Kagura (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

かぐら (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Friday 23rd November 2018 until Sunday 26th May 2019
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Kagura today is made up of three areas - the Mitsumata Area, the Tashiro Area and the central Kagura Area. The courses at both Mitsumata and Tashiro are reached from their respective car parks by large Ropeway cable cars. The Mitsumata Ropeway holds up to 121 people, while the Tashiro Ropeway holds up to 101 people. Tashiro is also connected to the Naeba resort via the Dragondola during the peak season. The slopes of the central Kagura Area is accessed via the slopes and lifts of the Mitsumata or Tashiro Areas. The whole of Kagura and connecting Naeba resort are together known as 'Mt Naeba'.

Kagura is famous for it's 6 month-long season, backcountry access and usually some of the best snow conditions in the region. Artificial 'snow mats' have been laid on the 1,100m Family course in the Mitsumata area which is open during the summer and on weekends in the autumn.

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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Kagura Course Map

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Kagura Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 40cm 110cm 1st 250cm 280cm 1st 400cm 350cm 1st 340cm 370cm
2nd 40cm 110cm 2nd 250cm 280cm 2nd 400cm 350cm 2nd 340cm 370cm
3rd 40cm 110cm 3rd 250cm 300cm 3rd 400cm 350cm 3rd 340cm 370cm
4th 40cm 110cm 4th 250cm 320cm 4th 400cm 350cm 4th 330cm 370cm
5th 30cm 110cm 5th 250cm 320cm 5th 400cm 350cm 5th 330cm 350cm
6th - 110cm 6th 260cm 320cm 6th 400cm 350cm 6th 320cm 350cm
7th 30cm 110cm 7th 260cm 320cm 7th 390cm 350cm 7th 320cm 350cm
8th 30cm 110cm 8th 260cm 320cm 8th 390cm 350cm 8th 320cm 350cm
9th 50cm 110cm 9th 300cm 320cm 9th 390cm 350cm 9th 320cm 330cm
10th 70cm 110cm 10th 300cm 320cm 10th 390cm 350cm 10th 320cm 330cm
11th 70cm 110cm 11th 300cm 320cm 11th 390cm 350cm 11th 320cm 330cm
12th 70cm 110cm 12th 300cm 320cm 12th 390cm 350cm 12th 320cm 330cm
13th 80cm 120cm 13th 300cm 320cm 13th 390cm 350cm 13th 320cm 320cm
14th 100cm 150cm 14th 300cm 320cm 14th 390cm 350cm 14th 320cm 320cm
15th 120cm 150cm 15th 300cm 320cm 15th 390cm 350cm 15th 320cm 300cm
16th 120cm 150cm 16th 300cm 320cm 16th 390cm 350cm 16th 310cm 300cm
17th 120cm 180cm 17th 300cm 320cm 17th 390cm 350cm 17th 310cm 300cm
18th 130cm 180cm 18th 300cm 310cm 18th 390cm 350cm 18th 310cm 300cm
19th 130cm 180cm 19th 300cm 310cm 19th 390cm 370cm 19th 310cm 300cm
20th 130cm 180cm 20th 300cm 310cm 20th 370cm 370cm 20th 290cm 300cm
21st 130cm 180cm 21st 310cm 310cm 21st 370cm 370cm 21st 280cm 290cm
22nd 130cm 180cm 22nd 330cm 310cm 22nd 350cm 370cm 22nd 270cm 290cm
23rd 130cm 180cm 23rd 330cm 310cm 23rd 350cm 370cm 23rd 270cm 280cm
24th 130cm 180cm 24th 330cm 310cm 24th 350cm 370cm 24th 270cm 280cm
25th 130cm 180cm 25th 350cm 330cm 25th 350cm 370cm 25th 270cm 280cm
26th 130cm 180cm 26th 350cm 330cm 26th 350cm 370cm 26th 270cm 280cm
27th 130cm 220cm 27th 350cm 350cm 27th 350cm 370cm 27th 260cm 270cm
28th 160cm 280cm 28th 350cm 350cm 28th 350cm 370cm 28th 260cm 270cm
29th 190cm 280cm 29th 400cm 350cm 29th - - 29th 260cm 270cm
30th 220cm 280cm 30th 400cm 350cm 30th 30th 260cm 260cm
31st 250cm 280cm 31st 400cm 350cm 31st 31st 260cm 260cm

Previous Statistics

Kagura Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kagura. 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
There is a small childrens play area at the bottom of the Family Course in the Mitsumata area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few snow parks areas at Kagura, including the 'Mitsumata Ups'n'Downs' and 'Area 51s Park' in the Mitsumata Area and the 'Beginners Park' in the Tashiro Area. 

Kagura Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Late May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kagura is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 7:30am until 5:00pm on holidays.

There is no nighta at any of the areas of Kagura.

Kagura Mitsumata Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) planned season:
Friday 23rd November 2018 until Sunday 26th May 2019

Tashiro Area (via Tashiro Ropeway) planned season:
Saturday 8th December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019

Kagura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,700 yen 3,800 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days 8,800 yen 7,000 yen 7,800 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (11:45am-5pm) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
1 Day Mt Naeba 5,700 yen 4,300 yen 5,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Kagura Gondola (1-way) 1,200 yen
Kagura Gondola (return) 1,800 yen
Mitsumata Ropeway (1-way) 700 yen
Mitsumata Ropway (return) 1,100 yen
Tashiro Ropeway (1-way) 1,000 yen
Tashiro Ropeway (return) 1,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1 Day Mt Naeba ticket is valid at both Kagura and the connecting Naeba resort.

A Season Ticket is available that is valid on all the lifts at the Kagura as well as connecting Naeba and the nearby Muikamachi Hakkaisan. The normal cost for that season ticket is 87,000 yen for adults; 60,000 yen for children and 72,000 yen for seniors.

Getting to Kagura

By public transport
10.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
10.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
10.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The Mitsumata Station of Kagura resort is just over 10km from Echigo Yuzawa Station. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line as well as connecting with the Hokuhoku line.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and takes about 15-20 minutes to Mitsumata Station.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Mitsumata Station of Kagura costs 380 yen for adults and 190 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Tashiro Station of Kagura costs 530 yen for adults and 270 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Naeba Prince Hotel costs 660 yen for adults and 330 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Additional charges of 100 yen apply for skis, snowboards and other large luggage.

A taxi journey costs around 2,900 yen.

A shuttle bus that operates between Mitsumata Station, Tashiro Station and Naeba Prince Hotel is also available(free if you have an 'all Mt Naeba' lift ticket; otherwise 300 yen adults, 150 yen children).
By Car
8.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
43.8km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.1km away)
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and continue on the road for just over 8.5km to Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata Ropeway Station car park is on the right hand side of Route 17. Continue on Route 17 for about another 6.5km to reach the Tashiro Ropeway and car park, also on the right hand side of the road and signposted.

Alternatively, from the Tsukiyono IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway in Minakami to the south, follow Route 17 north towards and past Naeba. Tashiro Ropeway is about 37.4km on the left and Mitsumata Ropeway is a further 6.5km along Route 17.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking at both Mitsumata Station and Tashiro Station car parks is free on weekdays and 500 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and other special holidays.

There is space for about 1,200 vehicles at Mitsumata Station and 800 vehicles at Tashiro Station. On weekends in the early and late season in particular (when other nearby resorts are closed), the car parks can fill up very quickly.

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