GALA Yuzawa (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 11th December 2021 until early May 2022
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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.

A new IC card lift ticket system has been installed at GALA Yuzawa for the 2020-2021 winter season.

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 - 260cm 1st - 320cm 1st - 360cm
2nd - - 2nd - 290cm 2nd - 320cm 2nd - 360cm
3rd - - 3rd - 290cm 3rd - 290cm 3rd - 360cm
4th - - 4th - 300cm 4th - 300cm 4th - 360cm
5th - - 5th - 300cm 5th - 310cm 5th - 360cm
6th - - 6th - 280cm 6th - 350cm 6th - -
7th - - 7th - 270cm 7th - 340cm 7th - -
8th - - 8th - 260cm 8th - 330cm 8th - 300cm
9th - - 9th - 320cm 9th - 350cm 9th - 300cm
10th - - 10th - 330cm 10th - 370cm 10th - 290cm
11th - - 11th - 320cm 11th - 370cm 11th - 290cm
12th - - 12th - 330cm 12th - 370cm 12th - 290cm
13th - - 13th - 310cm 13th - 370cm 13th - 290cm
14th - - 14th - 300cm 14th - 350cm 14th - 280cm
15th - - 15th - 290cm 15th - 350cm 15th - 290cm
16th - 120cm 16th - 280cm 16th - 320cm 16th - 280cm
17th - 180cm 17th - 270cm 17th - 320cm 17th - 280cm
18th - 180cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 340cm 18th - 270cm
19th - 210cm 19th - 300cm 19th - 360cm 19th - 270cm
20th - 270cm 20th - 300cm 20th - 380cm 20th - 270cm
21st - 300cm 21st - 320cm 21st - 360cm 21st - 270cm
22nd - 310cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 350cm 22nd - 250cm
23rd - 290cm 23rd - 300cm 23rd - 330cm 23rd - 230cm
24th - 270cm 24th - 290cm 24th - 330cm 24th - 240cm
25th - 250cm 25th - 280cm 25th - 360cm 25th - 230cm
26th - 240cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 380cm 26th - 220cm
27th - 290cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 350cm 27th - 220cm
28th - 270cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 360cm 28th - 220cm
29th - 260cm 29th - 250cm 29th - - 29th - 210cm
30th - 240cm 30th - 270cm 30th 30th - 190cm
31st - 230cm 31st - 310cm 31st 31st - 180cm

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' (Yuki Asobi Park) area with a moving walkway is near the base of the ski runs in the Central Area of GALA Yuzawa. Free to use.

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. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is in the Northern Area of GALA Yuzawa. 

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
The Gondola lift at GALA Yuzawa is generally open from 8:00am until 5:30pm (earlier during the spring season).

The base Ski Center building is normally open from 7:00am and 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 2020-2021 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 19th December 2020 until 28th March 2021.

Cheaper tickets are available online and also for the early and late seasons (until 18th December 2020 and from 29th March 2021).


Yuzawa Snow Link 2020-2021

The 'Yuzawa Snow Link' ticket is valid at GALA Yuzawa and the connecting Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama ski areas. This ticket is available from Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021 and allows unlimited access across all three ski areas.

19th December until 1st January 2021:
5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors

2nd January until 14th March 2021:
6,200 yen adults; 4,700 yen children; 5,500 yen seniors

15th March until 28th March 2021:
5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors

2 day ticket:
10,000 yen adults; 7,600 yen children; 8,900 yen seniors

The Landau Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with GALA Yuzawa will be operating between 2nd January and 14th March 2021.
The Buggy ski lift connecting GALA Yuzawa with Ishiuchi Maruyama will also be operating between 2nd January and 14th March 2021.
A shuttle bus between the base areas operates every day from 19th December 2020 until 28th March 2021.

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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