Iwappara (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

岩原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Iwappara enjoys a commanding position on the southern slopes of the Mt Iiji close to the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture and is clearly visible for people approaching on the Kanetsu Expressway. It first opened in 1931 and has a long history. The central part of the resort has long, wide and gentle slopes making that area particularly suitable for beginners. More advanced skiers and boarders will want to head up to the top for more of a challenge. A joint lift ticket and season pass that is valid at Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai in Minamiuonuma is available.

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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Iwappara Course Map

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Iwappara Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 165cm 130cm 1st 245cm 215cm 1st 195cm 185cm
2nd - - 2nd 150cm 150cm 2nd 250cm 215cm 2nd 190cm 185cm
3rd - - 3rd 175cm 180cm 3rd 230cm 205cm 3rd 190cm 185cm
4th - - 4th 175cm 190cm 4th 220cm 200cm 4th 185cm 175cm
5th - - 5th 160cm 195cm 5th 215cm 225cm 5th 185cm 170cm
6th - - 6th 165cm 185cm 6th 210cm 210cm 6th 180cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 175cm 185cm 7th 210cm 205cm 7th 175cm 170cm
8th - - 8th 180cm 175cm 8th 210cm 210cm 8th 180cm 170cm
9th - - 9th 195cm 155cm 9th 215cm 205cm 9th 175cm 155cm
10th - - 10th 185cm 145cm 10th 225cm 195cm 10th 170cm 155cm
11th - - 11th 175cm 150cm 11th 225cm 190cm 11th 165cm 150cm
12th 10cm - 12th 170cm 145cm 12th 225cm 190cm 12th 160cm 150cm
13th 10cm - 13th 165cm 145cm 13th 230cm 195cm 13th 155cm 145cm
14th 10cm - 14th 160cm 145cm 14th 240cm 195cm 14th 170cm 145cm
15th 40cm 40cm 15th 155cm 155cm 15th 240cm 190cm 15th 165cm 135cm
16th 40cm 30cm 16th 155cm 145cm 16th 230cm 200cm 16th 160cm 130cm
17th - 30cm 17th 160cm 140cm 17th 245cm 190cm 17th 155cm 130cm
18th - 80cm 18th 160cm 140cm 18th 235cm 240cm 18th 155cm 125cm
19th - 70cm 19th 195cm 135cm 19th 225cm 250cm 19th 150cm 120cm
20th 30cm 70cm 20th 175cm 135cm 20th 220cm 230cm 20th 145cm 115cm
21st 30cm 70cm 21st 190cm 130cm 21st 215cm 225cm 21st 140cm 115cm
22nd 30cm 70cm 22nd 210cm 140cm 22nd 215cm 215cm 22nd 135cm 110cm
23rd 30cm 60cm 23rd 205cm 140cm 23rd 210cm 205cm 23rd 130cm 110cm
24th 30cm 60cm 24th 205cm 150cm 24th 210cm 200cm 24th 130cm 105cm
25th 30cm 50cm 25th 230cm 180cm 25th 205cm 205cm 25th 130cm 100cm
26th 30cm 60cm 26th 215cm 210cm 26th 200cm 200cm 26th 125cm 95cm
27th 30cm 130cm 27th 255cm 215cm 27th 200cm 200cm 27th 120cm 95cm
28th 70cm 140cm 28th 250cm 215cm 28th 195cm 195cm 28th 115cm 90cm
29th 120cm 140cm 29th 255cm 215cm 29th - - 29th 110cm 85cm
30th 150cm 145cm 30th 245cm 235cm 30th 30th 105cm 85cm
31st 165cm 135cm 31st 225cm 230cm 31st 31st 100cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Iwappara Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Iwappara. 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: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The large 'Kids Paradise' area is located near to the base of the central quad lift - it is free to those with valid day tickets, 500 yen entry otherwise. A ticket that is sold at the base Resort Center 1 and includes a 1 time ride on the base Number 1 pair lift (which goes up to the Kids Paradise area) is available for 700 yen. (The ride back down is free).

There is also an indoor area for children to play in. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located near Resort Centre 2 in the main area and features a number of items. 

Iwappara Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Iwappara is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is open every day from Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019; nighta times are 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays and until 9:00pm on Saturdays and over New Year.

Iwappara Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Kids (3+)
Older Child
Junior (Elementary School)
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Long 1 Day (8am-closing) 4,500 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-closing) 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
2 Days 7,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-closing) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 23,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (I+JK) 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

The season ticket noted as 'I+JK' is valid for the season at both Iwappara and the Joetsu Kokusai resorts. With the joint Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai season ticket, one day lift tickets at GALA Yuzawa can be bought for 1,000 yen.

With the Iwappara-only season ticket, one day lift tickets for Joetsu Kokusai or GALA Yuzawa resorts can be bought for 1,000 yen.

Special early season (8th until 14th December 2018) and spring season (25th March until 7th April 2019) tickets are available as follows:

Adults: 2,000 yen
Kids: 1,000 yen
Junior: 1,500 yen
Senior: 1,500 yen

Getting to Iwappara

By public transport
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The nearest train station is Iwappara Ski Jo Mae (named after the resort and about 1km from the base), but it is a very small local Joetsu line station. Most people use Echigo Yuzawa Station which is serviced by the Joetsu local line and Joetsu Shinkansen lines.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Iwappara takes about 12 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Iwappara base costs around 1,500 yen.
By Car
2.9km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
10.5km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (2.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 268
The base area of Iwappara (Resort Center 1) is just over 3km away from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Resort Center 2 is located at a higher location and can be accessed by car. It is a further 1.5km along the same road.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and go about 600m to the traffic lights at the 7-11 convenience store. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue for about 650m until you reach another set of traffic lights by a Save On convenience store. Turn right at these traffic lights and continue for 850m - through one set of traffic lights until you arrive at the second set of traffic lights. At this junction there are signs for Iwappara. Turn left here and head towards Resort Center 1 which is around 800m from the traffic lights.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
A number of car parks are available both at base (near Resort Center 1) and further up the mountain. There is parking for about 1,500 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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