Naeba (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 7th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
Also open 11th-12th April 2020
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Naeba is one of the most famous ski and snowboard resorts in Japan with both a long history and reputation. It has been the venue for numerous international events including the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Naeba is located in the southern area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Gunma Prefecture. It is lift-connected with the Kagura resort via the 8-person Dragondola. There are two other gondolas at Naeba (6 and 8 people), making it only one of the two resorts in Japan with more than two. Naeba and Kagura are collectively known as 'Mt Naeba' and a joint ticket is available. In late July, Naeba is also the venue the for the annual Fuji Rock Festival.

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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Naeba Course Map

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Naeba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 120cm 1st 80cm 200cm 1st 100cm 200cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 120cm 2nd 80cm 200cm 2nd 100cm 200cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 160cm 3rd 80cm 200cm 3rd 100cm 200cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 160cm 4th 80cm 200cm 4th 90cm 200cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 160cm 5th 80cm 200cm 5th 90cm 200cm
6th - - 6th 70cm 160cm 6th 90cm 200cm 6th 90cm 190cm
7th 30cm - 7th 70cm 160cm 7th 90cm 200cm 7th 90cm 190cm
8th 30cm 30cm 8th 70cm 160cm 8th 90cm 200cm 8th 90cm 190cm
9th 30cm 30cm 9th 70cm 180cm 9th 100cm 200cm 9th 90cm 190cm
10th 30cm 30cm 10th 70cm 180cm 10th 110cm 200cm 10th 90cm 180cm
11th 30cm 30cm 11th 70cm 180cm 11th 120cm 200cm 11th 80cm 170cm
12th 30cm 30cm 12th 70cm 180cm 12th 120cm 200cm 12th 80cm 170cm
13th 30cm 35cm 13th 70cm 180cm 13th 120cm 200cm 13th 80cm 170cm
14th 30cm 40cm 14th 70cm 180cm 14th 120cm 200cm 14th 80cm 170cm
15th 30cm 40cm 15th 70cm 180cm 15th 110cm 200cm 15th 80cm 170cm
16th 30cm 40cm 16th 70cm 180cm 16th 110cm 220cm 16th 80cm 170cm
17th 30cm 40cm 17th 70cm 180cm 17th 90cm 220cm 17th 90cm 170cm
18th 30cm 40cm 18th 70cm 180cm 18th 90cm 220cm 18th 90cm 170cm
19th 30cm 40cm 19th 70cm 180cm 19th 90cm 220cm 19th 90cm 170cm
20th 30cm 40cm 20th 70cm 180cm 20th 90cm 220cm 20th 80cm 160cm
21st 30cm 40cm 21st 70cm 180cm 21st 90cm 220cm 21st 80cm 160cm
22nd 30cm 40cm 22nd 70cm 180cm 22nd 90cm 220cm 22nd 80cm 150cm
23rd 30cm 40cm 23rd 70cm 180cm 23rd 90cm 220cm 23rd 80cm 150cm
24th 30cm 40cm 24th 70cm 180cm 24th 90cm 210cm 24th 90cm 150cm
25th 30cm 40cm 25th 70cm 180cm 25th 90cm 210cm 25th 90cm 150cm
26th 30cm 40cm 26th 70cm 200cm 26th 90cm 210cm 26th 80cm 150cm
27th 30cm 40cm 27th 70cm 210cm 27th 90cm 200cm 27th 80cm 150cm
28th 40cm 60cm 28th 80cm 200cm 28th 100cm 200cm 28th 80cm 150cm
29th 50cm 60cm 29th 70cm 200cm 29th 100cm - 29th 80cm 150cm
30th 50cm 120cm 30th 70cm 200cm 30th 30th 80cm 150cm
31st 50cm 120cm 31st 70cm 200cm 31st 31st 80cm 150cm

Previous Statistics

Naeba Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Naeba. 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 'WakuWaku Family Snowland' is located by the Naeba South Gate and is open from 9:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays. The entry charge is 1,300 yen for children and 1,100 yen for an accompanying adult. There are three areas - Chibikko Hiroba, Chibikko course and a 'snow train'. Entry to the 'Kids & Snowpark N-Hiroba' is included in the price of entry to this area.

The 'Kappa Snowmobile Land' is located by the N-Plateau day trip ski center by the base of the resort. Charges apply.

The ‘Pandaruman Hiroba’ area offers tubing, sledging and other playing in the snow activities. Entry is 1,000 yen.

There is a child care facility within the base Naeba Prince Hotel. Charges apply. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Roxy Snow Park' is located by the side of the Number 5 quad lift and features jumps, jib, banks and more attractions.

There is a Roxy Beginner & Nightpark area. 

Naeba Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Naeba is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is from 4:00pm until 8:30pm every day from Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020.

Dragondola season dates:
Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020

Naeba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (Naeba) 5,200 yen 4,700 yen
2 Hours (Naeba) 3,900 yen 3,900 yen
5 Hours (Naeba) 4,700 yen 4,700 yen
PM & Nighta (Naeba) 5,200 yen 5,200 yen
Weekday Nighta (Naeba) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Holiday Nighta (Naeba) 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Dragondola (return) 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
Prince Gondola (return) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Prince Gondola (one way) 1,400 yen 1,400 yen
Mt Naeba (1 day) 6,000 yen 5,300 yen
Season Ticket 77,000 yen 53,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

The 2 Hour ticket is valid for two hours from the time of purchase.

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

The 'Mt Naeba' 1 Day one day ticket is valid at Naeba and also the connecting Kagura resort.

Various special lift tickets are also available for people who are staying at the base Naeba Prince Hotel.

A season ticket valid at Naeba, Kagura and Muikamachi Hakkaisan costs 90,000 yen (adults); 75,000 yen (seniors).

Cheaper tickets are available for early season (until 20th December 2019) and spring season (from 23rd March 2020).

Getting to Naeba

By public transport
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Naeba is just over 23km from the main 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 East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and takes about 50 minutes to Naeba. 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 from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Naeba costs around 6,900 yen.

A shuttle bus that operates between Naeba Prince Hotel, and the Tashiro and Mitsumata Stations of Kagura resort is also available. This service is free if you have an 'all Mt Naeba' lift ticket; otherwise 300 yen adults, 150 yen children.
By Car
21.9km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
31.5km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.6km away)
Naeba is about 22km from the Yuzawa IC and 32km from the Tsukiyono IC of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and continue on the road until arriving in the Naeba area. Naeba resort and car parks are on the right hand side of Route 17 and clearly signposted.

People approaching from the south will often get off at the Tsukiyono IC exit and head north on Route 17. The drive up into the mountains from Tsukiyono IC features many curves and usually takes about 50 minutes in good conditions.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
There is ample parking for about 3800 vehicles close to the base areas of Naeba. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays. (Parking is free for guests of the Naeba Prince Hotel).

More Information

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Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata, 949-6292
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