Ipponsugi (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 25th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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Latest report posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 19th January 2021
Official snow depth 200cm (-5cm) [updated on 19th January 2021]

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Ipponsugi is a very small one-lift ski hill that is located just a few hundred metres from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station, and is found just off the main onsen road of Yuzawa town. Ipponsugi is one of the few remaining areas that are skiers-only - ie. snowboarding is not allowed! The only other 'skiers-only' area in Yuzawa town is the nearby NASPA Ski Garden. Ipponsugi is very much oriented towards children and young families with one 300m pair lift and children's activities.

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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Ipponsugi is a skiing-only resort (snowboarding is not allowed)

Ipponsugi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 240cm 10cm 1st - 30cm 1st - 50cm
2nd - - 2nd 240cm 20cm 2nd - 35cm 2nd - 45cm
3rd - - 3rd 250cm 20cm 3rd - 30cm 3rd - 40cm
4th - - 4th 230cm 25cm 4th - 40cm 4th - 40cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 35cm 5th - 40cm 5th - 40cm
6th - - 6th 215cm 35cm 6th - 70cm 6th - 65cm
7th - - 7th 205cm 45cm 7th - 70cm 7th - 55cm
8th - - 8th 250cm 45cm 8th - 85cm 8th - 50cm
9th - - 9th 260cm 35cm 9th - 110cm 9th - 45cm
10th - - 10th 250cm 30cm 10th - 115cm 10th - 35cm
11th - - 11th 250cm 25cm 11th - 135cm 11th - 20cm
12th - - 12th 240cm 20cm 12th - 130cm 12th - 10cm
13th - - 13th 235cm 20cm 13th - 120cm 13th - 0cm
14th - - 14th 225cm 20cm 14th - 110cm 14th - 0cm
15th - - 15th 215cm 15cm 15th - 100cm 15th - 2cm
16th - - 16th 205cm 35cm 16th - 80cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th 205cm 25cm 17th - 60cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th 200cm 25cm 18th - 80cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th 200cm 25cm 19th - 90cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 20cm 20th - 80cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 45cm 21st - 70cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 45cm 22nd - 65cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 40cm 23rd - 60cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 35cm 24th - 60cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 30cm 25th - 50cm 25th - -
26th 190cm - 26th - 25cm 26th - 40cm 26th - -
27th 185cm - 27th - 20cm 27th - 55cm 27th - -
28th 190cm 10cm 28th - 10cm 28th - 70cm 28th - -
29th 190cm 15cm 29th - 5cm 29th - 60cm 29th - -
30th 190cm 10cm 30th - 0cm 30th 30th - -
31st 215cm 3cm 31st - - 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Ipponsugi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
Ski lessons are available at Ipponsugi. 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: Not available
Limited ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Wear and sledges are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
A special area at the base of Ipponsugi is reserved for children who can play with items, slides and sledging. There's usually some Japanese-style 'kamakura' igloos as well. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Ipponsugi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ipponsugi is open from 8:30am until 5:00pm every day.

There is no night skiing at this area.
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of January, February and March. On those days, the purchase of a 1 day lift ticket enters a draw to win another.

On Thursdays from 14th January until 25th March 2021, the charge of a one day lift ticket is reduced by 1,000 yen.

For folks born in 2008, a 1 day lift ticket costs just 108 yen.

Getting to Ipponsugi

By public transport
0.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Ipponsugi is located just off the main onsen road of Yuzawa, just over 300m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line. Connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
No shuttle bus is required as this ski area is just a few minutes walk from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station in central Yuzawa town.
By Car
2.2km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
7.9km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
From Yuzawa IC, turn right onto Route 17 and go straight ahead for about 650m to the second set of traffic lights. Turn left at these traffic lights and go straight on this road for about 800m, passing Yuzawa Town Office on the left hand side. Go under the Shinkansen train line and at the T-junction turn right to head into Yuzawa town. Ipponsugi is a further 650m on the left, just over 300m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The small hill is set back about 50m off the main road.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There are a few parking spaces available by the lift, but it is very limited. There is also parking available under Echigo Yuzawa Station (CoCoLo).

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