Resort Spotlight: GALA Yuzawa (Niigata)

GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town
Niigata Prefecture

GALA Yuzawa website

16th December 2017 - 6th May 2018
Season details coming soon
SnowJapan data including weather forecasts and maps: here

Welcome to GALA Yuzawa - powder snow within easy reach from central Tokyo! 
You can leave Tokyo early in the morning and actually be on the slopes riding the powder snow by 8am - check this out for convenience...

6:24am Leave Tokyo Station on the Max Tanigawa 71 shinkansen train
7:41am Arrive at GALA Yuzawa station
7:50am (approx!) Board the GALA Gondola which takes you quickly up to the slopes
8:00am (approx!) Start riding the powder snow!

Where is GALA Yuzawa?
GALA Yuzawa is located close to the centre of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture - about 200km to the north of Tokyo. Each season huge amounts of snow falls in this region and GALA Yuzawa often enjoys excellent snow conditions.

How do I get to GALA Yuzawa?
By train you can easily get to GALA Yuzawa by using the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) direct from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station to GALA Yuzawa Station (or nearby Echigo Yuzawa Station).  By car take the Kanetsu Expressway to Yuzawa I.C.  GALA Yuzawa is located about 3km from Yuzawa I.C. 

GALA Yuzawa now has a 2.5km downhill course letting you ski or snowboard down to the bottom Ski Center.  Enjoy a downhill run of 573m vertical with fine views of the Minamiuonuma valley to the north.

The Southern Area of the resort is great for those seeking a challenge and untouched powder snow.

The link from GALA Yuzawa to Yuzawa Kogen by Ropeway is open during peak season as well as the link from the North Area to the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort

Click on above map image for larger PDF version

Lift Tickets

Spring Ski Normal Season
Adult Child Senior Adult Child Senior
Gala 1 Day 3700 1850 3100 4600 2300 3700
Gala 2 Day 5700 2800 5000 7000 3400 6000
Gala AM 2800 1300 2500 3400 1600 3000
Gala PM 3000 1400 2600 3700 1800 3300
PM3 1600 800 1300 2000 1000 1800
Gondola return 1300 650 1300 1300 650 1300

Three Mountain ticket:
These tickets are valid at Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama as well as Gala Yuzawa.  All three resorts are connected by lifts/ropeways. This ticket is on sale for use between 15th January 2017 until 20th March 2017 (dependent on snow conditions).

1 day ticket: Adults, 5,100 yen; Children/Seniors, 4,200 yen
2 day ticket: Adults, 8,100 yen; Children/Seniors, 6,600 yen

Ski and snowboard rental

Standard Half day 1 Day 2 Days
  Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child
Ski Set
Skis, boots, poles
3700 yen 1800 yen 5200 yen 2600 yen 7300 yen 3600 yen
Snowboard set
Snowboard, boots
3700 yen 1800 yen 5200 yen 2600 yen 7300 yen 3600 yen
Wear set
Wear and gloves
2100 yen 1100 yen 3000 yen 1500 yen 4200 yen 2100 yen


Standard Half day 1 Day 2 Days
  Adult Adult Adult
Expert Ski Set
Skis, boots, poles
5200 yen 7300 yen 9500 yen
Expert Ski 2 Set
Skis, poles
4300 yen 6200 yen 8000 yen
Expert Snowboard Set
Snowboard, boots
5200 yen 7300 yen 9500 yen

* Sledges, long boots and gloves are also available for rental.

Available sizes:
Carving skis - 100cm - 170cm (each 10cm)
Expert skis - 140cm - 180cm (5cm each)
Boots - 17cm-30cm
Wear - 90cm > 3L (XO)

Available sizes:
Board - 100cm - 161 cm
Boots - 19cm - 29.5cm
Wear - 90cm - 3L (XO)

Getting to GALA Yuzawa

Getting to GALA couldn't be much easier from the Tokyo region.  The resort is located close to the center of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture.

By Train

Take the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station and within 80 minutes you can be at GALA Yuzawa Station and minutes away from boarding the Gondola up to the slopes and powder snow - the station and gondola are in the same building!  (Actual travel times will depend which train is used).

There are two Shinkansen stations in Yuzawa town - the main 'Echigo Yuzawa Station' and the resort's own winter-only 'GALA Yuzawa Station'.  If you take the train to Echigo Yuzawa Station, free shuttle buses are available to take you on the 5 minute ride to GALA Yuzawa snow resort.

Free Shuttle Bus
GALA Yuzawa provides a regular (free) Shuttle bus for people already in Yuzawa or getting off at the Echigo Yuzawa Station.  The bus can be taken from either the East or West exit of Echigo Yuzawa station as well as other stops on the way.  Please note that at times of extreme weather conditions, buses may run later than their scheduled times.

By Car

From Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway toll road, turn right into Route 17.  After about 2-3km you will see the GALA Yuzawa station on your left hand side, and soon you will also see a GALA signpost on the side of Route 17 - turn left here and you will soon be at GALA - just 5 minutes from the IC.

Car parking is free this season.