I wanted to check out a Niigata resort on my way back from Hokkaido and managed to squeeze in a day and a half at Kagura, about which I'd heard a lot of good things. Here are my thoughts:-
1. There's a lot of terrain. Although Tashiro was closed (I'm not sure if this was due to late-season or post-earthquake electricity-saving), it's a big resort and of course you've got Naeba next door too.
2. The top areas (accessed from the skiers' left of Kagura pair lift #5) looked fantastic, though that lift only runs late-season. Sadly the snow was heavy Spring slush when I went but it would be worth a hike out on a good day!
3. Good access to Mitsumata Ropeway from Echigo-Yuzawa station either by ski shuttle bus (300 yen) or local bus (470Yen incl. skis or snowboard). I can therefore imagine the Mitsumata area (especially the locker areas) getting very crowded in high season but it was fine at the end of March.
4. It takes a long time to get to the top of the mountain from the Mitsumata Ropeway - definitely a case of all good things come to those who wait!
5. I don't know if it's a permament fixture but there was a Ride/K2 demo place in the Mistumata car park when I went, so I gave my board a rest and tried out 3 of next year's boards for 1,000Yen - sweet!
Overall, I enjoyed Kagura even though Tashiro was closed and the snow wasn't great. Would definitely like to return when it's all up and running and of course, with some decent snow!