Kandatsu Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kandatsu Kogen
神立高原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 21st April 2019
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Kandatsu Kogen is a popular resort located just to the south of the centre of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. The resort is positioned in a natural bowl area which often enjoys heavy snowfall and good conditions, particularly considering the relatively low elevation. The entrance is just over 1km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway and there are also regular shuttle buses from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the resort. It is particularly popular for day-trips and long nighta operations since the 15-16 season, including some '(almost) all-night' days when it is open until 4:00am. Kandatsu Kogen first opened in 1986.

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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Kandatsu Kogen Course Map

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Kandatsu Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 155cm 150cm 1st 295cm 270cm 1st 220cm 240cm
2nd - - 2nd 155cm 180cm 2nd 290cm 270cm 2nd 220cm 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 170cm 200cm 3rd 275cm 260cm 3rd 220cm 235cm
4th - - 4th 185cm 220cm 4th 260cm 250cm 4th 220cm 230cm
5th - - 5th 180cm 225cm 5th 250cm 250cm 5th 220cm 230cm
6th - - 6th 180cm 215cm 6th 245cm 260cm 6th 220cm 230cm
7th - - 7th 180cm 215cm 7th 240cm 250cm 7th 215cm 230cm
8th - - 8th 180cm 210cm 8th 240cm 245cm 8th 225cm 230cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 210cm 9th 245cm 260cm 9th 225cm 230cm
10th - - 10th 210cm 180cm 10th 250cm 250cm 10th 220cm 230cm
11th - - 11th 200cm 195cm 11th 255cm 240cm 11th 215cm 220cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 195cm 12th 255cm 245cm 12th 210cm 220cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 195cm 13th 255cm 250cm 13th 205cm 210cm
14th - - 14th 170cm 200cm 14th 275cm 250cm 14th 230cm 210cm
15th - - 15th 170cm 200cm 15th 280cm 240cm 15th 225cm 200cm
16th - 90cm 16th 175cm 205cm 16th 260cm 255cm 16th 210cm 190cm
17th - 100cm 17th 190cm 195cm 17th 270cm 250cm 17th 205cm 190cm
18th - 120cm 18th 190cm 185cm 18th 270cm 270cm 18th 205cm 190cm
19th - 120cm 19th 220cm 180cm 19th 255cm 290cm 19th 205cm 190cm
20th - 110cm 20th 200cm 180cm 20th 240cm 285cm 20th 205cm 190cm
21st - 105cm 21st 225cm 180cm 21st 240cm 285cm 21st 200cm 190cm
22nd - 100cm 22nd 255cm 180cm 22nd 230cm 285cm 22nd 195cm 190cm
23rd - 100cm 23rd 255cm 190cm 23rd 230cm 275cm 23rd 195cm 185cm
24th - 90cm 24th 255cm 205cm 24th 230cm 265cm 24th 200cm 185cm
25th - 80cm 25th 260cm 230cm 25th 225cm 275cm 25th 200cm 185cm
26th - 85cm 26th 260cm 245cm 26th 225cm 265cm 26th 190cm 175cm
27th 65cm 90cm 27th 280cm 255cm 27th 225cm 260cm 27th 190cm 175cm
28th 85cm 150cm 28th 275cm 250cm 28th 220cm 255cm 28th 190cm 175cm
29th 105cm 160cm 29th 290cm 240cm 29th - - 29th 185cm 165cm
30th 140cm 165cm 30th 290cm 255cm 30th 30th 185cm 160cm
31st 160cm 160cm 31st 270cm 270cm 31st 31st 180cm 160cm

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Kandatsu Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kandatsu Kogen. 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 main 'Kids Park' is in front of the restaurant building at the base of the main resort area. There is also an area for playing in the snow near the base car parks. 
Park Information
Park information
The are a few park areas at Kandatsu Kogen - 'Sclover Park', 'Hike Up Area' for beginners, 'SPICA' and 'Banked Slalom'. 

Kandatsu Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kandatsu Kogen is usually open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 7:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

The resort is open for nighta from 6:00pm until 4:00am the next morning on Saturdays and nights before holidays during the period 21st December 2018 through 30th March 2019.

'Spring season' opening is from 8:00am until 4:00pm from 1st April 2019.

Kandatsu Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Child (6-12 years)
Senior (over 55 years)
1 Day (open-4:30pm) 4,600 yen 3,300 yen 4,100 yen
2 Days 8,100 yen 5,500 yen 7,100 yen
Morning (open-12pm) 3,700 yen 2,700 yen 3,400 yen
Late 1 Day (10:30am-close) 3,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,700 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 3,300 yen 2,300 yen 3,100 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-midnight) 4,300 yen 2,600 yen 3,600 yen
Nighta (6pm-12am) 2,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,800 yen
Midnighta (11pm-4am) 3,100 yen 2,100 yen 2,600 yen
All nighta (6pm-4am) 3,700 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season (all) 35,000 yen 33,000 yen 25,000 yen
Nighta Season 15,000 yen 13,000 yen 11,000 yen
Weekday Season 15,000 yen 15,000 yen 15,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children's DayElementary school age children can receive a free 1 day lift pass on the third Sunday of the month.

Ladies DayLadies can buy a 1 day lift pass for 2,000 yen on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (excluding 29th December 2018 - 4th January 2019). It also includes entrance to the public bath facility... and a crepe!

Major credit cards are accepted.

Season tickets include various extras including discounts at other ski resorts, drinks and other discounts.

Getting to Kandatsu Kogen

By public transport
4.1km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.1km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
4.1km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Kandatsu Kogen is just over 4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station which 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
A regular free shuttle bus service to Kandatsu Kogen is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The journey takes about 10 minutes.

A taxi journey costs around 1,500 yen.
By Car
2.5km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
11.4km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (1.1km away)
From Yuzawa IC turn left onto Route 17, through some traffic lights and go past the 7-11 convenience store on the left hand side. The approach road to Kandatsu Kogen resort is signposted soon after on the left hand side (and just 1.3km from the IC exit). The car park and resort base is a about another 1km or so along the narrow approach road.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There is parking for about 2,000 vehicles close to the base of Kandatsu Kogen. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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