Ipponsugi (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

一本杉 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until 31st March 2019
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Latest report posted at 8:33am on Sunday 16th December 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 16th December 2018]

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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 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 - 160cm 1st - 255cm 1st - 230cm
2nd - - 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 255cm 2nd - 230cm
3rd - - 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 225cm
4th - - 4th - 210cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 220cm
5th - - 5th - 220cm 5th - 265cm 5th - 210cm
6th - - 6th - 205cm 6th - 260cm 6th - 205cm
7th - - 7th - 215cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 205cm
8th - - 8th - 205cm 8th - 255cm 8th - 200cm
9th - - 9th - 195cm 9th - 255cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 185cm 10th - 245cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 180cm 11th - 240cm 11th - 170cm
12th - - 12th - 165cm 12th - 240cm 12th - 160cm
13th - - 13th - 160cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 155cm
14th - - 14th - 180cm 14th - 235cm 14th - 155cm
15th - - 15th - 175cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 150cm
16th - - 16th - 160cm 16th - 230cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th - 155cm 17th - 225cm 17th - 145cm
18th - - 18th - 155cm 18th - 260cm 18th - 145cm
19th - - 19th - 150cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 145cm
20th - - 20th - 150cm 20th - 270cm 20th - 135cm
21st - - 21st - 145cm 21st - 275cm 21st - 130cm
22nd - - 22nd - 145cm 22nd - 275cm 22nd - 125cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 155cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 125cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 165cm 24th - 265cm 24th - 115cm
25th - 40cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 265cm 25th - 110cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 110cm
27th - 100cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 105cm
28th - 120cm 28th - 270cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 100cm
29th - 140cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 95cm
30th - 160cm 30th - 275cm 30th 30th - 90cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 265cm 31st 31st - 80cm

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 Early April
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.

For children born in 2006, a 1 day lift ticket costs just 106 yen. Accompanying family members also get a 50% discount.

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 a 3 minute walk from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.
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).

More Information

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As of Sunday 9th December, we still need to update the information for about 50 ski hills around Japan. They are mostly very small ones and the information can be very hard to find. We are working to get them all updated as quickly as possible... hopefully within the next week!
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