Kandatsu Snow Resort (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kandatsu Snow Resort
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 18th April 2021
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Kandatsu Snow Resort (the new name since 2019-2020 – see below) is a popular resort located in the Kandatsu area of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. The resort is positioned in a natural bowl area to the south of the central town area and 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, when it is open until 2:00am.

Kandatsu Snow Resort first opened in 1986 and was originally known as ‘Kandatsu Kogen’. Over the years this resort has had a bunch of different names and ownership changes, as well as a bit of drama. In 2004 it was known as ‘Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu’ but reverted back to being just Kandatsu Kogen again from 2009 (though the yellow logo used to have the plural 'Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resorts' in English on it - which was a bit confusing). There was drama in 2013 when it was announced that it would be closed for the whole of the 2013-2014 season, which was a bit of a shock to everyone. Things have seemed to be smoother since then and from late 2019 it once again re-branded – this time to the shiny new name ‘Kandatsu Snow Resort’, and there were also some facility renovations.

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.

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Kandatsu Snow Resort Course Map

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Kandatsu Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 50cm 1st 225cm 125cm 1st 240cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 220cm 70cm 2nd 210cm 125cm 2nd 225cm 125cm
3rd - - 3rd 220cm 75cm 3rd 220cm 120cm 3rd 245cm 125cm
4th - - 4th 210cm 90cm 4th 210cm 120cm 4th 245cm 120cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 110cm 5th 240cm 110cm 5th 230cm 125cm
6th - - 6th 200cm 100cm 6th 230cm 140cm 6th 220cm 140cm
7th - - 7th 195cm 95cm 7th 220cm 150cm 7th 215cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 235cm 100cm 8th 245cm 140cm 8th 220cm 130cm
9th - - 9th 235cm 85cm 9th 275cm 175cm 9th 220cm 125cm
10th - - 10th 235cm 85cm 10th 270cm 180cm 10th 220cm 125cm
11th - - 11th 240cm 85cm 11th 265cm 185cm 11th 210cm 110cm
12th - - 12th 230cm 85cm 12th 260cm 175cm 12th 210cm 115cm
13th - - 13th 225cm 85cm 13th 250cm 165cm 13th 200cm 105cm
14th - - 14th 220cm 85cm 14th 240cm 145cm 14th 195cm 105cm
15th - - 15th 210cm 85cm 15th 230cm 135cm 15th 195cm 125cm
16th - - 16th 200cm 110cm 16th 225cm 125cm 16th 195cm 125cm
17th - - 17th 215cm 110cm 17th 240cm 115cm 17th 195cm 120cm
18th - - 18th 215cm 110cm 18th 270cm 140cm 18th 195cm 125cm
19th 200cm - 19th 215cm 100cm 19th 275cm 145cm 19th 190cm 105cm
20th 250cm - 20th 230cm 100cm 20th 260cm 135cm 20th 190cm 110cm
21st 250cm - 21st 220cm 110cm 21st 245cm 125cm 21st 180cm 105cm
22nd 245cm - 22nd 210cm 110cm 22nd 230cm 115cm 22nd 165cm 100cm
23rd 220cm 10cm 23rd 200cm 110cm 23rd 230cm 115cm 23rd 170cm 100cm
24th 200cm 1cm 24th 200cm 100cm 24th 255cm 115cm 24th 165cm 110cm
25th 200cm 20cm 25th 190cm 95cm 25th 260cm 115cm 25th 160cm 120cm
26th 230cm - 26th 190cm 95cm 26th 240cm 120cm 26th 160cm 105cm
27th 210cm - 27th 185cm 95cm 27th 245cm 140cm 27th 160cm 95cm
28th 210cm 40cm 28th 180cm 95cm 28th 240cm 160cm 28th 150cm 90cm
29th 190cm 70cm 29th 190cm 80cm 29th - 150cm 29th 140cm 115cm
30th 170cm 60cm 30th 210cm 80cm 30th 30th 135cm 125cm
31st 190cm 50cm 31st 220cm 95cm 31st 31st 130cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

Kandatsu Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kandatsu Snow Resort. 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
Park Information
Park information
The are a few park areas at Kandatsu Kogen - 'Sclover Park' and 'HIKE UP Park' for beginners. 

Kandatsu Snow Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid 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 Snow Resort is normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 7:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

The ski area is open for night skiing from 6:00pm until 2:00am the next morning on Saturdays and nights before holidays during the period 25th December 2020 through 3rd April 2021.

'Spring season' opening is from 8:00am until 4:00pm from 5th April 2021.

Kandatsu Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Child (6-12 years)
Senior (over 55 years)
1 Day (open-4:30pm) 4,800 yen 3,500 yen 4,300 yen
2 Days (no nighta) 8,500 yen 5,900 yen 7,500 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-2am) 6,200 yen 4,700 yen 5,200 yen
Nighta (6pm-2am) 3,600 yen 2,700 yen 3,100 yen
4 Hours 4,000 yen 2,900 yen 3,600 yen
Nighta 4 Hours 2,700 yen 2,100 yen 2,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season (all) 42,000 yen 28,000 yen 40,000 yen
Season (weekdays only) 21,000 yen 21,000 yen 21,000 yen
Season (nighta only) 18,000 yen 11,000 yen 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

Season tickets include various extra stuff - for example, cheaper tickets to enter onsen hot springs and lift tickets at other ski resorts, discounts at a local gasoline stand.

Getting to Kandatsu Snow Resort

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 Snow Resort 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 Snow Resort is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The journey takes about 7 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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