27th 270cm 300cm 27th 320cm 310cm 27th 120cm 240cm
28th 150cm 70cm 28th 280cm 300cm 28th 310cm 300cm 28th 120cm 240cm
29th 160cm 70cm 29th 280cm 300cm 29th - - 29th 120cm 240cm
30th 180cm 100cm 30th 280cm 280cm 30th 30th 120cm 240cm
31st 180cm 100cm 31st 280cm 300cm 31st 31st 120cm 230cm

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Kogen Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski lessons and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa 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. 
Rental
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 are two 'Snowland' areas at the resort - one at the top Kogen area (800 yen entry) and one at the town-level Nunoba area (900 yen entry). Special parent-child tickets are available. The Kogen Snowland area offers snowtubing activities, a two tunnel slider and tree castle as well as other fun activities for the kids. The Nunoba Snowland area features snowsliders, snowtubing, sledges, a playhouse and a moving walkway. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities other than the 'Snowland' areas. 

Yuzawa Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Kogen is open from 8:40am every day. The Ropeway operates every 20 minutes.

There is no nighta at Yuzawa Kogen.

Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,300 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,400 yen 2,600 yen 2,900 yen
Afternoon (12:20pm-5pm) 3,400 yen 2,600 yen 2,900 yen
5 Hours (10am-3pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 5,500 yen 5,900 yen
Nunoba 1 Day 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
Nunoba 5 hours 2,900 yen 2,300 yen 2,500 yen
Nunoba Afternoon (12-5pm) 2,800 yen 2,200 yen 2,400 yen
All In Pass 4,900 yen 3,500 yen 3,800 yen
Ropeway (1 way) 1,000 yen 500 yen
Ropeway (Return) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 'Nunoba' ticket is available only on the lower Nunoba area - Ropeway not included.

The 'All In Pass' includes all the ski lifts, the Ropeway and entry to Snowland areas.

Children's Day
Sunday 17th December 2017
Sunday 21st January 2018
Sunday 18th February 2018
Sunday 18th March 2018
On the above dates children under elementary school age can receive a free lift ticket and use the ski lifts at no charge

Ladies Day
Every Tuesday from 9th January 2018 - 1,000 yen off a 1 day lift ticket

Seniors Day
Every Thursday from 4th January 2018 - receive a free entry to onsen hot spring facility

Mt 3 Ticket
The Mt 3 ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 6th January until Sunday 18th March 2018.
1 day - 5,100 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 4,200 yen seniors
2 days - 8,100 yen adults; 6,600 yen children; 6,600 yen seniors

Getting to Yuzawa Kogen

By public transport
Train
Train
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Information
The Yuzawa Kogen base - Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway and Nunoba Area - is less than 700m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The Joetsu Shinkansen line as well as local Joetsu and Hokuhoku train lines both stop at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available that operates between the NASPA Ski Garden, Yuzawa Kogen and GALA Yuzawa resorts. The bus operates on the West Exit side of Echigo Yuzawa station. A taxi journey costs around 700 yen.
By Car
Car
2.4km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
7.4km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
Direction
Direction
Yuzawa Kogen is just under 2.5km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 17 and go straight ahead for about 650m to the second set of traffic lights. Turn left at these traffic lights and go straight on this road for about 800m, passing Yuzawa Town Office on the left hand side. Go under the Shinkansen train line and at the T-junction turn right to head into Yuzawa. Yuzawa Kogen (the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway Station) is about 1km on the left hand side, about 650m past the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking
Parking
The nearest parking - the town operated Takinosawa Parking area - can be found about 150m from the base of Yuzawa Kogen under the Shinkansen train tracks.
This parking costs 500 yen per day. During the summer months outside of the ski season, free parking is available just behind the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway base station.

More Information

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Address
Address
Yuzawa 490
Yuzawa-machi
Minamiuonuma-gun
Niigata-ken
949-6101
Telephone
Telephone
025-784-3326
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Resorts usually open and close around the same time each season - if the 2017-2018 planned season dates are still displayed on this page, they can be used as a good indication of the season length.

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