Joetsu Kokusai is a little further afield (30-mins by bus). It has one of the largest terrain parks (i.e. more than 4 jumps) in Japan and two good pipes. These are both in front of the Edwardian looking hotel. For freeriders the Osawa slopes are best. This is a good resort for boarders, although some of the lifts are old and slow. It is not worth visiting the peak.