Planning to hit somewhere else the next day, I hit the nighter at Yonezawa on the way.
It is a fairly small hill, though most of it is open for the nighter. There was one lift around the back (north side) that was not running, serving a beginner/intermediate slope. The two lifts on the front side were running, both fixed pair lifts. Between the two, almost all of the front-side terrain was available and lit up, including the steepest bits, so really there is not much to be missed by going at night instead of in the day time.
The place was groomed fairly smoothly all over, which made for some nice fast carving from the top of the #1 lift. There was a natural mogul bahn to the left of the expert course, and some training mogul runs carved into the lower slopes at various turn radii. Also some park features beside the #2 lift. The rest of the hill was just smooth carving.
There is a pension mura located in the woods to the side of the #1 lift, with a beginner course running through them. Literally ski-in/ski-out. They looked very cozy lit up in the night, with customers seen sitting around tables through the windows. Wouldn't mind trying one out some time.
Had a nice couple of hours zipping around the hill. Seems like it might be a bit small for a whole day, but it makes a great, full-featured nighter. I could definitely see pairing it with another destination again some time.
It is not too far from downtown Yonezawa, and they have nighters every day of the week, not just weekends.
From 07 February, 2015
Snow condition on visit:
Packed powder on icy base
Things I liked:
Variety of terrain available for the nighter.
Things I didn't like:
Authentic Japan experience