Resort Spotlight: Yuzawa Kogen (Yuzawa, Niigata)

Yuzawa Kogen, Yuzawa town, Niigata
Planned Season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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Take the 166 riding capacity Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway up to excellent snow conditions and spectacular panoramic scenery of Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma valleys of Niigata Prefecture and beyond. Truly stunning scenery awaits on a fine and clear day. 

There's a good mix of skiing and snowboarding courses on offer too, as well as fun areas for families and children.

Yuzawa Kogen resort offers main areas - the Kogen Area and the Nunoba Area and is open for the snow season from mid December until late March.

The Kogen Area:

The Kogen Area offers amazing views as well as excellent snow conditions and a variety of challenges for skiers and snowboarders of different skill levels. The popular Kogen Snowland offers snow tubing activities, a two tunnel slider and tree castle as well as other fun activities for the kids.

The Nunoba Area:

The Nunoba Area - located by the base station of the Ropeway and just off the main onsen road of Yuzawa Town - offers gentle slopes for beginners and families.  The Nunoba Snowland features snow sliders, snow tubing, sledges, a playhouse and a moving walkway. The skiers-only Nunoba Family course behind the Ropeway is popular for complete beginners and young children... of for just playing in the snow!

Open all year

Even when the snow melts and the temperatures rise in the town, high up at Yuzawa Kogen offers a great escape from the heat and a wide variety of summer fun.


The view on a clear day from Yuzawa Kogen

Course name Skill Level Length Max-Min Max grad Av grad
Kisuge Course
Intermediate-Advanced 700m 200m 27° 20°

This is the main course of Yuzawa Kogen.  Enjoy powder snow conditions - part ungroomed - along with stunning views of the Minami-uonuma region.

Suzuran Course
Beginners 500m 70m 7° 7°

Gentle beginner course.

Panorama Course
Beginners 2200m 190m 9° 7°

A long cruising beginners course coming down from the peak of 1170m and affording spectacular mountain views of the region.

Cosmos Course
Beginner-Intermediate 500m 120m 10 7

An easier way down.

Aoikeshi Course
Intermediate-Advanced 550m 190m 28 22

The top run of the resort offering a good challange and fine panoramic views

Komakusa Course
Intermediate-Advanced 2000m 500m 20 12

Ski or snowboard back down from the Kogen Area to the Nunoba Area using this course.  Great views of the town and Ropeway on the way down.

Nunoba Area
Beginner-Intermediate 250m 70m 18 12

The Nunoba area is located near to the Yuzawa Ropeway bottom station close to the main Onsen road in Yuzawa, and offers a wide area popular for beginners.  If you ski down from the top area you will arrive here.

Nunoba Family Area*
Beginner 250m 30m 8 7

The Nunoba Family area is located just by the Yuzawa Ropeway bottom station and just for beginners.  This is where you will find 'Nunoba Snowland' as well.  Please note that snowboarding is not allowed in the Nunoba Family Area.

* Snowboarding is allowed on all course areas of Yuzawa Kogen resort apart from the Nunoba Family Area.

Lift Tickets

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
Lift & Ropeway - 1 day 4,200 yen 3,000 yen 3,300 yen
Lift & Ropeway - AM (until 1pm) 3,400 yen 2,600 yen 2,900 yen
Lift & Ropeway - 5 hours (10am-3pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,000 yen
Lift & Ropeway - PM (12:20pm-5pm) 3,400 yen 2,600 yen 2,900 yen
Lift & Ropeway - 2 days 7,200 yen 5,500 yen 5,900 yen
1 time ticket 300 yen    
Nunoba Area - 1 day 3,200 yen 2,500 yen 2,800 yen
Nunoba Area - 5 hours (10am-3pm) 2,900 yen 2,300 yen 2,500 yen
Nunoba Area - PM (12:20pm-5pm) 2,800 yen 2,200 yen 2,400 yen
Ropeway Only - return 2,000 yen 1,000 yen  
Ropeway Only - one way 1,000 yen 500 yen  
Season - full season 32,000 yen 20,000 yen 21,000 yen
Season - from 1st February 21,000 yen 15,000 yen 16,000 yen
Season - from 1st March 11,000 yen 10,000 yen 11,000 yen
Kogen Snowland 800 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Kogen Snowland Adult+Child 1,500 yen (+700 yen for additional people)
Nunoba Snowland 900 yen 900 yen 900 yen
Nunoba Snowland Adult+Child 1,600 yen (+800 yen for additional people)
Mt 3 - Joint ticket valid at Yuzawa Kogen and the connecting Gala Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama
1 day ticket 5,100 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
2 day ticket 8,100 yen 6,600 yen 6,600 yen

The 'Mt 3' is a ticket that is valid at Yuzawa Kogen and also the connecting GALA Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama ski resorts, making for a huge area to ski and snowboard. Opening dates for the Mt 3 operations vary each season. The connection is planned to be open from Saturday 6th January 2018 until Sunday 18th March 2018

Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway operates every 20 minutes from 8:40am until 5:00pm daily.

Special days

Ladies Day: every Tuesday from 9th January 2018 - 1,000 yen off for ladies
Seniors Day: every Thursday from 4th January 2018 - free entry to Komakusa-no-yu onsen with the purchase of a one day or half day ticket

Snow Land 2017-2018

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
(over 55 years)
Kogen Snow Land 800 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Kogen Snow Land (Adult + Child) 1,500 yen (700 yen for every person added)
Nunoba Snow Land 900 yen 900 yen 900 yen
Nunoba Snow Land (Adult + Child) 1,600 yen (800 yen for every person added)

Children under the age of 3 years old must be accompanied by adults to enter Snow Land.
Sledge play only available within Snow Land - sledges are not allowed on the ski courses.

Ski & Snowboard Rental 2017-2018

  Adult Child
(elementary school)
  2 day 1 day Half day 2 day 1 day Half day
Ski set (skis, boots and poles) 6,500 3,500 3,000 5,500 3,000 2,500
Snowboard set (board and boots) 6,500 3,500 3,000 5,500 3,000 2,500
Wear 6,000 3,200 2,700 4,000 2,200 1,700
Full set (equipment and wear) 12,500 6,700 5,700 9,500 5,200 4,200


Restaurants at Yuzawa Kogen

Ristorante Pizzeria Alpina - authentic Italian pizzas right by the slopes! 80 seats available.

Restaurant Edelweiss - specialising in mochi-buta pork and of course the local famous koshihikari rice - best in Japan! 180 seats available.

Kuma-no-ue-no Cafe (About the Clouds)  - sweets and refreshments with fabulous views.


How to get to Yuzawa Kogen

>> By Train & Bus:

Yuzawa Kogen is an extremely convenient ski resort to get to!

Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is located just 600m from the West Exit of the main Echigo Yuzawa Station. The Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train takes on average just 80 minutes to get from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station. From the West Exit of the Station a free shuttle bus takes you to the resort; alternatively a taxi will always be available.

The shuttle bus plans to be operating daily between 19th December 2015 and 31st March 2016.

You can literally be at Yuzawa Kogen 1.5 hours after leaving Tokyo Station!


>> By Car:

Yuzawa Kogen is about 2.5km from the Yuzawa IC (Interchange) exit of the Kanetsu Expressway (toll) road - about 170km from the Nerima IC. 

After exiting Yuzawa IC, turn right onto Route 17.  Turn left at the second set of traffic lights (Miyabayashi) and then right at the t-junction after 800m to head towards the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station.  Free parking every day of the season!

Check the video shown to the right which shows the journey from the exit of Yuzawa IC to Yuzawa Kogen.

This video shows the route from the exit of Yuzawa IC to the car park of Yuzawa Kogen.

Please note:

Winter/Summer Parking

During the summer months outside of the ski season, free parking is available just behind the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway base station.

This area is the Family Area course area in winter season.  During the winter season parking is in the nearby town-operated Takinosawa Parking area (500 yen).


Yuzawa Kogen outside of the winter season

The snow may have melted and the ski courses closed for skiers and snowboarders come April, but Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway operates throughout the year with people coming back to enjoy each of the distinct seasons. Spring brings with it fresh green and an explosion of fresh flowers and plants. In Summer, Yuzawa Kogen is a fine place to escape from the heat lower down at town level, and in autumn the beautiful autumn leaf 'koyo' colours are a sight to see from the top of the Ropeway. Each season brings with it a new look. 

'Green season' activities include a toboggan run, go-karts, mini-golf as well as a Zipline Adventure...



Central Yuzawa and the Echigo Yuzawa Station as seen from Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway