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GALA Yuzawa


GALA Yuzawa is a ski and snowboard resort in Niigata, located just 71 minutes from Tokyo on the Jōetsu Shinkansen. The station is located at the foot of the mountains, so you can step out of the ticket gate right into the resort. The resort is known for its high-quality snow, with ski, snowboard, and sled rentals available to enjoy the slopes without bringing your own gear. An exciting and hassle-free day trip is a great way to spend one of your days in Japan. Summer season activities revolve mostly around fun weekend and holiday summer ski events and hiking.

GALA Yuzawa website (Winter)

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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 Yuzawa-machi, Niigata. Even though this resort is only a 71-minute Shinkansen ride away from Tokyo, it has the best snow in the area. From the top of the mountain, which is 800 meters above sea level, you can look out over Niigata’s vast ocean of Uonuma Koshihikari rice fields. Courses are available for all levels of skiers, from beginners to the more advanced. You can check on the status of the courses and lifts in real time online, making for a smooth visit to GALA Yuzawa for both beginner and pro skiers and snowboarders alike.
(Connected to Gala Yuzawa Station)

GALA YuzawaFun in the snow!

Snow Recreation (Winter season only)

GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort welcomes all visitors, from advanced skiers and snowboarders to those wanting to casually have fun in the snow. Feel free to use the rental sets, which include ski/snowboarding gear, sleds, boots, and more. Classes conducted in English and Chinese are available for those who want to learn how to ski or snowboard. Guests of all ages and skill levels will find something to enjoy among the many activities held throughout the open season.
(Connected to Gala Yuzawa Station)

A great selection of rental equipmentA great selection of rental equipment

Great Rental Options

At GALA Yuzawa, you can rent the latest in ski and snowboarding gear each season. The equipment and skiwear are maintained and checked on a daily basis, so you don’t need to worry about bringing your own gear. Leave everything to the friendly staff of GALA Yuzawa.
(Connected to Gala Yuzawa Station)

The GALA Yuzawa Spa swimming poolThe GALA Yuzawa Spa swimming pool

Recreation Spa (SPA GALA no Yu)

After enjoying a day on the slopes, take a relaxing dip in the Gala no Yu spa’s swimming pool, flow pool, jacuzzis, and children’s pool. Swimsuit rentals are available, and spa admission is free for toddlers and preschoolers. Recharge at the Gala no Yu spa.
(Roughly a 10-minute ride on the free shuttle bus from Echigo Yuzawa Station *runs only during regular business hours)

The 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





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