Resort Spotlight: Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort (Yuzawa, Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort
Yuzawa, Niigata

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort is located in Yuzawa town, with a local train station at it's base and just a few km from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. 

There are 16 different courses at Yuzawa Nakazato with unique features, offering a variety of challenges for skiers and boarders or different abilities.

The courses include tricks ideal for beginners (cross and mogul courses) and some other trickier ones designed for intermediate or experienced skiers (free-ride park and board park).

For families, there are numerous facilities that encourage children to have fun - a snowy playground called Smile Kids Park with a snow escalator as well as the Angel Gelande with other snow activities.

There is a free 'Blue Train' rest station - a real train carriage - where you can sit and warm yourself during the day.


2020-2021 Planned Season
Saturday 19th December 2020
Sunday 28th March 2021



Course name Length Max grad Av grad
Beginner Area 150m 10° 8°
Slope No 3 1010m 14° 9°
Slope No 5 750m 18° 8°
Slope No 6 7550m 18° 11°
Forest 5300m 9° 5°
Panorama 500m 25° 17°
Parallel 650m 24° 12°
Dynamic 600m 32° 17°
Giant 580m 32° 22°
Challenge Bahn 370m 32° 25°
Extreme 200m 31° 24°


Smile Kids Park & Angel Gelande

Smile Kids Part is a  fun area for kids at the base area of the resort right in front of the car parks. The area features a snow escalator as well as various fun playing in the snow activities for children to enjoy in safety. Play for the whole day for just 1,000 yen.

The Angel Gelande offers features two snow escalators (100m and 50m) and suitable for beginners who don't yet want to ride the ski lifts. A special ticket for the escalators is available for 1,500 yen. (Ski lift tickets are also valid).


Lift Tickets 2020-2021 NEW

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
One day ticket 4,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hour ticket 3,800 yen 2,000 yen 2,900 yen
4 lift coupons 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
11 lift coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Beginner Area (4pm to 8pm) 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Pass 30,000 yen 18,000 yen  

Ski & Snowboard Rental 2020-2021

  Set Skis
Boots Poles
Adult 4,300 yen 3,000 yen 2,500 yen 500 yen 4,300 yen
Child (elementary school age) 3,300 yen 2,500 yen 2,000 yen 500 yen 3,300 yen
Young Child 2,800 yen 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 300 yen 2,800 yen

'Set' includes skis or board plus boots and poles

How to get to Yuzawa Nakazato

By Bus:

A free shuttle bus service is available from Echigo Yuzawa Station (Joetsu Shinkansen) to Yuzawa Nakazato - the journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

However, you can also take the local train directly to Echigo Nakazato Station which is located right at the base of the ski hill.  Transfer at Echigo Yuzawa onto the local Joetsu line train - the journey takes 8 minutes.

By Car:

Yuzawa Nakazato is just 5km from the exit of the Yuzawa IC (Interchange) of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll) road.  167km from the Tokyo area.  After exiting the IC, turn left onto Route 17 and follow the signs.  Free parking every day of the season!