Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen
湯沢高原
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
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Official snow depth 300cm (-20cm) [updated on 16th January 2021]

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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 19th December until 28th March.

The pair lift that was on the lower Nunoba area was taken out in the summer of 2019 and that Nunoba area is now called 'Yuzawa Onsen Snow World', featuring a 100m long covered snow escalator and another 36m snow escalator. You can still ski or board back from the upper Kogen area down to the base Nunoba area. For the 2020-2021 season a new IC gate system has been introduced.

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.

The Mountain

1170m
840m
330m
30"
7
6000m
5
20%
40%
40%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
1 0 0 1 3 0 0
Yuzawa Kogen is lift-connected with:
GALA Yuzawa, Ishiuchi Maruyama

Yuzawa Kogen Course Map

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Yuzawa Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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1st - - 1st 240cm 30cm 1st - 80cm 1st - 120cm
2nd - - 2nd 240cm 40cm 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 120cm
3rd - - 3rd 240cm 40cm 3rd - 80cm 3rd - 120cm
4th - - 4th 280cm 50cm 4th - 80cm 4th - 120cm
5th - - 5th 280cm 70cm 5th - 80cm 5th - 120cm
6th - - 6th 280cm 90cm 6th - 120cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th 280cm 90cm 7th - 120cm 7th - 120cm
8th - - 8th 300cm 90cm 8th - 120cm 8th - 120cm
9th - - 9th 300cm 80cm 9th - 150cm 9th - 120cm
10th - - 10th 300cm 80cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 120cm
11th - - 11th 320cm 80cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 100cm
12th - - 12th 320cm 80cm 12th - 170cm 12th - 100cm
13th - - 13th 320cm 80cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 100cm
14th - - 14th 320cm 80cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 100cm
15th - 10cm 15th 320cm 80cm 15th - 170cm 15th - 100cm
16th - 5cm 16th 300cm 80cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 100cm
17th - 10cm 17th - 80cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 100cm
18th - 5cm 18th - 80cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 100cm
19th 180cm 5cm 19th - 80cm 19th - 150cm 19th - 100cm
20th 240cm 5cm 20th - 80cm 20th - 150cm 20th - 100cm
21st 240cm 5cm 21st - 90cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 100cm
22nd 240cm 5cm 22nd - 90cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd 240cm 5cm 23rd - 90cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - 100cm
24th 240cm 5cm 24th - 90cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 100cm
25th 240cm 5cm 25th - 90cm 25th - 120cm 25th - 100cm
26th 240cm 10cm 26th - 90cm 26th - 120cm 26th - 100cm
27th 240cm 10cm 27th - 90cm 27th - 120cm 27th - 100cm
28th 240cm 30cm 28th - 90cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 100cm
29th 240cm 30cm 29th - 90cm 29th - 120cm 29th - 100cm
30th 240cm 30cm 30th - 60cm 30th 30th - 100cm
31st 240cm 20cm 31st - 60cm 31st 31st - 100cm

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Kogen Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
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. 
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
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 base area is called 'Yuzawa Onsen Snow World' for the 2020-2021 season. It features a 100m long covered snow escalator as well as a 36m long snow escalator.

Various tickets are available for these areas, including on that is good for all the ski lifts and entry to the Snow Land areas.  
Park Information
Park information
 

Yuzawa Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Kogen is open from 8:40am until 5:00pm every day and the Ropeway normally operates every 20 minutes.

There is no night skiing at Yuzawa Kogen.

Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,700 yen 3,300 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days 7,800 yen 5,800 yen 6,800 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,700 yen 2,800 yen 3,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,700 yen 2,800 yen 3,300 yen
Snow Experience 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
Snow World 1 Day 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
Snow World Half Day 3,100 yen 2,300 yen 2,600 yen
Nunoba Snowland 1,200 yen 1,200 yen
Kogen Snowland 800 yen 800 yen
Season Ticket 36,000 yen 22,000 yen 26,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Cheaper lift tickets are available online in advance.

A return ride on the Yuzawa Ropeway costs 2,200 yen for adults and 1,100 yen for children.
A one way ride on the Yuzawa Ropeway costs 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children.

A 1 day 'Snow World' ticket for everything the base area has to offer is 3,600 yen for adults and 2,600 yen for children.
A 1 day 'Snow Activity' ticket for the top or base area Snow Land areas is also available - 800 yen for the Kogen Snow Land; 1,200 yen for Base Snow Land.

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Yuzawa Snow Link 2020-2021

The 'Yuzawa Snow Link' ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama ski areas. This ticket is available from Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021 and allows unlimited access across all three ski areas.

19th December until 1st January 2021:
5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors

2nd January until 14th March 2021:
6,200 yen adults; 4,700 yen children; 5,500 yen seniors

15th March until 28th March 2021:
5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors

2 day ticket:
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 2nd January and 14th March 2021.
The Buggy ski lift connecting GALA Yuzawa with Ishiuchi Maruyama will also be operating between 2nd January and 14th March 2021.
A shuttle bus between the base areas operates every day from 19th December 2020 until 28th March 2021.

Getting to Yuzawa Kogen

By public transport
Train
Train
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
Transport Information
Information
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.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit side of Echigo Yuzawa station from 18th December 2020 until 28th March 2021. The bus operates between the NASPA Ski Garden, Yuzawa Kogen, GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama ski areas.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station costs around 700 yen.
By Car
Car
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
Direction
Direction
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.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking
Parking
The nearest parking - the town operated Takizawa 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).

More Information

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Address
Address
Yuzawa 490
Yuzawa-machi
Minamiuonuma-gun
Niigata-ken
949-6101
Telephone
Telephone
025-784-3326
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