Akasawa (Minakami Town, Gunma)

赤沢 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd December 2017 until mid March 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 2017]

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Akasawa is a small ski hill located in the south west region of Minakami town in Gunma Prefecture, close to Hoshi Onsen and the border with Niigata Prefecture... it is only about 14km from the famous Naeba ski resort in Yuzawa town just to the north. This small hill has two single lifts and a rope-tow. Akasawa used to be generally only open on weekends and holidays (and only open privately on weekdays) but this season it is also opening on many weekdays to the general public. There are a few weekdays when it will be closed and used privately - best to ask in advance.

Minakami town is separated from Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture to the north by the impressive Tanigawa mountain range. The nine separate ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami are quite spread out throughout the central region of the town. These maps show all of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami area together. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities... and the onsen hot springs are very popular too.

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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Akasawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 20cm 1st - 140cm 1st - 150cm
2nd - - 2nd - 15cm 2nd - 140cm 2nd - 150cm
3rd - - 3rd - 20cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 150cm
4th - - 4th - 10cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th - - 5th - 150cm 5th - 140cm
6th - - 6th - 40cm 6th - 150cm 6th - 140cm
7th - - 7th - 40cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 140cm
8th - - 8th - 40cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 140cm
9th - - 9th - 40cm 9th - 160cm 9th - 140cm
10th - - 10th - 40cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 140cm
11th - - 11th - 40cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 120cm
12th - - 12th - 40cm 12th - 190cm 12th - 120cm
13th - - 13th - 40cm 13th - 190cm 13th - -
14th - - 14th - 60cm 14th - 190cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th - 100cm 15th - 190cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th - 120cm 16th - 180cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 120cm 17th - 180cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 120cm 18th - 180cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 120cm 19th - 180cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 120cm 20th - 170cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 130cm 21st - 180cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 130cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 130cm 23rd - 170cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 140cm 24th - 170cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 140cm 25th - 170cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th - 140cm 26th - 170cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 140cm 27th - 170cm 27th - -
28th - 20cm 28th - 140cm 28th - 150cm 28th - -
29th - 15cm 29th - 140cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 30cm 30th - 130cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 30cm 31st - 140cm 31st 31st - -

Akasawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
There is a ski school at Akasawa that offers ski lessons (but not snowboard lessons). 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
There is no ski and snowboard equipment rental available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging area at the base area of Akasawa. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Akasawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid 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 No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Akasawa is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

It is closed to the general public on some weekdays. The Number 2 lift does not operate on weekdays.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Akasawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 2,300 yen 1,500 yen 1,800 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
Lift 1 ride 150 yen 150 yen 150 yen
Lift 7 rides 1,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The lift tickets include use of the rope tow.

Rope tow only costs 1,200 yen for one day and 800 yen for a half day.

Akasawa can be 'rented' out for private use on some weekdays. For up to 99 people, it costs 110,000 yen for the two lifts and rope tow. For more than 100 people, the cost is 1,500 yen per person. The ski hill will be closed to the general public on those days. Dates when the ski hill is open for the general public will be displayed on the Akasawa website.

Applications for the private rental are now closed for the 16-17 season.

Getting to Akasawa

By public transport
21.6km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
21.4km from Gokan Station on the Joetsu Line
27.1km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Akasawa is about 21.5km from Gokan Station in Minakami and about 27km from the larger Numata Station on the local Joetsu line.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 22km from Akasawa.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
There is no shuttle bus but local buses operate between Jomo Kogen Station and Sarugakyo Onsen.

Another bus operates from Sarugakyo Onsen to Hoshi Onsen (15 minutes). Get off at the Akazawa ski-jo stop.
By Car
21.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
27.1km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
36.3km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 261
Tsukiyono IC is the nearest exit on the Kanetsu Expressway, about 22km away.

From the Tsukiyono IC exit, turn onto Route 17 to head north - follow the signpost mentioning Niigata and Naeba. Go past Akaya-ko lake and through the Sarugakyo onsen area, and after about 17km from the IC exit follow the signs for Akasawa on the left side to head towards the base.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
There is parking for 200 vehicles close to the base of Akasawa. Parking is free every day of the season.

More Information

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