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Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai tie-up... what's it about?

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Hi!

I see that Iwappara in Yuzawa town and Joetsu Kokusai in Minamiuonuma city seem to have a 'joint ticket' and various tie-ups.

What's the story there? 

You can't ski both in a day can you (or would you), they're a 30 minute or so ride from each other, right?

 

 

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They are not really a 2 in one day setup.  As you say it's 30 minutes or so by road from one to the other.

It's more just a business\marketing relationship I think, they are owned by the same company.

They have a joint season ticket too if you like both of them.

 

 

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I am not sure that they even have a bus service from one directly to the other (though I may be wrong).

I usually visited both each season when I lived there though. Joetsu Kokusai would take the best part of a day to cover - it's really spread out and not helped by some slow lifts, but even so I kind of like it. Especially the back and side areas. Iwappara is perfect for beginners, better skiers and boarders will need to head to the top area for some challenge.

 

 

 

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Iwappara is perfect for beginner folk in the wide and gentle main slope.

The only part of it that interests me is the top area.

Not been to Joetsu Kokusai.

 

 

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I wonder if there might have been a plan for a gondola to connect them at one time?  (Maybe not!)

It's just the same company owning them, hence lift ticket stuff and events.

 

 

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Hmmm, that would be a gondola some15km long, crossing over a lot of farms and residences, and then up & over the Maiko ski area to get to the top of Iwappara. I'm guessing no 😎.

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