Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
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Official snow depth 280cm (0cm) [updated on 21st January 2022]

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Yuzawa Kogen is located close to the centre of the popular snow and onsen town of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. Yuzawa Kogen has two main areas - the main Kogen Area and the lower town-level area that used to be known as Nunoba. They are connected by the 166-person capacity Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway. There are spectacular views of Yuzawa town and the surrounding mountains from the top of Yuzawa Kogen. Yuzawa Kogen is connected with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa via a second Ropeway that can be found in the top Kogen area. GALA Yuzawa is also lift-connected with Ishiuchi Maruyama. A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three ski areas is available during the main season.

Yuzawa Kogen dates back to 1915 when the Nunoba area initially opened. There used to be ski lifts at the town-level Nunoba area and the last one was removed in the summer of 2019. The Nunoba area is now known as Yuzawa Onsen Snow World and features a 100m long covered snow escalator and a 36m snow escalator. You can still ski or board back from the upper Kogen area to the Nunoba area.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city are home to over 20 individual ski areas, including some of the most well-known in Japan. With easy and quick access by train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of Japan's most popular ski destinations. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter. Yuzawa town is known as being the inspiration for the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country).

The Mountain

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Yuzawa Kogen is lift-connected with:
GALA Yuzawa, Ishiuchi Maruyama

Yuzawa Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 240cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 300cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 240cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 300cm
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 240cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 300cm
4th - - 4th 210cm 280cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 280cm
5th - - 5th 210cm 280cm 5th - 260cm 5th - 280cm
6th - - 6th 210cm 280cm 6th - 280cm 6th - 280cm
7th - - 7th 210cm 280cm 7th - 280cm 7th - 240cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 300cm 8th - 280cm 8th - 240cm
9th - - 9th 230cm 300cm 9th - 320cm 9th - 240cm
10th - - 10th 230cm 300cm 10th - 320cm 10th - 240cm
11th - - 11th 230cm 320cm 11th - 320cm 11th - 240cm
12th - - 12th 230cm 320cm 12th - 320cm 12th - 240cm
13th - - 13th 230cm 320cm 13th - 320cm 13th - 240cm
14th - - 14th 250cm 320cm 14th - 320cm 14th - 240cm
15th - - 15th 250cm 320cm 15th - 320cm 15th - 240cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 300cm 16th - 320cm 16th - 240cm
17th - - 17th 250cm 300cm 17th - 320cm 17th - 240cm
18th - - 18th 260cm 300cm 18th - 320cm 18th - 240cm
19th 40cm 180cm 19th 280cm 300cm 19th - 340cm 19th - 240cm
20th 40cm 240cm 20th 280cm 300cm 20th - 340cm 20th - 240cm
21st 40cm 240cm 21st 280cm 300cm 21st - 340cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 50cm 240cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 340cm 22nd - 240cm
23rd 50cm 240cm 23rd - 300cm 23rd - 300cm 23rd - 220cm
24th 50cm 240cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 200cm
25th 50cm 240cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 200cm
26th 50cm 240cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 200cm
27th 80cm 240cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 300cm 27th - 200cm
28th 120cm 240cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 200cm
29th 150cm 240cm 29th - 220cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 150cm 240cm 30th - 220cm 30th 30th - -
31st 180cm 240cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - -

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 & wear rental is available 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are two Snow Land areas at Yuzawa Kogen - 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 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
There is no specific snow park. 

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 upper Kogen area is open from Saturday 18th December 2021 (planned).

The base area is open from Saturday 25th December 2021.

There is no night skiing at Yuzawa Kogen.

Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,800 yen 3,400 yen 4,300 yen
2 Days 8,000 yen 6,000 yen 7,000 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 3,200 yen 2,200 yen
Base Snowland 1,500 yen
Kogen Snowland 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 36,000 yen 22,000 yen 26,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 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.

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.
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
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 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).

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