Facilities & Services


Facilities & Services

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Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort has lots of amenities at the Gala Yuzawa train station (Cowabunga) and also at the top of the gondola (Cheers). Gala tends to charge an arm and a leg for the facilities and services, so get your credit card primed! It all starts if you want to use one of the ridiculously expensive lockers.

The crème de la crème is an onsen where you can bathe before hopping on the train to return to Tokyo. There’s also a large room where you can have a nap whilst waiting for your train, or you could just get into the Japanese way of life and take a nap at a table in the cafeteria!

And you know that you’re at a well-developed ski resort when they have air blowers to blow the snow off your ski and snowboard equipment!

Facilities for Children

Gala Yuzawa has child minding for kids 2 and up (Japanese speaking staff only).

Just outside the mid-mountain day lodge (Cheers) is a kids’ snow play park and a separate snow sledding slope.

Gala Yuzawa Ski School

The Canyons Snowsports School has English speaking instructors (reservations required) for group or private ski and snowboard lessons.

Gala Yuzawa Ski Rentals and Snowboard Hire

Gala Yuzawa is a well-oiled machine and has large rental shops (in Cowbunga and Cheers) for ski and snowboard gear and they will get you onto the slopes in minimal time. The other option is to visit one of the Yuzawa ski rental shops, or many of the Yuzawa hotels have ski and snowboard rental equipment and clothing.

Eating On Mountain

There are various eating options at Gala Yuzawa with the cafeteria in Cheers being the main hub as a lunch time meeting spot. The views across Yuzawa and the surrounding mountains afforded from the cafeteria are pretty spectacular.

There’s also another restaurant for lunch and in the same area is an ice-creamery, although I’ve never quite understood the attraction of ice cream during winter! Down in Cowabunga is an Italian eatery.

Retail Shops

There are retail shops at both day lodges that have confectionary gifts, snacks, sundries and simple ski and snowboard accessories. The shops sell hundreds of arm band lift ticket holders that are required at ski resorts like Gala Yuzawa that haven’t entered into the 21st century when it comes to lift passes.

Courier Service

If you don’t want to haul your ski or snowboard gear on the bullet train from Tokyo, you can make the most of the courier service to deliver your gear to Gala. Send it at least two days before you intend to arrive.