Kagura (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 20th November 2021 until Sunday 22nd May 2022
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Kagura is a large scale ski and snowboard resort located to the south-west of central Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. Kagura was originally known as two separate ski resorts - Kagura Mitsumata and Kagura Tashiro. Since 2006, the whole area has been operating and is known simply as 'Kagura'. It is made up of three official 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 (about 10km from central Yuzawa town) holds up to 121 people, while the Tashiro Ropeway (about 17km from central Yuzawa town) holds up to 101 people. The slopes of the central Kagura Area are accessed via the slopes and lifts of the Mitsumata or Tashiro Areas.

The Tashiro Area is connected to the Naeba resort via the 'Dragondola' (gondola cable car) during the main season. The whole of Kagura and connecting Naeba resort are together known as 'Mt Naeba' and a joint lift ticket is available.

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.

Due to damage caused by the powerful typhoon in October 2019, the downhill course at Mitsumata (from the base of the ski course down to the Mitsumata car park) was closed last season but it appears to be opening for 2020-2021 winter season.

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 - 30cm 1st - 280cm 1st - - 1st - 340cm
2nd - 30cm 2nd - 280cm 2nd - - 2nd - 340cm
3rd - 30cm 3rd - 280cm 3rd - - 3rd - 340cm
4th - 30cm 4th - 280cm 4th - - 4th - 340cm
5th - 40cm 5th - 280cm 5th - - 5th - 340cm
6th - 40cm 6th - 280cm 6th - 290cm 6th - 340cm
7th - 40cm 7th - 280cm 7th - 290cm 7th - 340cm
8th - 40cm 8th - 290cm 8th - 290cm 8th - 340cm
9th - 40cm 9th - 290cm 9th - 330cm 9th - 340cm
10th - 40cm 10th - 290cm 10th - 330cm 10th - 340cm
11th - 40cm 11th - 290cm 11th - 330cm 11th - 340cm
12th - 50cm 12th - 290cm 12th - 330cm 12th - 340cm
13th - 50cm 13th - 290cm 13th - 300cm 13th - 340cm
14th - 50cm 14th - 290cm 14th - 330cm 14th - 340cm
15th - 80cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 330cm 15th - 340cm
16th - 120cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 330cm 16th - 320cm
17th - 200cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 330cm 17th - 320cm
18th - 200cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 330cm 18th - 320cm
19th - 220cm 19th - - 19th - 330cm 19th - 320cm
20th - 260cm 20th - - 20th - 330cm 20th - 300cm
21st - 280cm 21st - - 21st - 330cm 21st - 300cm
22nd - 280cm 22nd - - 22nd - 330cm 22nd - 300cm
23rd - 280cm 23rd - - 23rd - 330cm 23rd - 300cm
24th - 280cm 24th - - 24th - 340cm 24th - 300cm
25th - 280cm 25th - - 25th - 340cm 25th - 280cm
26th - 280cm 26th - - 26th - 340cm 26th - 280cm
27th - 280cm 27th - - 27th - 340cm 27th - 280cm
28th - 280cm 28th - - 28th - 340cm 28th - 280cm
29th - 280cm 29th - - 29th - - 29th - 260cm
30th - 280cm 30th - - 30th 30th - 260cm
31st - 280cm 31st - - 31st 31st - 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 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, the 'Beginners Park' in the Tashiro Area and the 'Kagura Park' in the Kagura 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 night skiing at any of the areas of Kagura.

Kagura Mitsumata Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) planned season:
Saturday 20th November 2021 until Sunday 22nd May 2022

Tashiro Area (via Tashiro Ropeway) planned season:
Saturday 18th December 2021 until Thursday 5th May 2022

Kagura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 5,200 yen 4,200 yen 4,700 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,800 yen 2,900 yen 3,300 yen
Afternoon (11:45am-5pm) 3,800 yen 2,900 yen 3,300 yen
1 Day Mt Naeba 6,000 yen 4,600 yen 5,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Kagura Gondola (1-way) 1,400 yen
Kagura Gondola (return) 2,200 yen
Mitsumata Ropeway (1-way) 800 yen
Mitsumata Ropway (return) 1,400 yen
Tashiro Ropeway (1-way) 1,200 yen
Tashiro Ropeway (return) 2,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The 1 Day Mt Naeba ticket is valid at both Kagura and the connecting Naeba resort. Naeba is connected to the Tashiro area of Kagura by the Dragondola lift.

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. That bus operates daily from 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021. An early season and spring season service is also available.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Mitsumata Station of Kagura costs 390 yen for adults and 200 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Tashiro Station of Kagura costs 540 yen for adults and 270 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Naeba Prince Hotel costs 670 yen for adults and 340 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 from the station costs around 2,900 yen.
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 1,000 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 - and 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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