Joetsu Kokusai (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Joetsu Kokusai
上越国際 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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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 resort covers an extremely wide area and has four main interconnected '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 and so the resort is now into it's 51st year for 2018-2019

Joetsu Kokusai and Iwappara resort in neighbouring Yuzawa town offer joint lift tickets and season tickets.

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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Joetsu Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 210cm 140cm 1st 320cm 310cm 1st 240cm 240cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 150cm 2nd 330cm 300cm 2nd 240cm 220cm
3rd - - 3rd 220cm 160cm 3rd 320cm 280cm 3rd 240cm 230cm
4th - - 4th 220cm 170cm 4th 310cm 270cm 4th 230cm 220cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 180cm 5th 300cm 280cm 5th 230cm 210cm
6th - - 6th 200cm 180cm 6th 290cm 280cm 6th 220cm 200cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 200cm 7th 290cm 270cm 7th 220cm 200cm
8th - - 8th 220cm 200cm 8th 290cm 250cm 8th 230cm 200cm
9th 20cm 5cm 9th 230cm 200cm 9th 300cm 250cm 9th 230cm 190cm
10th 60cm 5cm 10th 220cm 200cm 10th 310cm 240cm 10th 220cm 190cm
11th 40cm 5cm 11th 210cm 190cm 11th 310cm 240cm 11th 210cm 190cm
12th 30cm 20cm 12th 210cm 190cm 12th 310cm 240cm 12th 210cm 190cm
13th 30cm 80cm 13th 210cm 190cm 13th 310cm 250cm 13th 200cm 180cm
14th 30cm 120cm 14th 200cm 200cm 14th 310cm 250cm 14th 230cm 170cm
15th 50cm 100cm 15th 200cm 200cm 15th 310cm 240cm 15th 220cm 170cm
16th 50cm 100cm 16th 200cm 200cm 16th 310cm 240cm 16th 210cm 160cm
17th 40cm 100cm 17th 210cm 180cm 17th 320cm 240cm 17th 210cm 160cm
18th 40cm 110cm 18th 210cm 170cm 18th 320cm 270cm 18th 200cm 160cm
19th 40cm 110cm 19th 230cm 170cm 19th 310cm 290cm 19th 200cm 160cm
20th 40cm 110cm 20th 220cm 170cm 20th 300cm 290cm 20th 190cm 160cm
21st 40cm 110cm 21st 240cm 170cm 21st 290cm 290cm 21st 180cm 160cm
22nd 40cm 100cm 22nd 270cm 170cm 22nd 290cm 290cm 22nd 170cm 150cm
23rd 40cm 100cm 23rd 270cm 180cm 23rd 280cm 270cm 23rd 170cm 150cm
24th 40cm 100cm 24th 270cm 190cm 24th 270cm 260cm 24th 180cm 140cm
25th 40cm 90cm 25th 280cm 240cm 25th 260cm 260cm 25th 180cm 140cm
26th 40cm 90cm 26th 300cm 290cm 26th 260cm 260cm 26th 180cm 130cm
27th 40cm 120cm 27th 310cm 310cm 27th 250cm 250cm 27th 170cm 130cm
28th 90cm 140cm 28th 310cm 310cm 28th 250cm 250cm 28th 170cm 130cm
29th 140cm 140cm 29th 320cm 310cm 29th - - 29th 160cm 130cm
30th 180cm 150cm 30th 320cm 310cm 30th 30th 160cm 120cm
31st 210cm 150cm 31st 310cm 310cm 31st 31st 150cm 120cm

Previous Statistics

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 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.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Yuki-no-yuenchi Kids Paradise' area is found in the area in front of the main resort hotel - 500 yen entry charge. 'Spongebob Snow Camp' and children lessons are available.

A child-care facility 'Pou-kun-no-uchi' in front of the hotel is also available. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' can be found by the side of one of the main central courses in front of the hotel and features various items including a half pipe. 

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 open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta in the main area in front of the base hotel is scheduled for every day from 15th December 2018 until 24th March 2019 and is open until 9:00pm.

Nighta in the Osawa and Atema areas of the resort is from 29th December 2018 through 3rd January 2019 and Saturdays between 6th January and 23rd March 2019. Also on 22nd December 2018, 13th January and 10th February 2019.

Joetsu Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years to Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
Long 1 Day (8am-9pm) 4,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-9pm) 4,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days 7,000 yen 3,500 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 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
Kids Paradise Entry 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

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 1,000 yen.

With the Joetsu Kokusai-only season ticket, one day lift tickets for Iwappara or GALA Yuzawa resorts can be bought for 1,000 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.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to the main base of Joetsu Kokusai. The journey takes about 20 minutes. If connections are convenient, it's quicker and recommended to take the local train to the Joetsu Kokusai Ski Jo Mae Station near the base lifts of Joetsu Kokusai.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the main base of Joetsu Kokusai costs around 4,800 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.

>> More information on getting to Minamiuonuma by car
There are 4 main parking areas available at base areas of Joetsu Kokusai. At the main base in the East area there is parking for 1500 vehicles. An additional nearby parking area for up to 2000 vehicles called Mina is usually open only on weekends and holidays. At the South area (Osawa) there is parking for 1000 vehicles at the South area. 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 on every day of the season at the Mina, Osawa and Atema car parks. Parking is free at the main base parking on weekdays; and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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