Resort Spotlight: Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen, Yuzawa town, Niigata
Planned Season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
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Take the 166 riding capacity Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway up to excellent snow conditions and spectacular panoramic scenery of Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma valleys of Niigata Prefecture and beyond. Truly stunning scenery awaits on a fine and clear day. 

Yuzawa Kogen offers a good mix of skiing and snowboarding, as well as fun areas just for for families and young children.

Yuzawa Kogen resort offers main areas - the Kogen Area and the Nunoba Area and is open for the snow season from mid December until late March.

The Kogen Area:

The Kogen Area offers amazing views as well as excellent snow conditions and a variety of challenges for skiers and snowboarders of different skill levels. The popular Kogen Snowland offers snow tubing activities, a two tunnel slider and tree castle as well as other fun activities for the kids.

The Nunoba Area:

The Nunoba Area - located by the base station of the Ropeway and just off the main onsen road of Yuzawa Town - has the Yuzawa Onsen Snow World, featuring a 100m covered 'snow escalator and 36m snow escalator.

Open all year:

Even when the snow melts and the temperatures rise in the town, high up at Yuzawa Kogen offers a great escape from the heat and a wide variety of summer fun.


The view on a clear day from Yuzawa Kogen

Course name Skill Level Length Max-Min Max grad Av grad
Kisuge Course
Intermediate-Advanced 700m 200m 27° 20°

This is the main course of Yuzawa Kogen.  Enjoy powder snow conditions - part ungroomed - along with stunning views of the Minami-uonuma region.

Suzuran Course
Beginners 500m 70m 7° 7°

Gentle beginner course.

Panorama Course
Beginners 2200m 190m 9° 7°

A long cruising beginners course coming down from the peak of 1170m and affording spectacular mountain views of the region.

Cosmos Course
Beginner-Intermediate 500m 120m 10 7

An easier way down.

Aoikeshi Course
Intermediate-Advanced 550m 190m 28 22

The top run of the resort offering a good challange and fine panoramic views

Komakusa Course
Intermediate-Advanced 2000m 500m 20 12

Ski or snowboard back down from the Kogen Area to the Nunoba Area using this course.  Great views of the town and Ropeway on the way down.

Nunoba Family Area*
Beginner 250m 30m 8 7

The Nunoba Family area is located just by the Yuzawa Ropeway bottom station and just for beginners.  This is where you will find 'Nunoba Snowland' as well.  Please note that snowboarding is not allowed in the Nunoba Family Area.


Lift Tickets

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
1 Day 4,700 yen 3,300 yen 4,200 yen
Kids 1 Day (3 to pre-school)   1,800 yen  
Morning 3,700 yen 2,800 yen 3,300 yen
Afternoon 3,700 yen 2,800 yen 3,300 yen
2 Days 7,800 yen 5,800 yen 6,800 yen
'Yuzawa Snow Link'
Joint ticket valid at Yuzawa Kogen and the connecting Gala Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama
1 day ticket:
19th Dec until 1st Jan
5,700 yen 4,200 yen 5,000 yen
1 day ticket:
2nd Jan until 14th Mar
6,200 yen 4,700 yen 5,500 yen
2 day ticket 10,000 yen 7,600 yen 8,900 yen

The Yuzawa Snow Link ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama ski resorts, making for a huge area to ski and snowboard. Opening dates for the operations vary each season. Note that the Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with GALA Yuzawa will operate from 2nd January until 14th March 2021. For the Yuzawa Snow Link, senior tickets are valid for people ages 60 and over.

Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway normally operates every 20 minutes from 8:40am until 5:00pm daily.

Snow Land 2020-2021

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
1 Day 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 3,100 yen
Morning 3,100 yen 2,300 yen 2,600 yen
Afternoon 3,100 yen 2,300 yen 2,600 yen
Snow Experience 3,000 yen 2,000 yen -
Base Snow Land 1,200 yen - -
Kogen Snow Land 800 yen - -
Ropeway Return 2,200 yen 1,100 yen -

The SNOW WORLD ticket is valid for skiing and snowboarding as well as playing in the snow activitues in the base area.

The SNOW ACTIVITY tickets are valid for non-skiing activities.

Ski & Snowboard Rental 2020-2021

  Half Day 1 Day 2 Days
  Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child
Ski set (skis, boots and poles) 3,200 2,600 4,200 3,600 7,200 6,100
Snowboard set (board and boots) 3,200 2,600 4,200 3,600 7,200 6,100
Cleaned Ski Wear 4,200 3,200 4,200 3,200 6,700 4,700
Full set (equipment and wear) 7,400 5,800 8,400 6,800 13,900 10,800


Restaurants at Yuzawa Kogen

Ristorante Pizzeria Alpina - authentic Italian pizzas right by the slopes! 80 seats available.

Restaurant Edelweiss - specializing in local mochi-buta pork and of course the local famous koshihikari rice - the best in Japan! 180 seats available.

Kumano Ueo Cafe (Above the Clouds)  - sweets and refreshments with fabulous views. Snow Terrace opens in March.


How to get to Yuzawa Kogen

>> By Train & Bus:

Yuzawa Kogen is an extremely convenient ski resort to get to.

Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is located just 600m from the West Exit of the main Echigo Yuzawa Station in Yuzawa town. The Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train takes on average just 80 minutes to get from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station. From the West Exit of the Station a free shuttle bus takes you to the resort; alternatively a taxi will always be available.

The free shuttle bus plans to be operating daily between 18th December 2020 and 28th March 2021.

You can literally be at Yuzawa Kogen 1.5 hours after leaving Tokyo Station!


>> By Car:

Yuzawa Kogen is about 2.5km from the Yuzawa IC (Interchange) exit of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll) road - about 170km from the Nerima IC. 

After exiting Yuzawa IC, turn right onto Route 17.  Turn left at the second set of traffic lights (Miyabayashi) and then right at the t-junction after 800m to head towards the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.  Free parking every day of the season!

Check the video shown to the right which shows the journey from the exit of Yuzawa IC to Yuzawa Kogen.

This video shows the route from the exit of Yuzawa IC to the car park of Yuzawa Kogen.

Please note:

Winter/Summer Parking

During the summer months outside of the ski season, free parking is available just behind the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway base station.

This area is the Family Area course area in winter season.  During the winter season parking is in the nearby town-operated Takizawa Parking area (500 yen).


Yuzawa Kogen outside of the winter season

The snow may have melted and the ski courses closed for skiers and snowboarders come April, but Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway operates throughout the year with people coming back to enjoy each of the distinct seasons. Spring brings with it fresh green and an explosion of fresh flowers and plants. In Summer, Yuzawa Kogen is a fine place to escape from the heat lower down at town level, and in autumn the beautiful autumn leaf 'koyo' colours are a sight to see from the top of the Ropeway. Each season brings with it a new look. 

'Green season' activities include a toboggan run, go-karts, mini-golf as well as a Zipline Adventure...



Central Yuzawa and the Echigo Yuzawa Station as seen from Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway