GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until early May 2021
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GALA Yuzawa is famous for being the only ski and snowboard resort in Japan with its own Shinkansen bullet train station - the train station and ski gondola which goes up to the base of the main courses are actually in the same base building. Such convenience makes GALA Yuzawa extremely popular for day-trips from Tokyo and the resort increasingly caters for the growing number of international visitors. GALA Yuzawa has been operating since 1990.

There are four main areas to GALA - Central Area, Southern Area, Northern Area and the downhill course. With a relatively high altitude, GALA Yuzawa enjoys a long season and generally some of the best snow conditions in the region. Much of the Southern Area is left ungroomed and is usually relatively quiet. There is also an ungroomed course (Super Swan) in the Northern Area.

GALA Yuzawa is lift-connected to the Yuzawa Kogen resort (from the Southern Area) and also to the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort (from the Northern Area). A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three resorts is available - it is called 'Yuzawa Snow Link'. A new simple course that connects the North Area with the base of the Central Area opened for the 2017-2018 season and last season the ‘play in the snow’ area near the Central base - called 'Snow Enjoyment Park' - has been expanded.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city - located around 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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GALA Yuzawa is lift-connected with:
Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Kogen

GALA Yuzawa Course Map

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GALA Yuzawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 220cm 1st 120cm 340cm 1st 190cm 270cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 210cm 2nd 140cm 380cm 2nd 180cm 270cm
3rd - - 3rd 90cm 230cm 3rd 150cm 370cm 3rd 170cm 270cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 270cm 4th 150cm 360cm 4th 150cm 270cm
5th - - 5th 120cm 270cm 5th 150cm 330cm 5th 150cm 270cm
6th - - 6th 150cm 240cm 6th 180cm 320cm 6th 170cm 270cm
7th - - 7th 150cm 280cm 7th 200cm 310cm 7th 190cm 270cm
8th - - 8th 140cm 280cm 8th 210cm 310cm 8th 180cm 270cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 260cm 9th 210cm 300cm 9th 170cm 290cm
10th - - 10th 100cm 310cm 10th 250cm 310cm 10th 150cm 290cm
11th - - 11th 110cm 290cm 11th 240cm 330cm 11th 140cm 280cm
12th - - 12th 100cm 270cm 12th 240cm 330cm 12th 130cm 270cm
13th 20cm - 13th 110cm 270cm 13th 230cm 340cm 13th 140cm 270cm
14th 20cm - 14th 110cm 270cm 14th 210cm 340cm 14th 130cm 260cm
15th - 80cm 15th 120cm 270cm 15th 170cm 340cm 15th 120cm 300cm
16th 30cm 80cm 16th 110cm 250cm 16th 170cm 340cm 16th 130cm 290cm
17th 30cm 80cm 17th 130cm 260cm 17th 150cm 330cm 17th 130cm 280cm
18th 20cm 70cm 18th 120cm 250cm 18th 130cm 350cm 18th 150cm 270cm
19th 0cm 80cm 19th 120cm 260cm 19th 180cm 340cm 19th 150cm 270cm
20th 0cm 80cm 20th 120cm 300cm 20th 190cm 340cm 20th 130cm 270cm
21st 0cm 90cm 21st 120cm 270cm 21st 170cm 310cm 21st 130cm 270cm
22nd 0cm 90cm 22nd 140cm 340cm 22nd 150cm 300cm 22nd 130cm 250cm
23rd 0cm 90cm 23rd 150cm 350cm 23rd 140cm 300cm 23rd 130cm 240cm
24th 0cm 80cm 24th 150cm 340cm 24th 150cm 290cm 24th 120cm 240cm
25th 30cm 90cm 25th 130cm 340cm 25th 160cm 290cm 25th 140cm 270cm
26th 30cm 90cm 26th 120cm 340cm 26th 160cm 290cm 26th 160cm 270cm
27th 30cm 90cm 27th 120cm 340cm 27th 160cm 280cm 27th 140cm 250cm
28th 50cm 100cm 28th 110cm 360cm 28th 180cm 270cm 28th 120cm 250cm
29th 60cm 150cm 29th 100cm 350cm 29th 200cm - 29th 110cm 250cm
30th 60cm 200cm 30th 100cm 370cm 30th 30th 140cm 250cm
31st 50cm 230cm 31st 90cm 360cm 31st 31st 150cm 250cm

Previous Statistics

GALA Yuzawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at GALA Yuzawa - lessons in English and other languages are available directly with the resort. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area, 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 'Snow Enjoyment Park' (playing in the snow) area with a moving walkway is near the base of the ski runs in the Central Area of GALA Yuzawa. Renewed and expanded last season.

A 'Kids Room' child-care facility is also available on the 2nd Floor of the Resthouse 'Cheers' and is for children ages 2-6 years old. The charge for one hour is 1,200 yen. Open 10:00am until 12:00pm and 1:00pm until 4:00pm daily, from 14th December 2019 until 5th April 2020. 
Park Information
Park information

GALA Yuzawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
GALA Yuzawa is generally open (first to last gondola of the day) from 8:00am until 5:30pm. The base Ski Center opens from 7:00am daily.

On the following dates, the Ski Center is open until 8:00pm:
- Saturdays between 4th January and 31st March 2020; 28th-29th December 2019; 12th January; 23rd February 2020

There is no nighta at GALA Yuzawa.

GALA Yuzawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 5,000 yen 2,500 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days 7,800 yen 3,900 yen 6,600 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,400 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,400 yen
PM3 (3pm-close) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,800 yen
Gondola (1 day) 1,800 yen 900 yen 1,800 yen
Season Ticket 41,000 yen 20,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Pre-schoolers ride the lifts for free at GALA Yuzawa.

A return ride on the Barouche quad lift costs 1,000 yen (adults and seniors), 500 yen (child).

The above ticket charges are valid from 14th December 2019 until 31st March 2020. Spring season tickets to be announced later.

Children's Day (Kodomo-no-hi) is the third Sunday of the month between December and April. On those days the lift ticket for children is available for no charge.

A ticket that is valid for every day from 1st February 2020 costs 32,000 yen (16,000 yen child).
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st March 2020 costs 21,600 yen (10,800 yen child).
A ticket that is valid on every day from 1st April 2020 costs 11,600 yen (5,800 yen child).

Yuzawa Snow Link 2019-2020

The 'Yuzawa Snow Link' ticket is valid at GALA Yuzawa and the connecting Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020 and allows unlimited access across all three ski resorts.

- 1 day >> 5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors
- 1 day >> 6,200 yen adults; 4,700 yen children; 5,500 yen seniors (* 4th Jan - 15th March)
- 2 days >> 10,000 yen adults; 7,600 yen children; 8,900 yen seniors

The Landau Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen will be operating between 4th January and 15th March 2020.
The Buggy ski lift connecting GALA Yuzawa with Ishiuchi Maruyama will be operating between 4th January and 15th March 2020.
A shuttle bus between the base areas operates every day during the open period.

Getting to GALA Yuzawa

By public transport
0km from Gala Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.9km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
1.9km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
GALA Yuzawa is unique in that it has it's own Shinkansen bullet train station. As an extension to the main Joetsu Shinkansen line and just 2km further on from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station, the GALA Yuzawa building houses both the train platform and the ski resort gondola. Not all Joetsu Shinkansen train services stop at Gala Yuzawa Station and so be sure before choosing which train. If you do get on a train that stops only at Echigo Yuzawa Station, there are free shuttle buses from there to GALA Yuzawa and they only take around five minutes.

Connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

Excellent value day trip return tickets that include the Joetsu Shinkansen train and ski lift tickets are available.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. Another free shuttle bus connects GALA Yuzawa with the nearby Yuzawa Kogen and NASPA Ski Garden resorts and there are bus connections to nearby Ishiuchi Maruyama.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to GALA Yuzawa takes less than 5 minutes and costs around 900 yen.
By Car
4.1km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
6.3km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 17 and continue north towards Minamiuonuma for 3.4km after which there is a large sign for GALA Yuzawa on the left hand side. Turn left at the sign and follow the road for about 700m to the car parks at GALA Yuzawa. There is a small car park right in front of the GALA Yuzawa building, and once that is full staff will direct you to the other nearby car parks.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
GALA Yuzawa is about 4km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking at Gala Yuzawa is free every day of the season.

Open 24 hours a day with space for about 400 cars.

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