Although Yuzawa town is only around 77 minutes by bullet train from Tokyo, it feels like another country. Situated 200km away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis of Tokyo, Yuzawa is nestled in the Japan alps, and offers clean air, beautiful mountainous surroundings, hot springs and is also overflowing with sake!
In winter, Yuzawa is a ski and snowboard paradise. The town is famous throughout Japan as the setting for 16 ski fields. There is also a huge variety of hotels, from homely Japanese inns to four star western hotels, Yuzawa has something to suit every taste and budget. A diverse range of restaurants, karaoke, museums, international bars and traditional Japanese festivals all combine to bring any visitor a unique Japan experience.
From Narita Airport
After your arrival, passport and customs clearance, head downstairs to the basement level JR stations, located in both terminals of the airport. The most convenient train is the Narita Express (N’EX), which leaves roughly every half hour for a 53-minute trip to Tokyo Station. Tickets for the entire trip up to Echigo Yuzawa Station can be purchased here; JR East Passes and Japan Rail Passes can also be exchanged at the JR East Travel Service Centers (see below).
- JR East Travel Service Centers at Narita Airport
- JR East Travel Service Centers can be found at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Narita Airport. The Centers are open every day from 11:30 am to 7 pm, and handle the sale and exchange of the JR East Pass (available only to visitors from overseas on short-term visas of no longer than 90 days) as well as the Japan Rail Pass (covering all six JR regional companies, and which can only be pre-purchased overseas). Other services include ticket sales and sightseeing information.If the JR East Travel Service Center is closed, go to the JR ticket office. Hours of operation:
Terminal 1: 6:30 to 11:30 am, 7:00 to 9:45 pm
Terminal 2: 6:30 to 11:30 am, 7:00 to 9:50 pm
- JR East Info Line
- Telephone English information hotline for questions about JR service
Tel: (050) 2016-1603
- Hours of operation
- 10 am to 6 pm; closed during the New Year holidays
From Tokyo Station
At Tokyo Station, head upstairs for the Joetsu Shinkansen (the station is always busy, but all lines are well marked—just follow the signs).
Joetsu Shinkansen trains depart from platforms 20 through 23; most trains stop at Echigo Yuzawa Station, so you have many choices.