Yuzawa Nakazato (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Yuzawa Nakazato
湯沢中里 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Yuzawa Nakazato is located to the south east of the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture. This ski hill first opened in 1959. The ski lifts of Yuzawa Nakazato can be found by the east exit of the small Echigo Nakazato Station on the local Joetsu line - the base ski centre is connected to the station. The old train carriages that act as a rest area at the base of the ski runs is popular with children and train enthusiasts. Yuzawa Nakazato has been operating since 1959.

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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Yuzawa Nakazato Course Map

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Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 50cm 1st 200cm 85cm 1st 175cm 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 45cm 50cm 2nd 210cm 85cm 2nd 170cm 90cm
3rd - - 3rd 45cm 50cm 3rd 215cm 90cm 3rd 170cm 90cm
4th - - 4th 45cm 40cm 4th 215cm 90cm 4th 170cm 85cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 35cm 5th 200cm 90cm 5th 165cm 85cm
6th - - 6th 65cm 35cm 6th 190cm 90cm 6th 160cm 80cm
7th - - 7th 65cm 35cm 7th 180cm 90cm 7th 160cm 80cm
8th - - 8th 65cm 50cm 8th 190cm 90cm 8th 170cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 65cm 60cm 9th 200cm 90cm 9th 170cm 80cm
10th - - 10th 65cm 60cm 10th 200cm 100cm 10th 170cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 60cm 11th 200cm 110cm 11th 170cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 75cm 60cm 12th 210cm 110cm 12th 170cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 85cm 60cm 13th 215cm 110cm 13th 160cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 100cm 60cm 14th 215cm 90cm 14th 155cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 130cm 60cm 15th 220cm 90cm 15th 150cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 150cm 60cm 16th 220cm 95cm 16th 150cm 75cm
17th 50cm - 17th 160cm 60cm 17th 210cm 95cm 17th 150cm 70cm
18th 50cm - 18th 165cm 60cm 18th 200cm 105cm 18th 150cm 70cm
19th 50cm - 19th 165cm 60cm 19th 200cm 105cm 19th 140cm 65cm
20th 50cm - 20th 165cm 60cm 20th 200cm 95cm 20th 135cm 60cm
21st 40cm - 21st 165cm 70cm 21st 200cm 90cm 21st 135cm 60cm
22nd 35cm - 22nd 165cm 75cm 22nd 210cm 90cm 22nd 135cm 55cm
23rd 25cm - 23rd 170cm 75cm 23rd 200cm 90cm 23rd 135cm 50cm
24th 30cm - 24th 190cm 75cm 24th 190cm 90cm 24th 135cm 50cm
25th 30cm - 25th 200cm 85cm 25th 190cm 95cm 25th 135cm 50cm
26th 30cm 10cm 26th 210cm 85cm 26th 180cm 95cm 26th 130cm 50cm
27th 25cm 10cm 27th 210cm 85cm 27th 180cm 95cm 27th 130cm 45cm
28th 35cm 30cm 28th 200cm 80cm 28th 180cm 90cm 28th 130cm -
29th 35cm 50cm 29th 190cm 80cm 29th - 80cm 29th 130cm -
30th 50cm 50cm 30th 185cm 85cm 30th 30th 125cm -
31st 55cm 50cm 31st 200cm 85cm 31st 31st 125cm -

Previous Statistics

Yuzawa Nakazato Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Yuzawa Nakazato. 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
A 'Yuki Asobi Park' and 'Smile Kids Park' is available for children close to the main car park as well as some cross and mogul course areas for beginners wanting to learn those things.

There is also a free 'Kids Room' near the base of Number 2 pair lift. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Freeride Park' is open for nighta as well as the daytime and features a selection of items. 

Yuzawa Nakazato 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yuzawa Nakazato is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8am until 5pm on weekends and holidays.

Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm on Saturdays between 7th January and 11th March 2017; 29th December until 3rd January 2017; and 8th January 2017.

Yuzawa Nakazato Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (Open-5pm) 4,200 yen 2,200 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,300 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,300 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
2 Days 7,500 yen 4,000 yen 5,700 yen 5,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-8:30pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Getting to Yuzawa Nakazato

By public transport
5.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
5.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
0km from Echigo Nakazato Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Yuzawa Nakazato is located just over 5km away from the main Echigo Yuzawa Station in Yuzawa town. Shuttle buses operate from this station to the resort.
The small local Echigo Nakazato train station on the local Joetsu local line is conveniently located right at the base of the ski hill. It is just a short walk from the station exit to ski lifts. Trains using the local Joetsu line from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Echigo Nakazato Station take around 10 minutes, but they are not very regular.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station to Yuzawa Nakazato. The journey takes around 20 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Yuzawa Nakazato costs around 2,100 yen.
By Car
4.7km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
12.8km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 361
From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and go about 600m to the traffic lights by the 7-11 convenience store. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue for about 650m until you reach another set of traffic lights by a Save On convenience store. Turn right at these traffic lights and continue straight on this road for about 1km through two sets of traffic lights. After going under the Expressway bridge and then the local train line bridge, the road quickly bends to the right - keep on this road. About 1.5km further on there are signs for Yuzawa Nakazato - follow the signs by turning left and then soon right again, and go under the local train line to enter the Yuzawa Nakazato car park.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking is available at the base of Yuzawa Nakazato and is free every day of the season.

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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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