Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
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Latest report posted at 8:00am on Monday 24th January 2022
Official snow depth 250cm (0cm) [updated on 24th January 2022]

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Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort is located to the southeast 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). For the 2021-2022 season, the quad and four pair lifts are operating. 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 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 Nakazato Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 175cm 250cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 220cm
2nd - - 2nd 185cm 260cm 2nd - 265cm 2nd - 195cm
3rd - - 3rd 190cm 260cm 3rd - 265cm 3rd - 190cm
4th - - 4th 190cm 265cm 4th - 265cm 4th - 190cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 265cm 5th - 275cm 5th - 185cm
6th - - 6th 210cm 270cm 6th - 275cm 6th - 180cm
7th - - 7th 210cm 270cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 180cm
8th - - 8th 215cm 280cm 8th - 275cm 8th - 175cm
9th - - 9th 215cm 285cm 9th - 285cm 9th - 170cm
10th - - 10th 215cm 290cm 10th - 285cm 10th - 170cm
11th - - 11th 205cm 295cm 11th - 280cm 11th - 165cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 295cm 12th - 275cm 12th - 165cm
13th - - 13th 205cm 295cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 160cm
14th - - 14th 215cm 295cm 14th - 265cm 14th - 160cm
15th - - 15th 220cm 290cm 15th - 230cm 15th - 155cm
16th - - 16th 220cm 290cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 155cm
17th - - 17th 220cm 290cm 17th - 225cm 17th - 150cm
18th - - 18th 225cm 290cm 18th - 235cm 18th - 145cm
19th 60cm 220cm 19th 235cm 295cm 19th - 245cm 19th - 140cm
20th 65cm 230cm 20th 235cm 305cm 20th - 245cm 20th - 135cm
21st 65cm 240cm 21st 240cm 305cm 21st - 245cm 21st - 130cm
22nd 55cm 240cm 22nd 250cm 305cm 22nd - 225cm 22nd - 125cm
23rd 55cm 240cm 23rd 250cm 300cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 120cm
24th 50cm 240cm 24th 250cm 300cm 24th - 225cm 24th - 120cm
25th 45cm 240cm 25th - 295cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 115cm
26th 65cm 250cm 26th - 290cm 26th - 230cm 26th - 110cm
27th 85cm 250cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 230cm 27th - 105cm
28th 110cm 250cm 28th - 275cm 28th - 230cm 28th - 95cm
29th 120cm 240cm 29th - 265cm 29th - - 29th - 90cm
30th 120cm 235cm 30th - 275cm 30th 30th - 85cm
31st 145cm 240cm 31st - 280cm 31st 31st - 80cm

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 & wear rental is 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.

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 2021-2022 season.

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
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
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

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.
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 2,200 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. 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.
Parking is available at the base of Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort. Parking is free on weekdays and 500 yen on weekends and holidays. The car parks are open from 7:00am until 6:00pm.

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