Kawaba (Kawaba Village, Gunma)

川場 (群馬県 川場村)
Planned season: Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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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 resort has extended the 2016-2017 season until Sunday 7th May (weekends only from 22nd April and then Golden Week).

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 130cm 60cm 1st 280cm 180cm 1st 310cm 200cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 60cm 2nd 280cm 180cm 2nd 300cm 210cm
3rd - - 3rd 130cm 60cm 3rd 280cm 180cm 3rd 300cm 210cm
4th - - 4th 140cm 60cm 4th 280cm 180cm 4th 300cm 210cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 50cm 5th 280cm 180cm 5th 290cm 210cm
6th - - 6th 160cm 50cm 6th 280cm 180cm 6th 290cm 200cm
7th - - 7th 160cm 50cm 7th 290cm 180cm 7th 290cm 190cm
8th - - 8th 160cm 50cm 8th 290cm 180cm 8th 290cm 180cm
9th - - 9th 160cm 60cm 9th 290cm 180cm 9th 290cm 180cm
10th - - 10th 170cm 60cm 10th 290cm 200cm 10th 290cm 170cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 70cm 11th 290cm 200cm 11th 290cm 160cm
12th - - 12th 180cm 70cm 12th 300cm 210cm 12th 290cm 160cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 70cm 13th 300cm 210cm 13th 280cm 160cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 70cm 14th 300cm 210cm 14th 280cm 150cm
15th 90cm - 15th 200cm 70cm 15th 300cm 210cm 15th 280cm 150cm
16th 100cm - 16th 220cm 70cm 16th 300cm 200cm 16th 280cm 150cm
17th 110cm 20cm 17th 230cm 70cm 17th 300cm 200cm 17th 280cm 150cm
18th 110cm 30cm 18th 230cm 100cm 18th 300cm 200cm 18th 280cm 140cm
19th 110cm 30cm 19th 240cm 100cm 19th 300cm 200cm 19th 280cm 130cm
20th 110cm 40cm 20th 240cm 100cm 20th 300cm 200cm 20th 280cm 130cm
21st 110cm 40cm 21st 240cm 130cm 21st 300cm 200cm 21st 280cm 130cm
22nd 110cm 40cm 22nd 240cm 150cm 22nd 300cm 200cm 22nd 280cm 130cm
23rd 100cm 40cm 23rd 250cm 160cm 23rd 310cm 200cm 23rd 280cm 120cm
24th 110cm 40cm 24th 250cm 160cm 24th 310cm 200cm 24th 280cm 120cm
25th 110cm 40cm 25th 260cm 170cm 25th 310cm 200cm 25th 280cm 120cm
26th 110cm 40cm 26th 270cm 170cm 26th 310cm 200cm 26th 280cm 120cm
27th 110cm 40cm 27th 270cm 170cm 27th 310cm 200cm 27th 280cm 120cm
28th 120cm 50cm 28th 270cm 170cm 28th 310cm 200cm 28th 280cm 120cm
29th 120cm 50cm 29th 270cm 170cm 29th - 200cm 29th 280cm 110cm
30th 130cm 60cm 30th 270cm 180cm 30th 30th 280cm 110cm
31st 130cm 60cm 31st 280cm 180cm 31st 31st 270cm 110cm

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 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 4pm on weekdays and from 8am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays after 17th December 2016.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Kawaba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
50 years & over
1 Day (open-4:15pm) 4,500 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
5 Hours 4,000 yen 2,700 yen 3,500 yen
10 Hours 7,800 yen 5,200 yen 6,800 yen
20 Hours 15,400 yen 10,200 yen 13,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen
4 Lift Coupons 1,800 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 The 'Monthly Pass' is valid for 30 days from the day of purchase.

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.

More Information

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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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