Yuzawa Park (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Park
湯沢パーク (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Friday 14th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
'Yuzawa Now' daily report
Independent and exclusive snow and weather reporting from Yuzawa
Latest report posted at 8:33am on Sunday 16th December 2018
Official snow depth 45cm (-5cm) [updated on 16th December 2018]

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Yuzawa Park is a fairly small ski hill 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. 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 offered night-time skiing every day (no nighta now).

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 - 125cm 1st - 180cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - - 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 170cm
3rd - - 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 175cm 3rd - 175cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 175cm 4th - 170cm
5th - - 5th - 190cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 180cm 6th - 190cm 6th - 165cm
7th - - 7th - 190cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 165cm
8th - - 8th - 180cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 160cm
9th - - 9th - 160cm 9th - 190cm 9th - 150cm
10th - - 10th - 150cm 10th - 190cm 10th - 145cm
11th - - 11th - 140cm 11th - 180cm 11th - 140cm
12th - - 12th - 140cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 140cm
13th - - 13th - 140cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 135cm
14th - - 14th - 150cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 130cm
15th 50cm 50cm 15th - 140cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 120cm
16th 45cm 50cm 16th - 140cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 120cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 120cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 120cm
18th - 70cm 18th - 120cm 18th - 230cm 18th - 120cm
19th - 80cm 19th - 120cm 19th - 235cm 19th - 110cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 120cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 110cm
21st - 65cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 110cm
22nd - 65cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd - 65cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 100cm
24th - 65cm 24th - 140cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 100cm
25th - 60cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 100cm
26th - 60cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 95cm
27th - 110cm 27th - 210cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 90cm
28th - 110cm 28th - 210cm 28th - 195cm 28th - 85cm
29th - 130cm 29th - 190cm 29th - - 29th - 80cm
30th - 140cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 75cm
31st - 135cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - 70cm

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 sledging area 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. 

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 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 Infants can ride the lifts for free.

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 shuttle bus service is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.

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
There is parking for 1,000 vehicles at the base of Yuzawa Park. Parking is free every day and open 24 hours.

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