Yuzawa Park (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Park
湯沢パーク (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Friday 16th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Yuzawa Park is a fairly small ski hill located in the snow and onsen resort of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. It is found to the east of the central Yuzawa town with good access from both the train station and expressway. Back in the early 90's, Yuzawa Park was one of the first resorts in the region to allow snowboarders when most resorts were 'skier-only'.

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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Yuzawa Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 70cm 1st 180cm 85cm 1st 180cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 35cm 70cm 2nd 180cm 85cm 2nd 180cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 30cm 70cm 3rd 195cm 100cm 3rd 180cm 90cm
4th - - 4th 30cm 60cm 4th 210cm 100cm 4th 180cm 90cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 40cm 5th 185cm 100cm 5th 180cm 90cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 30cm 6th 160cm 90cm 6th 180cm 70cm
7th - - 7th 50cm 30cm 7th 175cm 90cm 7th 170cm 80cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 35cm 8th 195cm 95cm 8th 190cm 70cm
9th - - 9th 50cm 45cm 9th 200cm 90cm 9th 180cm 50cm
10th - - 10th 55cm 35cm 10th 200cm 130cm 10th 180cm 60cm
11th - - 11th 75cm 35cm 11th 200cm 150cm 11th 190cm 60cm
12th - - 12th 80cm 35cm 12th 220cm 140cm 12th 180cm 60cm
13th - - 13th 110cm 30cm 13th 230cm 120cm 13th 180cm 60cm
14th - - 14th 130cm 30cm 14th 230cm 100cm 14th 180cm 50cm
15th - - 15th 160cm 30cm 15th 230cm 90cm 15th 180cm 55cm
16th 50cm - 16th 170cm 30cm 16th 220cm 100cm 16th 180cm 60cm
17th 60cm - 17th 170cm 30cm 17th 210cm 100cm 17th 180cm 50cm
18th 50cm - 18th 170cm 40cm 18th 190cm 130cm 18th 180cm 45cm
19th 40cm - 19th 170cm 40cm 19th 210cm 120cm 19th 170cm 40cm
20th 35cm - 20th 170cm 40cm 20th 200cm 100cm 20th 170cm 40cm
21st 30cm - 21st 170cm 70cm 21st 210cm 80cm 21st 160cm 40cm
22nd 30cm 5cm 22nd 170cm 80cm 22nd 220cm 90cm 22nd 160cm 30cm
23rd 5cm - 23rd 190cm 90cm 23rd 200cm 85cm 23rd 160cm 40cm
24th 10cm - 24th 195cm 80cm 24th 210cm 90cm 24th 170cm 30cm
25th 10cm - 25th 230cm 95cm 25th 200cm 95cm 25th 170cm 45cm
26th 15cm - 26th 230cm 100cm 26th 190cm 90cm 26th 170cm 40cm
27th 15cm - 27th 215cm 90cm 27th 190cm 80cm 27th 160cm 40cm
28th 25cm 20cm 28th 215cm 85cm 28th 180cm 80cm 28th 160cm 30cm
29th 25cm 40cm 29th 170cm 85cm 29th - 75cm 29th 160cm 30cm
30th 55cm 70cm 30th 170cm 90cm 30th 30th 150cm 10cm
31st 55cm 70cm 31st 190cm 85cm 31st 31st 150cm 10cm

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa Park. 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 'Kids Park' is located at the base of Yuzawa Park and is open from 8:30am until 5pm and offers a sledging area as well as a safe place to play in the snow.

There is also a 'Nanchatte Park' area for children and beginners that has some items including a jump, wave, and bank. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snowboard Park' is open from 9am until 4pm. 

Yuzawa Park 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
Yuzawa Park is open from 8:30am until 5pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Yuzawa Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 150 yen 200 yen 200 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Infants can ride the lifts for free.

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on Sunday 15th January, Sunday 19th February and Monday 20th March 2017. On those dates, a 1 day lift ticket for children is 1,000 yen.

Ladies Day is every Friday between 6th January and 24th March 2017. On those days, a 1 day lift ticket for ladies costs 2,000 yen.

Senior Service Day is every Thursday between 5th January and 23rd March 2017. On those days, a 1 day lift ticket for seniors (55+) costs 2,000 yen.

Getting to Yuzawa Park

By public transport
4.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
4.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The nearest train station is Iwappara Ski Jo Mae (less than 2km away), but that is a very small local Joetsu line station. Most people use the main Echigo Yuzawa Station (Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line) which is just under 5km from Yuzawa Park. 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 service is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. A taxi journey from the station costs around 1,900 yen.
By Car
3.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
12.2km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (2.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 361
From Yuzawa IC, 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 another set of traffic lights by a Save On convenience store. Turn right at these traffic lights and continue straight on for about 1km through two sets of traffic lights. After going under the Kanetsu Expressway bridge and then the local train line bridge, take the immediate left left to head towards Yuzawa Park. The resort is about 1.5km further down that road on the right hand side.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There is parking for 1000 vehicles at the base of Yuzawa Park. Parking is free every day and open 24 hours.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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