Kawaba (Kawaba Village, Gunma)

川場 (群馬県 川場村)
Planned season: Saturday 2nd December 2017 until Sunday 15th April 2018
Official snow depth 280cm (0cm) [updated on 19th February 2018]

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Kawaba is located on the southern slopes of Mt Hotaka in the north eastern region of Gunma Prefecture. The multi-storey building at the end of the road acts as both the main mult car park and also the resort base - the resort base being on the top floor. Positioned at a high altitude, this region often enjoys favourable snow conditions and a long season. Kawaba is also popular for its parks and also offers a 'first tracks' tour service, park lessons and night tours. Kawaba has been operating since 1989.

The region to the east of Minakami town and to the north east of Numata city in northern Gunma Prefecture is made up of Kawaba village and Katashina village. There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts dotted around the mountains of this region, all of which are accessed off the main Route 120 road from central Numata. This road is otherwise known as the Nihon Romantic Highway and continues through to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, though the prefecture border section of the road is closed during the winter months.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Kawaba Course Map

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Kawaba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 180cm 130cm 1st 260cm 280cm 1st - 310cm
2nd 50cm - 2nd 180cm 130cm 2nd 270cm 280cm 2nd - 300cm
3rd 50cm - 3rd 190cm 130cm 3rd 270cm 280cm 3rd - 300cm
4th 50cm - 4th 200cm 140cm 4th 270cm 280cm 4th - 300cm
5th 50cm - 5th 200cm 150cm 5th 270cm 280cm 5th - 290cm
6th 50cm - 6th 210cm 160cm 6th 270cm 280cm 6th - 290cm
7th 50cm - 7th 220cm 160cm 7th 270cm 290cm 7th - 290cm
8th 50cm - 8th 220cm 160cm 8th 270cm 290cm 8th - 290cm
9th 50cm - 9th 220cm 160cm 9th 270cm 290cm 9th - 290cm
10th 60cm - 10th 220cm 170cm 10th 270cm 290cm 10th - 290cm
11th 60cm - 11th 220cm 180cm 11th 270cm 290cm 11th - 290cm
12th 60cm - 12th 220cm 180cm 12th 270cm 300cm 12th - 290cm
13th 60cm - 13th 220cm 180cm 13th 270cm 300cm 13th - 280cm
14th 70cm - 14th 220cm 180cm 14th 270cm 300cm 14th - 280cm
15th 110cm 90cm 15th 220cm 200cm 15th 270cm 300cm 15th - 280cm
16th 110cm 100cm 16th 220cm 220cm 16th 270cm 300cm 16th - 280cm
17th 110cm 110cm 17th 220cm 230cm 17th 270cm 300cm 17th - 280cm
18th 120cm 110cm 18th 220cm 230cm 18th 280cm 300cm 18th - 280cm
19th 120cm 110cm 19th 220cm 240cm 19th 280cm 300cm 19th - 280cm
20th 130cm 110cm 20th 220cm 240cm 20th - 300cm 20th - 280cm
21st 130cm 110cm 21st 220cm 240cm 21st - 300cm 21st - 280cm
22nd 130cm 110cm 22nd 220cm 240cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 280cm
23rd 130cm 100cm 23rd 230cm 250cm 23rd - 310cm 23rd - 280cm
24th 130cm 110cm 24th 230cm 250cm 24th - 310cm 24th - 280cm
25th 130cm 110cm 25th 240cm 260cm 25th - 310cm 25th - 280cm
26th 140cm 110cm 26th 250cm 270cm 26th - 310cm 26th - 280cm
27th 140cm 110cm 27th 250cm 270cm 27th - 310cm 27th - 280cm
28th 150cm 120cm 28th 260cm 270cm 28th - 310cm 28th - 280cm
29th 170cm 120cm 29th 260cm 270cm 29th - - 29th - 280cm
30th 180cm 130cm 30th 260cm 270cm 30th 30th - 280cm
31st 180cm 130cm 31st 260cm 280cm 31st 31st - 270cm

Previous Statistics

Kawaba Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kawaba. 
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 free 'First Step Gelaende' is located at the base of the resort, where the (covered) 51m 'SunKid' snow escalator is. Entry to just this area is 1,500 yen - or free with a valid ski lift ticket. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a selection of park areas at Kawaba - 'Murasaki Banked Slalom Park', 'Flux Park' and the 'Max Easy Park'.

Kawaba offers a 'First Tracks' service where you ride up to top on grooming machines before lift opening time to get in early tracks. 2000 yen for just the first tracks, 6700 yen for a 1 day lift ticket and First Tracks. Optional tours are also available.

'Night Tour' experiences are also available, going up at 5:15pm (2,000 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children). 

Kawaba Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kawaba is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays after 16th December 2017.

From 22nd March 2018, open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort. There are special 'Night Tour' experiences available (see above).

Kawaba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years pre-school age
Older Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,600 yen 2,000 yen 3,300 yen 3,800 yen
PM Ticket 4,000 yen 2,700 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 4,100 yen 2,800 yen 3,600 yen
10 Hours 7,900 yen 5,300 yen 6,900 yen
20 Hours 15,500 yen 10,300 yen 13,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
4 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 55,000 yen 32,000 yen 42,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 37,000 yen
Monthly Pass 22,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Ticket for children aged 3 years to 11 years: 2,000 yen, includes entry to First Step.

Family Packs

2 adults and 2 juniors including 5,000 yen worth of lunch tickets: 17,400 yen
2 adults and 1 junior including 5,000 yen worth of lunch tickets: 14,800 yen
Additional juniors - add 2,600 yen

Repeaters Pack
1 Day Ticket (Weekdays) + 1,000 yen worth of lunch tickets + 500 yen voucher:
Adult - 5,100 yen
Child - 3,900 yen
Senior - 4,700 yen

1 Day Ticket (Weekends and holidays) + 1,000 yen worth of lunch tickets + 500 yen voucher:
Adult - 5,200 yen
Child - 4,000 yen
Senior - 4,800 yen

Getting to Kawaba

By public transport
27.7km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
21.4km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The resort is just over 21km from Numata Station on the local Joetsu line and just under 28km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Kawaba & Katashina by public transport
There are a number of shuttle buses available that go to Kawaba.

A free shuttle bus leaves the Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza a few times a day in season. This is particularly handy for those not wanting to drive on the snowy mountain roads that lead up to the resort.

There is also a free bus service from Tokyo called Kawabus. Web reservations are required.

A bus also leaves Jomo Kogen Station heading for Kawaba and the journey takes about 50 minutes.
By Car
16.6km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
24.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
24.9km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 120 (14.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 263
Kawaba is under 17km from the Numata IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

There are a number of road options around the Numata IC, some a little closer than others, but the below route is the one that the resort themselves recommend.

From the Numata IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 120. After about 500m on Route 120, turn left onto Prefecture Road 64 and continue along that road for just over 6km (passing the Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza on the left side after about 5km). Turn right at the traffic lights and then 900m later turn left. After about another 500m, at the next junction turn right onto Prefecture Road 263. Follow this road for about 9km right up to the Kawaba resort base car parks.

You should find that Kawaba is well signposted on the route.

If you are not keen driving up to the base in icy and snowy conditions, you can park at the Michi-no-eki and use the free shuttle bus that goes up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Kawaba & Katashina by car
The multi story car park at base and five outdoor car parks offer parking for a total of 1,800 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

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