Yuzawa / Echigo-Yuzawa in Niigata

Yuzawa has been known for one of the post stations on Mikuni Kaido (old highway) and famous hot spring area. The Japanese famous writer, Kawabata Yasunari's classic novel "Snow Country" took place in Yuzawa. Naeba, known for the venue of Fuji Rock Festiva, recently gains popularity as Mecca of winter sports and climbing.

Although it is locally called "Yuzawa", it is widely known as "Echigo-Yuawa" due to Echigo-Yuzawa Station on Joetsu Shinkansen Line. There are a number of skiing resorts, and it is also known for Koshihikari rice from Uonuma and Japanese sake.

Echigo-Yuzawa Station is a central station in southern Niigata, which is the station of Joetsu Shinkansen, Joetsu Line and Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line. Regarding Shinkansen, "Tanigawa" operating between Tokyo and Niigata and "Tanigawa" operating between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa are running once in 1 hour each.
By Train (Shinkansen)

From Niigata Station

Niigata Station → (JR Joetsu Shinkansen "Max Toki" : Approx. 50 minutes / 5,380yen) → Echigo-Yuzawa Station
*Gala-Yuzawa Station is just one stop from Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

From Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station → (JR Joetsu Shinkansen "Max Toki" : Approx. 1 hour 24 minutes / 6,670yen) → Echigo-Yuzawa Station
*Gala-Yuzawa Station is just one stop from Echigo-Yuzawa Station.

By Express bus
Ikebukuro Staion East exit → (Express bus : Approx. 3 hour / From 2,700yen *The fare deffers depending on the season.) → Yuzawa Bus stop

Ski resorts information

It is exclusively skiing resort. There are 8 sliding courses for skiing. Snowboarding is not allowed. It is located next to NASPA New Otani Hotel, which is easily accessible. It is closely located from Echigo-Yuzawa Station.
[Access] 20 minute walk from Echigo-Yuzawa Station West Exit / 3 minutes by taxi or shuttle bus (lodgers of the Hotel only) from Echigo-Yuzawa Station

Officail website

The attractive features of this resort are the world's largest ropeway which is capable of carrying 166 people and a variety of courses, including a snow land which is best suited for both beginners and advanced-level skiers.
[Access] 8 minute walk (800m) from Echigo-Yuzawa Station West Exit

Officail website

A great access from the JR Echigo-Yuzawa station by a free shuttle bus. This resort provides facilities like 24 hour open parking and napping rooms, which are useful for skiers who want to enjoy skiing from early morning or skiers leaving within a day. A variety of courses are best suited for both skiers and snow boarders.
[Access] Approximately 10 minutes by free shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station

Officail website

Hotels list

NASPA New Otani Resort

25 minute walk from Echigo-Yuzawa Station West Exit, 3 minutes by taxi or shuttle bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station

Hotel information
It is a large resort hotel surrounded by beautiful nature of Echigo-Yuzawa. There are onsen, indoor swimming pool and 7 restaurants and cafe, All the Japanese or western style large guestrooms contain private bathrooms. Once you get out from the hotel, the snow paradise will majestically appear in front of you.
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

[Price]
Yuzawa Grand Hotel

2 minute walk from Echigo-Yuzawa Station West exit, 3 minutes by car from Yuzawa IC

Hotel information
The hotel is located within a 3-minute walk from JR Yuzawa station. Spacious rooms and quiet atmosphere promise you a very relaxing time. Each guest rooms are equipped with semi-double bed, refrigerator, safety box, and satellite TV. It is just a 2-minute walk from Sake Museum.
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

[Price]
Hotel Sporea Yuzawa

7-minute walk from Echigo Yuzawa station on JR Joshinetsu Shinkansen (Shuttle bus service available)

Hotel information
Easy access from Echigo Yuzawa station. You can enjoy the open air bath on the top floor from which you can overlook Echigo Yuzawa and the Japanese-Western dinner buffet after relaxing in the hot springs.
Free WiFi is available in public areas

[Price]
Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Sakura Tei

5-minute walk from Echigo Yuzawa station

Hotel information
It is just a 5-minute walk from Echigo Yuzawa station and accessible to major sightseeing spots in Echigo Yuzawa. You can enjoy a fine Japanese cuisine as well.
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

[Price]
Hotel Futaba

7-minute walk from Echigo Yuzawa station

Hotel information
The Japanese ryokan located on the hill of Echigo Yuzawa Onsen is surrounded by vast nature. The hotel boasts their wide variety of hot springs, offering 28 kinds of different bath variations. You can try all kinds of different baths in "Futaba-no- yu" (28 kinds in total), including observation bath, medical plant bath, and cave bath. You can enjoy the "Japanese banquet cuisine" cooked with carefully selected seasonal ingredients as well.
Free WiFi is available in public areas

[Price]
Yuzawa Toei Hotel

8-minute walk from Echigo Yuzawa station (Shuttle bus service available)

Hotel information
The hotel boasts its huge open air hot spring which is one of the largest in Niigata prefecture and offers creative Japanese cuisine with full of seasonal ingredients. It is located in front of Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort, which allows you to ski from the hotel.
Free WiFi is available in all rooms

[Price]

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