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10 Beautiful Ski Resorts in Niigata

Niigata is a great place to go skiing. Skiing can be easier that snowboarding for some people. Niigata is not to far from Tokyo, this is a great place for a short vacation.

#1. Naeba Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort
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Located on the high altitude of the Mt. Takenokosan, the main ski slope at Naeba Ski Resort is covered with fine powdery snow. The name Naeba derives from Naeba Prince Hotel which is the center of the ski resort complex, giving guests high quality service from its founding in 1961. In Japan, Naeba is a synonym for a skiing and activity place. Visitors can enjoy delightful skiing and easily get there by from the Kanto region.
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Naeba Ski Resort

Address: 202 Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata

Access: 50 minutes by local bus from Echigo Yuzawa Station

Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fee: 5000 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-789-2211

Website: Naeba Ski Resort


#2. Joetsu International Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort

Joetsu International Ski Resort has one of the biggest ski slopes in Japan. The resort is in Minami Uonuma City, Chuetsu district. The place has vast skiing courses spread over 10 million square meters in the total. The complex layout includes four main areas, they are annexed by lift connection. Hotel Green Plaza Jouetsu is the core hub where visitors to stay.
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Joetsu International Ski Resort

Address:112-1 Kabanosawwa, Minami Uonuma City, Niigata

Access: 20 minute walk from Joetsukokusaiskijo-mae Station

Fee: 4000 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-782-1030

Website: Joetsu International Ski Resort


#3. Kagura Ski Resort

Kagura Ski Resort is a newer ski resort in Niigata, founded in 2006, integrated two ski planes into a single place. The Tashiro area is connected to Naeba Ski Resort using a large gondola line named “Doragondola” so that skiers could pass these the resorts easily. Kagura is one of the resort that lasts from November to May every year. Since the resort was recently built, everything is very new and clean.
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Kagura Ski Resort

Address: 742 Mitsumata, Yuzawa-machi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata

Access:From 1 hour by car from Echigo Yuzawa Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Admission Fee: 5700 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-788-9221

Website: Kagura Ski Resort


#4. GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is a business complex subsided by Japan Railway Higashi Nihon. Visitors are eligible to use various services combined with their JR train ticket such as vouchers, transportation, and hotels. Just 200 kilometers north of Tokyo, GALA Yuzawa Station is welcoming to every skier in the peak season, and four main courses attract old and young skiers.
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GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort

Address: 1039-2 Yuzawa Kayataira, Yuzawa-machi, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata

Access: Connected to Gala Yuzawa Station

Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fee: 4600 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-785-6543

Website: GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort


#5. Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort
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In the middle of the national park Mt. Myoko, Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort has vast piste for skiing. There are two main ski courses, Suginohara, and Mitahara. The most distinctive feature is the length and altitude difference of the slopes. Skiers cruise down the trail for a very long distance of 8,500 meters. Lifts and gondolas are smooth and swift to climb up and its a comfortable ride up. Visitors can see many scenic views from the piste. Cottages, lodges, and other shops do are open for business on the site.
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Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort

Address: 272 Suginosawa, Myoko City, Niigata

Access: 15 minutes by car from Myoko Takahara Station

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee: 4500 yen (adult)

Phone: 0255-86-6211

Website: Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort


#6. Akakura Onsen Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort
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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort is known to every Japanese person as the one of the oldest skiing resort combined with Akakura spa treatment, it has been around since the Meiji period. The resort is near thick snow, so sometimes skiing is off-limits. Beginners can practice at the bunny slopes and work their way up to the harder slopes.
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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort

Address: Akakura Onsen, Myoko City, Niigata

Access: 1 hour by shuttle bus from Joetsu Myoko Station

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee: 4300 yen (adult)

Phone: 0255-87-2125

Website: Akakura Onsen Ski Resort


#7. Okutadami Maruyama Ski Resort

Okutadami Maruyama Ski Resort

Okutada Mimaruyama Ski Resort is a really unique resort because of its business during the season. Since heavy snow falls in the area, some regions are shut down from January to March. So, the main season of the resort starts from the end of November and lasts until the middle of March. Cross-country skiers would love this resort because there is a suitable course.
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Okutadami Maruyama Ski Resort

Address: 1317-3 Yunotani Imokawa, Uonuma City, Niigata

Access: 1.5 hour by shuttle bus from Urasa Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Fee: 4000 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-794-2685

Website: Okutadami Maruyama Ski Resort


#8. Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort

Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski resort has three main pistes and is it next to GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort and Yuzwa Kougen Ski Resort. It has the longest night course in Joetsu which is designed for every type of skier. Three main pistes are so large that you have to mark where you are and your meeting point for you and your friends. Visitors can do a day trip from Tokyo using the Joetsu Bullet train.
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Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort

Address: 1782-2 Ishiuchi, Minamiuonuma City, Niigata

Access: 10 minutes by bus from Echigo Yuzawa Station

Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fee: 4300 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-783-5571

Website: Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort


#9. Iwappara Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort
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Iwappara Ski Resort has been opened from 1931. Iwappara literally means “rocky plain”. The piste is spread out from the middle of Mt. Iiji like a fan shape. The main slope is not too steep, it is a gentle 600 meters wide slope, so novice skiers could enjoy skiing comfortably. Since its not too far from Tokyo, visitors can get here easily by car.
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Iwappara Ski Resort

Address: 731-8 O-aza Tsuchitaru, Yuzawa-cho, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata

Access: 12 minutes by shuttele bus from Echigo Yuzawa Station

Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fee: 4000 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-787-3211

Website: Iwappara Ski Resort


#10. Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort

Niigata Ski Resort
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Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort has 16 different courses, located in Yuzawa Nakazato. With various pistes, it challenges skier and snowboarders. Both beginners and other experienced skiers can enjoy the trick courses and free-riding. Some places are open for family groups so they can all ski together. There is a free rest stop that used a retired train car that was used for the Japanese National railway.
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Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort

Address: 5044-1 Tsuchitaru, Yuzawa-cho, Minami Uonuma-gun, Niigata

Access: Connected to Echigo Nakazato Station

Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Fee: 3900 yen (adult)

Phone: 025-787-3301

Website: Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Resort


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