Yuzawa Echigo / Naspa Ski Garden

Yuzawa Echigo
Just 1 hour plus from Tokyo, we can get to Yuzawa Echigo into the snow winter wonderland for snow, ski and snowboarding if you do not have time to go for a 2 day 1 night trip. Most Tokyonites go to Yuzawa Echigo/ Yuzawa Gala for their ski cravings as it is possible for a day trip. For us we took the 620am Shinkansen and headed up Northwest to Yuzawa Echigo.

Yuzawa Echigo
Arrived at Yuzawa Echigo Station at 740am and have to wait a little while before we can take the free shuttle bus to the ski resort. It was my first time seeing the racks used for people to place their snowboards and skis outside the shops.

Yuzawa Echigo
Finally at 8am, we headed out to the shuttle bus stop to wait for the shuttle bus. You can refer to their page for the shuttle bus timings that heads to the various ski resorts in Yuzawa Echigo.

Yuzawa Echigo
Sushi-san chose NASPA New Otani Resort for my virgin ski adventure as this resort is a ski only resort. They have 2 beginner slopes too. He felt that this place would be safer for this over aged ski newbie who have a huge fear of falling.

Yuzawa Echigo
Arrived at the resort at 815am. It was snowing the entire day we were there with no sun but I felt that this was better as I had seen photos of friends with sun burnt faces. Just that it was extremely cold.

Yuzawa Echigo
Peek towards the lift to the beginner slope.

Yuzawa Echigo
Depending on the ski resorts, you have to check what are the items you have to bring. The resort at Yuzawa Gala provides everything for rental whereas most of the resorts at Yuzawa Echigo require you to bring your own gloves and masks. So do check with the resort’s website before you head over. For us, we brought our own helmets, guards and masks. After arrival, we just change and place our stuff into the paid lockers but do remember to take out some cash if not you would end up like us a little cash strapped. Next, head to the ski rental to choose your skis. One advantage for NASPA is that you can choose either the conventional ski or short ski. I ended up changing to short ski as I found it easier to control but the speed was faster compared to the conventional ones.

Yuzawa Echigo
Fresh powder the entire day!

Yuzawa Echigo
Mascot for the resort and the little kids in ski school.

Yuzawa Echigo
Just chuck your skis into the snow when you want to take a break.

Yuzawa Echigo
How do you get the perfect snowballs? Just a gadget to help you get your perfect shaped snowballs for your snowball fight.

Yuzawa Echigo
Hello! The ski noob which is me…..unfortunately, I really suck…

#yuzawa #越後湯沢 first #ski #winter wonderland. I suck at sports, conclusion. Hah

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Fun in the snow for most.

Yuzawa Echigo
Perfect day to spend the day if you love the snow and some winter sports.

Yuzawa Echigo
Older students from ski school. They were so much better than me.

Yuzawa Echigo
There are a selection of lift offers that you can choose from. We got the one that had lunch included, you only have 2 choices either ramen or burgers. Can’t complain too much, people are here to ski not to eat.

Yuzawa Echigo
Ski rentals end by 5pm so we had our rentals returned a little before 5pm before the sun sets. There is night skis too but you have to pay extra. I was too bummed to do anything. The only thing I want to do was to head over to the hot springs for a hot soak to ease my tired muscles.

Yuzawa Echigo
View from the hotel lobby.

Yuzawa Echigo
Good Bye! Had been a great and tiring day.

Yuzawa Echigo
Headed to the famous soba shop for dinner. Apparently everyone just have had the same idea too. Long long queue.

Yuzawa Echigo
Condiments for the soba dips, they are famous for using their tempura fritters for the dippings.

Yuzawa Echigo
Freshly made tempura.

Yuzawa Echigo
Soba for 2, that is a lot of soba but we were so famished that we finished all up.

Yuzawa Echigo
Soba souchu, mxing the soba hot soup with souchu. (Too bad we didn’t try)

Yuzawa Echigo
Yuzawa Echigo station have a huge store and sake store where most people did their omiyage shopping before hopping onto the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. Guess what, we were home by 930pm. From snow winterland back to cold and snowless Tokyo.

Address:中野屋 湯沢本店新潟県南魚沼郡湯沢町湯沢2-1-5

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. abraxis
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 07:52:10

    That’s the point of skiing. It gives you an excuse to head directly to the onsen.

  2. Xuan-er
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 12:47:17

    @abraxis: hahah, true..but i think i prefer to just directly go soak 😛

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