Ipponsugi (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until late March 2020
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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 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 10cm 190cm 1st 30cm 275cm 1st 50cm 175cm
2nd - - 2nd 20cm 200cm 2nd 35cm 280cm 2nd 45cm 175cm
3rd - - 3rd 20cm 220cm 3rd 30cm 265cm 3rd 40cm 170cm
4th - - 4th 25cm 230cm 4th 40cm 265cm 4th 40cm 165cm
5th - - 5th 35cm 210cm 5th 40cm 245cm 5th 40cm 160cm
6th - - 6th 35cm 220cm 6th 70cm 235cm 6th 65cm 160cm
7th - - 7th 45cm 210cm 7th 70cm 220cm 7th 55cm 160cm
8th - - 8th 45cm 210cm 8th 85cm 210cm 8th 50cm 170cm
9th - - 9th 35cm 220cm 9th 110cm 210cm 9th 45cm 170cm
10th - - 10th 30cm 220cm 10th 115cm 215cm 10th 35cm 170cm
11th - - 11th 25cm 205cm 11th 135cm 220cm 11th 20cm 165cm
12th - - 12th 20cm 195cm 12th 130cm 225cm 12th 10cm 165cm
13th - - 13th 20cm 190cm 13th 120cm 235cm 13th 0cm 160cm
14th - - 14th 20cm 180cm 14th 110cm 240cm 14th 0cm 185cm
15th - - 15th 15cm 175cm 15th 100cm 240cm 15th 2cm 170cm
16th - - 16th 35cm 175cm 16th 80cm 240cm 16th - 165cm
17th - - 17th 25cm 185cm 17th 60cm 250cm 17th - 160cm
18th - - 18th 25cm 195cm 18th 80cm 245cm 18th - 160cm
19th - 50cm 19th 25cm 210cm 19th 90cm 240cm 19th - 155cm
20th - 50cm 20th 20cm 200cm 20th 80cm 230cm 20th - 150cm
21st - 35cm 21st 45cm 220cm 21st 70cm 220cm 21st - 140cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd 45cm 235cm 22nd 65cm 215cm 22nd - 130cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd 40cm 240cm 23rd 60cm 205cm 23rd - 125cm
24th - 30cm 24th 35cm 245cm 24th 60cm 200cm 24th - 130cm
25th - 30cm 25th 30cm 255cm 25th 50cm 195cm 25th - 130cm
26th - 30cm 26th 25cm 255cm 26th 40cm 190cm 26th - 125cm
27th - 25cm 27th 20cm 270cm 27th 55cm 180cm 27th - 120cm
28th 10cm 75cm 28th 10cm 270cm 28th 70cm 180cm 28th - 115cm
29th 15cm 110cm 29th 5cm 285cm 29th 60cm - 29th - 110cm
30th 10cm 145cm 30th 0cm 275cm 30th 30th - 105cm
31st 3cm 175cm 31st - 270cm 31st 31st - 100cm

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 Mid 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 nighta at this ski hill.

Ipponsugi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Half Day 3,200 yen 2,100 yen 2,100 yen
15 Lift Coupons 2,700 yen
5 Lift Coupons 1,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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 16th January until 26th March, a one day lift ticket costs 1,000 yen.

For folks born in 2007, a 1 day lift ticket costs just 107 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 hill is just a few minutes walk from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station in central Yuzawa.
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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