Inawashiro (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

猪苗代 (福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018
Official snow depth 90cm (0cm) [updated on 21st January 2018]

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Inawashiro is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Bandai in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. There are two main areas of the resort, each with a base area - the Chuo 'Easy' Area and the Minero 'Crazy' Area. The two areas are connected by courses and a pair lift. For the 2017-2018 season a new Snow Park and nighta park are planned. Inawashiro has been operating since 1948, originally starting off with just the Chuo area.

Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

The Mountain

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Inawashiro Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 90cm 30cm 1st - 110cm 1st - 170cm
2nd - - 2nd 90cm 20cm 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 170cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 20cm 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 150cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 20cm 4th - 150cm 4th - 150cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 40cm 5th - 140cm 5th - 150cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 50cm 6th - 140cm 6th - 150cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 50cm 7th - 140cm 7th - 150cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 50cm 8th - 140cm 8th - 150cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 50cm 9th - 140cm 9th - 150cm
10th - - 10th 90cm 50cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 150cm
11th - - 11th 100cm 50cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 150cm
12th - - 12th 100cm 50cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 150cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 60cm 13th - 180cm 13th - 150cm
14th - - 14th 100cm 80cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 150cm
15th - - 15th 100cm 90cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 150cm
16th - - 16th 100cm 100cm 16th - 180cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th 100cm 120cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 150cm
18th - 30cm 18th 100cm 160cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 150cm
19th - 30cm 19th 90cm 170cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 150cm
20th - 20cm 20th 90cm 170cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 150cm
21st - 0cm 21st 90cm 160cm 21st - 170cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - - 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 170cm 22nd - 150cm
23rd 20cm - 23rd - 140cm 23rd - 170cm 23rd - 150cm
24th 40cm - 24th - 140cm 24th - 170cm 24th - 150cm
25th 40cm - 25th - 140cm 25th - 170cm 25th - 150cm
26th 40cm - 26th - 150cm 26th - 170cm 26th - 150cm
27th 50cm - 27th - 140cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 150cm
28th 60cm 0cm 28th - 130cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 150cm
29th 70cm 30cm 29th - 130cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th 80cm 30cm 30th - 130cm 30th 30th - 130cm
31st 90cm 30cm 31st - 140cm 31st 31st - 130cm

Previous Statistics

Inawashiro Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Inawashiro. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Smile Kids Land' is located close to the Center House Bandai building in the Chuo area and includes an indoor area. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Hybrid Snow Park' is located in two locations of the Chuo area of the resort - called 'Top Park' and 'Base Park'. 

Inawashiro Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Inawashiro is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Nighta is every day from 29th December 2017 until 25th February 2018:

- On Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30pm until 9:00pm.
- On Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays as well as 29th December until 3rd January... from 4:30pm until 10:00pm.

Inawashiro Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,700 yen 3,900 yen 4,300 yen
4 Hours 4,200 yen 3,500 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta 3,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information A season ticket that is valid at the following 6 ski resorts in Fukushima during the 17-18 season is also available:

- Aizu Kogen Nango
- Aizu Kogen Takahata
- Inawashiro
- Minowa
- Numajiri
- Ura Bandai

The normal price is 52,000 yen for adults and seniors and 22000 yen for children. Early purchase discounts are available.

Getting to Inawashiro

By public transport
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
4.4km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Inawashio is about 4.5km from Inawashiro Station on the local Banetsu Sai-sen line.

Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is approximately 47km from the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station to the resort numerous times each day. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

A free shuttle bus also operates between Koriyama Station to the resort.
By Car
6km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
35.4km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
48.9km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (3.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 324
Inwashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Bantetsu Expressway.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. There are a few ways to get to the two base areas of Inawashiro. The simplest choice is to turn left after a further 3.5km onto Prefecture Road 2, and then turn left after a further 1.2km (the road sign labels the turn off as 'Inawashiro Skiing Grand'). Follow that road through to the Minero base.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
There are a number of car parks available at the base of both the Chuo and Minero areas of Inawashiro. Weekday parking is free but there is a charge of 500 yen per car on weekends and holidays.

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