Minowa (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

Minowa
箕輪 (福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 12th November 2016 until Friday 5th May 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 28th April 2017]

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Minowa is located on the north-western slopes of Mt Adatara in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. Areas of the ski courses go directly about the tunnel the Tsuchiyu Bypass road (Route 115).

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

1500m
450m
1050m
34"
11
3120m
4
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 2 0 1 0 1

Minowa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
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15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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1st - - 1st 30cm 50cm 1st 190cm 90cm 1st 240cm 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 30cm 50cm 2nd 210cm 90cm 2nd 240cm 90cm
3rd - 10cm 3rd 35cm 50cm 3rd 210cm 90cm 3rd 220cm 70cm
4th - - 4th 35cm 60cm 4th 220cm 90cm 4th 220cm 70cm
5th - - 5th 35cm 40cm 5th 220cm 90cm 5th 220cm 70cm
6th - - 6th 45cm 40cm 6th 220cm 90cm 6th 220cm 70cm
7th - - 7th 45cm 40cm 7th 220cm 90cm 7th 220cm 70cm
8th - - 8th 45cm 40cm 8th 220cm 90cm 8th 200cm 70cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 40cm 9th 220cm 90cm 9th 200cm 70cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 60cm 10th 220cm 90cm 10th 220cm 70cm
11th - - 11th 80cm 60cm 11th 220cm 90cm 11th 220cm 70cm
12th - - 12th 80cm 60cm 12th 250cm 90cm 12th 220cm 70cm
13th - - 13th 110cm 60cm 13th 250cm 90cm 13th 220cm 70cm
14th - - 14th 110cm 60cm 14th 250cm 90cm 14th 220cm 70cm
15th 50cm 30cm 15th 110cm 60cm 15th 250cm 90cm 15th 230cm 70cm
16th 50cm 30cm 16th 110cm 60cm 16th 250cm 80cm 16th 235cm 70cm
17th 50cm 30cm 17th 160cm 60cm 17th 230cm 90cm 17th 235cm 70cm
18th 50cm 30cm 18th 160cm 60cm 18th 230cm 90cm 18th 240cm 70cm
19th 50cm 30cm 19th 160cm 60cm 19th 230cm 90cm 19th 240cm 70cm
20th 50cm 30cm 20th 160cm 60cm 20th 230cm 90cm 20th 240cm 70cm
21st 50cm 30cm 21st 180cm 60cm 21st 250cm 90cm 21st 240cm 70cm
22nd 30cm 30cm 22nd 180cm 60cm 22nd 250cm 90cm 22nd 240cm 70cm
23rd 25cm 30cm 23rd 180cm 60cm 23rd 250cm 90cm 23rd 240cm 70cm
24th 40cm 30cm 24th 190cm 60cm 24th 250cm 90cm 24th 240cm 70cm
25th 30cm 30cm 25th 190cm 60cm 25th 250cm 90cm 25th 240cm 70cm
26th 30cm 30cm 26th 190cm 60cm 26th 250cm 90cm 26th 240cm 70cm
27th 20cm 30cm 27th 190cm 60cm 27th 250cm 90cm 27th 240cm 70cm
28th 30cm 30cm 28th 190cm 60cm 28th 250cm 90cm 28th 240cm 70cm
29th 30cm 50cm 29th 190cm 60cm 29th - 90cm 29th 240cm 70cm
30th 30cm 50cm 30th 190cm 90cm 30th 30th 220cm 70cm
31st 30cm 50cm 31st 190cm 90cm 31st 31st 220cm 50cm

Previous Statistics

Minowa Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minowa. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski, snowboard and snowshoe equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are a few special sledging areas as well as a 'Family course' area.
There is also a free kids room in the Hotel Ski Centre at base which is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Minowa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Minowa is open from 8am until 4:30pm every day.
Over the New Year one lift opens until 6pm.
There is no nighta at this resort.

Minowa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 4,500 yen 2,900 yen 3,900 yen
4 Hours 3,800 yen 2,600 yen 3,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 7,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 4 Hour ticket is valid for 4 hours from time of purchase.
A family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child costs 5,000 yen. An additional adult costs 3,000 yen and an additional child costs 2,000 yen.

The season ticket shown above is valid at Minowa.

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 Minowa

By public transport
Train
Train
33.3km from Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
22.9km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
33.3km from Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Saisen local train line is about 23km from Minowa.

Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is just over 33km away.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
bus
Bus
Shuttle bus services from both Fukushima Station (West exit) and Inawashiro Station to Minowa are available.
By Car
Car
23.1km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
25.3km from the Nihonmatsu IC on the Tohoku Expressway
28.1km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 30
Direction
Direction
From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. Continue on Route 115 for about 22km until arriving at the turn off for Minowa, signposted as Prefecture Road 70 and Yokomuki. Turn right off the main road and then turn right again to get to the Minowa resort.

From the Nihonmatsu IC exit of the Tohoku Expressway, turn right onto Prefecture Road 355 and then within 200m turn right again onto Route 45 which goes through Dake hot spring. Continue until reaching the turn off for Route 115 towards Inawashiro after about 14km. Continue on Route 115 for about 11km until reaching a turn off close by Minowa and then follow the signs to the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Parking
Parking
There are 4 main car parks (A-D) at the base of Minowa.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Wakamiya
Inawashiro-machi
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-2751
Telephone
Telephone
0242-64-3377
Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and 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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