Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen
湯沢高原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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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 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.

The Mountain

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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
December January February March
1st - - 1st 190cm 180cm 1st 330cm 280cm 1st 250cm 290cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 190cm 2nd 340cm 280cm 2nd 240cm 290cm
3rd - - 3rd 220cm 200cm 3rd 330cm 270cm 3rd 240cm 290cm
4th - - 4th 230cm 220cm 4th 300cm 270cm 4th 240cm 290cm
5th - - 5th 230cm 220cm 5th 300cm 280cm 5th 240cm 270cm
6th - - 6th 230cm 220cm 6th 300cm 280cm 6th 240cm 240cm
7th - - 7th 230cm 230cm 7th 280cm 280cm 7th 230cm 240cm
8th - - 8th 230cm 230cm 8th 280cm 280cm 8th 230cm 240cm
9th - - 9th 230cm 220cm 9th 280cm 280cm 9th 230cm 220cm
10th - - 10th 250cm 220cm 10th 300cm 280cm 10th 230cm 220cm
11th - - 11th 250cm 220cm 11th 300cm 280cm 11th 230cm 220cm
12th - - 12th 250cm 220cm 12th 300cm 280cm 12th 210cm 220cm
13th - - 13th 250cm 220cm 13th 300cm 280cm 13th 210cm 220cm
14th - - 14th 230cm 230cm 14th 300cm 280cm 14th 210cm 200cm
15th 50cm - 15th 230cm 230cm 15th 300cm 280cm 15th 210cm 200cm
16th 50cm 80cm 16th 230cm 220cm 16th 300cm 280cm 16th 210cm 180cm
17th 50cm 90cm 17th 230cm 220cm 17th 300cm 280cm 17th 210cm 180cm
18th 50cm 120cm 18th 230cm 190cm 18th 300cm 320cm 18th 210cm 180cm
19th 50cm 110cm 19th 230cm 190cm 19th 280cm 320cm 19th 210cm 160cm
20th 50cm 110cm 20th 230cm 190cm 20th 270cm 320cm 20th 210cm 160cm
21st 50cm 110cm 21st 250cm 170cm 21st 270cm 320cm 21st 200cm 160cm
22nd 50cm 110cm 22nd 250cm 170cm 22nd 270cm 320cm 22nd 200cm 160cm
23rd 50cm 110cm 23rd 250cm 170cm 23rd 270cm 320cm 23rd 200cm 160cm
24th 50cm 100cm 24th 280cm 180cm 24th 270cm 320cm 24th 200cm 160cm
25th 50cm 90cm 25th 290cm 200cm 25th 260cm 320cm 25th 200cm 160cm
26th 50cm 90cm 26th 290cm 230cm 26th 260cm 320cm 26th 200cm 160cm
27th 50cm 130cm 27th 310cm 270cm 27th 260cm 320cm 27th 180cm 120cm
28th 80cm 150cm 28th 310cm 280cm 28th 250cm 310cm 28th 180cm 120cm
29th 100cm 160cm 29th 330cm 280cm 29th - - 29th 180cm 120cm
30th 150cm 180cm 30th 330cm 280cm 30th 30th 180cm 120cm
31st 180cm 180cm 31st 330cm 280cm 31st 31st 180cm 120cm

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Yuzawa Kogen Facilities

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. 
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 '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. A one day ticket called 'Snow Experience' is available that allows entry to both Snowland areas as well as unlimited use of the Ropeway. 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Kogen is open from 8:40am every day and the Ropeway normally operates every 20 minutes.

There is no nighta at Yuzawa Kogen.

Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,300 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,400 yen 2,600 yen 2,900 yen
Afternoon (12:20pm-5pm) 3,400 yen 2,600 yen 2,900 yen
5 Hours (10am-3pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 5,500 yen 5,900 yen
Nunoba 1 Day 3,300 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
Nunoba 5 hours 3,000 yen 2,300 yen 2,500 yen
Nunoba Afternoon (12-5pm) 2,900 yen 2,200 yen 2,400 yen
All In Pass 5,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
Ropeway (1 way) 1,000 yen 500 yen
Ropeway (Return) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
Snow Experience Ticket 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 'Nunoba' ticket is available only on the lower Nunoba area - Ropeway not included.

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.

Children's Day
Sunday 16th December 2019
Sunday 20th January 2019
Sunday 17th February 2019
Sunday 17th March 2019
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 8th January 2019 - 1,000 yen off a 1 day lift ticket

Seniors Day
Every Thursday from 10th January 2019 - receive a free entry to onsen hot spring facility

'Yuzawa Snow Link'
The Yuzawa Snow Link ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 29th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019:

- 1 day >> 5,700 yen adults; 4,200 yen children; 5,000 yen seniors
- 2 days >> 9,200 yen adults; 6,500 yen children; 7,800 yen seniors

* Note that the Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with GALA Yuzawa will operate from 5th January 2019.

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
Transport 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
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 from 21st December 2018 until 31st March 2019.

A taxi journey costs around 700 yen.
By 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
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
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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