Minakami Hodaigi (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until early April 2017
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Minakami Hodaigi is located on the north western slopes of Mt Hotaka in Minakami town, Gunma Prefecture. With a relatively high elevation and northerly position the region usually receives very good quality snowfall in season. A season ticket that can also be used at Hotaka Bokujo and Oguna Hotaka is available. Minakami Hodaigi has been operating since 1979.

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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Minakami Hodaigi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 90cm 60cm 1st 190cm 120cm 1st 260cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 100cm 60cm 2nd 190cm 120cm 2nd 260cm 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 60cm 3rd 200cm 120cm 3rd 260cm 130cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 60cm 4th 200cm 120cm 4th 260cm 130cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 50cm 5th 200cm 120cm 5th 260cm 130cm
6th - - 6th 120cm 40cm 6th 200cm 120cm 6th 260cm 130cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 40cm 7th 200cm 120cm 7th 260cm 130cm
8th - - 8th 120cm 45cm 8th 200cm 120cm 8th 260cm 110cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 45cm 9th 200cm 120cm 9th 250cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 120cm 50cm 10th 200cm 130cm 10th 250cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 120cm 50cm 11th 200cm 150cm 11th 250cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 120cm 50cm 12th 200cm 150cm 12th 250cm 100cm
13th - - 13th 120cm 50cm 13th 240cm 150cm 13th 250cm 100cm
14th - - 14th 150cm 50cm 14th 240cm 150cm 14th 250cm 100cm
15th - - 15th 150cm 50cm 15th 240cm 130cm 15th 240cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 170cm 50cm 16th 240cm 130cm 16th 240cm 100cm
17th 40cm - 17th 170cm 50cm 17th 240cm 130cm 17th 240cm 100cm
18th 50cm - 18th 170cm 60cm 18th 230cm 130cm 18th 240cm 100cm
19th 50cm - 19th 170cm 60cm 19th 240cm 130cm 19th 240cm 100cm
20th 50cm 30cm 20th 170cm 60cm 20th 240cm 130cm 20th 240cm 100cm
21st 50cm 30cm 21st 180cm 80cm 21st 250cm 130cm 21st 220cm 100cm
22nd 50cm 25cm 22nd 190cm 80cm 22nd 260cm 110cm 22nd 220cm 100cm
23rd 50cm 25cm 23rd 190cm 100cm 23rd 260cm 110cm 23rd 220cm 90cm
24th 50cm 25cm 24th 190cm 100cm 24th 260cm 110cm 24th 220cm 90cm
25th 50cm 20cm 25th 190cm 110cm 25th 260cm 110cm 25th 220cm 90cm
26th 50cm 25cm 26th 190cm 110cm 26th 260cm 110cm 26th 220cm 90cm
27th 50cm 35cm 27th 190cm 110cm 27th 260cm 110cm 27th 200cm 90cm
28th 50cm 50cm 28th 190cm 120cm 28th 260cm 110cm 28th 200cm 90cm
29th 80cm 50cm 29th 190cm 120cm 29th - 110cm 29th 200cm 90cm
30th 80cm 60cm 30th 190cm 120cm 30th 30th 200cm 80cm
31st 80cm 60cm 31st 190cm 120cm 31st 31st 190cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Hodaigi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Hodaigi. 
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 'Kids Land' is located in front of Resthouse Houdaigi and is free to enter.

A child-care service called 'Snow Fairy' is available in Resthouse Houdaigi, reservations required and charges apply (depending on the age of children and time). 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is on the Number 2 East course. Free entry with valid lift ticket. 

Minakami Hodaigi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December 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
Minakami Hodaigi is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

On days when there is 'Twilight Plus' opening is extended to 6pm. For the 2016-2017 season, Twilight Plus days are Saturdays from 7th January until 4th April 2017, and on 8th January 2017. On those days there is no extra charge for people with a 1 Day or Half Day (PM) ticket.

Minakami Hodaigi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,800 yen 3,700 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,400 yen 2,200 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 3,400 yen 2,200 yen 3,000 yen
10 Hours 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
20 Hours 15,000 yen 15,000 yen 15,000 yen
30 Hours 22,500 yen 22,500 yen 22,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 450 yen 450 yen
Snow Escalator 1 Day 700 yen 700 yen 700 yen
Season Ticket 48,800 yen 31,300 yen 37,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information An IC Card returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

The Season Ticket can be used at 3 resorts:

- Hotaka Bokujo
- Minakami Hodaigi
- Oguna Hotaka

Getting to Minakami Hodaigi

By public transport
26.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
12.2km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
14.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The resort is just over 12km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line.

Minakami Station on the same line is just under 15km away.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
A local bus service is available from Jomo Kogen Station (70 minutes) and Minakami Station (45 minutes).

Buses stops at Takagawa Iriguchi - a resort shuttle bus is available from there to the base of the resort.
By Car
18.9km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
30.8km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (11.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Minakami Hodaigi is about 19km from the Minakami IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left again at the first traffic lights after 1.3km to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights past central Minakami, turn right onto Prefecture Road 63 (also known as the Okutone-Yukemuri Highway). Go past Okutone Snow Park on the right and soon after you will arrive at some traffic lights. Either turn left (if you are equipped for and used to driving on winter snowy roads) or continue straight on for around a further 9km to the signposted turn off towards Hodaigi.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
There is parking for about 2,400 vehicles close to the base of the resort. Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays (500 yen after 12pm).

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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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