Yuzawa Park (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Park
(新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Friday 20th December 2019 until Wednesday 1st April 2020
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Yuzawa Park is one of the smaller ski hills located in the snow and onsen resort of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. It is found to the east of the central Yuzawa town with good access from both the train station and expressway. Apparently 10% of the course area is left ungroomed and 10% is moguls. Back in the early 90's, Yuzawa Park was one of the first resorts in the region to allow snowboarders when most resorts were 'skier-only' and it had a following because of that. It also offered night-time skiing every day but sadly it does not open for nighta any more.

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 Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 20cm 1st - 30cm 1st - 70cm
2nd - - 2nd - 30cm 2nd - 40cm 2nd - 60cm
3rd - - 3rd - 25cm 3rd - 35cm 3rd - 60cm
4th - - 4th - 30cm 4th - 35cm 4th - 50cm
5th - - 5th - 50cm 5th - 35cm 5th - 50cm
6th - - 6th - 50cm 6th - 85cm 6th - 60cm
7th - - 7th - 50cm 7th - 90cm 7th - 60cm
8th - - 8th - 35cm 8th - 90cm 8th - 50cm
9th - - 9th - 20cm 9th - 130cm 9th - 50cm
10th - - 10th - 20cm 10th - 120cm 10th - 35cm
11th - - 11th - 20cm 11th - 140cm 11th - 25cm
12th - - 12th - 20cm 12th - 110cm 12th - 20cm
13th - - 13th - 15cm 13th - 95cm 13th - 0cm
14th - - 14th - 15cm 14th - 90cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th - 15cm 15th - 85cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th - 30cm 16th - 80cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 30cm 17th - 70cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 25cm 18th - 70cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 20cm 19th - 100cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 20cm 20th - 90cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 25cm 21st - 80cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 50cm 22nd - 75cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 45cm 23rd - 60cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 30cm 24th - 65cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 25cm 25th - 60cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th - 20cm 26th - 60cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 20cm 27th - 75cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th - 20cm 28th - 85cm 28th - -
29th - 25cm 29th - 15cm 29th - 80cm 29th - -
30th - 20cm 30th - 15cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 20cm 31st - 15cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa Park. 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
The 'Kids Park' is located at the base of Yuzawa Park and is open from 8:30am until 5:00pm and offers a sledding and snow tubing as well as a safe place to play in the snow.

There is also a 'Nanchatte Park' area for children and beginners that has some items including a jump, wave, and bank. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snowboard Park' is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm and free to use. 

Yuzawa Park 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 Park is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Yuzawa Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Infants can ride the lifts for free.

Between 25th and 27th December 2019 and between 20th and 29th March 2020, a 1 day ticket for elementary school age children is 1,500 yen.

On Thursdays between 9th January and 26th March 2020, a 1 day ticket for seniors is 2,500 yen.

On Fridays between 10th January and 27th March 2020, a 1 day ticket for ladies is 2,500 yen.

Getting to Yuzawa Park

By public transport
4.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
4.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
4.7km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The nearest train station is Iwappara Ski Jo Mae (less than 2km away), but that is a very small local Joetsu line station. Most people use the main Echigo Yuzawa Station (Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line) which is just under 5km from Yuzawa Park. Connections to the Hokuhoku line are also available at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport

A free regular shuttle bus service is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and takes about 10 minutes.

A taxi journey from the station costs around 1,900 yen.
By Car
3.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
12.2km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (2.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 361
From Yuzawa IC, turn left onto Route 17 and go about 600m to the traffic lights at 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 for about 1km through two sets of traffic lights. After going under the Kanetsu Expressway bridge and then the local train line bridge, take the immediate left left to head towards Yuzawa Park. The resort is about 1.5km further down that road on the right hand side.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car

About 5 minutes from Yuzawa IC.
There is parking for 1000 vehicles at the base of Yuzawa Park. Parking is free every day and open 24 hours.

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