Chateau Shiozawa (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Chateau Shiozawa
シャトー塩沢 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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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

579m
369m
210m
37"
7
3000m
4
20%
40%
40%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
0 0 0 0 4 0 0

Chateau Shiozawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
1st - - 1st - 170cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 260cm
2nd - - 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd - - 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 250cm
4th - - 4th - 185cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 250cm
5th - - 5th - 215cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th - 215cm 6th - 230cm 6th - 220cm
7th - - 7th - 220cm 7th - 230cm 7th - 220cm
8th - - 8th - 210cm 8th - 230cm 8th - 220cm
9th - - 9th - 210cm 9th - 240cm 9th - 200cm
10th - - 10th - 210cm 10th - 230cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th - 170cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th - 170cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th - 170cm 13th - 215cm 13th - 185cm
14th - - 14th - 170cm 14th - 240cm 14th - 180cm
15th - - 15th - 170cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 180cm
16th - - 16th - 160cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 170cm
17th - - 17th - 160cm 17th - 250cm 17th - 140cm
18th - - 18th - 160cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 140cm
19th - - 19th - 160cm 19th - 310cm 19th - 140cm
20th - - 20th - 130cm 20th - 310cm 20th - 140cm
21st - - 21st - 130cm 21st - 310cm 21st - 140cm
22nd - - 22nd - 130cm 22nd - 310cm 22nd - 130cm
23rd - 80cm 23rd - 135cm 23rd - 310cm 23rd - 130cm
24th - 65cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 120cm
25th - 60cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 290cm 25th - 120cm
26th - 75cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 120cm
27th - 140cm 27th - 230cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 110cm
28th - 140cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 270cm 28th - 100cm
29th - 160cm 29th - 265cm 29th - - 29th - 100cm
30th - 160cm 30th - 280cm 30th 30th - 80cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 280cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Previous Statistics

Chateau Shiozawa Facilities

School
School
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. 
Rental
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
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'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
Senior
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
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
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
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)
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
Limited parking is available at both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato base areas.

More Information

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Address
Address
Yoshizato 1562
Minamiuonuma-shi
Niigata-ken
949-6402
Telephone
Telephone
025-782-1191
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
The 2018-2019 winter season is approaching! Hurray!

At the time of writing more than 60% of the ski hills in Japan have still not updated their own information for the upcoming season. We are continuing to manually update the information on these ski resort pages of SnowJapan but for the moment things are unavoidably a mix of old and new. In most cases ski resorts open and close around the same dates each season, so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 2017-2018 season, that is usually a good indication of what to expect this time round.

(30th October 2018)
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