Iwappara (Yuzawa Town, Niigata)

Iwappara
岩原 (新潟県 湯沢町)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Iwappara enjoys a commanding position on the southern slopes of the Mt Iiji close to the central area of Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture and is clearly visible for people approaching on the Kanetsu Expressway. It first opened in 1931 and has a long history. The central part of the resort has long, wide and gentle slopes making that area particularly suitable for beginners. More advanced skiers and boarders will want to head up to the top for more of a challenge. A joint lift ticket and season pass that is valid at Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai in Minamiuonuma is available.

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

985m
585m
400m
35"
10
4000m
9
20%
40%
40%
Skiers
45%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
55%
0 0 2 0 7 0 0

Iwappara Course Map

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Iwappara Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
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17/18
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1st - - 1st - 130cm 1st - 215cm 1st - 185cm
2nd - - 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 215cm 2nd - 185cm
3rd - - 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 205cm 3rd - 185cm
4th - - 4th - 190cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 175cm
5th - - 5th - 195cm 5th - 225cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 185cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 170cm
7th - - 7th - 185cm 7th - 205cm 7th - 170cm
8th - - 8th - 175cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 170cm
9th - - 9th - 155cm 9th - 205cm 9th - 155cm
10th - - 10th - 145cm 10th - 195cm 10th - 155cm
11th - - 11th - 150cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 150cm
12th - - 12th - 145cm 12th - 190cm 12th - 150cm
13th - - 13th - 145cm 13th - 195cm 13th - 145cm
14th - - 14th - 145cm 14th - 195cm 14th - 145cm
15th - 40cm 15th - 155cm 15th - 190cm 15th - 135cm
16th - 30cm 16th - 145cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 130cm
17th - 30cm 17th - 140cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 130cm
18th - 80cm 18th - 140cm 18th - 240cm 18th - 125cm
19th - 70cm 19th - 135cm 19th - 250cm 19th - 120cm
20th - 70cm 20th - 135cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 115cm
21st - 70cm 21st - 130cm 21st - 225cm 21st - 115cm
22nd - 70cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - 215cm 22nd - 110cm
23rd - 60cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - 205cm 23rd - 110cm
24th - 60cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 105cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 205cm 25th - 100cm
26th - 60cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 95cm
27th - 130cm 27th - 215cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 95cm
28th - 140cm 28th - 215cm 28th - 195cm 28th - 90cm
29th - 140cm 29th - 215cm 29th - - 29th - 85cm
30th - 145cm 30th - 235cm 30th 30th - 85cm
31st - 135cm 31st - 230cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Previous Statistics

Iwappara Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Iwappara. 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.

 
Rental
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
The large 'Kids Paradise' area is located near to the base of the central quad lift - it is free to those with valid day tickets, 500 yen entry otherwise. A ticket that is sold at the base Resort Center 1 and includes a 1 time ride on the base Number 1 pair lift (which goes up to the Kids Paradise area) is available for 700 yen. (The ride back down is free).

There is also an indoor area for children to play in. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is located near Resort Centre 2 in the main area and features a number of items. 

Iwappara Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Iwappara is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is open every day from Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019; nighta times are 5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays and until 9:00pm on Saturdays and over New Year.

Iwappara Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Kids (3+)
Older Child
Junior (Elementary School)
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (8am-5pm) 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Long 1 Day (8am-closing) 4,500 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen
PM & Nighta (12pm-closing) 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
2 Days 7,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 5,000 yen
Nighta (5pm-closing) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 23,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (I+JK) 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

The season ticket noted as 'I+JK' is valid for the season at both Iwappara and the Joetsu Kokusai resorts. With the joint Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai season ticket, one day lift tickets at GALA Yuzawa can be bought for 1,000 yen.

With the Iwappara-only season ticket, one day lift tickets for Joetsu Kokusai or GALA Yuzawa resorts can be bought for 1,000 yen.

Special early season (8th until 14th December 2018) and spring season (25th March until 7th April 2019) tickets are available as follows:

Adults: 2,000 yen
Kids: 1,000 yen
Junior: 1,500 yen
Senior: 1,500 yen

Getting to Iwappara

By public transport
Train
Train
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Joetsu Line
3.3km from Echigo Yuzawa Station on the Hokuhoku Line
Transport Information
Information
The nearest train station is Iwappara Ski Jo Mae (named after the resort and about 1km from the base), but it is a very small local Joetsu line station. Most people use Echigo Yuzawa Station which is serviced by the Joetsu local line and Joetsu Shinkansen lines.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available from the East Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. The journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Iwappara takes about 12 minutes.

A taxi journey from Echigo Yuzawa Station to Iwappara base costs around 1,500 yen.
By Car
Car
2.9km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
10.5km from the Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (2.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 268
Direction
Direction
The base area of Iwappara (Resort Center 1) is just over 3km away from the Yuzawa IC of the Kanetsu Expressway. Resort Center 2 is located at a higher location and can be accessed by car. It is a further 1.5km along the same road.

From the Yuzawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 17 and go about 600m to the traffic lights at 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 for 850m - through one set of traffic lights until you arrive at the second set of traffic lights. At this junction there are signs for Iwappara. Turn left here and head towards Resort Center 1 which is around 800m from the traffic lights.

>> More information on getting to Yuzawa by car
Parking
Parking
A number of car parks are available both at base (near Resort Center 1) and further up the mountain. There is parking for about 1,500 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Tsuchitaru 731-79
Yuzawa-machi
Minamiuonuma-gun
Niigata-ken
949-6103
Telephone
Telephone
025-787-3211
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2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
At the time of writing more than 40% of the ski hills in Japan have still not updated their own information for the upcoming season - even some of the larger ones! We are continuing to manually check and update information within SnowJapan on a daily basis, but for the moment things remain a mix of new and old. In most cases ski resorts open and close around the same dates each season, so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 2017-2018 season, that is usually a good indication of what to expect this time round.

(19th November 2018)
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