Naeba (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 10th April 2022
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Latest report posted at 7:58am on Friday 27th November 2020
Official snow depth 250cm (0cm) [updated on 21st January 2022]

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Naeba is one of Japan's most famous ski areas with a long history and reputation. 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 Kagura via the 8-person Dragondola. There are two other gondolas at Naeba (6 and 8 people), making it one of only a few ski areas 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 annual Fuji Rock Festival venue.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city are home to over 20 individual ski areas, including some of the most well-known in Japan. With easy and quick access by train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of Japan's most popular ski destinations. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter. Yuzawa town is known as being the inspiration for the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country).

The Mountain

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Naeba is lift-connected with:

Naeba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 180cm 100cm 1st - - 1st - 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 190cm 120cm 2nd - - 2nd - 150cm
3rd - - 3rd 190cm 100cm 3rd - - 3rd - 150cm
4th - - 4th 190cm 100cm 4th - - 4th - 150cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 100cm 5th - - 5th - 150cm
6th - - 6th 200cm 100cm 6th - - 6th - 150cm
7th - - 7th 200cm 100cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 150cm
8th - - 8th 200cm 120cm 8th - 150cm 8th - 140cm
9th - - 9th 200cm 120cm 9th - 150cm 9th - 140cm
10th - - 10th 200cm 120cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 140cm
11th - - 11th 200cm 120cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 140cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 120cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 140cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 120cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 140cm
14th - - 14th 210cm 120cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 140cm
15th - - 15th 210cm 120cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 140cm
16th - - 16th 210cm 120cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 140cm
17th 50cm - 17th 210cm 120cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 120cm
18th 80cm - 18th 210cm 120cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 120cm
19th 60cm 100cm 19th 250cm - 19th - 150cm 19th - 120cm
20th 60cm 100cm 20th 250cm - 20th - 150cm 20th - 120cm
21st 60cm 120cm 21st 250cm - 21st - 180cm 21st - 120cm
22nd 40cm 120cm 22nd - - 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 80cm
23rd 40cm 100cm 23rd - - 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 80cm
24th 40cm 100cm 24th - - 24th - 150cm 24th - 80cm
25th 40cm 100cm 25th - - 25th - 150cm 25th - 80cm
26th 40cm 90cm 26th - - 26th - 150cm 26th - 80cm
27th 60cm 90cm 27th - - 27th - 150cm 27th - 80cm
28th 70cm 90cm 28th - - 28th - 150cm 28th - 80cm
29th 140cm 90cm 29th - - 29th - - 29th - 50cm
30th 140cm 90cm 30th - - 30th 30th - 40cm
31st 160cm 100cm 31st - - 31st 31st - 40cm

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 & wear rental is 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. Open from 18th December 2021 through 27th March 2022.

The Kappa Snowmobile Land is located by the N-Plateau day trip ski center by the base of the resort. Charges apply. Open from 25th December 2021 through 27th March 2022.

The Pandaruman Hiroba area offers tubing, sledging and other playing in the snow activities. Entry is 1,000 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
The Naeba Snow Park is located by the side of the Number 5 quad lift and features jumps, banks and more attractions. Open from 25th December 2021 until 27th March 2022, 10:00am until 3:30pm. 

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 normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Night skiing is from 4:00pm until 8:30pm between 18th December 2021 and 27th March 2022.

Dragondola season dates:

Saturday 25th December 2021 until Monday 21st March 2022

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 3,400 yen
5 Hours (Naeba) 4,700 yen 4,200 yen
PM & Night (Naeba) 5,200 yen 4,700 yen
Mt Naeba (1 day) 6,000 yen 5,300 yen
Night (weekend) 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Night (weekday) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 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 ski area.

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

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.
A shuttle bus to Naeba from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station is available. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Naeba costs around 8,000 yen.
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. The Naeba 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.
There is ample parking for about 3,800 vehicles close to the base areas of Naeba. Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays.

Parking is free for guests staying at the Naeba Prince Hotel.

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