Ipponsugi (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Late December 2021 until late March 2022
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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 1st - 230cm 1st - 245cm
2nd - - 2nd - 240cm 2nd - 230cm 2nd - 245cm
3rd - - 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 230cm 3rd - 245cm
4th - - 4th - 230cm 4th - 230cm 4th - 245cm
5th - - 5th - 220cm 5th - 230cm 5th - 245cm
6th - - 6th - 215cm 6th - 240cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 205cm 7th - 225cm 7th - 190cm
8th - - 8th - 250cm 8th - 225cm 8th - 190cm
9th - - 9th - 260cm 9th - 225cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 250cm 10th - 225cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th - 250cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th - 240cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th - 235cm 13th - 255cm 13th - 170cm
14th - - 14th - 225cm 14th - 240cm 14th - 165cm
15th - - 15th - 215cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 165cm
16th - - 16th - 205cm 16th - - 16th - 165cm
17th - - 17th - 205cm 17th - - 17th - 165cm
18th - - 18th - 200cm 18th - - 18th - 165cm
19th - - 19th - 220cm 19th - - 19th - 155cm
20th - - 20th - 230cm 20th - 260cm 20th - 150cm
21st - - 21st - 230cm 21st - 245cm 21st - 145cm
22nd - - 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 135cm
23rd - - 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 130cm
24th - - 24th - 200cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 125cm
25th - - 25th - 200cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 120cm
26th - 190cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 115cm
27th - 185cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 110cm
28th - 190cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 245cm 28th - 105cm
29th - 190cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 100cm
30th - 190cm 30th - 220cm 30th 30th - 95cm
31st - 215cm 31st - 230cm 31st 31st - 90cm

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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