Chateau Shiozawa (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Chateau Shiozawa
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Thursday 26th December 2019 until late March 2020
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Chateau Shiozawa is located in the western region of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. There are two separate base areas at Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato. Ipponsugi is to the south but both can be accessed from the central Shiozawa town area. The two are connected by the top course and lift of the resort. It is a popular ski hill for school and college ski lesson trips.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Chateau Shiozawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 180cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 210cm
2nd - - 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 280cm 2nd - 215cm
3rd - - 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 310cm 3rd - 215cm
4th - - 4th - 230cm 4th - 310cm 4th - 200cm
5th - - 5th - 230cm 5th - 240cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 240cm 6th - 240cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 240cm 7th - 240cm 7th - 180cm
8th - - 8th - 230cm 8th - 240cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th - 230cm 9th - 240cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th - 250cm 10th - 240cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 250cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 180cm
12th - - 12th - 230cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th - 180cm 13th - 260cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th - 180cm 14th - 280cm 14th - 180cm
15th - - 15th - 180cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 180cm
16th - - 16th - 180cm 16th - 280cm 16th - 180cm
17th - - 17th - 190cm 17th - 280cm 17th - 180cm
18th - - 18th - 230cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 180cm
19th - - 19th - 230cm 19th - 290cm 19th - 170cm
20th - - 20th - 210cm 20th - 290cm 20th - 170cm
21st - - 21st - 230cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 170cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 260cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 230cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 280cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 280cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 310cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 30cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 210cm 27th - 160cm
28th - 80cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 210cm 28th - 160cm
29th - 80cm 29th - 300cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 170cm 30th - 300cm 30th 30th - 150cm
31st - 180cm 31st - 300cm 31st 31st - 120cm

Previous Statistics

Chateau Shiozawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Chateau Shiozawa. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a 'Chibbiko Gelende' play area at the base of the Yoshizato area - free entry. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Chateau Shiozawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Chateau Shiozawa is open from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

Nighta is on a few selected days of the season each year (usually Saturdays and holidays).

Chateau Shiozawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,500 yen 2,600 yen
Half Day 2,600 yen 1,800 yen
2 Days 5,500 yen 4,000 yen
Nighta 1,000 yen 700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 300 yen
7 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Adult & Child (1 day) 5,500 yen
Adult & Child (half day) 4,000 yen

Getting to Chateau Shiozawa

By public transport
16.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
There are two bases to Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato - and they join up at the top of the hill. The Ipponsugi base is just over 3km from Shiozawa Station while the Yoshizato base is slightly nearer. Local trains run between Echigo Yuzawa Station and Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu line and the journey takes about 18 minutes.
Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line in neighbouring Yuzawa town is about 16.5km from Chateau Shiozawa.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station in the winter months.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station costs around 5,000 yen - better to get a taxi from Shiozawa Station on the local Joetsu line.
By Car
9.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
17.2km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.1km away)
Chateau Shiozawa is located almost half way between the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC and the Muikamachi IC exits of the Kanetsu Expressway, both are about 9.5km away from the Ipponsugi base.
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn right onto Route 17 for about 6.5km. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 82 for about 1km, go under the Kanetsu Expressway road and then turn left at the signposts to continue on up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Limited parking is available at both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato base areas.

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