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.
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 'Snowland' areas at the resort - one at the top Kogen area (800 yen entry) and one at the town-level Nunoba area (900 yen entry). 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 Nunoba Snowland area features snowsliders, snowtubing, sledges, a playhouse and a moving walkway.
There are no special snow park facilities other than the 'Snowland' areas.
Yuzawa Kogen Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
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 every day. The Ropeway operates every 20 minutes.
There is no nighta at Yuzawa Kogen.
Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
5 Hours (10am-3pm)
Nunoba 1 Day
Nunoba 5 hours
Nunoba Afternoon (12-5pm)
All In Pass
Ropeway (1 way)
The 'Nunoba' ticket is available only on the lower Nunoba area - Ropeway not included.
The 'All In Pass' includes all the ski lifts, the Ropeway and entry to Snowland areas.
Children's Day Sunday 17th December 2017 Sunday 21st January 2018 Sunday 18th February 2018 Sunday 18th March 2018 On the above dates children under elementary school age can receive a free lift ticket and use the ski lifts at no charge
Ladies Day Every Tuesday from 9th January 2018 - 1,000 yen off a 1 day lift ticket
Seniors Day Every Thursday from 4th January 2018 - receive a free entry to onsen hot spring facility
Mt 3 Ticket The Mt 3 ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 6th January until Sunday 18th March 2018. 1 day - 5,100 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 4,200 yen seniors 2 days - 8,100 yen adults; 6,600 yen children; 6,600 yen seniors
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 that operates between the NASPA Ski Garden, Yuzawa Kogen and GALA Yuzawa resorts. The bus operates on the West Exit side of Echigo Yuzawa station. 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.
The nearest parking - the town operated Takinosawa Parking area - can be found about 150m from the base of Yuzawa Kogen under the Shinkansen train tracks. This parking costs 500 yen per day. During the summer months outside of the ski season, free parking is available just behind the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway base station.
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