Kagura (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

かぐら (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Thursday 23rd November 2017 until Sunday 27th May 2018
See below for Mitsumta and Tashiro opening dates
'Yuzawa Now' daily report
Independent and exclusive snow and weather reporting from Yuzawa
Latest report posted at 7:48am on Wednesday 17th January 2018
Official snow depth 320cm (0cm) [updated on 17th January 2018]

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Kagura today is made up of three areas - the Mitsumata Area, the Tashiro Area and the central Kagura Area. The courses at both Mitsumata and Tashiro are reached from their respective car parks by large Ropeway cable cars. The Mitsumata Ropeway holds up to 121 people, while the Tashiro Ropeway holds up to 101 people. Tashiro is also connected to the Naeba resort via the Dragondola during the peak season. The slopes of the central Kagura Area is accessed via the slopes and lifts of the Mitsumata or Tashiro Areas. The whole of Kagura and connecting Naeba resort are together known as 'Mt Naeba'. Kagura is famous for it's 6 month-long season, backcountry access and usually some of the best snow conditions in the region. Artificial 'snow mats' have been laid on the 1100m Family course in the Mitsumata area which is open during the summer and on weekends in the autumn.

Yuzawa town and neighbouring Minamiuonuma city - located around 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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Kagura is lift-connected with:

Kagura Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 110cm - 1st 280cm 170cm 1st - 330cm 1st - 380cm
2nd 110cm - 2nd 280cm 170cm 2nd - 330cm 2nd - 380cm
3rd 110cm - 3rd 300cm 170cm 3rd - 330cm 3rd - 380cm
4th 110cm - 4th 320cm 170cm 4th - 330cm 4th - 380cm
5th 110cm - 5th 320cm 170cm 5th - 330cm 5th - 380cm
6th 110cm - 6th 320cm 190cm 6th - 330cm 6th - 380cm
7th 110cm - 7th 320cm 190cm 7th - 340cm 7th - 380cm
8th 110cm - 8th 320cm 190cm 8th - 350cm 8th - 380cm
9th 110cm - 9th 320cm 190cm 9th - 350cm 9th - 380cm
10th 110cm - 10th 320cm 210cm 10th - 350cm 10th - 380cm
11th 110cm - 11th 320cm 210cm 11th - 350cm 11th - 380cm
12th 110cm - 12th 320cm 230cm 12th - 360cm 12th - 380cm
13th 120cm - 13th 320cm 240cm 13th - 360cm 13th - 380cm
14th 150cm - 14th 320cm 270cm 14th - 360cm 14th - 380cm
15th 150cm 120cm 15th 320cm 300cm 15th - 360cm 15th - 380cm
16th 150cm 150cm 16th 320cm 300cm 16th - 360cm 16th - 380cm
17th 180cm 150cm 17th 320cm 310cm 17th - 360cm 17th - 380cm
18th 180cm 150cm 18th - 310cm 18th - 360cm 18th - 380cm
19th 180cm 150cm 19th - 310cm 19th - 360cm 19th - 380cm
20th 180cm 150cm 20th - 310cm 20th - 360cm 20th - 380cm
21st 180cm 150cm 21st - 310cm 21st - 370cm 21st - 380cm
22nd 180cm 150cm 22nd - 310cm 22nd - 380cm 22nd - 380cm
23rd 180cm 150cm 23rd - 320cm 23rd - 380cm 23rd - 380cm
24th 180cm 150cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 380cm 24th - 380cm
25th 180cm 150cm 25th - 330cm 25th - 380cm 25th - 380cm
26th 180cm 150cm 26th - 330cm 26th - 380cm 26th - 380cm
27th 220cm 150cm 27th - 330cm 27th - 380cm 27th - 380cm
28th 280cm 150cm 28th - 330cm 28th - 380cm 28th - 350cm
29th 280cm 150cm 29th - 330cm 29th - - 29th - 380cm
30th 280cm 170cm 30th - 330cm 30th 30th - 380cm
31st 280cm 170cm 31st - 330cm 31st 31st - 380cm

Previous Statistics

Kagura Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kagura. 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.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a small childrens play area at the bottom of the Family Course in the Mitsumata area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few snow parks areas at Kagura, including the 'Mitsumata Ups'n'Downs' and 'Area 51s Park' in the Mitsumata Area and the 'Beginners Park' in the Tashiro Area. 

Kagura Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Late May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kagura is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 7:30am until 5:00pm on holidays.

There is no nighta at any of the areas of Kagura.

Kagura Mitsumata Area (via Mitsumata Ropeway) planned season:
Thursday 23rd November 2017 until Sunday 27th May 2018

Tashiro Area (via Tashiro Ropeway) planned season:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018

Kagura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 4,700 yen 3,800 yen 4,200 yen
2 Days 8,800 yen 7,000 yen 7,800 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (11:45am-5pm) 3,500 yen 2,600 yen 3,000 yen
1 Day Mt Naeba 5,700 yen 4,300 yen 5,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Kagura Gondola (1-way) 1,200 yen
Kagura Gondola (return) 1,800 yen
Mitsumata Ropeway (1-way) 700 yen
Mitsumata Ropway (return) 1,100 yen
Tashiro Ropeway (1-way) 1,000 yen
Tashiro Ropeway (return) 1,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 1 Day Mt Naeba ticket is valid at both Kagura and the connecting Naeba resort.

A ‘Premium Season Ticket’ that is valid at all the lifts at the nine Prince snow resorts in Japan throughout the 2017-2018 season is available for 100,000 yen. Available to buy until 15th November 2017. Valid at Furano, Shizukuishi, Naeba, Kagura, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Karuizawa Prince Hotel, Manza Onsen, Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama and Myoko Suginohara.

Getting to Kagura

By public transport
10.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
10.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
10.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The Mitsumata Station of Kagura resort is just over 10km from Echigo Yuzawa Station. Echigo Yuzawa Station is serviced by the local Joetsu line and Joetsu Shinkansen line as well as connecting with the Hokuhoku line.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and takes about 15-20 minutes to Mitsumata Station.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Mitsumata Station of Kagura costs 380 yen for adults and 190 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Tashiro Station of Kagura costs 530 yen for adults and 270 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Echigo Yuzawa Station to the Naeba Prince Hotel costs 660 yen for adults and 330 yen for children up to the age of 12 years.

Additional charges of 100 yen apply for skis, snowboards and other large luggage.

A taxi journey costs around 2,900 yen.

A shuttle bus that operates between Mitsumata Station, Tashiro Station and Naeba Prince Hotel is also available(free if you have an 'all Mt Naeba' lift ticket; otherwise 300 yen adults, 150 yen children).

By Car
8.6km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
43.8km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0km away)
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and continue on the road for just over 8.5km to Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata Ropeway Station car park is on the right hand side of Route 17. Continue on Route 17 for about another 6.5km to reach the Tashiro Ropeway and car park, also on the right hand side of the road and signposted.

Alternatively, from the Tsukiyono IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway in Minakami to the south, follow Route 17 north towards and past Naeba. Tashiro Ropeway is about 37.4km on the left and Mitsumata Ropeway is a further 6.5km along Route 17.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking at both Mitsumata Station and Tashiro Station car parks is free on weekdays and 500 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and other special holidays.

There is space for about 1,200 vehicles at Mitsumata Station and 800 vehicles at Tashiro Station. On weekends in the early and late season in particular (when other nearby resorts are closed), the car parks can fill up very quickly.

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