Winter in Kagura


Winter Sports

Winter Sports in Kagura

Dream-like Powder Snow.
1.5 Minutes’ Walk from Kagura Ski Resort!

Kagura Ski Resort is famous for heavy snowfall, world-class powder, and a long season.
Boasting some of Japan’s best slopes, Kagura has everything from family-friendly beginner courses to ungroomed trails, tree runs, and open backcountry for experienced athletes.
Kagura is the perfect destination for visitors seeking a winter sports experience in Yuzawa that is a cut above the rest.




Relax at a Hot Spring

Echigo Yuzawa is famous for hot springs. The historical Kaido no Yu hot spring is just a 10-minute walk from the Kagura White Horse Inn.
A popular destination for weary skiers and trekkers, Kaido has both indoor and outdoor onsen.
Take in the seasons and enjoy inspiring natural views from their atmospheric open-air baths.

Kaido no Yu Hot Spring
Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Last Entry 8:30 PM)
Closed on Tue

Local Sake

Enjoy Locally Brewed Sake

Discover the World of Sake

Niigata is Japan’s top producer of rice and is home to more sake breweries than anywhere else in Japan.
Stop by the Ponshukan “Sake Tasting Room” in the JR Echigo Yuzawa Station to enjoy custom sake flights. For just 500 JPY, visitors can choose from over 100 kinds of local sake.
Ponshukan also offers quality local food products and souvenirs.
A hand-picked selection of local sake is also available at the Kagura White Horse Inn.


Kagura White Horse Inn

Our lodge is located in Yuzawa, less than a 2-minutes’ walk from the Kagura Ski Resort. Free parking is available for guests.
Outside food and drink are welcome. We also have free Wi-Fi!
Please relax and enjoy a comfortable stay.

Free Wi-Fi
  • Relax in our spacious lounge!

  • Shared Kitchen Space Guests may use the open kitchen to warm up food.

  • Complete play space for young children.

Guest Rooms

Guest room

We offer a variety of rooms. Pick from spacious Japanese-style rooms perfect for families and groups or our more private Western-style rooms.
All rooms are non-smoking and have a private bathroom and toilet.
We’re sure you can find a room to suit your visit.


Western-style rooms are great
for couples!

  • Wash basin
  • restroom


Japanese-style rooms are perfect
for families and groups!

  • Storage
  • Bathroom & Restroom

Rentals & Discounts

Rentals & Discount Lift Tickets

Rentals & Discounts

Kagura Ski Resort Lift Tickets Hotel Guest Special Discounts

  • *Elementary & younger ski FREE
  • *Guest lift tickets may be purchased on the morning of the day of check-in.
    Please visit the hotel front desk after 7 AM. (Lift tickets cannot be reserved in advance)
  • *Cash purchase only.

Ski & Snowboard Rental

Accessory Rental

  • *For periods longer than three or four days (+1 day), ask.

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

  • Very Reasonable. Great Location!

    Female / 20's
    Romantic Holiday

    A great location just 1.5-minutes from Kagura Ski Resort on foot and a hot spring within walking distance. The lift tickets and rentals were a great deal. The interior design was stylish and had a nice atmosphere. I would stay again!

  • Wonderful Communal Space! We Loved the Table Tennis and Kids Corner.

    Female / 30's
    Family Trip

    From the open kitchen to the sofa space and lounge, the communal areas were spacious and comfortable. Our room was warm and clean. The staff were considerate, and our family had a great time. We took advantage of the free kids’ space and table tennis. There was something to keep the whole family happy. Thank you.

  • First Visit to Kagura Ski Resort

    Female / 20's
    Family Trip

    This was our first visit to Kagura, but the owner was very helpful and told us everything we needed to know about the mountain and the surrounding area. There was plenty of soft powder snow to enjoy. The inn was cozy, and the staff were kind. We felt totally at home. I hope to come back the next time I’m in Japan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How close are the slopes?

The Kagura Mitsumata Ropeway lift is only 100m away, roughly a 1.5-minute walk.
For rental gear and discount lift tickets, guests should come to the front desk any time after 7 AM (before leaving for the slopes).

Front Desk Opens at 7:00 AM
For more information on rentals and discount lift tickets, please refer to the Rentals & Discount Lift Tickets chart.

How can I get discounted lift tickets and rent ski/snowboard gear?

Rentals and guest lift tickets may be purchased starting on the morning of the day of check-in.
The front desk opens at 7 AM. To purchase, please come to the front desk after 7 AM.
For more information on rentals and discount lift tickets, please refer to the Rentals & Discount Lift Tickets chart.

*Rentals and discount lift tickets may not be reserved in advance. To purchase, please come directly to the front desk after 7 AM.

What are the check-in/check-out times?
Can I drop off luggage outside of regular hours?

CHECK-IN 15:00

Please talk to the front desk if you want to use luggage lockers, changing rooms, discounted lift tickets, rental services, or the parking lot before 7 AM. The front opens at 7 AM.

What kind of food options are there?

There is a shared dining space. Guests can bring outside food or purchase food from our shop (*winter only).
The shop carries boxed bento meals, onigiri, cup soup, cup ramen, and other light meals. We also have a selection of local sake and drinking snacks hand-picked by the owner! Soft drinks, beer, and other beverages are also available from our vending machines.
The closest place to eat nearby is the Mitsumata Roadside Station, roughly ten minutes away on foot. The roadside station sells hot meals, alcohol, snacks, and local souvenirs.

Mitsumata Roadside Station Hours
May – Nov 9:00 – 17:00 (Open 7 days a week)
Dec – Apr 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Tue)

Please be aware that there are no convenience stores nearby. For guests coming by train, there is a 7-Eleven three minutes’ walk from the Echigo Yuzawa Station East Exit. For guests traveling by car, there is a 7-Eleven three minutes from the Yuzawa I.C. in the direction of Naeba.

For guests interested in dining out, there are a variety of restaurants in town near Echigo Yuzawa Station’s West Exit (about 10 minutes away by car or taxi). Options include Japanese pubs (“izakaya”), formal dining, sushi, yakiniku, soba, udon, tonkatsu, Thai, Chinese, and more.
We are happy to arrange designated driver taxi services for drivers interested in having alcohol with their meal, so guests can dine out where they like without worry. (“daiko taxi”)

Is there parking?

Yes, free parking is available.
Guests may park for free for the duration of their stay.
When using the parking lot before check-in, please stop by the front counter.

Front Desk Opens at 7:00 AM

The parking lot is located across the street directly in front of the inn on Route 17. Beware of ice. Water and frost freeze easily at high altitudes, and the parking lot can be very slippery. Please walk with caution.
The Kagura White Horse Inn cannot take responsibility for accidents or other problems. Please understand that guests use the parking lot at their own risk.

Do you accept credit cards or electronic currency?

No. All payments must be made in cash. We do not accept payment in the form of credit cards or electronic currency.






Bus : Take the No. 1 bus from the Echigo Yuzawa Station East Exit. The ride will last roughly 20 minutes. Get off at “Kagura Ski-jo Mitsumata Ropeway-mae” (Kagura Mitsumata Ski Resort). Continue up the street for 100m in the same direction as the bus. The Kagura White Horse Inn will be on the left.
(Please note that there are three bus stops in the Mitsumata area. The bus stop closest to the Kagura White Horse Inn is called “Kagura Ski-Jo Mitsumata Station-mae” [Kagura Mitsumata Ski Resort])

Taxi : We recommend catching a taxi from the Echigo Yuzawa Station West Exit. The ride will take roughly 10 – 15 minutes.