Chateau Shiozawa (Minamiuonuma City, Niigata)

Chateau Shiozawa
(新潟県 南魚沼市)
Planned season: Late December 2021 until late March 2022
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Chateau Shiozawa is located in the western region of Minamiuonuma city in Niigata Prefecture. There are two separate base areas at Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato. Ipponsugi is to the south but both can be accessed from the central Shiozawa town area. The two are connected by the top course and lift of the ski area. It is a popular ski area for school and college ski lesson trips.

Minamiuonuma city and neighbouring Yuzawa town - located just over 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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Chateau Shiozawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 240cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 280cm
2nd - - 2nd - 290cm 2nd - 240cm 2nd - 280cm
3rd - - 3rd - 290cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 280cm
4th - - 4th - 310cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 250cm
5th - - 5th - 300cm 5th - 330cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th - 270cm 6th - 310cm 6th - 240cm
7th - - 7th - 270cm 7th - 310cm 7th - 240cm
8th - - 8th - 300cm 8th - 310cm 8th - 240cm
9th - - 9th - 350cm 9th - 310cm 9th - 240cm
10th - - 10th - 350cm 10th - 330cm 10th - 240cm
11th - - 11th - 360cm 11th - 330cm 11th - 240cm
12th - - 12th - 360cm 12th - 310cm 12th - 240cm
13th - - 13th - 350cm 13th - 310cm 13th - 210cm
14th - - 14th - 350cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 210cm
15th - - 15th - 350cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 210cm
16th - - 16th - 300cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 200cm
17th - - 17th - 260cm 17th - 280cm 17th - 200cm
18th - - 18th - 260cm 18th - 330cm 18th - 200cm
19th - - 19th - 260cm 19th - 360cm 19th - 200cm
20th - - 20th - 260cm 20th - 350cm 20th - 200cm
21st - - 21st - 250cm 21st - 320cm 21st - 200cm
22nd - - 22nd - 240cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd - - 23rd - 250cm 23rd - 300cm 23rd - 180cm
24th - - 24th - 240cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 180cm
25th - - 25th - 240cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 180cm
26th - 250cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 175cm
27th - 230cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 210cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 200cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 180cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 220cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - -

Chateau Shiozawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Chateau Shiozawa. 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.
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a Chibbiko Gelende play area at the base of the Yoshizato area. Entry is free. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific snow park. 

Chateau Shiozawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
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
Chateau Shiozawa is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

There is no night skiing at this ski area.

Chateau Shiozawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 3,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Half Day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen
7 Lift Coupons 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season lift tickets

Getting to Chateau Shiozawa

By public transport
16.4km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.2km from Shiozawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
There are two bases to Chateau Shiozawa - Ipponsugi and Yoshizato - and they join up at the top of the hill. The Ipponsugi base is just over 3km from Shiozawa Station while the Yoshizato base is slightly nearer. Local trains run between Echigo Yuzawa Station and Shiozawa Station on the Joetsu line and the journey takes about 18 minutes.

Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line in neighbouring Yuzawa town is about 16.5km from Chateau Shiozawa.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
A shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station in the winter months.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station costs around 5,000 yen. It is much cheaper to get a taxi from Shiozawa Station on the local Joetsu line.
By Car
9.6km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
9.6km from the Muikamachi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
17.2km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.1km away)
Chateau Shiozawa is located almost half way between the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC and the Muikamachi IC exits of the Kanetsu Expressway, both are about 9.5km away from the Ipponsugi base.

From the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 for about 1km until reaching the traffic lights on Route 17. Turn right onto Route 17 for about 6.5km. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 82 for about 1km, go under the Kanetsu Expressway road and then turn left at the signposts to continue on up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Limited parking is available at both the Ipponsugi and Yoshizato base areas.

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