Resort Spotlight: Kagura (Yuzawa, Niigata)
Kagura is located in Yuzawa town, Niigata Prefecture and famous for great powder snow for a long season ever year due to its high altitude. The ski area also has easy access to the backcountry area that attracts expert riders from all over the world.
Kagura is divided into three areas, Kagura, Tashiro and Mitsumata. The central Kagura area is got to either from Tashiro or Mitsumata, both of which have a Ropeway from base car parks by the main Route 17 road.
Due to Kagura’s high altitude (1,800m), the resort receives an abundant amount of light dry powder snow and has the longest ski season in Japan. On-piste terrain offers plenty of trails for beginners and intermediates, and powder lovers will enjoy the ungroomed trails and tree runs which are easily accessed from the lifts. Some of Japan’s most exciting backcountry terrain is also accessible from the top of Kagura.
Kagura is also connected to the famous Naeba resort via the one of the worlds longest gondolas called the Dragondola (as well as resort area shuttle buses).
Planned Kagura Season 2018-2019
23rd November 2018 until 26th May 2019 (Kagura & Mitsumata)
'Dragondola' - Japan's longest gondola
A 25-minute ride takes you from the Tashiro area of Kagura to the nearby Naeba ski resort. The gondola also operates in the summer and fall months, used by people looking at the autumn leaf colours, forest viewers, and other nature lovers.
Naeba Prince Hotel is the large hotel located right at the base of Naeba, offering ski-in ski-out access to the slopes. For more information on the Naeba Prince Hotel please view the information on SnowJapan or the hotel website.
How to get to Kagura
Kagura is located in Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture. The Mitsumata Ropeway station is about 20 minutes from the central area of Yuzawa town.
By train and public transportation:
Take the Joetsu Shinkansen train direct from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station, which is in central Yuzawa Town. The train usually takes around 70-85 minutes depending on which train service you take. From Echigo Yuzawa Station, take the shuttle bus direct to either the Mitsumata Ropeway or Tashiro Ropeway base.
- To Mitsumata Ropeway: Adults - 380 yen, Children - 190 yen
* Operates only on Saturdays, holidays and between 29th December 2018 and 3rd January 2019.
Kagura is about 15 minutes drive from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll road) on Route 17. Turn left from the exit to head up towards the Mitsumata Ropeway or Tashiro Ropeway... both are just by the side of the road and well signposted.
Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season
Kagura offers various types of lift tickets including the Mt. Naeba Joint Lift Ticket, which covers both Kagura and Naeba, as well as lift tickets valid for Kagura only. SEIBU PRINCE CLUB members are eligible for a 500 yen discount on lift tickets!
Mt. Naeba Joint Lift Ticket (includes Naeba & Kagura)
Kagura Only Lift Ticket (includes Kagura, Mitsumata, Tashiro)
Kagura Ski Resort Gondola Ticket
* Free lifts for children 12 yrs. and under
Kagura Rental 2018-2019 Season
Skis, snowboard, and ski wear equipment rentals are available at both Mitsumata Station and Tashiro Station in Kagura. Backcountry skis, snowboard, and avalanche equipment are also available at Kagura Powder Station in the Mitsumata parking lot.
Restaurants on the ski hill