Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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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 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 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 25cm 140cm 1st 40cm 225cm 1st 75cm 165cm
2nd - - 2nd 25cm 140cm 2nd 40cm 225cm 2nd 70cm 165cm
3rd - - 3rd 25cm 160cm 3rd 40cm 220cm 3rd 60cm 165cm
4th - - 4th 30cm 170cm 4th 45cm 195cm 4th 55cm 160cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 170cm 5th 45cm 180cm 5th 50cm 160cm
6th - - 6th 40cm 170cm 6th 60cm 175cm 6th 50cm 160cm
7th - - 7th 40cm 170cm 7th 65cm 170cm 7th 50cm 160cm
8th - - 8th 40cm 160cm 8th 80cm 175cm 8th 50cm 160cm
9th - - 9th 25cm 170cm 9th 120cm 180cm 9th 50cm 165cm
10th - - 10th 30cm 170cm 10th 125cm 200cm 10th 50cm 160cm
11th - - 11th 30cm 155cm 11th 130cm 200cm 11th 45cm 155cm
12th - - 12th 30cm 150cm 12th 120cm 205cm 12th 45cm 155cm
13th - - 13th 30cm 145cm 13th 110cm 205cm 13th 40cm 150cm
14th 0cm - 14th 30cm 140cm 14th 100cm 210cm 14th 35cm 160cm
15th - 50cm 15th 30cm 140cm 15th 100cm 220cm 15th 35cm 160cm
16th - 50cm 16th 40cm 140cm 16th 90cm 210cm 16th 35cm 160cm
17th - 50cm 17th 40cm 145cm 17th 85cm 220cm 17th 35cm 160cm
18th - 50cm 18th 40cm 145cm 18th 90cm 220cm 18th 30cm 155cm
19th - 50cm 19th 40cm 160cm 19th 90cm 220cm 19th 0cm 155cm
20th - 50cm 20th 40cm 150cm 20th 90cm 205cm 20th - 150cm
21st - 40cm 21st 40cm 160cm 21st 85cm 190cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - 40cm 22nd 50cm 180cm 22nd 85cm 180cm 22nd - 145cm
23rd - 40cm 23rd 45cm 185cm 23rd 80cm 175cm 23rd - 145cm
24th - 40cm 24th 40cm 205cm 24th 85cm 175cm 24th - 150cm
25th - 40cm 25th 40cm 215cm 25th 80cm 175cm 25th - 150cm
26th - 35cm 26th 40cm 215cm 26th 75cm 170cm 26th - 145cm
27th - 35cm 27th 40cm 230cm 27th 75cm 170cm 27th - 140cm
28th 25cm 70cm 28th 35cm 230cm 28th 80cm 170cm 28th - 135cm
29th 25cm 100cm 29th 35cm 240cm 29th 75cm - 29th - 130cm
30th 20cm 125cm 30th 30cm 240cm 30th 30th - 125cm
31st 20cm 135cm 31st 30cm 225cm 31st 31st - 115cm

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', 'Activity Park', 'Nanchatte Park' and 'Beginners Area' - a special safe area for beginners and serviced by a 100m snow escalator. Close to the base area. Stationary train carriages at the base - between the car parks and the base slopes - are a feature of Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a board park, cross course and special 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 8:00am 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 Snow Resort is normally 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 28th December and 14th March 2020; 29th December until 3rd January 2020; 12th January 2020; and 23rd February 2020.

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
2 Days 8,000 yen 4,500 yen 6,200 yen 6,200 yen
5 Hours 3,800 yen 2,000 yen 2,900 yen 2,900 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 (4pm-8pm) 1,600 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
Beginner Area Nighta 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 25,000 yen 15,000 yen
Season Ticket (from 12th Feb) 16,000 yen 10,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Season tickets allow holders to purchase a 1-day ticket at other Smile Resort ski areas for 1,000 yen. Those resorts are Muica Snow Resort, Ninox Snow Park, Kurumayama SKYPARK 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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