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Echigo Yuzawa: Gateway to Captivating Ski Resorts!

January 08, 2024

Echigo Yuzawa: Gateway to Captivating Ski Resorts!

Located in Niigata Prefecture, Echigo Yuzawa is an ideal destination for ski enthusiasts, offering easy access to various premium ski resorts. Let's delve into the unique charms of each resort and the convenience of accessing them through public transportation, catering even to those who prefer not to drive.

1. GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort

Situated just a few minutes' walk from GALA Yuzawa Station, this resort stands as the only one with a direct connection to both the Shinkansen and the ski center. A mere 75-minute train ride from Tokyo Station makes it extremely convenient for users of the Joetsu Shinkansen. With excellent snow quality and 17 diverse courses, including the scenic Falcon downhill course, GALA Yuzawa provides an ideal environment for families with facilities like SPA Gala and a Kids School featuring SpongeBob-themed lessons.

2. Joetsu International Ski Area

Connected directly to Joetsu International Ski Area Station, a quick transfer from the Joetsu Shinkansen at Echigo Yuzawa Station takes you to this expansive resort. Spread across four areas with 18 courses, including the ultra-long cruising course spanning 6,000m, the resort caters mainly to intermediate skiers. The common pass with Iwahara Ski Area adds to the excitement, and the resort offers delightful nighttime skiing amid illuminations.

3. Maiko Snow Resort

Situated just one minute from the Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway, Maiko Snow Resort is easily accessible. The resort provides 26 courses, varying in difficulty from beginner-friendly to intermediate and advanced. With a dedicated kids' area, extensive rental options, and a range of lessons for all levels, Maiko Snow Resort ensures a fulfilling experience for families and individuals alike.

4. Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort

Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort offers immediate skiing convenience with its JR Joetsu Line Echigo Nakazato Station connection. With gentle slopes ideal for beginners, a kids' activity area, and skiing lessons, this resort is a family favorite. Don't miss the Blue Train rest area, featuring actual train carriages, and the free hot spring bath in the day-use ski center.

5. Kagura Ski Resort

Known for its high altitude and top-notch snow quality, Kagura Ski Resort provides a prolonged skiing season from December to mid-May. Accessible by the Dragondola, connecting it to Naeba Ski Resort, Kagura offers diverse areas, including challenging slopes and powder snow options for advanced skiers. With courses exceeding 1,000m, it caters to those seeking both challenges and efficiency in practice.

6. NASPA Ski Garden

A haven for skiers, NASPA Ski Garden is accessible from Echigo Yuzawa station. With eight courses, including advanced non-compacted slopes, and family-friendly facilities like the Kids Garden and indoor playrooms, it caters to a diverse range of skiing preferences. The resort's proximity to Echigo Yuzawa station and its robust shuttle service make it an excellent choice for families, offering free parking for added convenience.

Embark on an unforgettable skiing adventure in the Echigo Yuzawa region, where premium resorts and efficient public transport converge, ensuring a seamless and thrilling winter experience for all.

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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