Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
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Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort is located to the south east of the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. This ski area 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.

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Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort Course Map

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Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 250cm 25cm 1st 280cm 40cm 1st 220cm 75cm
2nd - - 2nd 260cm 25cm 2nd 265cm 40cm 2nd 195cm 70cm
3rd - - 3rd 260cm 25cm 3rd 265cm 40cm 3rd 190cm 60cm
4th - - 4th 265cm 30cm 4th 265cm 45cm 4th 190cm 55cm
5th - - 5th 265cm 40cm 5th 275cm 45cm 5th 185cm 50cm
6th - - 6th 270cm 40cm 6th 275cm 60cm 6th 180cm 50cm
7th - - 7th 270cm 40cm 7th 270cm 65cm 7th 180cm 50cm
8th - - 8th 280cm 40cm 8th 275cm 80cm 8th 175cm 50cm
9th - - 9th 285cm 25cm 9th 285cm 120cm 9th 170cm 50cm
10th - - 10th 290cm 30cm 10th 285cm 125cm 10th 170cm 50cm
11th - - 11th 295cm 30cm 11th 280cm 130cm 11th 165cm 45cm
12th - - 12th 295cm 30cm 12th 275cm 120cm 12th 165cm 45cm
13th - - 13th 295cm 30cm 13th 270cm 110cm 13th 160cm 40cm
14th - 0cm 14th 295cm 30cm 14th 265cm 100cm 14th 160cm 35cm
15th - - 15th 290cm 30cm 15th 230cm 100cm 15th 155cm 35cm
16th - - 16th 290cm 40cm 16th 220cm 90cm 16th 155cm 35cm
17th - - 17th 290cm 40cm 17th 225cm 85cm 17th 150cm 35cm
18th - - 18th 290cm 40cm 18th 235cm 90cm 18th 145cm 30cm
19th 220cm - 19th 295cm 40cm 19th 245cm 90cm 19th 140cm 0cm
20th 230cm - 20th 305cm 40cm 20th 245cm 90cm 20th 135cm -
21st 240cm - 21st 305cm 40cm 21st 245cm 85cm 21st 130cm -
22nd 240cm - 22nd 305cm 50cm 22nd 225cm 85cm 22nd 125cm -
23rd 240cm - 23rd 300cm 45cm 23rd 220cm 80cm 23rd 120cm -
24th 240cm - 24th 300cm 40cm 24th 225cm 85cm 24th 120cm -
25th 240cm - 25th 295cm 40cm 25th 230cm 80cm 25th 115cm -
26th 250cm - 26th 290cm 40cm 26th 230cm 75cm 26th 110cm -
27th 250cm - 27th 280cm 40cm 27th 230cm 75cm 27th 105cm -
28th 250cm 25cm 28th 275cm 35cm 28th 230cm 80cm 28th 95cm -
29th 240cm 25cm 29th 265cm 35cm 29th - 75cm 29th 90cm -
30th 235cm 20cm 30th 275cm 30cm 30th 30th 85cm -
31st 240cm 20cm 31st 280cm 30cm 31st 31st 80cm -

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort 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
There are a few areas for children including 'Smile Kids Park', 'Nanchatte Park' and 'Angel Gelande' - a special safe area for beginners and serviced by two snow escalators (100m and 50m). All are close to the base area.

Entrance to 'Smile Kids Park' is 1,000 yen and it is open from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

The snow escalators at the 'Angel Gelande' can be used with a valid ski lift ticket, or using a special ticket that costs 1,500 yen.

Stationary train carriages at the base - between the car parks and the base slopes - are a popular feature of Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a cross course and special (kids) mogul area. 

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort 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 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There will be no night skiing at Yuzawa Nakazato for the 2020-2021 season.

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (Open-5pm) 4,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 3,800 yen 2,000 yen 2,900 yen 2,900 yen
4 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Season Ticket 23,000 yen 13,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Season tickets allow holders to purchase a discounted 1-day ticket (1,000 yen) at other Smile Resort ski areas. Those resorts are Muica Snow Resort, Ninox Snow Park and Cupid Valley. A 1-day ticket for Maiko Snow Resort for season ticket holders is 1,500 yen.

Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Getting to Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort

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 Snow Resort 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 Snow Resort. 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 Snow Resort car park.

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

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