Kandatsu Snow Resort (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Kandatsu Snow Resort
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 19th April 2020
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Kandatsu Snow Resort (the new name for 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 is once again re-branding – this time to the shiny new name ‘Kandatsu Snow Resort’. It's not all just about branding though... for the 2019-2020 season there is a new tree run course besides the existing 'Hercules' course and the base building has had various 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 50cm 155cm 1st 125cm 295cm 1st 130cm 220cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 155cm 2nd 125cm 290cm 2nd 125cm 220cm
3rd - - 3rd 75cm 170cm 3rd 120cm 275cm 3rd 125cm 220cm
4th - - 4th 90cm 185cm 4th 120cm 260cm 4th 120cm 220cm
5th - - 5th 110cm 180cm 5th 110cm 250cm 5th 125cm 220cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 180cm 6th 140cm 245cm 6th 140cm 220cm
7th - - 7th 95cm 180cm 7th 150cm 240cm 7th 140cm 215cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 180cm 8th 140cm 240cm 8th 130cm 225cm
9th - - 9th 85cm 210cm 9th 175cm 245cm 9th 125cm 225cm
10th - - 10th 85cm 210cm 10th 180cm 250cm 10th 125cm 220cm
11th - - 11th 85cm 200cm 11th 185cm 255cm 11th 110cm 215cm
12th - - 12th 85cm 200cm 12th 175cm 255cm 12th 115cm 210cm
13th - - 13th 85cm 200cm 13th 165cm 255cm 13th 105cm 205cm
14th - - 14th 85cm 170cm 14th 145cm 275cm 14th 105cm 230cm
15th - - 15th 85cm 170cm 15th 135cm 280cm 15th 125cm 225cm
16th - - 16th 110cm 175cm 16th 125cm 260cm 16th 125cm 210cm
17th - - 17th 110cm 190cm 17th 115cm 270cm 17th 120cm 205cm
18th - - 18th 110cm 190cm 18th 140cm 270cm 18th 125cm 205cm
19th - - 19th 100cm 220cm 19th 145cm 255cm 19th 105cm 205cm
20th - - 20th 100cm 200cm 20th 135cm 240cm 20th 110cm 205cm
21st - - 21st 110cm 225cm 21st 125cm 240cm 21st 105cm 200cm
22nd - - 22nd 110cm 255cm 22nd 115cm 230cm 22nd 100cm 195cm
23rd 10cm - 23rd 110cm 255cm 23rd 115cm 230cm 23rd 100cm 195cm
24th 1cm - 24th 100cm 255cm 24th 115cm 230cm 24th 110cm 200cm
25th 20cm - 25th 95cm 260cm 25th 115cm 225cm 25th 120cm 200cm
26th - - 26th 95cm 260cm 26th 120cm 225cm 26th 105cm 190cm
27th - 65cm 27th 95cm 280cm 27th 140cm 225cm 27th 95cm 190cm
28th 40cm 85cm 28th 95cm 275cm 28th 160cm 220cm 28th 90cm 190cm
29th 70cm 105cm 29th 80cm 290cm 29th 150cm - 29th 115cm 185cm
30th 60cm 140cm 30th 80cm 290cm 30th 30th 125cm 185cm
31st 50cm 160cm 31st 95cm 270cm 31st 31st 90cm 180cm

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
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 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 resort is open for nighta from 6:00pm until 2:00am the next morning on Saturdays and nights before holidays during the period 27th December 2019 through 4th April 2020.

'Spring season' opening is from 8:00am until 4:00pm from 30th March 2020.

Kandatsu Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Child (6-12 years)
Senior (over 55 years)
1 Day (open-4:30pm) 4,700 yen 3,400 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days (no nighta) 8,300 yen 5,700 yen 7,300 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-2am) 6,000 yen 4,500 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta (6pm-2am) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
4 Hours 3,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta 4 Hours 2,600 yen 2,000 yen 2,200 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season (all) 38,000 yen 28,000 yen 36,000 yen
Season (weekdays only) 16,000 yen 16,000 yen 16,000 yen
Season (nighta only) 15,000 yen 11,000 yen 13,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 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 2000 vehicles close to the base of Kandatsu Kogen. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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(Updated 24th September)

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