Winter – Have Fun in the Snow

GALA Yuzawa – Niigata Prefecture

GALA Yuzawa – Niigata Prefecture

Operating Season Saturday, December 16, 2017 to Sunday, May 6, 2018

Note: The operation season and hours of operation are subject to change due to weather and other factors.
hours of operation From Saturday, December 17, 2016 to Sunday, May 7, 2017:
 Every day: 8:00 to 17:30

From Monday, April 2 to Sunday, May 6, 2018:
 Every day: 8:00 to 17:00

From Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 27, 2018:
 Weekends: 8:00 to 16:30

Note: The ski center business hours adjust according to the last Shinkansen departure time
Location 1039-2 Aza Kayahira, Yuzawa-machi, Niigata Prefecture
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Enjoy Niigata

GALA Yuzawa

Things to see in the area
Limited winter offer - Use your JR TOKYO Wide Pass to go skiing at GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort.

Things to see

The trip is 75 minutes from Tokyo on the Joetsu Shinkansen. Exit the station, and you are at the ski resort! GALA Yuzawa is open through the Golden Week holiday at the beginning of May and boasts an abundance of snow that is excellent not only for skiing, but also for snowboarding and other snow fun as well.

With plenty of amenities, make the most of your visit by enjoying dinner at a restaurant after a hard day of skiing, and maybe even a trip to the hot spring bath to relax.

GALA Yuzawa

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Tokamachi Snow Festival – Niigata Prefecture

Tokamachi Snow Festival – Niigata Prefecture Photograph courtesy of Tokamachi City Tourist Association

Dates and times 18:00 on Friday, February 16 to 16:00 on Sunday, February 18, 2018
Location Throughout Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture
Fees Free of charge

Tokamachi City Tourist Association

Official Tokamachi Snow Festival (in Japanese only)

Things to see in the area

Things to see

This is the greatest winter event on the Japan Sea side of Japan and it takes place in Tokamachi, called the "birthplace of modern snow festivals."

With the world's largest snow structure as a stage, the festival includes live music, magnificent shows and other entertainment that creates a mystical world of sound and light. Of all the events, however, the highlight of the festival is the brilliant fireworks display with the fireworks launched from the snowy ground, a grand finale that should not be missed.

Among the many other family-friendly features are the "Snow Sculpture Contest," whose varied entries often include historical figures and anime characters, and the Matsuri Hiroba, with the special hospitality the region is famous for.

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Jigokudani Monkey Park – Nagano Prefecture

Jigokudani Monkey Park – Nagano Prefecture
Photograph courtesy of Shinshu-Nagano Prefectural Tourism Association

Park hours Summer – around April to October: around 8:30 to 17:00
Winter – around November to March: around 9:00 to 16:00
Note: Dates and times are approximate. The monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park are wild animals, and their behavior may be affected by weather and the season.
Location Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai, Nagano Prefecture
Fees Adults (middle school students and older): 800 yen
Children (five and older): 400 yen

Go! Nagano

Jigokudani yaen-koen

Things to see

Watch wild monkeys up close in their natural habitat. With the only outdoor hot spring bath for monkeys in the world, this park provides a unique opportunity to watch the humorous antics of the Japanese macaques that come to relax all year round.

In wintertime in particular, the monkeys like to bathe in the hot spring, with their heads covered in snow. You may see the young monkeys fighting over snowballs and running about as though playing rugby, pushing each other on the ground, rolling about, and otherwise simply playing and smiling just like human children.

As of December 2017.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

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