Minakami Hodaigi (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until early April 2018
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Latest report posted at 7:13am on Thursday 22nd February 2018
Official snow depth 230cm (0cm) [updated on 22nd February 2018]

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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 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 160cm 90cm 1st 210cm 190cm 1st - 260cm
2nd - - 2nd 170cm 100cm 2nd 210cm 190cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd - - 3rd 170cm 100cm 3rd 210cm 200cm 3rd - 260cm
4th - - 4th 190cm 100cm 4th 210cm 200cm 4th - 260cm
5th - - 5th 190cm 100cm 5th 210cm 200cm 5th - 260cm
6th - - 6th 190cm 120cm 6th 210cm 200cm 6th - 260cm
7th - - 7th 190cm 120cm 7th 210cm 200cm 7th - 260cm
8th - - 8th 190cm 120cm 8th 210cm 200cm 8th - 260cm
9th - - 9th 190cm 120cm 9th 210cm 200cm 9th - 250cm
10th - - 10th 190cm 120cm 10th 210cm 200cm 10th - 250cm
11th - - 11th 190cm 120cm 11th 210cm 200cm 11th - 250cm
12th - - 12th 190cm 120cm 12th 210cm 200cm 12th - 250cm
13th - - 13th 190cm 120cm 13th 210cm 240cm 13th - 250cm
14th - - 14th 190cm 150cm 14th 210cm 240cm 14th - 250cm
15th - - 15th 190cm 150cm 15th 210cm 240cm 15th - 240cm
16th 60cm - 16th 190cm 170cm 16th 210cm 240cm 16th - 240cm
17th 60cm 40cm 17th 190cm 170cm 17th 210cm 240cm 17th - 240cm
18th 60cm 50cm 18th 190cm 170cm 18th 210cm 230cm 18th - 240cm
19th 70cm 50cm 19th 190cm 170cm 19th 210cm 240cm 19th - 240cm
20th 70cm 50cm 20th 190cm 170cm 20th 230cm 240cm 20th - 240cm
21st 70cm 50cm 21st 190cm 180cm 21st 230cm 250cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 70cm 50cm 22nd 190cm 190cm 22nd 230cm 260cm 22nd - 220cm
23rd 70cm 50cm 23rd 190cm 190cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 220cm
24th 70cm 50cm 24th 190cm 190cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 220cm
25th 70cm 50cm 25th 190cm 190cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 220cm
26th 80cm 50cm 26th 190cm 190cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 220cm
27th 100cm 50cm 27th 200cm 190cm 27th - 260cm 27th - 200cm
28th 150cm 50cm 28th 200cm 190cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 200cm
29th 150cm 80cm 29th 200cm 190cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th 160cm 80cm 30th 200cm 190cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st 160cm 80cm 31st 210cm 190cm 31st 31st - 190cm

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' and 'Gunma Chan Park' are located near the Center House 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
There are a few 'park' areas on the slopes including a natural pipe and 17 wave park. 

Minakami Hodaigi Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid 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 normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Minakami Hodaigi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,900 yen 3,800 yen
Morning (until 1pm) 3,400 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,400 yen 2,300 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 (Joint) 48,300 yen 30,800 yen 37,000 yen
Season (Houdaigi only) 47,300 yen 29,800 yen 36,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information An IC Card returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

There are two types of Season Ticket - one is valid at only Minakami Hodaigi; the other is valid at both Minakami Hodaigi and Oguna Hotaka (marked as 'Joint' in above table).

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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