Yuzawa Nakazato (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato
湯沢中里 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Wednesday 3rd April 2019
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Yuzawa Nakazato is located to the south east of the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. This ski hill first opened in 1959. The ski lifts of Yuzawa Nakazato can be found by the east exit of the small Echigo Nakazato Station on the local Joetsu line - the base ski centre is connected to the station. The old train carriages that act as a rest area at the base of the ski runs are popular with children and train enthusiasts. Yuzawa Nakazato has been operating since 1959.

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 Nakazato Course Map

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Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 125cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 170cm
2nd - - 2nd - 135cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 170cm
3rd - - 3rd - 145cm 3rd - 175cm 3rd - 170cm
4th - - 4th - 150cm 4th - 170cm 4th - 160cm
5th - - 5th - 160cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 160cm
6th - - 6th - 160cm 6th - 180cm 6th - 155cm
7th - - 7th - 165cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 155cm
8th - - 8th - 165cm 8th - 180cm 8th - 150cm
9th - - 9th - 160cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 145cm
10th - - 10th - 150cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 150cm
11th - - 11th - 150cm 11th - 165cm 11th - 150cm
12th - - 12th - 150cm 12th - 160cm 12th - 150cm
13th - - 13th - 150cm 13th - 165cm 13th - 150cm
14th - - 14th - 150cm 14th - 165cm 14th - 145cm
15th - - 15th - 150cm 15th - 165cm 15th - 145cm
16th - 50cm 16th - 140cm 16th - 170cm 16th - 140cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 135cm 17th - 170cm 17th - 140cm
18th - 50cm 18th - 130cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 140cm
19th - 50cm 19th - 120cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 135cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 115cm 20th - 200cm 20th - 125cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 205cm 21st - 125cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 120cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 110cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 130cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 110cm
25th - 40cm 25th - 170cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 105cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 195cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 100cm
27th - 80cm 27th - 225cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 95cm
28th - 110cm 28th - 230cm 28th - 185cm 28th - 90cm
29th - 120cm 29th - 230cm 29th - - 29th - 85cm
30th - 130cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 80cm
31st - 130cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 75cm

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Nakazato Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa Nakazato. 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
A 'Yuki Asobi Park' and 'Smile Kids Park' is available for children close to the main car park as well as some cross and mogul course areas for beginners wanting to learn those things.

There is also a free 'Kids Room' near the base of Number 2 pair lift. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a board park, cross course and special mogul area. 

Yuzawa Nakazato 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Nakazato is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 5th January and 9th March 2019; 29th December until 3rd January 2019; 13th January 2019; and 10th February 2019.

Yuzawa Nakazato Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (Open-5pm) 4,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,300 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,300 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 4,000 yen 5,700 yen 5,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-8:30pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Getting to Yuzawa Nakazato

By public transport
5.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
5.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0km from Echigo Nakazato Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Yuzawa Nakazato is located just over 5km away from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station in Yuzawa town. Shuttle buses operate from this station to the resort.
The small local Echigo Nakazato train station on the local Joetsu local line is conveniently located right at the base of the ski hill. It is just a short walk from the station exit to ski lifts. Trains using the local Joetsu line from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Echigo Nakazato Station take around 10 minutes, but they are not very regular.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to Yuzawa Nakazato. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Yuzawa Nakazato costs around 2,100 yen.
By Car
4.7km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
12.8km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 361
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and go about 600m to the traffic lights by the 7-11 convenience store. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue for about 650m until you reach another set of traffic lights by a Save On convenience store. Turn right at these traffic lights and continue straight on this road for about 1km through two sets of traffic lights. After going under the Expressway bridge and then the local train line bridge, the road quickly bends to the right - keep on this road. About 1.5km further on there are signs for Yuzawa Nakazato - follow the signs by turning left and then soon right again, and go under the local train line to enter the Yuzawa Nakazato car park.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking is available at the base of Yuzawa Nakazato and is free every day of the season.

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(30th October 2018)
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