Iwappara (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 5th December 2020 until late March 2021
'Yuzawa Now' daily report
Independent and exclusive snow and weather reporting from Yuzawa
Latest report posted at 8:25am on Sunday 23rd May 2021
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

Reader opinion Resort Reviews [36] Write review
Reader photos Photos [323] Upload photo
resort map

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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
0 0 2 0 7 0 0

Iwappara Course Map

Click on the below image for a larger map
Course Map Small

Iwappara Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 240cm 30cm 1st 240cm 60cm 1st 225cm 85cm
2nd - - 2nd 250cm 30cm 2nd 210cm 60cm 2nd 210cm 80cm
3rd - - 3rd 250cm 30cm 3rd 210cm 50cm 3rd 210cm 75cm
4th - - 4th 240cm 30cm 4th 215cm 50cm 4th 205cm 70cm
5th - - 5th 240cm 50cm 5th 260cm 50cm 5th 200cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 240cm 50cm 6th 230cm 80cm 6th 195cm 70cm
7th - - 7th 215cm 45cm 7th 215cm 80cm 7th 190cm 60cm
8th - - 8th 260cm 40cm 8th 225cm 80cm 8th 185cm 50cm
9th - - 9th 265cm 40cm 9th 265cm 120cm 9th 185cm -
10th - - 10th 260cm 40cm 10th 265cm 120cm 10th 180cm -
11th - - 11th 265cm 40cm 11th 240cm 140cm 11th 180cm -
12th - - 12th 265cm 40cm 12th 230cm 130cm 12th 175cm -
13th - - 13th 240cm 40cm 13th 225cm 120cm 13th 170cm -
14th - - 14th 230cm 40cm 14th 220cm 120cm 14th 165cm -
15th - - 15th 220cm 40cm 15th 215cm 110cm 15th 160cm -
16th - - 16th 215cm 40cm 16th 215cm 100cm 16th 155cm -
17th - - 17th 225cm 40cm 17th 235cm 90cm 17th 150cm -
18th - - 18th 220cm 40cm 18th 250cm 105cm 18th 150cm -
19th - - 19th 235cm 40cm 19th 270cm 120cm 19th 145cm -
20th - - 20th 255cm 40cm 20th 255cm 105cm 20th 140cm -
21st - 0cm 21st 240cm 50cm 21st 240cm 100cm 21st 130cm -
22nd - 0cm 22nd 230cm 50cm 22nd 230cm 95cm 22nd 125cm -
23rd - 0cm 23rd 220cm 45cm 23rd 220cm 90cm 23rd 125cm -
24th 220cm 5cm 24th 215cm 45cm 24th 260cm 95cm 24th 115cm -
25th 210cm 10cm 25th 210cm 40cm 25th 255cm 90cm 25th 105cm -
26th 250cm - 26th 205cm 45cm 26th 235cm 85cm 26th 105cm -
27th 220cm 5cm 27th 195cm 45cm 27th 235cm 85cm 27th 105cm -
28th 205cm 20cm 28th 190cm 40cm 28th 230cm 95cm 28th 100cm -
29th 195cm 25cm 29th 190cm 40cm 29th - 90cm 29th - -
30th 195cm 20cm 30th 240cm 35cm 30th 30th - -
31st 225cm 15cm 31st 240cm 40cm 31st 31st - -

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 Mid December until Late March
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.

Night skiing is open every day from Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020; nighta times are 5:00pm until 7:00pm 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
6 Hours 3,300 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Long 1 Day (8am-closing) 4,300 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,300 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 5,500 yen
3 Days 10,500 yen 3,000 yen 4,500 yen 7,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Nighta (5pm until close) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket (Iwappara) 30,000 yen 23,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (I + JK) 55,000 yen 23,000 yen 25,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 season lift tickets

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 Iwappara-only season ticket, one day lift tickets for Joetsu Kokusai or GALA Yuzawa resorts can be bought for 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 1500 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

Visit official website
(link opens in a new window)
Tsuchitaru 731-79
As the hot summer approaches - a few thoughts and an update on what we are up to at the moment

Introducing our 'News & Blogs' section of the site
Current resort snow depth
Daily updates during snow season
Reader Photos & Reviews
Photos (323) Upload
Read Reviews (36) Write
If you have visited Iwappara, please share your experience with other SnowJapan readers by writing a Resort Review and/or uploading photos
Reader Resort Rankings
General 66
Snow conditions 66
Courses & terrain 63
Lift system 58
Apres ski 50
Ranking points are submitted when writing Resort Reviews
Write Resort Review
Accommodation Spotlights on SnowJapan
Approx. distance from Iwappara by road (in winter)
About the information on this page
For more details and explanations about the information presented on this page, please read this.
It is very important to us that the information presented on SnowJapan is correct and up-to-date. Checks and updates are made throughout the year. If you find information that you feel needs checking and updating, please let us know by contacting us. We appreciate your support.