Kandatsu Kogen

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resort
The mid-mountain day lodge
Kandatsu Ski Resort Japan
Easy to find fresh powder off-piste
Nice groomed runs for strong beginners
Kandatsu has some great tree skiing
Kandatsu is located close to the town of Yuzawa
Yuzawa Grand Hotel is a good choice for accommodation
Yuzawa Grand Hotel
One of the onsens at the Yuzawa Grand Hotel
The main street of Yuzawa Japan
Kandatsu Japan
Kandatsu Kogen has well developed services and facilities
The base day lodge has a large retail shop
The mid-mountain cafeteria has lots of different options for food
Some of the beautiful tree skiing
Powder on the piste

Kandatsu Kogen

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Kandatsu Kogen

The Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resort in Yuzawa has the steepest terrain in Niigata, however before experts get too excited and conjure up thoughts of Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, remember that Kandatsu Kogen is in Japan, so of course there’s no in-bounds terrain that’s particularly challenging! Kandatsu ski resort has a handful of black runs, one of which hits a gradient of 45 degrees for a quick moment. The black marked trails are mostly very short and sweet, and the degree of challenge really depends on the size of the egg carton shaped moguls. Meanwhile in the off-piste zones, the steep tree skiing will definitely keep advanced riders on their toes.

Kandatsu Kogen (formerly Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu) is good for a day trip from Tokyo, or for a day as part of a multi-day trip to the various Yuzawa ski resorts. With low elevation and relative protection from the elements, Kandatsu Kogen Ski Resort is ideal for a powder day when some of the higher resorts such as Naeba have lifts closed. Kandatsu is also great for insomniacs considering there is night skiing on Saturday nights until 4am!

Pros and Cons of Kandatsu Kogen

  • The terrain is particularly good for confident beginners to low level intermediates.
  • Kandatsu Ski Resort has some fantastic steep tree skiing for experts.
  • The slopes are mostly north facing so even though the ski area is not very high, the snow is generally very good.
  • The ski area is more protected than some of the higher resorts nearby, so it can be a good pick for storm riding.
  • On a fine day, the views from the top are very nice.
  • It’s very easy to get to Kandatsu Kogen from Tokyo.
  • The ski area is not very big, but at least there are plenty of other ski resorts in the region if you need lots of variety.
  • The operation of the Musawa quad chair, the lift that provides access to some of the most amazing tree skiing, is rather hit and miss and possibly only open on weekends.
  • Mid level intermediates would be much better placed at other Yuzawa ski resorts such as Gala Yuzawa or Ishiuchi Maruyama.

Kandatsu Kogen Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Like many other Japanese ski resorts, Kandatsu Kogen is rather small with just 13 courses and 5 lifts (if they have all the lifts running). The resort officially has 540 metres of vertical drop (460-1,000m), although most of the runs are much shorter than this because they terminate at a mid-mountain hub, and below this is just one beginner trail. So the plus is you can easily keep track of your family and friends, whilst the downside is that déjà vu may ensue.

The ski area is contained within a snow-catching half bowl. The valley features a long green run, which would be considered a little steep for novices. Intermediates have only a few runs, and some of the black runs could be categorised as “red” depending on the size of the bumps.

Kandatsu has some great tree skiing, although the trees are steep and pretty tight in places so you’ll need a tight turning radius. Sometimes the ski patrollers are lenient and at others they enjoy blowing their whistle, so it always pays to be discrete.

Where is Kandatsu Kogen?

Kandatsu Kogen is one of the Yuzawa ski resorts, located 4.3km by road south of the centre of Yuzawa town and the Echigo-Yuzawa train station.

Yuzawa Accommodation

The town of Yuzawa has a good range of hotels, ryokans and inns. There are very regular buses between Yuzawa and Kandatsu Kogen, and some of the local hotels and inns provide additional shuttle services. Staying near the train station is the most ideal to catch the Kandatsu Kogen bus. See the Yuzawa accommodation page for more information on hotels near the station.

Yuzawa Hotel Listings


The Resort Hall is an over-the-top day lodge at the base that houses most of the resort amenities, including equipment rentals, a retail shop, ski school, cafeteria, and even a huge events area where parties are hosted. There is a proper nap facility (does this mean the Japanese won’t just have a sleep at the table in the cafeteria!) and a large public bath on the 5th floor as well as a Rotenburo (outdoor onsen) on the balcony overlooking the slopes; perfect for a relaxing soak after skiing or snowboarding.

Mid-mountain is a large day lodge with a cafeteria that has a large range of food offerings.

In their marketing spiel, Kandatsu claims to have the nicest ski resort toilets in Japan. You’d think the resort would focus on the steeps or some other claim to fame! The toilets are nice enough, with hairdryers and beauty products and the usual fancy bidets etc, but I don’t think they’d win any awards!
Tours That May Include Kandatsu

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

The Legendary Roadie
11 Days | 10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience Japan powder like no other on this legendary road trip where you will visit up to 8 resorts in 3 prefectures; Nagano, Gunma & Niigata! Join a tour as a solo traveler, couple or small group. Max 6 spots per tour so get in quickly! Share
Price p/p From price based on twin-share, standard package at Lodge Aibiya.
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Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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AUD 4,704
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Central Odyssey
7 Nights | 6 Days Guided Skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The ultimate pilgrimage to the Aizu Region & Gunma Prefecture to satisfy your appetite for powder, Japanese cuisine & genuine Japanese culture, far away from the sheep that go to the mainstream ski resorts. Gunma is the new frontier of powder gem ski resorts in Japan.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for 2021 season.
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AUD 2,990
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Snowcountry Progression Packages
2 Nights | 2 Days Guided Instruction
Ability: Intermediate to Strong Intermediate
Improve your skiing & snowboarding skills with a qualified instructor whilst visiting some of Japan's fabulous ski areas (11 to choose from) in the Echigo-Yuzawa region. This package is ideally suited to low intermediate and above skiers and boarders who want to improve skills on the piste & in powder.
Price p/p From price per person based on twin/double-share room mid-week (Sunday night through to Thursday night) and is based on a 2-day/night package.
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AUD 984
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Gunma Niigata Explorer
6 Nights | 5 Guided Days | Private Groups
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Chase the powder around the Nagano and Niigata Prefectures where there are sooooo many ski resorts and backcountry areas to choose from. This tour has the flexibility to pick the best area on any given day & from there you'll explore the backcountry with a lead and tail guide.
Price p/p From price based on a twin/triple share room (price displayed is per person) for sample itinerary with 5 people in group.
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AUD 2,898
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