Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen
湯沢高原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until early April 2017
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Yuzawa Kogen is located close to the centre of the popular snow and onsen resort of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture. Yuzawa Kogen has two main areas - the main Kogen Area and the lower town-level Nunoba Area. They are connected by the 166-person capacity Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway. Spectacular views of Yuzawa town and the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from the top of Yuzawa Kogen. Yuzawa Kogen is connected with the south area of the GALA Yuzawa resort via a second Ropeway that can be found in the top Kogen area of the resort. GALA Yuzawa is also lift-connected with the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort. A joint lift ticket that is valid at all three resorts is available. Yuzawa Kogen dates back to 1915 when the Nunoba area originally opened.

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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There are some snowboarding restrictions at Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is lift-connected with:
GALA Yuzawa, Ishiuchi Maruyama

Yuzawa Kogen Course Map

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Yuzawa Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 100cm 100cm 1st 300cm 140cm 1st 300cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 100cm 100cm 2nd 320cm 140cm 2nd 300cm 150cm
3rd - - 3rd 110cm 100cm 3rd 320cm 140cm 3rd 300cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 110cm 80cm 4th 320cm 140cm 4th 280cm 140cm
5th - - 5th 110cm 70cm 5th 320cm 140cm 5th 280cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 120cm 60cm 6th 300cm 140cm 6th 280cm 140cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 60cm 7th 300cm 140cm 7th 280cm 140cm
8th - - 8th 120cm 70cm 8th 320cm 140cm 8th 280cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 80cm 9th 320cm 140cm 9th 280cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 120cm 80cm 10th 320cm 160cm 10th 280cm 120cm
11th - - 11th 130cm 90cm 11th 320cm 170cm 11th 280cm 120cm
12th - - 12th 150cm 90cm 12th 330cm 170cm 12th 280cm 120cm
13th - - 13th 160cm 90cm 13th 330cm 170cm 13th 250cm 120cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 90cm 14th 330cm 160cm 14th 250cm 120cm
15th - - 15th 230cm 90cm 15th 330cm 150cm 15th 250cm 120cm
16th - - 16th 250cm 90cm 16th 330cm 160cm 16th 250cm 110cm
17th 100cm - 17th 250cm 90cm 17th 300cm 160cm 17th 250cm 110cm
18th 100cm 20cm 18th 250cm 90cm 18th 300cm 160cm 18th 250cm 110cm
19th 90cm 30cm 19th 250cm 90cm 19th 310cm 150cm 19th 250cm 110cm
20th 90cm 20cm 20th 250cm 90cm 20th 310cm 150cm 20th 250cm 110cm
21st 80cm 20cm 21st 250cm 100cm 21st 320cm 150cm 21st 240cm 100cm
22nd 80cm 20cm 22nd 250cm 100cm 22nd 330cm 150cm 22nd 240cm 100cm
23rd 60cm 20cm 23rd 270cm 100cm 23rd 310cm 140cm 23rd 240cm 100cm
24th 80cm 15cm 24th 270cm 110cm 24th 310cm 140cm 24th 240cm 100cm
25th 80cm 10cm 25th 290cm 120cm 25th 310cm 150cm 25th 240cm 100cm
26th 80cm 10cm 26th 300cm 130cm 26th 310cm 150cm 26th 240cm 100cm
27th 60cm 30cm 27th 300cm 130cm 27th 310cm 150cm 27th 240cm 100cm
28th 70cm 60cm 28th 300cm 130cm 28th 300cm 150cm 28th 240cm 100cm
29th 70cm 90cm 29th 300cm 130cm 29th - 130cm 29th 240cm 90cm
30th 100cm 100cm 30th 280cm 140cm 30th 30th 240cm 90cm
31st 100cm 100cm 31st 300cm 140cm 31st 31st 230cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski lessons and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa Kogen. 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 are two 'Snowland' areas at the resort - one at the top Kogen area (700 yen entry) and one at the town-level Nunoba area (800 yen entry). The Kogen Snowland area offers snowtubing activities, a two tunnel slider and tree castle as well as other fun activities for the kids. The Nunoba Snowland area features snowsliders, snowtubing, sledges, a playhouse and a moving walkway.

Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Yuzawa Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
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 No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Kogen is open from 8:40am every day with the Ropeway operating every 20 minutes.

There is no nighta at Yuzawa Kogen.

Yuzawa Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,100 yen
Morning (Open-1pm) 3,300 yen 2,600 yen 2,700 yen
Afternoon (12:20pm-5pm) 3,300 yen 2,600 yen 2,700 yen
5 Hours 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 2,900 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 5,500 yen 5,700 yen
Nunoba 1 Day 3,100 yen 2,500 yen 2,600 yen
Nunoba 5 hours 2,900 yen 2,300 yen 2,400 yen
Ropeway (Return) 1,600 yen 800 yen 1,600 yen
Ropeway (1 Way) 900 yen 400 yen 900 yen
Full Season 32,000 yen 20,000 yen 21,000 yen
Season (From 1st Feb) 21,000 yen 15,000 yen 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Nunoba ticket is available only on the lower Nunoba area - Ropeway not included.

Family Packs
1 adult and 1 child costs 6200 yen - 3700 yen for an additional adult and 2500 yen for an additional child.

Mt 3 Ticket
The Mt 3 ticket is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts. This ticket is available from Saturday 14th January until Monday 20th March 2017.
1 day - 5100 yen adults, 4200 yen children, 4200 yen seniors
2 days - 8100 yen adults, 6600 yen children, 6600 yen seniors

Getting to Yuzawa Kogen

By public transport
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0.6km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
The Yuzawa Kogen base - Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway and Nunoba Area - is less than 700m from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The Joetsu Shinkansen line as well as local Joetsu and Hokuhoku train lines both stop at Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available that operates between the NASPA Ski Garden, Yuzawa Kogen and GALA Yuzawa resorts. The bus operates on the West Exit side of Echigo Yuzawa station. A taxi journey costs around 700 yen.
By Car
2.4km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
7.4km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (0.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 462
Yuzawa Kogen is just under 2.5km from the Yuzawa IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn right onto Route 17 and go straight ahead for about 650m to the second set of traffic lights. Turn left at these traffic lights and go straight on this road for about 800m, passing Yuzawa Town Office on the left hand side. Go under the Shinkansen train line and at the T-junction turn right to head into Yuzawa. Yuzawa Kogen (the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway Station) is about 1km on the left hand side, about 650m past the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
The nearest parking - the town operated Takinosawa Parking area - can be found about 150m from the base of Yuzawa Kogen under the Shinkansen train tracks.
This parking costs 500 yen per day. During the summer months outside of the ski season, free parking is available just behind the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway base station.

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

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