Access

70 minutes from Tokyo

TrainJR Tokyo Station – Echigo Yuzawa Station1hr 10m (Joetsu Shinkansen)
CarTokyo – Tsukiyono1hr 25m
 Tokyo – Yuzawa (167 km)1hr 50m

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from Niigata

TrainJR Niigata Station – Echigo Yuzawa Station50m (Joetsu Shinkansen)
CarNiigata – Yuzawa (131 km)1hr 30mins

from Kanazawa

TrainJR Kanazawa Station – Echigo Yuzawa Station2hrs 30mins (Hokuhoku Line)
CarKanazawa – Yuzawa (339 km)4hrs
Access map from Tokyo to YUKIGUNI

Concept

YUKIGUNI has over 8,000 years of history. Since the distant Jomon period, a long time ago, our ancestors came to live in this pure white world. Even now the wisdom raised back then lives on to this day.

Located 37° north. YUKIGUNI is on the same latitude as San Francisco, Athens and Lisbon. Despite being on the same latitude as these relatively warm cities, here in Yuzawa, there is an unparalleled amount of snow piled up from December to April.

The secret lies in warm currents in the Sea of Japan. The moist warm air hits the first high mountains, such as Naeba Mountain and Tanigawa Dake, the air quickly cools and causes snow to fall. Because of this the snow here has high moisture and stickiness. This is what creates the characteristic densely packed snowscape.

Wisdom

The source of YUKIGUNI culture is wisdom. Wisdom unique to YUKIGUNI. Here the winter shuts out almost half the year, the wisdom to overcome this still lives on. This wisdom can most prominently be seen in YUKIGUNI food. From early spring to late autumn mountain vegetables are harvested, pickled in salt or dried. The fermented foodstuffs and storage food culture here is world renowned. This aspect of YUKIGUNI food culture you can have personal experiences in, YUKIGUNI gastronomy tourism.

Furthermore textile culture is prominent in YUKIGUNI. Textile work is well suited for the cold winters, and the humidity characteristic of YUKIGUNI conveniently means the thread doesn’t break so easily. Textile culture started with the Jomon, with the cloth ‘Angin’ and this has been passed down via UNESCO Cultural Heritage ‘Echigo Jofu’ (high quality cloth). Snow workers using snow bleach is another example of YUKIGUNI wisdom.

Things to do

Hot Springs

Hot springs that have been providing warmth and healing for over 1,200 years, along with a stay in a classic or contemporary ryokan.

Art Festival

Japan’ s largest contemporary art festival that connects artifacts from 10,000 years ago with art created in the present day.

Workshops

Cooking workshops with seasonal, local ingredients and using a traditional Japanese wood-burning stove.

Trekking

Trekking through the snow using the traditional handmade snowshoes while a local guide explains the geography, scenery, history, and culture of the region.

Weather

Winter (early December – late March)
Breezer, snow, cold, dry, sometimes clear blue sky
Around -3.7 °C – 3.3 °C

Late Winter (early April – late April)
Snow, sometimes rain, dry
Around 3.9 °C – 15.3 °C

Spring (early May- early June)
A lot of cloudy days, rain, some snow, moderately humid
Around 9.8 °C – 21.4 °C

Summer (late June – late September)
Clear blue sky, some shower, humid
Around 19.3 °C – 29.9 °C

Autumn (Early October – late November)
Clear blue sky, some rain, dry, some snow
Around 3.7 °C – 12.6 °C