Naeba is one of the most famous ski and snowboard resorts in Japan with both a long history and reputation. It has been the venue for numerous international events including the 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Naeba is located in the southern area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture, close to the border with Gunma Prefecture. It is lift-connected with the Kagura resort via the 8-person Dragondola. There are two other gondolas at Naeba (6 and 8 people), making it only one of the two resorts in Japan with more than two. Naeba and Kagura are collectively known as 'Mt Naeba' and a joint ticket is available. In late July, Naeba is also the venue the for the annual Fuji Rock Festival.
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Naeba. 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.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'WakuWaku Family Snowland' is located by the Naeba South Gate and is open from 9:30am until 4pm on weekdays and until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays. The entry charge is 1200 yen for children and 1000 yen for an accompanying adult. There are three areas - Chibikko Hiroba, Chibikko course and a 'snow train' (600 yen charge). Entry to the 'Kids & Snowpark N-Hiroba' is also included in the price of entry to this area.
The 'Kids & Snowpark N-Hiroba' is located by the N-Plateau day trip ski center by the base of the resort. This area offers a snow escalator, snow tubing, sledging and areas to play in the snow. Snow mobiles, snow rafting are also available (charges apply). The entry charge is 1000 yen for children and 800 yen for an accompanying adult. For an extra 300 yen, entry to the 'WakuWaku Family Snowland' is also possible.
There is a child care facility within the base Naeba Prince Hotel. Charges apply.
There are 4 'Terrain Park' areas at Naeba - the Big Kicker Area, Kicker & Jib Area, the Beginner & Night Park and the Bank & Wave Course. The main pair area is by the Number 3 lift, in front of the base N-Plateau day trip ski center.
Naeba Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Naeba is open from 8am until 5pm every day in the daytime. Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
From 3rd April until 28th April 2017, Naeba only plans to open on weekends and during Golden Week.
Dragondola season dates: Friday 23rd December 2016 until Sunday 26th March 2017 Prince Number 1 Gondola season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 26th March 2017 Prince Number 2 Gondola season dates: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017 Weekends and holidays between 8th April and 23rd April 2017 Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May 2017
Naeba Lift Ticket Charges
High School age
55 years & over
PM & Nighta (12pm-closing)
Nighta (weekdays 4pm-8:30pm)
Nighta (Saturdays 4pm-8:30pm)
1 Day Mt Naeba
Dragondola (1 way)
Prince Gondola (1 way)
Prince Gondola (return)
Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.
The 2 Hour ticket is valid for 2 hours from the time of purchase.
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.
The 1 Day 'Mt Naeba' ticket is valid at Naeba and also the connecting Kagura resort.
Special 1, 2 and 3 day lift tickets are also available for guests staying at the base Naeba Prince Hotel.
Getting to Naeba
By public transport
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
23.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Naeba is just over 23km from the main 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.
A shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and takes about 50 minutes to Naeba. 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 from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Naeba costs around 6,900 yen.
A shuttle bus that operates between Naeba Prince Hotel, and the Tashiro and Mitsumata Stations of Kagura resort is also available. This service is free if you have an 'all Mt Naeba' lift ticket; otherwise 300 yen adults, 150 yen children.
21.9km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
31.5km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.6km away)
Naeba is about 22km from the Yuzawa IC and 32km from the Tsukiyono IC of the Kanetsu Expressway.
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and continue on the road until arriving in the Naeba area. Naeba resort and car parks are on the right hand side of Route 17 and clearly signposted.
People approaching from the south will often get off at the Tsukiyono IC exit and head north on Route 17. The drive up into the mountains from Tsukiyono IC features many curves and usually takes about 50 minutes in good conditions.
There is ample parking for about 3800 vehicles close to the base areas of Naeba. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays. (Parking is free for guests of the Naeba Prince Hotel).
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