Echo Valley (Nagawa Town, Nagano)

Echo Valley
(長野県 長和町)
Planned season: Early December 2019 until late March 2020
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Echo Valley is located to the north west of Lake Shirakaba in Nagawa town in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It has been operating since 1981.

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Echo Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Echo Valley. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a beginners area that can be used before riding the lifts. On weekends and holidays the 'Slow Area' by the Number 2 triple lift is open. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no specific Snow Park areas. 

Echo Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Echo Valley is open from 8:00am until 4:00pm every day.

Nighta is scheduled for Saturdays between late January and late February 2020.

Echo Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Under 12 years
55 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen
2 Days 6,000 yen 3,000 yen
Morning 3,500 yen
Afternoon 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 46,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm on Saturdays between mid January and late February 2019.

Getting to Echo Valley

By public transport
41.3km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.6km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Echo Valley is under 25km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 41km from Echo Valley.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line
No shuttle bus information is available.
By Car
26.8km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
29.8km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
39.4km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (2.3km away)
Echo Valley is located to the north west of Shirakaba lake and just over 2km off Route 152, otherwise known as Daimon Highway.

From the Suwa IC exit on the Chuo Expressway, turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to and past Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to the resort which is signposted off Route 152 to the north of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway
There is parking for 2,500 vehicles at the base of Echo Valley. Parking is free to use and open 24 hours a day.

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(Updated 24th September)

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