Resort Spotlight: Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort (Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort
Yuzawa, Niigata

Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort is located in Yuzawa town, with a local train station at it's base and just a few km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. 

There are 16 different courses at Yuzawa Nakazato with unique features, offering a variety of challenges for skiers and boarders or different abilities.

The courses include tricks ideal for beginners (cross and mogul courses) and some other trickier ones designed for intermediate or experienced skiers (free-ride park and board park).

For families, there are numerous facilities that encourage children to have fun - a snowy playground called Smile Kids Park with a snow escalator as well as Jet Train Park where you can enjoy playing in the snow and riding snow vehicles.  Smile Kids Room is great for younger children.

There is a free 'Blue Train' rest station - a real train carriage - where you can sit and warm yourself during the day.


16/17 Planned Season
Until Sunday 2nd April 2017

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Course name Length Max grad Av grad
Slope No 2 300m 14° 11°
Slope No 3 1010m 14° 9°
Slope No 5 750m 18° 8°
Slope No 6 7550m 18° 11°
Forest 5300m 9° 5°
Panorama 500m 25° 17°
Parallel 650m 24° 12°
Dynamic 600m 32° 17°
Giant 580m 32° 22°
Challenge Bahn 370m 32° 25°
Extreme 200m 31° 24°

Lift Tickets 16/17

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
One day ticket 4,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,300 yen
Two day ticket 7,500 yen 4,000 yen 5,700 yen
Morning ticket (Open to 1pm) 3,300 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen
Afternoon ticket (12pm to 5pm) 3,300 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen
1 lift coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 lift coupons 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Nighta (5pm to 9pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen

Night skiing at Yuzawa Nakazato is planned on the following dates:

- Every Saturday between 7th January and 11th March 2017
- 29th December 2016 - 3rd January 2017
- 8th January 2017



Ski & Snowboard Rental

Ski Set Skis
Boots Poles
Adult 3,900 yen 2,700 yen 2,000 yen 500 yen 3,900 yen
Child (elementary school age) 2,900 yen 2,200 yen 1,700 yen 500 yen 2,900 yen
Young Child 2,400 yen 1,700 yen 1,200 yen 300 yen 2,400 yen


How to get to Yuzawa Nakazato


A free shuttle bus service is available from Echigo Yuzawa Station (Joetsu Shinkansen) to Yuzawa Nakazato - the journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

However, you can also take the local train directly to Echigo Nakazato Station which is located right at the base of the ski hill.  Transfer at Echigo Yuzawa onto the local Joetsu line train - the journey takes 8 minutes.


Yuzawa Nakazato is just 5km from the exit of the Yuzawa IC (Interchange) of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll) road.  167km from the Tokyo area.  After exiting the IC, turn left onto Route 17 and follow the signs.  Free parking every day of the season!


Information on other resorts in the Smile Resorts group:

- Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma, Niigata)
- Asahi Tengston Snow Park (Hamada, Shimane)
- Muikamachi Ski Resort (Minamiuonuma, Niigata)
- Ninox Snow Park (Shibata, Niigata)