Introducing Niigata Prefecture


Niigata Prefecture is famous for...
Skiing and snowboarding - birthplace of skiing in Japan
Onsen hot springs
'Koshikikari' rice
The home of 'SnowJapan'!
..amongst other things

Niigata Prefecture is divided into four geographical areas - the Joetsu region in the southern (where Myoko City is located); Chuetsu in the central area (where Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City are located); Kaetsu in the northern area; and Sado Island. The Japan Sea coastline, stretching from southwest to northwest, is nearly 250km in length.

Niigata is very easy to get to from the Tokyo region, making it - especially the Yuzawa region - extremely popular for day trips.

There are over 50 resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift local hills to the famous Naeba which hosts international ski events. While there are resorts dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most of them are concentrated in two regions - the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area and the Myoko area. Each winter these two areas enjoy some of the heaviest snowfalls in all of Japan - as can be seen from the reported snowfall on our daily reports.

>> All ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture
>> Regional train connections

>> Regional expressway connections
>> Joshinetsu region map

Niigata Prefecture
Regional Travel Guides & other resources on SnowJapan

  Myoko   Yuzawa & Minamiuonuma
  妙高   湯沢 南魚沼
Myoko by public transport Yuzawa & Minamiuonuma by public transport
Myoko by car Yuzawa & Minamiuonuma by car
Myoko town map Yuzawa town map (Central Yuzawa area)
Naeba area (Naeba and Kagura)
Ishiuchi area map (Ishiuchi and Maiko)
List of all snow resorts in Myoko
Basic ski resort data, user reviews & photos as well as weather and snow forecasts where available
List of all snow resorts in Yuzawa
List of all snow resorts in Minamiuonuma

Basic ski resort data, user reviews & photos as well as weather and snow forecasts where available

Resort Spotlight - GALA Yuzawa
Resort Spotlight - Ishiuchi Maruyama
Resort Spotlight - Iwappara
Resort Spotlight - Joetsu Kokusai
Resort Spotlight - Kandatsu Kogen
Resort Spotlight - Maiko Snow Resort
Resort Spotlight - NASPA Ski Garden
Resort Spotlight - Yuzawa Kogen
Resort Spotlight - Yuzawa Nakazato
Resort Spotlight - Yuzawa Town

Exclusive daily reporting from Myoko
Myoko Now!
Exclusive daily reporting from Yuzawa
Yuzawa Now!
Naeba Now!
Accommodation Spotlights (Myoko)
Online booking - Myoko
Accommodation Spotlights (Yuzawa)
Accommodation Spotlights (Minamiuonuma)

Online booking - Yuzawa
Online booking - Minamiuonuma

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