GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 11th December 2021 until Thursday 5th May 2022
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GALA Yuzawa is famous for being the only ski area 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 ski area 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 Falcon 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 Yuzawa Kogen (from the Southern Area) and also to Ishiuchi Maruyama (from the Northern Area). A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three ski areas is available.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city 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. Yuzawa town is known as being the inspiration for the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country).

The Mountain

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GALA Yuzawa is lift-connected with:
Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Kogen

GALA Yuzawa Snow Depth Statistics

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

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 ski area 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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Snow Enjoyment Park (Yuki Asobi Park) area with a moving walkway is near the base of the ski runs in the Central Area of GALA Yuzawa. It is free to use (though you need to get up there via the Gondola which is charged). Usually open from 8:15am until 4:00pm during the main season and until 3:00pm during the spring season.

A Kids Room child-care facility is available on the 2nd Floor of the Resthouse 'Cheers' and is for children ages 2-6 years old. The charge for two hours is 2,400 yen. Open from 10:00am until 12:00pm and from 1:30pm until 3:30pm, between 11th December 2021 and 3rd April 2022. 
Park Information
Park information
The Snow Park is in the Northern Area comprising of a Step Up Park, Free Ride Park and Kicker Zone.

There is also a Free Ride Park Eliza area in the Southern Area. 

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 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
The Gondola lift at GALA Yuzawa is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

It is open until 4:00pm from 1st April 2022.

The base Ski Center building is normally open from 7:00am until 7:15pm.

There is no night skiing at GALA Yuzawa.

GALA Yuzawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day 5,200 yen 2,600 yen 4,400 yen
2 Days 8,000 yen 4,000 yen 6,800 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,600 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,600 yen
PM3 (3pm-close) 2,200 yen 1,100 yen 2,000 yen
Gondola (1 day) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket 42,800 yen 21,400 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

Pre school age children can ride the lifts for free at GALA Yuzawa (up to 2 children).

The above ticket charges are valid from 18th December 2021 until 31st March 2022.

Cheaper tickets are available online and also for the early and late seasons (until 17th December 2021 and from 1st April 2022).

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.
On arriving at GALA Yuzawa Station there is no need for a shuttle bus because the gondola to the ski slopes is within the same building.

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 ski areas and there are also 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.
GALA Yuzawa is about 4km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking at GALA Yuzawa is free every day of the season.

The car parks are open 24 hours a day with space for about 400 cars.

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