Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until late March 2020
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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.

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.

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 30cm 190cm 1st 80cm 330cm 1st 120cm 250cm
2nd - - 2nd 40cm 200cm 2nd 80cm 340cm 2nd 120cm 240cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 220cm 3rd 80cm 330cm 3rd 120cm 240cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 230cm 4th 80cm 300cm 4th 120cm 240cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 230cm 5th 80cm 300cm 5th 120cm 240cm
6th - - 6th 90cm 230cm 6th 120cm 300cm 6th 120cm 240cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 230cm 7th 120cm 280cm 7th 120cm 230cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 230cm 8th 120cm 280cm 8th 120cm 230cm
9th - - 9th 80cm 230cm 9th 150cm 280cm 9th 120cm 230cm
10th - - 10th 80cm 250cm 10th 150cm 300cm 10th 120cm 230cm
11th - - 11th 80cm 250cm 11th 170cm 300cm 11th 100cm 230cm
12th - - 12th 80cm 250cm 12th 170cm 300cm 12th 100cm 210cm
13th - - 13th 80cm 250cm 13th 170cm 300cm 13th 100cm 210cm
14th - - 14th 80cm 230cm 14th 170cm 300cm 14th 100cm 210cm
15th 10cm 50cm 15th 80cm 230cm 15th 170cm 300cm 15th 100cm 210cm
16th 5cm 50cm 16th 80cm 230cm 16th 150cm 300cm 16th 100cm 210cm
17th 10cm 50cm 17th 80cm 230cm 17th 150cm 300cm 17th 100cm 210cm
18th 5cm 50cm 18th 80cm 230cm 18th 150cm 300cm 18th 100cm 210cm
19th 5cm 50cm 19th 80cm 230cm 19th 150cm 280cm 19th 100cm 210cm
20th 5cm 50cm 20th 80cm 230cm 20th 150cm 270cm 20th 100cm 210cm
21st 5cm 50cm 21st 90cm 250cm 21st 150cm 270cm 21st 100cm 200cm
22nd 5cm 50cm 22nd 90cm 250cm 22nd 120cm 270cm 22nd 100cm 200cm
23rd 5cm 50cm 23rd 90cm 250cm 23rd 120cm 270cm 23rd 100cm 200cm
24th 5cm 50cm 24th 90cm 280cm 24th 120cm 270cm 24th 100cm 200cm
25th 5cm 50cm 25th 90cm 290cm 25th 120cm 260cm 25th 100cm 200cm
26th 10cm 50cm 26th 90cm 290cm 26th 120cm 260cm 26th 100cm 200cm
27th 10cm 50cm 27th 90cm 310cm 27th 120cm 260cm 27th 100cm 180cm
28th 30cm 80cm 28th 90cm 310cm 28th 120cm 250cm 28th 100cm 180cm
29th 30cm 100cm 29th 90cm 330cm 29th 120cm - 29th 100cm 180cm
30th 30cm 150cm 30th 60cm 330cm 30th 30th 100cm 180cm
31st 20cm 180cm 31st 60cm 330cm 31st 31st 100cm 180cm

Previous Statistics

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 '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) 
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
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 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

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,400 yen 3,000 yen 3,900 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 5,500 yen 6,500 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours 3,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,400 yen
'All In' 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,500 yen
'All In' 2 Days 8,500 yen 6,500 yen 7,500 yen
Snow Experience 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
Playworld 1 Day 3,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Playworld Afternoon 3,000 yen 2,200 yen 2,500 yen
Nunoba Snowland 1,200 yen 1,200 yen
Kogen Snowland 800 yen 800 yen
Season Ticket 34,000 yen 20,000 yen 24,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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
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 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.
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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