Resort Spotlight: GALA Yuzawa (Niigata)


GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture

Official website
Planned season
16th December 2017 - 6th May 2018

* Resort data, maps and weather forecast *
 * Yuzawa Now daily snow reports from Yuzawa *

Welcome to GALA Yuzawa - powder snow within easy reach from central Tokyo! You can leave Tokyo early in the morning and actually be on the slopes riding the powder snow before 8:30am - check this out for convenience...

6:44am Leave Tokyo Station on the Max Tanigawa 73 Shinkansen bullet train
7:59am Arrive at GALA Yuzawa Station
8:10am (approx!) Board the GALA Gondola which takes you quickly up to the slopes
8:20am (approx!) Start riding the powder snow!

Where is GALA Yuzawa?

GALA Yuzawa is located close to the centre of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture - about 200km to the north of Tokyo. Each season huge amounts of snow falls in this region and GALA Yuzawa often enjoys excellent snow conditions - the base is at an altitude of 800m.

How do I get to GALA Yuzawa?

By train you can easily get to GALA Yuzawa by using the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) direct from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station to GALA Yuzawa Station (or nearby Echigo Yuzawa Station).  By car take the Kanetsu Expressway to Yuzawa I.C.  GALA Yuzawa is located about 3km from Yuzawa I.C. 

GALA Yuzawa now has a 2.5km downhill course letting you ski or snowboard down to the bottom Ski Center.  Enjoy a downhill run of 573m vertical with fine views of the Minamiuonuma valley to the north.

The Sledding Slope close to the base Cheers building is very popular for children - with sledding and a corner for 'playing in the snow'.

The Southern Area of the resort is great for those seeking a challenge and untouched powder snow.

The link from GALA Yuzawa to Yuzawa Kogen by Ropeway is open during peak season as well as the link from the North Area to the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort. A special ski lift ticket that covers all three ski resorts is available.

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Lift Tickets

16th December 2017 until 1st April 2018
2nd April 2018 until 6th May 2018
Adult Child Senior Adult Child Senior
Gala 1 Day 4,600 yen 2,300 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen 1,850 yen 3,100 yen
Gala 2 Day 7,000 yen 3,400 yen 6,000 yen 5,700 yen 2,800 yen 5,000 yen
Gala AM 3,400 yen 1,600 yen 3,000 yen 2,800 yen 1,300 yen 2,500 yen
Gala PM 3,700 yen 1,800 yen 3,300 yen 3,000 yen 1,400 yen 2,600 yen
PM3 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,800 yen 1,600 yen 800 yen 1,300 yen
Gondola return 1,300 yen 650 yen 1,300 yen 1,300 yen 650 yen 1,300 yen

Season tickets:
A number of tickets that are available for longer periods are also available:

Valid all season: 40,000 yen
Valid from 1st February until 6th May 2018: 31,000 yen
Valid from 1st March until 6th May 2018: 21,000 yen
Valid from 1st April 2018 until 6th May 2018: 11,000 yen

Three Mountain ticket:
These tickets are valid at Yuzawa Kogen and Ishiuchi Maruyama as well as Gala Yuzawa.  All three resorts are connected by lifts/ropeways. This ticket is on sale for use between 6th January 2018 until 18th March 2018 (dependent on snow conditions).

1 day ticket: Adults, 5,100 yen; Children/Seniors, 4,200 yen
2 day ticket: Adults, 8,100 yen; Children/Seniors, 6,600 yen

Ski & Snowboard equipment & wear rental

  1 DAY 2 DAYS
STANDARD GRADE Adult Child Adult Child
Ski Set
Skis, boots, poles
4,900 yen 2,500 yen 7,400 yen 3,700 yen
Snowboard set
Snowboard, boots
4,900 yen 2,500 yen 7,400 yen 3,700 yen
Wear set
Jacket and pants
3,000 yen 1,500 yen 4,500 yen 2,300 yen
Expert Ski Set
Skis, boots, poles
6,800 yen - 10,200 yen -
Expert Ski 2 Set
Skis, poles
5,800 yen - 8,700 yen -
Expert Snowboard Set
Snowboard, boots
6,800 yen - 10,200 yen -

* Sleds and long boots are also available for rental - 1,500 yen for one day or 2,300 yen for two days.

Skis 136cm - 176cm 70cm - 150cm
Snowboard 130cm - 166cm 90cm - 120cm
Ski boots 22.5cm - 33.5cm 15cm - 24cm
Snowboard boots 22.5cm - 31.5cm 20cm - 22cm
Wear SS - 6L 90cm - 150cm
Long boots 15-28cm

Getting to GALA Yuzawa

Getting to GALA couldn't be much easier from the Tokyo region.  The resort is located close to the center of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture.

By Train

Take the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station and within 80 minutes you can be at GALA Yuzawa Station and minutes away from boarding the Gondola up to the slopes and powder snow - the station and gondola are in the same building!  (Actual travel times will depend which train is used).

There are two Shinkansen stations in Yuzawa town - the main 'Echigo Yuzawa Station' and the resort's own winter-only 'GALA Yuzawa Station'.  If you take the train to Echigo Yuzawa Station, free shuttle buses are available to take you on the 5 minute ride to GALA Yuzawa snow resort.

Free Shuttle Bus
GALA Yuzawa provides a regular (free) Shuttle bus for people already in Yuzawa or getting off at the Echigo Yuzawa Station.  The bus can be taken from either the East or West exit of Echigo Yuzawa station as well as other stops on the way.  Please note that at times of extreme weather conditions, buses may run later than their scheduled times.

By Car

From Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway toll road, turn right into Route 17.  After about 2-3km you will see the GALA Yuzawa station on your left hand side, and soon you will also see a GALA signpost on the side of Route 17 - turn left here and you will soon be at GALA - just 5 minutes from the IC.

Car parking is free this season.


GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture

Official website