Inawashiro (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

猪苗代 (福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until late March 2017
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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. 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 30cm 20cm 1st 110cm 80cm 1st 170cm 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 20cm 20cm 2nd 110cm 90cm 2nd 170cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 20cm 20cm 3rd 150cm 80cm 3rd 150cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 20cm 0cm 4th 150cm 80cm 4th 150cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 40cm - 5th 140cm 80cm 5th 150cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 50cm - 6th 140cm 90cm 6th 150cm 80cm
7th - - 7th 50cm - 7th 140cm 90cm 7th 150cm 80cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 5cm 8th 140cm 70cm 8th 150cm 80cm
9th - - 9th 50cm 15cm 9th 140cm 70cm 9th 150cm 60cm
10th - - 10th 50cm - 10th 150cm 70cm 10th 150cm 60cm
11th - - 11th 50cm 20cm 11th 150cm 100cm 11th 150cm 50cm
12th - - 12th 50cm 20cm 12th 180cm 100cm 12th 150cm 50cm
13th - - 13th 60cm 20cm 13th 180cm 120cm 13th 150cm 50cm
14th - - 14th 80cm 35cm 14th 180cm 120cm 14th 150cm 50cm
15th - - 15th 90cm 35cm 15th 180cm 100cm 15th 150cm 50cm
16th - - 16th 100cm 35cm 16th 180cm 100cm 16th 150cm 50cm
17th - - 17th 120cm 30cm 17th 180cm 100cm 17th 150cm 50cm
18th 30cm - 18th 160cm 40cm 18th 180cm 110cm 18th 150cm 50cm
19th 30cm - 19th 170cm 40cm 19th 180cm 100cm 19th 150cm 50cm
20th 20cm - 20th 170cm 50cm 20th 180cm 90cm 20th 150cm 50cm
21st 0cm - 21st 160cm 60cm 21st 170cm 80cm 21st 150cm 50cm
22nd - - 22nd 160cm 60cm 22nd 170cm 80cm 22nd 150cm -
23rd - - 23rd 140cm 70cm 23rd 170cm 80cm 23rd 150cm -
24th - - 24th 140cm 70cm 24th 170cm 80cm 24th 150cm -
25th - - 25th 140cm 80cm 25th 170cm 80cm 25th 150cm -
26th - - 26th 150cm 80cm 26th 170cm 80cm 26th 150cm -
27th - - 27th 140cm 100cm 27th 170cm 100cm 27th 150cm -
28th 0cm 20cm 28th 130cm 90cm 28th 170cm 100cm 28th 150cm -
29th 30cm 30cm 29th 130cm 80cm 29th - 90cm 29th 150cm -
30th 30cm 20cm 30th 130cm 80cm 30th 30th 130cm -
31st 30cm 20cm 31st 140cm 80cm 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 kids park is located close to the Center House Bandai building in the Chuo area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Inawashiro Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid 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 every day.

Nighta is every day from 23rd December 2016 until 28th February 2017. From Sunday to Thursday, nighta is from 4:30pm until 9pm. On Fridays, Saturdays and nights before national holidays, night is from 4:30pm until 10pm.

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
Season Ticket 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The season ticket shown above is valid at Numajiri.

A season ticket that is valid at the following 5 ski resorts in Fukushima is also available:
- Inawashiro
- Numajiri
- Minowa
- Aizu Kogen Nango
- Aizu Kogen Takahata

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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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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