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Yuzawa

Yuzawa4/51
Yuzawa4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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Yuzawa - Reviews

Yuzawa - Reviews

Soooo Many Ski Resorts

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/05/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Visitor Type
    Couple
  • Visitor Age
    36-50

Soooo Many Ski Resorts

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/05/2016
Awesome views across the mountains The town of Yuzawa The foot onsen opposite the train station Our room at the Yuzawa Grand Hotel The vibrant Echigo Yuzawa train station
The town of Yuzawa offered such a variety of experiences, both with respect to the different types of lodging on offer and the abundance of slopes. It’s amazing how there can be so many ski resorts all in the one area! It was hard to choose which ski resorts to visit, so luckily we had multiple days for taste testing (of the ski resorts as well as the sake!).

Firstly we stayed in central Yuzawa at the Yuzawa Grand Hotel right opposite the train station. The mountains surrounding the town look very striking, but the town itself is not particularly pretty with a big Shinkansen line running through the middle of it, but it was nice to stay there and enjoy the onsen and the many restaurants (the choice was overwhelming!), and experience the “real Japan”. Getting the buses to the ski resorts was very easy.

Next we moved to the Takahan Ryokan, which provided an even greater Japanese cultural experience. Rich in history, this famous snow country ryokan was delightful and the onsen overlooking Gala Yuzawa and the gorgeous meals were particular highlights.

Next was a stay at the Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort at the Hotel Green Plaza Joetsu. We had a car, so in addition to skiing at Joetsu we could explore other resorts. We probably preferred the more traditional experiences of staying in town, but Joetsu Kokusai certainly provided the convenience of ski-in ski-out accommodation and plenty of food in the form of buffets.

Needless to say the major pros of Yuzawa are the town atmosphere, the wide choice of ski resorts, the ease of access to the town from Tokyo, and the well developed public transport options to get to the ski resorts.