Naeba (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

苗場 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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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.

The Mountain

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Naeba Course Map

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Naeba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 90cm 80cm 1st 240cm 110cm 1st 290cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 90cm 80cm 2nd 250cm 110cm 2nd 290cm 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 90cm 80cm 3rd 260cm 110cm 3rd 290cm 130cm
4th - - 4th 90cm 80cm 4th 260cm 110cm 4th 280cm 130cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 60cm 5th 260cm 110cm 5th 270cm 130cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 60cm 6th 260cm 110cm 6th 260cm 130cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 60cm 7th 270cm 110cm 7th 260cm 120cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 60cm 8th 280cm 110cm 8th 260cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 110cm 70cm 9th 280cm 110cm 9th 260cm 110cm
10th - - 10th 120cm 70cm 10th 280cm 120cm 10th 260cm 110cm
11th - - 11th 130cm 70cm 11th 280cm 130cm 11th 260cm 110cm
12th - - 12th 130cm 70cm 12th 290cm 130cm 12th 260cm 110cm
13th - - 13th 140cm 70cm 13th 300cm 130cm 13th 250cm 110cm
14th - - 14th 150cm 70cm 14th 300cm 130cm 14th 250cm 110cm
15th 60cm 40cm 15th 180cm 70cm 15th 300cm 110cm 15th 250cm 120cm
16th 60cm 40cm 16th 200cm 70cm 16th 300cm 120cm 16th 250cm 120cm
17th 70cm 40cm 17th 200cm 70cm 17th 300cm 120cm 17th 250cm 120cm
18th 70cm 50cm 18th 200cm 70cm 18th 300cm 130cm 18th 250cm 120cm
19th 70cm 50cm 19th 200cm 80cm 19th 300cm 130cm 19th 240cm 120cm
20th 70cm 50cm 20th 200cm 90cm 20th 300cm 120cm 20th 240cm 110cm
21st 60cm 50cm 21st 210cm 100cm 21st 300cm 120cm 21st 240cm 110cm
22nd 60cm 50cm 22nd 210cm 100cm 22nd 300cm 120cm 22nd 240cm 90cm
23rd 50cm 50cm 23rd 210cm 100cm 23rd 290cm 120cm 23rd 240cm 80cm
24th 60cm 50cm 24th 220cm 100cm 24th 290cm 120cm 24th 240cm 80cm
25th 60cm 50cm 25th 230cm 100cm 25th 290cm 130cm 25th 240cm 100cm
26th 60cm 50cm 26th 230cm 100cm 26th 290cm 130cm 26th 240cm 100cm
27th 50cm 60cm 27th 230cm 100cm 27th 290cm 130cm 27th 240cm 100cm
28th 55cm 70cm 28th 230cm 100cm 28th 290cm 130cm 28th 240cm 80cm
29th 65cm 80cm 29th 230cm 100cm 29th - 130cm 29th 240cm 80cm
30th 65cm 80cm 30th 230cm 110cm 30th 30th 240cm 80cm
31st 90cm 80cm 31st 240cm 110cm 31st 31st 230cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Naeba Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
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. 
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
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. 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 8:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
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

Adults Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day 5,200 yen 4,200 yen 4,700 yen
2 Hours 3,900 yen 3,900 yen 3,900 yen
5 Hours 4,700 yen 4,700 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-closing) 5,200 yen 5,200 yen 5,200 yen
Nighta (weekdays 4pm-8:30pm) 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta (Saturdays 4pm-8:30pm) 3,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Day Mt Naeba 5,700 yen 4,300 yen 5,000 yen
Dragondola (1 way) 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Dragondola (return) 2,200 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen
Prince Gondola (1 way) 1,200 yen 1,200 yen 1,200 yen
Prince Gondola (return) 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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
Transport Information
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.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
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.
By Car
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.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
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).

More Information

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Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata, 949-6292
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