Resort Spotlight: Joetsu Kokusai (Niigata)

Joetsu Kokusai
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture
www.jkokusai.co.jp

Joetsu Kokusai is located just to the north of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture in Minamiuonuma-shi, formerly known as Shiozawa. With it's own train station on the Joetsu line (just 12 minutes from Echigo Yuzawa Station), it is very easy to get to and provides some stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Joetsu Kokusai is a popular resort with all ages and riders, and offers a wide range of courses with over 10 million square meters of space. Joetsu Kokusai celebrates it's 50th Anniversary during the 2017-2018 season!

* More information on Joetsu Kokusai resort *

Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 - Sunday 8th April 2018

For the 2017-2018 season, Joetsu Kokusai once again teams up with nearby Iwappara ski and snowboard resort (in Yuzawa, about 20-25 minutes drive from Joetsu Kokusai) and offers joint tickets, events and more. 2017-2018 is the 8th season of collaboration between the two resorts.

2017-2018 Season Events

Saturday 9th until
Friday 15th December
Opening Service
Special prices 1 day lift ticket for just 2000 yen
Saturday 23rd until
Monday 25th December
Various special Christmas events
Sunday 31st December Various New Years Eve events
Monday 1st January Various New Years Day events
Sunday 14th January;
Sunday 18th February;
Sunday 18th March
Sledge Race
...on a special course... anyone can take part!
Saturday 3rd February;
Saturday 10th March
Lotte Presents 'Undokai'
Athletic competiton on the snow
Saturday 24th February Rafting Board on the snow
Saturday 10th March 'Jokoku Winter Carnival'
Various events including fireworks and local sake service
Sunday 21st January;
Sunday 18th February;
Sunday 18th March
Children's Day
Free lunch ticket present with every childrens lift ticket purchased
(* one lift tickets not valid)
Monday 26th March until
Sunday 8th April
Final Service
1 day lift ticket for just 2000 yen

Course Map
(Click on image for Japanese PDF version)

Joetsu Kokusai Statistics

Area

10,000,000 sq m

Courses area

3,800,000 sq m

Elevation

200m - 1,017m

Vertical

817m

Number of lifts

25 lifts
3 quad lifts
4 triple lifts
18 pair lifts

Number of courses

22 courses
Beginner - 30%
Intermediate - 50%
Advanced - 20%

Restaurants (slopes)

Resort restaurants:
8 restaurants with 1,775 capacity

Parking

Space for 5,500 cars in total
Parking charges:
Free every day at the Osawa and Atema areas. Other areas are free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on holidays

Longest course

6,000m

Steepest slopes

3

Waiting times for lifts

Weekdays:
None
Holidays:
5-10 minutes at peak times

Restrictions

Skiers and snowboarders are welcome on all slopes

Half pipe

2 halfpipes:
Length 100m x Width 17m x Height 4m
15.5 degrees
Length 130m x Width 20m x Height 4m
18.0 degrees (used in 2004 World Cup)

Snow Park

Nagamine No 3 gelende
Table top, rails, fun box, etc.

Sponge Bob Kids Park

In front of the Hotel
Entrance: free

Kids Paradise

Playing in the Snow Zone
Entrance: 500 yen

Sledge Land In front of the hotel

Child care

In front of the entrance to the hotel
Half day - 3,000 yen
1 day - 5,000 yen
1 hour - 1,300 yen

School

Joetsu Kokusai Ski Snowboard School
SAJ Certified
Sponge Bob Snow Camp

Day return onsen

Annex 2nd Floor
1,000 yen adults
500 yen children


Lift Tickets 2017/2018

Daytime 8am-5pm
Nighta 5pm-9:00pm
TYPE OF TICKET
 
VALID TIMES
 
ADULT
 
JUNIOR
(3-12)
MASTER
(over 55)
1 day 8am-5pm 4,000 2,500 3,000
5 hours 5 hours during day 3,000 1,500 2,000
Long 1 day 8am-end of nighta 4,500 2,500 3,500
PM + Nighta 12pm until end of nighta 4,000 2,500 3,000
2 day End of nighta on 2nd day 7,000 3,500 5,000
Nighta 5pm until end of nighta 1,500 1,000 1,000
Kids Paradise entrance 9am-4pm (re-entry ok) 500

Season Passes 2017/2018

TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR MASTER
Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 55,000 35,000 45,000
Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 35,000 25,000 28,000

Special extras included for those purchasing season tickets:

Extra 1
Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa
Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Iwappara
Iwappara season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Joetsu Kokusai

Extra 2
Free parking every day of the season

Extra 3
Half price onsen!
Iwappara - Resort Center 2 for 300 yen (normal price 600 yen)
Joetsu Kokusai - Annex for 500 yen (normal price 1000 yen)

Extra 4
Half price lessons!
Iwappara Snowboard School, Joetsu Kokusai Ski/Snowboard School, Sponge Bob Snow Camp Iwappara or Joetsu Kokusai - general lesson at half price

Early Season & Spring Skiing lift tickets

TYPE OF TICKET VALID TIMES ADULT JUNIOR MASTER
Opening:
9th - 15th December 2017
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500
Finale:
26th March - 8th April 2018
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500


Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Salomon Station - Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu
All the latest Salomon models are available from this special rental shop - test run any of the models on offer.

    Half Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days Size
    Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child  
Ski Set Salomon EX 4,500 - 6,500 - 9,000 - 11,500 -  
Salomon Regular 4,000 1,500 5,500 2,500 7,500 3,500 9,500 4,500  
Skis only Salomon EX 3,000 - 4,500 - 6,000 - 7,500 -  
Salomon
Regular
2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 4,500 3,000 5,500 4,000 70-140cm
130-176cm
Boots Salomon EX - - - - - - - -  
Salomon
Regular
1,500 800 2,000 1,200 3,000 2,000 4,000 2,800 15-21cm
22-31.5cm
Poles Salomon EX - - - - - - - -  
Salomon Regular 500 500 1,000 800 1,500 1,000 2,000 1,200 75-130cm
Board Set Salomon 3,500 1,500 5,000 2,500 7,000 3,500 9,000 4,500  
Board only Salomon 2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 5,000 3,000 6,500 4,000 100-125cm
130-162cm
Boots Salomon 2,000 800 2,500 1,000 4,000 1,200 5,500 1,400 19-21cm
22-31.5cm
Wear   2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 5,000 3,000 6,500 4,000 90-140cm
S-XXO


Getting to Joetsu Kokusai

Joetsu Kokusai is located in the Shiozawa area of Minamiuonuma City, just to the north of Yuzawa Town.

By train:
Joetsu Kokusai has it's own JR station - called Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station. Taking the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa takes about 80 minutes, and from Echigo Yuzawa - on the Joetsu local train line - it takes just under 15 minutes to the Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station. For staying guests at the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu, a shuttle bus is available from the local Joetsu line Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station to the hotel.

Many people visiting Joetsu Kokusai take the shuttle bus that is available from Echigo Yuzawa Station. The joueney takes around 25 minutes.

By car:
Joetsu Kokusai is about 10 minutes drive from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, just a few minutes off Route 17.

 

Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu

Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu is the large hotel located right at the base of the Joetsu Kokusai resort offering ski-in ski-out convenince.

>> Information on the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu can be found here

Website: www.jkokusai.co.jp