Resort Spotlight: NASPA Ski Garden (Niigata)

NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Town, Niigata


2020-2021 Season
Thursday 24th December 2020 -
Sunday 28th March 2021


NASPA New Otani
is a deluxe hotel, ski and onsen resort set in the spectacular surroundings of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture - just 80 minutes from central Tokyo.

NASPA Ski Garden is the family skiers-only resort located directly behind the hotel.  The resort is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and is also a popular ski resort for families.

The popular Pingu character and friends make NASPA Ski Garden their home over winter and children love meeting the character during their stay.

The resort was first opened in 1992, and so has a modern and efficient lift system serving it's nine varied runs. 

The courses range from very easy gentle slopes - suitable for small children and beginners -  to the very steep and difficult, complete with three steep mogul courses.

The hotel offers special ski and stay packages. and ski lessons in English and Chinese are also available.

** More information on the NASPA website **



NASPA Ski Garden Ticket Charges 2019-2020

(age 13 and over)
(under 12's)
(over 55's)
1 time  450 yen  350 yen 400 yen
8:30am - 1:00pm
 3,300 yen  2,200 yen 2,700 yen
12:30pm - 5:00pm
 3,300 yen  2,200 yen 2,700 yen
5 Hours
5 hours from time of purchase
 3,600 yen  2,700 yen 3,100 yen
1 day
8:30am - 5:00pm
 4,300 yen  3,300 yen  3,800 yen
Day 1: 12:30pm-5pm
Day 2: 8:30am-1pm
 4,900 yen  3,900 yen   4,400 yen
2 days
8:30am - 5:00pm
 6,800 yen  5,100 yen 6,000 yen 
5:00pm - 6:00pm
 500 yen  500 yen 500 yen 
Full Season Ticket  42,000 yen  31,500 yen  36,800 yen
Set Ticket Type Adult Child
One Day Ticket
1 Day + Lunch + Drink
5,000 yen 4,000 yen
Half Day Ticket
Half Day + Lunch + Drink
4,000 yen 3,000 yen
Family Set
2 Adults + 2 Children + Lunch + Drink
16,000 yen


How to get to NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa is an easy journey from Tokyo, taking about 80 minutes by train from central Tokyo and a few hours by car.  The journey takes you north through Saitama and Gunma Prefectures, under a mountain range and into Yuzawa Town.

By Car

The Kanetsu Expressway (toll road) runs through Yuzawa.  The journey from Nerima IC in northern Tokyo to Yuzawa IC is 176km and in good conditions can take less than two hours.  (Please note that in bad weather conditions and peak times, it can take considerably longer).

Directions to NASPA New Otani from Yuzawa IC:
After leaving the Yuzawa IC toll booths, turn right at the traffic lights into Route 17.  Go straight ahead and through another set of traffic lights.  Just before the next set of traffic lights you should see a large NASPA sign on the left hand side of the road.  Turn left at these traffic lights.  Go straight ahead, past Yuzawa Town Office, over the Shinkansen bullet train line until you reach another juntion.  Turn left at this junction.  If you follow this road you will soon see NASPA New Otani.  Under normal conditions, the journey takes less than 5 minutes from Yuzawa IC to NASPA New Otani.   Please see the map below:



By Train

The main station of Yuzawa Town is called Echigo Yuzawa.  The Joetsu Shinkasen (bullet train) stops regularly at Echigo Yuzawa Station.  The fastest train from Tokyo Station takes just 77 minutes, while most take on average between 80 and 90 minutes.

NASPA New Otani is less than  5 minutes away from the station and provides a free Shuttle Bus service (see below) which runs between the station and the resort.

If you are a guest staying at the hotel and arrive at the station and would like the hotel to pick you up from the station at other times, please contact the hotel once you arrive at the station.

Shuttle Bus (free)

The Shuttle Bus Services runs between the main Echigo Yuzawa Station and NASPA New Otani.  The journey from the station takes less than 5 minutes in normal conditions.

Shuttle bus timetables can be found on the official website:

NASPA New Otani [Official Site]