Discover Echigo Yuzawa

In Niigata prefecture you will find Echigo Yuzawa, the perfect place for any traveler during the winter due to the abundance of ski resorts. If you visit in the summer, there are plenty of other activities to do, such as visit the hot springs, hike the nearby mountains or visit the Echigo Sake Museum Ponshukan.

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Getting around in Echigo Yuzawa

The easiest way to get around in Echigo Yuzawa is by car, but most major sights and attractions are accessible by a combination of trains and busses. For up-to-date bus schedules, we recommend syncing Google Maps with our customized map above (to do this: click the top right icon on the map to expand to full-screen and select a route between your destination and your current destination).

Since Echigo Yuzawa is located quite rurally, if you decide to rent a car, it is best to do so from one of the bigger destinations close by. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Echigo Yuzawa

Public transportation:
Travelers who come by train or bullet-train need to get off at Echigo Yuzawa station. 


Valid rail passes:

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 5 hours

  • by bullet-train: approximately 2 hours

 

Rental cars:

How long stay in Echigo Yuzawa

We recommend staying in Echigo Yuzawa between two and three days.
 

Seasonal information

Winter sports:
Ski resorts in Japan typically run from December until the end of April. Though this can differ from year to year, depending on the amount of snow. We recommend visiting to the resorts' website for the most up-to-date information. You can find their website by clicking on the respective icon in our customized map above and following the link.

  • Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort: click here for more information

  • Kagura Snow Resorts: click here for more information

  • Ippon Sugi Ski Resort: click here for more information

  • Naeba Ski Resort: click here for more information

  • Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort: click here for more information

  • Itsukamachi Ski Resort: click here for more information

  • Iwappara Ski Resort: click here for more information

  • Kandatsu Snow Resort: click here for more information

  • Maiko Snow Resort: click here for more information

  • Muikamachi Hakkaisan Ski: click here for more information

  • Naspa Ski Garden: click here for more information

  • Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Resort: click here for more information

  • Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort: click here for more information

  • Yuzawa Park Ski Area: click here for more information

 

Scenic rides:

  • Tashiro Ropeway: click here for more information

  • Hakkaisan Ropeway: click here for more information

  • Yuzawa Onsen Ropeway: click here for more information

  • Maiko Gondola: click here for more information

 

Hiking:
The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Festivals in Echigo Yuzawa

There is one famous festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.
 

  • Yuzawa Summer Festival

    • Date: August 15th

    • Time: 13:00 - 21:00 (fireworks from 20:00)

Hotels in Echigo Yuzawa

Flights to Echigo Yuzawa

The nearest and most convenient airport is Haneda Airport in Tokyo. 

  • by car: approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 5 hours

  • by bullet-train: approximately 2 hours

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