Joetsu Kokusai (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Joetsu Kokusai
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 4th December 2021 until Sunday 3rd April 2022
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Official snow depth 250cm (10cm) [updated on 28th January 2022]

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Joetsu Kokusai (often known as 'Jo-koku') is located in the south western area of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. Despite the name it is actually in the Chuetsu region of Niigata (rather than the Joetsu region). The ski area covers an extremely wide area and has four main interconnected official 'areas'. The main area close to the train station and by the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu is known as East. There are three other areas - the South 'Active Zone' (often known as Osawa), the North 'Panorama Zone' (often known at Atema) and the West 'Forest Zone'. Due to the scale of Joetsu Kokusai, it is a probably a good idea to concentrate on one or two of the areas rather than try to cover it all in one day. Joetsu Kokusai has been operating since 1968.

Joetsu Kokusai and the Iwappara ski area in neighbouring Yuzawa town offer joint lift tickets and season tickets.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town are home to over 20 individual ski areas, including some of the most well-known in Japan. With easy and quick access by train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of Japan's most popular ski destinations. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter.

The Mountain

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Joetsu Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 220cm 220cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 270cm
2nd - - 2nd 210cm 240cm 2nd - 240cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd - - 3rd 200cm 250cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 270cm
4th - - 4th 190cm 240cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 260cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 230cm 5th - 280cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 230cm 6th - 280cm 6th - 240cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 230cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 230cm
8th - - 8th 230cm 260cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 230cm
9th - - 9th 220cm 280cm 9th - 280cm 9th - 230cm
10th - - 10th 210cm 290cm 10th - 300cm 10th - 220cm
11th - - 11th 190cm 290cm 11th - 300cm 11th - 220cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 280cm 12th - 300cm 12th - 210cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 270cm 13th - 290cm 13th - 210cm
14th - 0cm 14th 250cm 270cm 14th - 280cm 14th - 200cm
15th - - 15th 260cm 250cm 15th - 270cm 15th - 200cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 230cm 16th - 270cm 16th - 200cm
17th - - 17th 240cm 240cm 17th - 280cm 17th - 190cm
18th 50cm - 18th 260cm 240cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 190cm
19th 60cm 170cm 19th 260cm 260cm 19th - 310cm 19th - 180cm
20th 75cm 220cm 20th 260cm 270cm 20th - 310cm 20th - 180cm
21st 70cm 240cm 21st 280cm 260cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 170cm
22nd 70cm 240cm 22nd 280cm 250cm 22nd - 290cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd 50cm 230cm 23rd 270cm 250cm 23rd - 280cm 23rd - 160cm
24th 50cm 220cm 24th 260cm 240cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 160cm
25th 50cm 210cm 25th 250cm 230cm 25th - 290cm 25th - 150cm
26th 70cm 250cm 26th 240cm 230cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 150cm
27th 120cm 240cm 27th 240cm 220cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 140cm
28th 160cm 230cm 28th 250cm 210cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 130cm
29th 190cm 220cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 170cm 200cm 30th - 250cm 30th 30th - -
31st 200cm 210cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - -

Joetsu Kokusai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Joetsu Kokusai. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa & Minamiuonuma 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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Kids Paradise area, in front of the main hotel at the base of the ski runs, is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm and the entry charge is 500 yen per day.

The Sori Land sledding area, also in front of the hotel, and the Spongebob Kids Park on the Nagamine run, are both free to use. 
Park Information
Park information
Two half pipes are planned - 100m and 130m - as well as an official snow park area. 

Joetsu Kokusai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Joetsu Kokusai is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

The Atema area planned season is 18th December 2021 until 21st March 2022.

Night skiing is in the main area in front of the base hotel, 5:00pm-9:00pm, from 18th December 2021 until 21st March 2022.

Joetsu Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years to Elementary School age
55 years & over
Long 1 Day (8am-9pm) 4,300 yen 2,500 yen 3,300 yen
6 Hours 3,300 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 3,500 yen 5,500 yen
3 Days 10,500 yen 4,500 yen 7,500 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 35,000 yen 25,000 yen 28,000 yen
Season Ticket (JK + I) 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

Special early (until 17th December 2021) and spring season (from 22nd March 2022) tickets are available as follows:

Adults: 2,000 yen
Junior: 1,500 yen
Senior: 1,500 yen

The Season Ticket noted as 'JK+I' is valid for the season at both Joetsu Kokusai and the Iwappara resorts. With the joint Joetsu Kokusai and Iwappara season ticket, one day lift tickets at GALA Yuzawa can be bought for 1,500 yen.
With the Joetsu Kokusai-only season ticket, one day lift tickets for Iwappara or GALA Yuzawa resorts can be bought for 1,500 yen.
Parking is also free for season ticket holders along with other special discounts.

Getting to Joetsu Kokusai

By public transport
12.5km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.1km from Joetsu Kokusai Ski Jo Mae Station on the Joetsu Line
12.5km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The Joetsu Kokusai Ski Jo Mae Station is a small train station on the Joetsu line and is located right at the base of Joetsu Kokusai - the closest ski lift is about 100m from the station exit. Local trains from the major Echigo Yuzawa Station are available - the train journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Joetsu Kokusai Ski Jo Mae Station takes about 14 minutes. There are shuttle buses available from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the main base of Joetsu Kokusai.
A free shuttle bus is available for guests of the hotel from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. If connections are convenient, it is quicker and recommended to take the local train to the Joetsu Kokusai Ski Jo Mae Station which stops close to the base lifts of Joetsu Kokusai.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the main base of Joetsu Kokusai costs around 4,600 yen.
By Car
5.7km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.4km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
13.3km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 451
The main base of Joetsu Kokusai is about 6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC and just over 9km from the Muikamachi IC of the Kanetsu Expressway.

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 4.5km until reaching a set of traffic lights with a large Joetsu Kokusai sign on the left hand side and a 7-11 on the far right side. Turn left at these traffic lights and go straight ahead for about 1km to arrive at the resort and main base car park.

From the Tsunan town and Tokamachi city areas to the west side using Route 117, turn east off that road onto Prefecture Road 76 at the Atema Iriguchi traffic lights. Follow the road for about 6.5km to the Atema car parks.
There are a number of parking areas available at base areas of Joetsu Kokusai in winter. At the main base in the East area there is parking for 1,500 vehicles. At the South area (Osawa) there is parking for 1,000 vehicles. There is also parking for 500 vehicles at the base of the West area (Atema) which allows good access from Route 117, Tsunan town and Tokamachi city. There is no parking available at the North 'Panorama Zone'.

Parking is free at the Osawa and Atema car parks but there is a charge of 1,000 yen on the main Annex car parks that are open 24 hours.

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