Resort Spotlight: Naeba (Niigata)

Yuzawa Town,Niigata Prefecture

Naeba is one of the most well-known and loved ski and snowboard resorts in Japan.  Located just two hours away from central Tokyo, it makes for a fine long-stay ski holiday as well as a place to get in a day trip!
** Naeba Now daily report **
** Naeba resort data on SnowJapan **

Naeba hosted Japan’s first ever FIS Ski World Cup in 1973 and since then has gone on to host numerous other FIS ski, snowboard, and freestyle world cups. The 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup was held on the slopes of Naeba between 12th-14th February 2016.

Directly in front of the large Naeba Prince Hotel (more information below), the ski resort offers a wide range of courses and activities designed for the whole family and varying skill levls. There are fun beginner slopes for children, challenging trails for advanced skiers, as well as two large freestyle terrain parks, a children’s terrain park and also a ski cross course.

At night, the slopes in front of the hotel are beautifully illuminated for night skiing.

The fun doesn’t stop at Naeba though - the 5.5 km Dragondola connects Naeba with the neighboring Tashiro area of Kagura ski and snowboard resort.

Together, Naeba and Kagura form 'Mt. Naeba'. Kagura by itself is another large-scale ski and snowboard resort with numerous runs, expansive terrain parks and is well known for it's snow conditions, amazing backcountry terrain and long season until the end of May. A combined lift ticket for Mt Naeba is available.

Since the 2011 season, Naeba has been home to the world’s first combined indoor and outdoor ski program for young children called 'Pandaruman' which allows children to get accustomed to skiing in a safe and warm indoor environment before moving onto the outdoor slopes.

There are also plenty of other activities at Naeba including a family orientated snow-play area with snow tubing, snow rafting, and snow train rides, as well as a snowmobile riding park. Non-skiers can also use the Dragondola to experience the regions beautiful winter scenery during the 20 minute ride.

Planned Naeba Season 2018-2019

The season at Naeba is daily from Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019

Daytime operations
From 8:00am until 5:00pm

Night floodlit skiing
'Nighta' is from Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019, until 8:30pm.

Please note: All dates are subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

** Click here for full map in English **

Course name Min elevation Max elevation Vertical Length Max Ave. Width Difficulty
Takenokoyama 1770m 1600m 170m 410m 32° 24° 30-80m Advanced
Takenokoyama No 2 1620m 1555m 65m 170m 31° 23° 30-50m Advanced
Takenokoyama Skyline 1770m 1590m 180m 1245m 22° 8° 5-20m Intermediate-beginner
Takenodaira 1590m 1505m 85m 435m 15° 11° 50-80m Beginner
Daishamen 1500m 1310m 190m 500m 26° 22° 50-80m Intermediate
Downhill Course 1305m 1035m 270m 900m 26° 17° 30-80m Intermediate
Challenge Course 1245m 1020m 225m 875m 26° 15° 20-40m Intermediate
Mens Riesen Slalom 1280m 1035m 245m 540m 32° 27° 50-80m Advanced
Womens Riesen Slalom 1250m 1035m 215m 510m 32° 25° 40-80m Advanced
Mens Slalom 1210m 1080m 130m 250m 32° 31° 40-80m Advanced
Wakuwaku Course 1145m 1055m 90m 665m 20° 8° 5-70m Intermediate
Number 4 high speed 1035m 910m 125m 835m 14° 8° 30-80m Beginner
Number 5 1055m 910m 145m 670m 18° 12° 50-100m Beginner
Number 4 965m 910m 55m 310m 11° 10° 50-80m Beginner
Number 3 1080m 905m 175m 610m 20° 16° 50-100m Intermediate
Number 2 1080m 905m 175m 670m 18° 15° 50-80m Beginner
Number 1 1040m 940m 100m 370m 18° 16° 30-50m Intermediate
Number 4 New course 1080m 1010m 70m 150m 31° 28° 30-50m Advanced
World Cup mogul course 1070m 965m 105m 485m 26° 12° 20-40m Advanced
Dragondola connecting course 1085m 920m 165m 1034m 15° 9° 5-50m Beginner
Hiuchi 975m 900m 75m 760m 14° 6° 5-50m Beginner
Splash Bowl 1410m 1270m 140m 200m 45° 35° 50-80m Top advanced!
Terrain Park Snow Cross 1070m 965m 105m 482m 26° 12° 20-40m  
Terrain Park Fun Rail Course 960m 905m 55m 276m 21° 11° 30-40m  


Lift Name Length Vertical Speed Time Capacity/hr
1 Dragondola 5481m 425m 6.0m/s 15min 13s 1,600
2 Prince Number 1 Gondola 2221m 758m 5.0m/s 7min 24s 1,800
3 Prince Number 2 Gondola 1753m 606m 5.0m/s 5min 50s 2,400
4 Number 2 high speed lift 1135m 381m 4.0m/s 4m 43s 2,400
5 Number 3 high speed lift 723m 191m 4.0m/s 3 00 2,400
6 Number 4 high speed lift 765m 133m 4.0m/s 3 11 2,400
7 Number 5 high speed lift 654m 151m 4.0m/s 2 43 2,400
8 Number 8 high speed lift 779m 235m 4.0m/s 3 14 2,400
9 Hiuchi Number 1 romance lift 490m 94m 2.0m/s 4 05 1,058
10 Number 4 romance lift 1/2 325m 59m 1.8m/s 3 00 1,200
11 Daishamen romance lift 766m 298m 2.0m/s 6 23 900
12 Takenokodaira romance lift 1/2 426m 86m 2.3m/s 3 05 1,200
13 Takenokoyama romance lift 557m 257m 2.3m/s 4 02 1,200


Naeba Prince Hotel

Naeba Prince Hotel is located right at the base of the ski hill 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 Naeba

Naeba is located in Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture. The resort is about 30 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 Naeba. This bus journey usually takes around 40 minutes.

The following bus is free and exclusively for Naeba Prince Hotel guests.

14th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
Leaving Echigo Yuzawa East Exit

* This service only operates on Saturdays, 13th January, 10th February and 28th December-3rd January only
This service only operates on Fridays only

By car:

The Tsukiyono IC of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll road) is about 33km from Naeba and the journey takes around 50 minutes on Route 17.
The Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll road) is about 21km from Naeba and the journey takes around 35 minutes on Route 17.


Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season

Ticket price     22nd Dec
24th Mar
Mt Naeba ticket
Valid at Naeba + Kagura
Open until 5pm Adult 5,700 yen    
Senior 5,000 yen    
Junior/Senior high school student 4,300 yen    
      22nd Dec -
27th Dec;
7th Jan -
24th Mar
28th Dec -
6th Jan
9th Dec -
21st Dec;
25th Mar -
31 Mar
1 day ticket Open until 5pm Adult 5,000 yen 5,200 yen 4,600 yen
Senior 4,500 yen 4,700 yen 4,100 yen
Junior/Senior high school student 4,000 yen 4,200 yen 3,800 yen
2 hour ticket Time of purchase for 2 hours Adult 3,700 yen 3,900 yen 3,400 yen
Junior/Senior high school student
5 hour ticket Time of purchase for 5 hours Adult 4,500 yen 4,700 yen 4,000 yen
Junior/Senior high school student
Afternoon + night ticket 12 noon until end of night Adult 5,000 yen 5,200 yen 5,000 yen
Junior/Senior high school student
Weekday/Sunday night ticket 4pm until end of nighta Adult 2000 yen
Junior/Senior high school student
Saturday/special day* night ticket 4pm until end of nighta Adult 3,000 yen
Junior/Senior high school student

* Dragondola one-way ticket only is 1,500 yen; round trip 2,200 yen
* Prince Number 1 Gondola and Prince Number 2 Gondola one-way ticket is 1,200 yen; round trip 1,600 yen


Naeba Ski Rental 2018-2019 Season

There are a number of different ski and snowboard equipment rental options available at Naeba.

For those arriving at Naeba on day trips

Day centre 'N Plateau'.
Open from 15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019 from 7:45am until 5:00pm.
You can swap around equipment during the day and try different makes and styles.

Salomon Station - South Gate
Open from 15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
7:45am until 5:00pm (until 8:30pm when nighta).

For those staying in Naeba Prince Hotel, special rental prices are available

Number 2 Rental - Open from 21st December 2018 until 31st March 2019 - 7:30am until end of nighta
Number 4 Rental - Open from 8th December 2018 until 31st March 2019 - 7:30am until end of nighta.
Number 6 Rental - Open from 21st December 2018 until 10th March 2019 - 7:30am until end of nighta.
All facilities open until the end of nighta when nighta is available.

Normal charges
Period   Charge
Ski or snowboard set 1 day Adult 5,000 yen
Child 3,000 yen
5 hours Adult 4,000 yen
Child 2,500 yen
Wear + set 1 day Adult 7,500 yen
Child 5,000 yen
5 hours Adult 6,000 yen
Child 4,000 yen
Skis only or snowboard only 1 day Adult 3,000 yen
Child 1,800 yen
5 hours Adult 2,500 yen
Child 1,500 yen
Boots only 1 day Adult 2,500 yen
Child 1,800 yen
5 hours Adult 2,000 yen
Child 1,500 yen
Ski poles only 1 day Adult 800 yen
Child 500 yen
Night set From 4pm Adult 3,000 yen
Child 1,800 yen
Night wear + set From 4pm Adult 4,500 yen
Child 3,000 yen
Wear Upper and pants Adult 3,500 yen
Child 2,500 yen
5 hours Adult 3,000 yen
Child 2,000 yen
Upper or lower each Adult 2,000 yen
Child 1,500 yen
5 hours Adult 1,500 yen
Child 1,000 yen
Sled   500 yen
Helmet Adult 500 yen
Child 300 yen

* 'Ski set' includes skis and boots and poles
* 'Snowboard set' includes snowboard and boots
* 'Wear + set' includes the above ski or snowboard set and also wear (note that gloves, hat and goggles are not included)


Ski School

If you are a beginner or just wanting to improve your skiing or snowboarding skills, you can take lessons in English and other languages while at Naeba.



Wakuwaku Family Snow Land
15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
9:30am until 4:00pm, until 4:30pm on Saturdays and holidays
Entry 1,200 yen per person (above 3 years)
Snow train 600 yen, sledge rental included in entry fee

Pandaruman Hiroba
15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
9:00am until 4:00pm, until 4:30pm on Saturdays and holidays
Entry fee 1,000 yen
Sledge play


Day Trip Ski Center

'N Plateau'
15th December 2018 until 31st March 2019
Entrance hall: shop, changing rooms, coin lockers
Comfort Center Dorf: Information counter, day rental, shop, food court, Naeba Onsen, dressing room
World Cup Lodge: Free rest area, rental room, locker rooms, kids room, shop, changing rooms and coin lockers


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