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Yuzawa () in Niigata Prefecture is one of the largest and the most easily accessed ski areas from Tokyo. You can be on the slopes from Tokyo Station in under two hours. Yuzawa is known for deep powder and a long season, with some of its resorts open from mid November to late May.

There are approximately twenty resorts in and around Yuzawa, varying in size from one to over thirty lifts. While some are near the town center, others are more remote, but they are all accessible by public transportation.

A few resorts team up to offer combination lift tickets that give you access to all of the participating resorts. They are typically connected to each other so that you can ski or snowboard between them.

Yuzawa is also known for its onsen (hot springs), with baths located at the ski resorts, hotels, public bath houses and shinkansen stations, including a sake bath as well as a sake museum at the Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

Gala Yuzawa, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Kogen Group

A special combination ticket for all three resorts is available. It costs 5100 yen and can be bought at any of the three resorts' ticket counters.

Gala Yuzawa
Description Just 90 minutes from Tokyo Station, Gala Yuzawa is the easiest resort in Yuzawa to access by train. The gondola to the mountain leaves directly from the shinkansen station, but be sure to check the wind conditions before you leave as the gondola does not operate when it is windy. There is no night skiing, but a "Sunset ticket", good between 3 and 5, is offered instead for 2000 yen.
Season
Mid December to early May
(December 17, 2016 to May 7, 2017)
Lifts
11 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4600 yen
Rentals ski
5200 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00
12:00 to 17:00
3400 yen
3700 yen
board
5200 yen
nighter
N/A
N/A
clothes
3000 yen
Access bus/train Joetsu Shinkansen to Gala Yuzawa Station
car Three kilometers from Yuzawa Interchange

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Description Ishiuchi Maruyama is one of the oldest establishments in the Yuzawa area and is known to have great powder. The resort is fairly large and offers some really long runs.
Season
Mid December to early April
(December 23, 2016 to March 19, 2017)
Lifts
19 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4300 yen
Rentals ski
2500 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
3600 yen
board
2500 yen
nighter
17:00 to 21:00
2000 yen
clothes
2500 yen
Access bus/train Three mins walk from Ishiuchi Station or ten mins by free shuttle from Echigo-Yuzawa Station
car Four kilometers from Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange

Yuzawa Kogen
Description Yuzawa Kogen is located near the Yuzawa Interchange and Echigo-Yuzawa Station. The resort is made up mostly beginner in intermediate courses, and offers a family and kids' snowland with a variety of snow experiences to enjoy.
Season
Mid December to early April
(December 17, 2016 to April 2, 2017)
Lifts
8 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4200 yen
Rentals ski
3400 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:20 to 17:00
3300 yen
board
3400 yen
nighter
N/A
N/A
clothes
3100 yen
Access bus/train Two mins by free shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station
car Two kilometers from Yuzawa Interchange

Naeba, Kagura Group

A combination ticket for Naeba and Kagura costs 5700 yen and can be purchased at either resort.

Naeba
Description Naeba is operated by Prince Hotels and is very popular even though it is the most remote of the major Yuzawa resorts. It has a large number of lifts, with multiple lifts serving each run. The slopes are generally steep, and can become quite crowded on weekends. Naeba is connected to neighboring Kagura via the Dragondola, an extremely long arial lift that spans the 5.5 kilometer distance between the resorts.
Season
Mid December to early May
(December 10, 2016 to April 2, 2017)
Lifts
30 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
5000 yen
Rentals ski
5000 yen
half day
2 hour pass
4 hour pass
3700 yen
4500 yen
board
5000 yen
nighter
16:00 to 21:00 (weekday)
16:00 to 21:00 (weekend)
2000 yen
3000 yen
clothes
3500 yen
Access bus/train 50 mins by bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station
car 21 kilometers from Yuzawa Interchange

Kagura
Description Known for having good powder and long runs, Kagura is reached by either the Kagura/Mitsumata or Tashiro gondolas. It is also connected to Naeba via the Dragondola. Kagura has the longest season of the Yuzawa resorts thanks to its location high up in the mountains. Night skiing is not offered.
Season
Late November to late May
(November 19, 2016 to May 28, 2017)
Lifts
26 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4700 yen
Rentals ski
4200 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 11:45 to 17:00
3500 yen
board
4200 yen
nighter
N/A
N/A
clothes
3100 yen
Access bus/train 25 mins by bus (300 yen) from Echigo-Yuzawa Station.
car Eight kilometers from Yuzawa Interchange.

Iwappara, Joetsu Kokusai Group

A combination ticket for Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai costs 4000 yen and can be purchased at either resort.

Iwappara
Description Iwappara is located near the center of Yuzawa Town. The main area of Iwappara is extremely wide, well groomed and an excellent place for beginners. In addition, the resort has good snow play facilities for children including a large kids park, kids ski camp, and one of the country's longest sled runs.
Season
Early December to early April
(December 3, 2016 to April 9, 2017)
Lifts
11 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4000 yen
Rentals ski
4000 yen
half day
5 hour pass
3000 yen
board
4000 yen
nighter
17:00 to 21:00
1500 yen
clothes
3000 yen
Access bus/train 10 mins by bus (200 yen) from Echigo Yuzawa Station or a 15 min walk from Iwappara Skijo-mae Station.
car Three kilometers from Yuzawa Interchange

Joetsu Kokusai
Description Joetsu Kokusai is one of Japan's largest resorts, spanning a number of mountains and valleys. It offers long runs and lots of powder. Joetsu Kokusai is about ten kilometers north of central Yuzawa.
Season
Early December to early April
(December 17, 2016 to April 8, 2017)
Lifts
25 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4000 yen
Rentals ski
4000 yen
half day
5 hour pass
3000 yen
board
4000 yen
nighter
17:00 to 21:00
1500 yen
clothes
3000 yen
Access bus/train 25 minutes by shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station or a few steps from Joetsu Kokusai Skijo-mae Station.
car Six kilometers from Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange.

Unaffiliated Resorts

Maiko
Description Maiko is a large park located near the Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange, about six kilometers north of central Yuzawa.
Season
Mid December to early April
(December 10, 2016 to April 9, 2017)
Lifts
13 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4700 yen
Rentals ski
4200 yen
half day
5 hour pass
4200 yen
board
4200 yen
nighter
16:00 to 20:00
500 yen
clothes
3500 yen
Access bus/train 30 mins by bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station (300 yen).
car One kilometer from Shiozawa Ishiuchi Interchange

Yuzawa Nakazato
Description Yuzawa Nakazato has its own train station on the local JR Joetsu Line. This resort offers a large kids snow play area and snowmobile rides.
Season
Mid December to early April
(December 17, 2016 to April 2, 2017)
Lifts
10 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4200 yen
Rentals ski
3900 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
3300 yen
board
3900 yen
nighter
17:00 to 20:30
1500 yen
clothes
3900 yen
Access bus/train 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station or a few steps outside Echigo-Nakazato Station.
car Five kilometers from Yuzawa Interchange.

Important: Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Access and Orientation

By train

Echigo-Yuzawa Station can be reached from Tokyo Station in 80-90 minutes by the Joetsu Shinkansen. During the winter, some trains from/to Tokyo serve Gala Yuzawa Station in the mornings, late afternoons and evenings, while a shuttle train runs just between Echigo-Yuzawa and Gala Yuzawa during midday. The one way trip between Tokyo and Yuzawa costs around 6500 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass and JR Tokyo Wide Pass.

Furthermore, a discounted round trip ticket is offered by JR for access to Yuzawa from greater Tokyo during the ski season. JR and travel agencies also sell a range of discount travel plans that combine a round trip to Yuzawa with lift passes and/or accommodation.

By car

Yuzawa is located along the Kanetsu Expressway, which connects Tokyo with Niigata. The drive from Tokyo to Yuzawa IC takes about two hours and costs around 5000 yen in expressway tolls (one way for a regular car). Winter tires are required when there is snow.

Hotels around Yuzawa

Page last updated: Dcember 7, 2016