Minowa (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

箕輪 (福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Monday 20th November 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
Official snow depth 140cm (0cm) [updated on 21st January 2018]

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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). Minowa likes to be the first ski hill in Fukushima to open each season, aiming for a mid-November opening (with the help of artificial snow).

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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Minowa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 50cm - 1st 100cm 30cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 240cm
2nd 50cm - 2nd 100cm 30cm 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 240cm
3rd 50cm - 3rd 120cm 35cm 3rd - 210cm 3rd - 220cm
4th 40cm - 4th 120cm 35cm 4th - 220cm 4th - 220cm
5th 40cm - 5th 120cm 35cm 5th - 220cm 5th - 220cm
6th 40cm - 6th 120cm 45cm 6th - 220cm 6th - 220cm
7th 40cm - 7th 120cm 45cm 7th - 220cm 7th - 220cm
8th 40cm - 8th 120cm 45cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 200cm
9th 40cm - 9th 120cm 60cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 200cm
10th 40cm - 10th 120cm 60cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 220cm
11th 40cm - 11th 140cm 80cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 220cm
12th 60cm - 12th 140cm 80cm 12th - 250cm 12th - 220cm
13th 70cm - 13th 140cm 110cm 13th - 250cm 13th - 220cm
14th 70cm - 14th 140cm 110cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 220cm
15th 70cm 50cm 15th 140cm 110cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 230cm
16th 70cm 50cm 16th 140cm 110cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 235cm
17th 80cm 50cm 17th 140cm 160cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 235cm
18th 80cm 50cm 18th 140cm 160cm 18th - 230cm 18th - 240cm
19th 80cm 50cm 19th 140cm 160cm 19th - 230cm 19th - 240cm
20th 80cm 50cm 20th 140cm 160cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 240cm
21st 80cm 50cm 21st 140cm 180cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 240cm
22nd 80cm 30cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 240cm
23rd 80cm 25cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 250cm 23rd - 240cm
24th 70cm 40cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 250cm 24th - 240cm
25th 70cm 30cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 240cm
26th 70cm 30cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 240cm
27th 90cm 20cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 240cm
28th 100cm 30cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 240cm
29th 100cm 30cm 29th - 190cm 29th - - 29th - 240cm
30th 100cm 30cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 220cm
31st 100cm 30cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - 220cm

Previous Statistics

Minowa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minowa. 
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 April
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 No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Minowa is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day.

From 28th December until 3rd January, the B ski lift opens until 6:00pm.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Minowa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,500 yen 2,900 yen 3,800 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 four hours from time of purchase.

A family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child costs 6,000 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 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 22,000 yen for children. Early purchase discounts are available.

Getting to Minowa

By public transport
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
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
Shuttle bus services from both Fukushima Station (West exit) and Inawashiro Station to Minowa are available.
By 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
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
There are 4 main car parks (A-D) at the base of Minowa. Parking is free every day of the season.

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