Naeba (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Naeba
苗場
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
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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.

The Number 2 high speed quad (from base) will not be operating during the 2020-2021 season.

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

1789m
889m
900m
32"
22
4000m
12
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
54%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
46%
0 3 4 0 5 0 0
Naeba is lift-connected with:
Kagura

Naeba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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2nd - - 2nd 120cm 50cm 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 100cm
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4th - - 4th 100cm 60cm 4th - 80cm 4th - 90cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 70cm 5th - 80cm 5th - 90cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 70cm 6th - 90cm 6th - 90cm
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10th - 30cm 10th 120cm 70cm 10th - 110cm 10th - 90cm
11th - 30cm 11th 120cm 70cm 11th - 120cm 11th - 80cm
12th - 30cm 12th 120cm 70cm 12th - 120cm 12th - 80cm
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15th - 30cm 15th 120cm 70cm 15th - 110cm 15th - 80cm
16th - 30cm 16th 120cm 70cm 16th - 110cm 16th - 80cm
17th - 30cm 17th 120cm 70cm 17th - 90cm 17th - 90cm
18th - 30cm 18th 120cm 70cm 18th - 90cm 18th - 90cm
19th 100cm 30cm 19th - 70cm 19th - 90cm 19th - 90cm
20th 100cm 30cm 20th - 70cm 20th - 90cm 20th - 80cm
21st 120cm 30cm 21st - 70cm 21st - 90cm 21st - 80cm
22nd 120cm 30cm 22nd - 70cm 22nd - 90cm 22nd - 80cm
23rd 100cm 30cm 23rd - 70cm 23rd - 90cm 23rd - 80cm
24th 100cm 30cm 24th - 70cm 24th - 90cm 24th - 90cm
25th 100cm 30cm 25th - 70cm 25th - 90cm 25th - 90cm
26th 90cm 30cm 26th - 70cm 26th - 90cm 26th - 80cm
27th 90cm 30cm 27th - 70cm 27th - 90cm 27th - 80cm
28th 90cm 40cm 28th - 80cm 28th - 100cm 28th - 80cm
29th 90cm 50cm 29th - 70cm 29th - 100cm 29th - 80cm
30th 90cm 50cm 30th - 70cm 30th 30th - 80cm
31st 100cm 50cm 31st - 70cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Previous Statistics

Naeba Facilities

School
School
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. 
Rental
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. Open from 19th December 2020 through 28th March 2021.

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 'Naeba Snow Park' is located by the side of the Number 5 quad lift and features jumps, jib, banks and more attractions. 

Naeba Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
Nighta
'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 until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 19th December 2020 and 27th February 2021, daily between 26th December 2020 and 3rd January 2021, and 10th-11th January 2021.

Dragondola season dates:
Saturday 26th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021

Naeba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
High School age
Senior
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 & Nighta (Naeba) 5,200 yen 4,700 yen
Mt Naeba (1 day) 6,000 yen 5,300 yen
Nighta 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Season Ticket 77,000 yen 62,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 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).

Ladies Day is every Tuesday and Thursday between 5th January until 25th March 2021. On those days a ladies ticket is 3,500 yen.

Senior Day is every Wednesday between 6th January and 24th March 2021. On those days a senior ticket is 3,500 yen.

Getting to Naeba

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
The Naeba White Snow Shuttle operates from 26th-31st December 2020 and then on weekends and holidays between 1st January and 28th February 2021 and 22nd February 2021. Reservations are required.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Naeba costs around 7,000 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
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)
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
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 of the Naeba Prince Hotel).

More Information

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Address
Address
Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata, 949-6292
Telephone
Telephone
025-789-4115
2020-2021 UPDATES
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