Chateau Shiozawa (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Chateau Shiozawa
シャトー塩沢 (新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Friday 23rd December 2016 until Friday 31st March 2017
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Chateau Shiozawa is located in the western region of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. There are two separate base areas at Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato. Ipponsugi is to the south but both can be accessed from the central Shiozawa town area. The two are connected by the top course and lift of the resort. It is a popular ski hill for school and college ski lesson trips.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 200km to the north north-west of the Tokyo region in Niigata Prefecture - are together home to over 20 individual ski and snowboard resorts, including some of the most well-known ski resorts in Japan. With easy and quick access by both train and road and a wide choice in a relatively compact area, this region is one of the most popular ski destinations in Japan. The region usually enjoys very heavy and consistent snowfall each winter and with Yuzawa town also being the inspiration and setting of the famous Nobel prize-winning novel Yukiguni (Snow Country), it can certainly lay claim to being the original 'Snow Country'.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.

The Mountain

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Chateau Shiozawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 40cm 80cm 1st 180cm 140cm 1st 240cm 120cm
2nd - - 2nd 35cm 80cm 2nd 240cm 130cm 2nd 240cm 160cm
3rd - - 3rd 30cm 80cm 3rd 240cm 135cm 3rd 240cm 160cm
4th - - 4th 30cm 75cm 4th 230cm 135cm 4th 210cm 130cm
5th - - 5th 45cm 65cm 5th 210cm 130cm 5th 210cm 125cm
6th - - 6th 65cm 60cm 6th 200cm 125cm 6th 210cm 110cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 50cm 7th 220cm 120cm 7th 210cm 105cm
8th - - 8th 55cm 65cm 8th 240cm 115cm 8th 220cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 40cm 55cm 9th 230cm 115cm 9th 220cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 40cm 50cm 10th 230cm 140cm 10th 220cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 55cm 11th 240cm 150cm 11th 220cm 90cm
12th - - 12th 100cm 60cm 12th 240cm 145cm 12th 220cm 90cm
13th - - 13th 120cm 60cm 13th 245cm 140cm 13th 210cm 85cm
14th - - 14th 240cm 55cm 14th 245cm 130cm 14th 210cm 85cm
15th - - 15th 290cm 55cm 15th 240cm 120cm 15th 210cm 85cm
16th - - 16th 315cm 45cm 16th 270cm 145cm 16th 180cm 85cm
17th - - 17th 320cm 50cm 17th 250cm 130cm 17th 180cm 85cm
18th - - 18th 320cm 50cm 18th 240cm 140cm 18th 180cm 75cm
19th - - 19th 285cm 50cm 19th 245cm 135cm 19th 180cm 75cm
20th - - 20th 270cm 50cm 20th 245cm 125cm 20th 180cm 70cm
21st - - 21st 230cm 80cm 21st 250cm 120cm 21st 180cm 65cm
22nd - - 22nd 230cm 100cm 22nd 255cm 130cm 22nd 180cm 60cm
23rd 30cm - 23rd 230cm 110cm 23rd 250cm 125cm 23rd 180cm 60cm
24th 40cm - 24th 245cm 115cm 24th 250cm 135cm 24th 180cm 60cm
25th 30cm 0cm 25th 290cm 135cm 25th 250cm 135cm 25th 180cm 60cm
26th 20cm 0cm 26th 290cm 150cm 26th 240cm 140cm 26th 180cm 60cm
27th 10cm 40cm 27th 290cm 145cm 27th 240cm 140cm 27th 200cm 50cm
28th - 40cm 28th 280cm 140cm 28th 240cm 135cm 28th 200cm 45cm
29th 30cm 60cm 29th 270cm 130cm 29th - 110cm 29th 200cm 45cm
30th 60cm 90cm 30th 200cm 140cm 30th 30th 180cm -
31st 60cm 80cm 31st 180cm 135cm 31st 31st 180cm -

Previous Statistics

Chateau Shiozawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Chateau Shiozawa. There are a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Yuzawa area and offer lessons in English - please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a 'Chibbiko Gelende' play area at the base of both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato areas - free entry to both.  
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Chateau Shiozawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Chateau Shiozawa is open from 8:30am until 5pm.

Nighta is on a few selected days of the season each year (usually Saturdays and holidays).

Chateau Shiozawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,600 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
Half Day 2,600 yen 1,800 yen 1,800 yen
2 Days 6,000 yen 4,500 yen
Nighta 1,000 yen 700 yen

Getting to Chateau Shiozawa

By public transport
16.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
There are two bases to Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato - and they join up at the top of the hill. The Ipponsugi base is just over 3km from Shiozawa Station while the Yoshizato base is slightly nearer. Local trains run between Echigo Yuzawa Station and Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu line and the journey takes about 18 minutes.
Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line in neighbouring Yuzawa town is about 16.5km from Chateau Shiozawa.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station in the winter months.

A taxi journey costs around 5,000 yen.
By Car
9.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
17.2km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.1km away)
Chateau Shiozawa is located almost half way between the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC and the Muikamachi IC exits of the Kanetsu Expressway, both are about 9.5km away from the Ipponsugi base.
From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn right onto Route 17 for about 6.5km. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 82 for about 1km, go under the Kanetsu Expressway road and then turn left at the signposts to continue on up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Limited parking is available at both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato base areas.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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