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With so much snow, Yuzawa offers a whole range snow activities not just limited to skiing and snowboarding! Yuzawa is covered in deep snow - not excluding the town area - and you can even enjoy snowmobiling in a park in town.

Opens in winter! Snowmobile Land Yuzawa

Snowmobile Land Yuzawa is only three minutes by car from the Joetsu Shinkansen's Echigo Yuzawa station. The entire premises of Yuzawa Chuo Park, with a multi-purpose square and baseball ground, turns into a snowmobile field. The snow-covered park is arranged into snowmobile runs for you to enjoy the sport at your leisure.

Just bring yourself! Easy snowmobiling!

Snowmobiling does not require any special license. Anyone, whether you are a beginner, an adult or a child. You can start with a 30-minute test ride, to half-day (2 hours) and full-day (4 hours) rides. If you've never tried it before, the instructor will guide you in the basics like how to turn the engine on and off, how to handle the controls and other points of attention to help you enjoy the ride safely.
When riding you'll wear ski or snowmobile clothing. If not, you can rent it. Snow boots are also available for rent, so just bring yourself.

Step by step you'll get used to operating it

At the beginning, your instructor will take a seat behind you and teach you how to drive it as you slowly get the snowmobile onto the run. It's not difficult, so you'll soon enjoy the ride! All that's left to do is to gradually get used to the speed.
Once you get used to the speed, you'll be cruising around the course built on a baseball ground. You can speed up along the straight, or aggressively take the corners - all while having a great time!

Mini circuit for intermediate riders and above

If you're at an intermediate level or above, you're entitled to ride the mini circuit. There's a variety of runs, from those with many ups and downs, to some with S-shaped curves for more thrills. It'll take more skillful maneuvering, which is part of the fun.
The curves in the circuit have acute angles, requiring careful handling of the controls and speed adjustment. Apart from the test run and mini circuit, there's also a variety of courses on the vast premises, including a tree-run area, a powder area, and a 3-4km tour course.

Close to town and easily accessible

Only in Yuzawa can you enjoy snowmobiling so close to town. The park operates as Snowmobile Land Yuzawa from late December to the end of March (closed on Tuesdays). You'll need to book in advance. If you want a pickup service from Echigo Yuzawa station or any hotel in the onsen town, please make an inquiry.
[Snowmobile experience]
・Dates: January 7-March 30, 2018
*Dates are subject to change depending on the quantity of snow.
・Apply to: Snow Country Tourism Information Center (Tel: 025-785-5353 / Mail: yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp)
*Applications accepted for groups of two or more, up to and including the day of the ride.
・Fee: 6,000 yen per adult (a special one-hour test-ride course)/3,500 yen per adult (a 30-minute test-ride course)
・Meeting area: RSS Snowmobile Land Yuzawa (Yuzawamachi Leisure Pool))
・Hours: 9:00-17:00
・Charges include: Voluntary insurance fees, trial fees"
photo & text : Chiho Kuriyama

Facility Information

Snow Country Tourism Information Center

Address
2431-1 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata 949-6101
URL
https://www.snow-country-tourism.jp/
Notes
Access: At the west exit, Echigo Yuzawa station, Joetsu Shinkansen

RSS Snowmobile Land Yuzawa

Address
151-1 Tsuchidaru, Yuzawa-machi, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata 949-6103
Notes
3 minutes by taxi from Echigo Yuzawa station, Joetsu Shinkansen

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