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GALA Yuzawa


GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is a ski and snowboard resort located in Niigata Prefecture only 75 minutes from Tokyo on the Joetsu Shinkansen. The station opens right on the mountain and the ski center is the first sight you'll see upon exiting the ticket gates. At this resort, known for its high quality snow, you can rent everything from skis to snowboards to sleds, allowing you to make the trip without a lot cumbersome gear. An exhilarating and hassle-free one day trip is a great way to spend some of your stay in Japan. In the summer season, you can enjoy summer skiing and trekking (mostly on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).
GALA Yuzawa Website (Winter season)

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The area's finest snowThe area's finest snow

Ski and Snowboard (Winter season only)

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort is located in the town of Echigo Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture. Although a mere 75 minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen, this resort boasts some of the best snow in the region. At 800 meters above sea level, the mountain summit offers a great view, looking out on Niigata's expansive Uonuma Koshikari rice fields. A variety of courses are available to satisfy everyone from the first-timer to the thrill-seeking veteran. You can even check real time course conditions and lift status online making GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders, from beginner to advanced.
(Directly connected to GALA Yuzawa Station)

Fun in the snow!Fun in the snow!

Snow Recreation (Winter season only)

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort welcomes everyone from advanced skiers and snowboarders to those just looking for a little carefree fun in the snow. Take advantage of the Casual Set rental, which includes a sled, gloves, boots and other gear. Visitors can also admire the snowy landscapes by taking part in tours. For example, join the Kanjiki Tour and explore with a guide the snow-covered mountains wearing "kanjiki", the traditional snowshoes used in this part of the country. For those who have the urge to give skiing or snowboarding a try, the Ski Association of Japan and the Japan Snowboarding Association provide certified lessons for those who want an extra bit of support. With all the events held throughout the season, guests of all ages and abilities will love GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort.
(Directly connected to GALA Yuzawa Station)

A great selection of rental equipmentA great selection of rental equipment

Great Rental Options

GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort always has the season's latest equipment available for rental, including Salomon and other popular brands. The equipment and skiwear are kept in superb condition and maintained daily, so feel free to leave your luggage at home and let the friendly staff at GALA Yuzawa take care of everything.
(Directly connected to GALA Yuzawa Station)

The GALA Yuzawa Spa swimming poolThe GALA Yuzawa Spa swimming pool

Recreation Spa (SPA GALA no Yu)

The ideal place to relax after a fun-filled day on the slopes, SPA GALA no Yu features numerous facilities like a swimming pool, lazy river, amusement fountain and kid's pool. Swimsuits for pool use are available for rental and the spa is free of charge for infant and pre-school guests. Sit back, get warm, and unwind at the GALA Yuzawa Spa.
(Approx. 10 mins from Echigo-yuzawa Station by free shuttle bus available on business days.)

The Gala Summer ParkThe Gala Summer Park

Gala Summer Park (Summer season only)

At the Gala Summer Park, a 350 meter artificial ski-slope using the Snow Mat (PIS・LAB) allows you to ski and snowboard even during the summer season when no snow falls. Even if you don't ski or snowboard, you can enjoy a variety of activities, from exploring the 800 meter-high highlands via the Gala Yuzawa Trekking Course, to pools and hot springs.
(Approx. 10 mins from Echigo-yuzawa Station by free shuttle bus available on business days.)

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GALA Yuzawa station is in the base ski center.


The base building has everything you need to get you ready for a great day.


This is your home at the end of the gondola line on the summit.

GALA Yuzawa station

Easy access from Tokyo on the Joetsu Shinkansen.

GALA Yuzawa at a Glance