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Choosing the resort area that’s right for you

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The 12 ski resorts around Echigo-Yuzawa are spread across three different areas: Yuzawa-Kandatsu, Naeba-Kagura and Tsuchitaru. They’re filled with fun, exciting runs and amazing scenery, attracting everyone from kids putting on a set of skis for the first time, to seasoned veterans of the slopes.

Yuzawa-Kandatsu encompasses the area around Echigo-Yuzawa Station, offering fast access to five resorts that can be enjoyed by all riders: GALA Yuzawa, Kandatsu Kogen, Yuzawa Kogen, NASPA Ski Garden and Ipponsugi.

NASPA Ski Garden and Ipponsugi are off-limits to snowboarders, and especially popular for their family-friendly ski areas.

For the snowiest slopes around Echigo-Yuzawa, visit Naeba-Kagura. Its Naeba and Kagura resorts enjoy the highest altitude in town, and with some gently undulating plateaus perfect for new riders, attract all levels of skiers and snowboarders from mid-November right through until early May.

The Tsuchitaru area is home to another five resorts with a huge variety of runs and fun kids parks, including the popular Iwappara and Yuzawa Nakazato. Free shuttle bus services depart for Tsuchitaru from the Echigo-Yuzawa bullet train station, and just like the other three areas around town, many local hotels and inns run additional shuttle services for their guests.

Ski-in, ski-out hotels

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Although you’re never far from the slopes wherever you stay in Echigo-Yuzawa, the ultimate in comfort and convenience is a ski-in, ski-out hotel. Their advantages also include combined lift pass and accommodation packages with great value for money, and instant access to a wide range of rental gear. Ski-in, ski-out hotels are located at NASPA Ski Garden in the Yuzawa-Kandatsu area, Naeba Ski Resort in the Naeba-Kagura area, and Iwappara in the Tsuchitaru area.

The Yuzawa Snow Festival

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Come the first Saturday in March every year, and it’s time for the Yuzawa Snow Festival. A brilliant fireworks display is the kicker of this memorable local event, following a portable shrine procession, torchlight ride, taiko drumming and beauty pageant.

It all happens at the Yuzawa Kogen ski resort, which is beautifully decorated with a display of a thousand candles and snow sculptures for the occasion. If you’re in town, don’t miss it!


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Niigata faces the Sea of Japan and it is known for its extreme snow falls and excellent sake. The Echigo Mountain Range made of 2,000 meter-high-mountains runs through the middle of Niigata, providing prime destinations for snow sports enthusiasts.

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