Naspa Ski garden

private Ski resort

NASPA Ski Garden is a luxury resort exclusive to skiiers. Adjacent is the New Otani Hotel so it is perfect for an overnight stay or vacation and zero minutes to the slopes.

The resort has fantastic facilities and is perfectly suitable for families and beginners as well as intermediates skiers.


Canyons offer private lessons at NASPA Ski Garden with native English speaking instructors. This is the most efficient way to learn and you have one instructor to look after your group. This means we can customize the lesson to your needs.

 All bookings for Winter 2017-2018 season will commence October 1st 2017

NASPA Ski Resort has confirmed an opening date of Friday 22nd December for the 2017 season.

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Private Lesson
Minimum Age: 4 years old
Capacity per instructor: 1-3 people
Price per Instructor

Lesson Duration:

2 hours Total Price 22000 JPY

4 hours (+1 hour break) Total Price 36000 JPY, Extention (per hour) 10000 JPY

Family Private
Minimum Age: 4 years old
Capacity per instructor: 4-6 people
Price per Instructor

Lesson Duration:

2 hours Total Price 30000 JPY

4 hours (+1 hour break) Total Price 48000 JPY, Extention (per hour) 10000 JPY

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Included A professional English speaking instructor

Not Included Resort lift ticket and ski rental


How do I get to Naspa Ski Garden?

You can access Naspa Ski Garden easily using Shinkansen (bullet train) and shuttle bus or by car. The quickest way to arrive is by Shinkansen taking less than 80 minutes from Tokyo. You will need to arrive at Echigo Yuzawa Train Station and then take a short shuttle bus ride to reach the resort. There are frequent shuttle buses that operate during the winter season making it easy to reach your destination.

If you plan to arrive by car it will take around 2 hours (Nerima IC > Kanetsu Expressway Yuzawa IC) and there is ample free parking at the resort. 

Where should I stay?

Adjacent to the slopes is the New Otani hotel. There are many facilities available at this luxury hotel. Please see New Otani Official Website for reservations. Alternatively there are lots of accommodation option in and around Yuzawa. For more information please visit HopStepJapan

Are there shuttle buses in Yuzawa?

Yes there are free, regular shuttle buses that operate in Yuzawa.

Do you have any more information on Naspa Ski Garden Resort?

Yes of course, check out Naspa Ski Garden Official website and drop us an email if you have any other questions regarding lessons that are not covered in there FAQ's.

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What is included in the price?

Included in the fee is a professional English speaking instructor that will teach you how to ski and improve your skills. 

What is not included?

You will need to arrange your own ski or snowboard equipment and lift tickets. It is important to wear waterproof clothing, a hat or helmet, gloves and goggles. Equipment can be rented when you arrive at Naspa Ski Garden except gloves, hats and goggles. Please arrive around 30 minutes before your lesson to arrange rental, purchase lift tickets and get changed.

Do I have to book in advance?

Prebooking is recommended as the number of instructors are limited. The further in advance the better especially during busy holiday periods and weekends. It is possible that there will be spaces 'left on the day' but to secure your slot just drop us an email or fill out the booking form below so you don't miss out.

How can I book a lesson?

The easiest way to book a lesson is through our booking form below. If you need some more help, advice or have any questions about your booking please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to assist you.

Can I extend my lesson on the day and learn more?

If we have available instructors then we are happy to extend lessons on the day. Extensions from a half-day to a full-day pay the price difference between the two. One hour extensions are charged per hour. Please ask your instructor about what the best option is to keep learning on the day.

What if I have to cancel?

Cancellations made by the customer are subject to the following fees:

15 - 7 days before: 20%, 6 - 2 days before: 30%, Day before: 50%, On the day: 100%

This includes decreasing booked numbers and failure to show at the meeting time on the day. Not showing at the meeting point on the day will be considered as full cancellation

What happens if the weather is bad?

As long as the resort is open, we will run lessons. If the weather is so bad that the resort can’t open, we can either postpone pre-booked lessons to another date or refund any lessons booked on that day. If it looks like the weather might be bad enough to close the resort we will contact all of our customers with lessons booked on that day. Please check your the email account used to make your booking regularly in the days before the lesson. The weather is always difficult to predict, so the resort may close with little or no advance warning. It is very rare for Naspa Ski Garden to close due to bad weather.

How can I contact you?

Reception hours are between 0900 AM and 1400 PM

Email is available between 0900 AM and 1700 PM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Webform submissions available 24 hours and we aim to get back to you within 48 hours

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How long is the season for skiing at Naspa Ski Garden Resort?

Naspa Ski Garden is due to open mid December 2017 and close end of March 2018 depending on the snowfall.

What is skiing?

Skiers stand on two skis, one on each foot and use ski poles to help them balance. They slide down the hill facing forwards using either a snowplow or turns to stay in control. If you’ve ice-skated or rollerbladed you may find skiing easier.

Can people with different abilities join the same lesson?

We recommend you book lessons so that only those of the same ability level are in each lesson. With a private lesson, if you’re priority is to ski together then you are more than welcome to join different ability levels together but please note, the lesson will be at the level of the slowest student. Those that are a higher level may not get much or anything from the lesson.

What ages do you teach?

We can teach children down to around 4 years old. As long as they can get boots and skis to fit them they can start to learn. Please check with the rental shop first to see if they will have gear small to fit any young children (we can help with this).

We recommend young children try skiing first as it’s a bit easier to balance and they can get going without an instructor holding them up. There is no maximum age for learning to ski, our oldest customer so far was 82! Anyone who is still active and able bodied can give it a try but obviously may learn at a slower pace. Don't worry our instructors can make the lesson as slow and relaxed as you like.

Can we ski as a family?

Children and adults learn at different speeds, and in different ways. We do always recommend children and adults take separate lessons if possible if you want everyone to learn the most. If you’re goal is to spend time together as a family, we also run family private lessons where everyone can learn together. Please note that these lessons will always be more focused on the children.

Do I need a lift ticket?

We recommend that our customers purchase a full day lift ticket so that you can ride on the chair lift if you are able to in the lesson.For more information you can speak with the Naspa Reception on the day or please visit the Naspa Ski Garden Official website for more information.

What should I bring?

We recommend waterproof outerwear for skiing/snowboarding which can be rented at the resort. For underneath, you’ll want to bring some thermal underwear (long sleeve tops and long-leg pants). If you don’t have any of these, ladies can wear tights or leggings, for men the best thing you might have would be boardshorts or sports shorts. It’s better to wear lots of thin layers than one big thick one as it’s easier to control how hot/cold you are.

What should I rent?

You will need to rend your ski equipment (skis, boots and poles), waterproof clothing, gloves and some goggles (or sunglasses if the weather is nice). We also recommend helmets, especially for kids. At Naspa you can rent everything except gloves and goggles; you will need to bring those with you. Please contact us if you’re looking to arrange rentals for another resort in Yuzawa, we can help you find out where to rent your gear.

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Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have and we will be happy to help at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




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