Resort Spotlight: Joetsu Kokusai (Niigata)

Joetsu Kokusai
Minamiuonuma City, Niigata Prefecture

Joetsu Kokusai is located just to the north of Yuzawa Town in Niigata Prefecture in Minamiuonuma-shi, formerly known as Shiozawa. With it's own train station on the Joetsu line (just 12 minutes from Echigo Yuzawa Station), it is very easy to get to and provides some stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Joetsu Kokusai is a popular resort with all ages and riders, and offers a wide range of courses with over 10 million square meters of space. Joetsu Kokusai celebrates it's 51st Anniversary during the 2018-2019 season!

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Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 - Sunday 7th April 2019

For the 2018-2019 season, Joetsu Kokusai once again teams up with nearby Iwappara ski and snowboard resort (in Yuzawa, about 20-25 minutes drive from Joetsu Kokusai) and offers joint tickets, events and more. 2018-2019 is the 9th season of collaboration between the two resorts.

2018-2019 Season Events

Saturday 8th until
Friday 14th December
Opening Service
Special prices 1 day lift ticket for just 2000 yen
Saturday 22nd until
Tuesday 25th December
Various special Christmas events
Monday 31st December Various New Years Eve events
Tuesday 1st January Various New Years Day events
Sunday 20th January
Sunday 17th February
Sunday 17th March
Sledge Race
...on a special course... anyone can take part!
Saturday 2nd February
Saturday 16th March
Lotte Presents 'Undokai'
Athletic competiton on the snow
Saturday 24th February Rafting Board on the snow
Saturday 9th March 'Jokoku Winter Carnival'
Various events including fireworks and local sake service
Sunday 20th January
Sunday 17th February
Sunday 18th March
Children's Day
Free lunch ticket present with every childrens lift ticket purchased
(* one lift tickets not valid)
Monday 25th March until
Sunday 7th April
Final Service
1 day lift ticket for just 2000 yen

Course Map
(Click on image for Japanese PDF version)

Joetsu Kokusai Statistics


10,000,000 sq m

Courses area

3,800,000 sq m


200m - 1,017m



Number of lifts

25 lifts
3 quad lifts
4 triple lifts
18 pair lifts

Number of courses

22 courses
Beginner - 30%
Intermediate - 50%
Advanced - 20%

Restaurants (slopes)

Resort restaurants:
8 restaurants with 1,775 capacity


Space for 5,500 cars in total
Parking charges:
Free every day at the Osawa and Atema areas. Other areas are free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on holidays

Longest course


Steepest slopes


Waiting times for lifts

Usually none
5-10 minutes at peak times


Skiers and snowboarders are welcome on all slopes

Half pipe

2 halfpipes:
Length 100m x Width 17m x Height 4m
15.5 degrees
Length 130m x Width 20m x Height 4m
18.0 degrees (used in 2004 World Cup)

Snow Park

Nagamine No 3 gelende
Table top, rails, fun box, etc.

Sponge Bob Kids Park

Nagamine slope
Entrance: free

Kids Paradise

Playing in the Snow Zone
Entrance: 500 yen

Sledge Land In front of the hotel

Child care

In front of the entrance to the hotel
Half day - 3,000 yen
1 day - 5,000 yen
1 hour - 1,300 yen


Joetsu Kokusai Ski Snowboard School
SAJ Certified
Sponge Bob Snow Camp

Day return onsen

Annex 2nd Floor
1,000 yen adults
500 yen children

Lift Tickets 2018/2019

Daytime 8am-5pm
Nighta 5pm-9:00pm
(over 55)
1 day 8am-5pm 4,000 2,500 3,000
5 hours 5 hours during day 3,000 1,500 2,000
Long 1 day 8am-end of nighta 4,500 2,500 3,500
PM + Nighta 12pm until end of nighta 4,000 2,500 3,000
2 day End of nighta on 2nd day 7,000 3,500 5,000
Nighta 5pm until end of nighta 1,500 1,000 1,000
Kids Paradise entrance 9am-4pm (re-entry ok) 500

Season Passes 2018/2019

Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 55,000 35,000 45,000
Joetsu Kokusai
Season pass
All season 35,000 25,000 28,000

Special extras included for those purchasing season tickets:

Extra 1
Iwappara + Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa
Joetsu Kokusai season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Iwappara
Iwappara season pass = 1000 yen for a 1 day ticket at GALA Yuzawa and Joetsu Kokusai

Extra 2
Free parking every day of the season

Extra 3
Half price onsen!
Iwappara - Resort Center 2 for 300 yen (normal price 600 yen)
Joetsu Kokusai - Annex for 500 yen (normal price 1000 yen)

Extra 4
Half price lessons!
Iwappara Snowboard School, Joetsu Kokusai Ski/Snowboard School, Sponge Bob Snow Camp Iwappara or Joetsu Kokusai - general lesson at half price

Early Season & Spring Skiing lift tickets

8th - 14th December 2018
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500
25th March - 7th April 2019
8am-5pm 2,000 1,500 1,500

Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Salomon Station - Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu
All the latest Salomon models are available from this special rental shop - test run any of the models on offer.

    Half Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 Days Size
    Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child  
Ski Set Salomon EX 4,500 - 6,500 - 9,000 - 11,500 -  
Salomon Regular 4,000 1,500 5,500 2,500 7,500 3,500 9,500 4,500  
Skis only Salomon EX 3,000 - 4,500 - 6,000 - 7,500 -  
2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 4,500 3,000 5,500 4,000 70-140cm
Boots Salomon EX - - - - - - - -  
1,500 800 2,000 1,200 3,000 2,000 4,000 2,800 15-21cm
Poles Salomon EX - - - - - - - -  
Salomon Regular 500 500 1,000 800 1,500 1,000 2,000 1,200 75-130cm
Board Set Salomon 3,500 1,500 5,000 2,500 7,000 3,500 9,000 4,500  
Board only Salomon 2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 5,000 3,000 6,500 4,000 100-125cm
Boots Salomon 2,000 800 2,500 1,000 4,000 1,200 5,500 1,400 19-21cm
Wear   2,500 1,000 3,500 2,000 5,000 3,000 6,500 4,000 90-140cm

Getting to Joetsu Kokusai

Joetsu Kokusai is located in the Shiozawa area of Minamiuonuma City, just to the north of Yuzawa Town.

By train:
Joetsu Kokusai has it's own JR station - called Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station. Taking the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa takes about 80 minutes, and from Echigo Yuzawa - on the Joetsu local train line - it takes just under 15 minutes to the Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station. For staying guests at the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu, a shuttle bus is available from the local Joetsu line Joetsu Kokusai Ski-jo Mae Station to the hotel.

Many people visiting Joetsu Kokusai take the shuttle bus that is available from Echigo Yuzawa Station. The joueney takes around 25 minutes.

By car:
Joetsu Kokusai is about 10 minutes drive from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, just a few minutes off Route 17.


Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu

Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu is the large hotel located right at the base of the Joetsu Kokusai resort offering ski-in ski-out convenince.

>> Information on the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu can be found here