Yuzawa Kogen is located close to the centre of the popular snow and onsen resort of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. Yuzawa Kogen has two main areas - the main Kogen Area and the lower town-level Nunoba Area. They are connected by the 166-person capacity Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway. Spectacular views of Yuzawa town and the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from the top of Yuzawa Kogen. Yuzawa Kogen is connected with the south area of the GALA Yuzawa resort via a second Ropeway that can be found in the top Kogen area of the resort. GALA Yuzawa is also lift-connected with the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort. A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three resorts is available from 29th December until 18th March.
The pair lift that was on the lower Nunoba area has been taken out in the summer of 2019 and that Nunoba area is now called 'Nunoba Snow Land', featuring a 100m long covered snow escalator. You can still ski or board back down to the Nunoba area from the upper Kogen area.
Yuzawa Kogen dates back to 1915 when the Nunoba area originally opened.
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.
Ski lessons and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa Kogen. 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.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There are two 'Snow Land' areas at the resort - one at the top Kogen area and one at the town-level Nunoba area. Special parent-child tickets are available. The Kogen Snowland area offers snowtubing activities, a two tunnel slider and tree castle as well as other fun activities for the kids. The larger Nunoba Snowland area features a 100m long covered snow escalator and activities. A ticket is available that includes lifts and entry to the Snow Land areas. (Note that in early 2019 the pair lift that used to be in the Nunoba area has been dismantled and no longer exists)
Yuzawa Kogen Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Yuzawa Kogen is open from 8:40am until 5:00pm every day and the Ropeway normally operates every 20 minutes.
The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with GALA Yuzawa operates between 4th January and 15th March 2020.
There is no nighta at Yuzawa Kogen.
Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
'All In' 1 Day
'All In' 2 Days
Playworld 1 Day
The 'All In Pass' ticket includes all the ski lifts, the Ropeway and entry to Snowland areas.
The 'Snow Experience' ticket includes unlimited use of the Ropeway and entry to both Snowland areas.
Yuzawa Snow Link 2019-2020
The 'Yuzawa Snow Link' ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020 and allows unlimited access across all three ski resorts.
- 1 day >> 5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors - 1 day >> 6,200 yen adults; 4,700 yen children; 5,500 yen seniors (* 4th Jan - 15th March) - 2 days >> 10,000 yen adults; 7,600 yen children; 8,900 yen seniors
The Landau Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with GALA Yuzawa will be operating between 4th January and 15th March 2020. The Buggy ski lift connecting GALA Yuzawa with Ishiuchi Maruyama will be operating between 4th January and 15th March 2020. A shuttle bus between the base areas operates every day during the open period.
Getting to Yuzawa Kogen
By public transport
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
The Yuzawa Kogen base - Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway and Nunoba Area - is less than 700m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The Joetsu Shinkansen line as well as local Joetsu and Hokuhoku train lines both stop at Echigo Yuzawa Station.
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit side of Echigo Yuzawa station from 21st December 2019 until 29th March 2020. The bus operates between the NASPA Ski Garden, Yuzawa Kogen and GALA Yuzawa resorts.
A taxi journey costs around 700 yen.
2.4km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
7.4km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
Yuzawa Kogen is just under 2.5km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 17 and go straight ahead for about 650m to the second set of traffic lights. Turn left at these traffic lights and go straight on this road for about 800m, passing Yuzawa Town Office on the left hand side. Go under the Shinkansen train line and at the T-junction turn right to head into Yuzawa. Yuzawa Kogen (the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway Station) is about 1km on the left hand side, about 650m past the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.
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