Minakami Kogen Ski Resort (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
水上高原スキーリゾート (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Wednesday 20th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
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Latest report posted at 8:34am on Thursday 14th December 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 2017]

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Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is located to the north of central Minakami town in the northern region of Gunma Prefecture. It is the most northerly of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami region, and indeed the whole of Gunma Prefecture.

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 Kogen Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd - 60cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 250cm
3rd - - 3rd - 60cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 250cm
4th - - 4th - 60cm 4th - 190cm 4th - 250cm
5th - - 5th - 60cm 5th - 190cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th - 190cm 6th - 250cm
7th - - 7th - 100cm 7th - 190cm 7th - 250cm
8th - - 8th - 100cm 8th - 190cm 8th - 230cm
9th - - 9th - 100cm 9th - 190cm 9th - 230cm
10th - - 10th - 100cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 230cm
11th - - 11th - 100cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 230cm
12th - - 12th - 100cm 12th - 230cm 12th - 230cm
13th - - 13th - 120cm 13th - 230cm 13th - 230cm
14th - - 14th - 120cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 230cm
15th - - 15th - 120cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 230cm
16th - - 16th - 140cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 230cm
17th - - 17th - 160cm 17th - 250cm 17th - 230cm
18th - - 18th - 160cm 18th - 250cm 18th - 230cm
19th - - 19th - 180cm 19th - 250cm 19th - 230cm
20th - - 20th - 180cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 230cm
21st - - 21st - 180cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 230cm
22nd - - 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 200cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 200cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 200cm
26th - 40cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 200cm
27th - 40cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 40cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 200cm
29th - 40cm 29th - 190cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st - 50cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - 200cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Kogen Ski Resort. 
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
There are two 'Kids Park' areas - the 'Pikachu Kindergarden' for children 1-5 years old and the 'Pokémon Snow Paretto' for older children. Entry to both is 900 yen for the day or free with a valid ski lift ticket.
Park Information
Park information
There are a number of other activities at this resort including snow mobiles (both children and adult), snow rafting, 'snow coach', sledging, airboards, cross country and snow shoes. A special ticket is available for these activities. 

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays, from 8:00am until 4:30pm on Sundays and holidays and from 8am until 5:00pm on Saturdays.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary 1st-3rd Grade
Older Child
Elementary 4th-6th Grade
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,600 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,200 yen 1,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,700 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,200 yen 1,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,700 yen
Season Ticket 18,000 yen 12,000 yen 18,000 yen 18,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Lift ticket charges for children of Junior High School age are the same as the Senior rates.

A number of Family tickets are available:

1 adult and 1 child - 5,300 yen
1 adult and 2 children - 6,900 yen
2 adults and 1 child - 8,000 yen
2 adults and 1 children - 9,600 yen

Getting to Minakami Kogen Ski Resort

By public transport
28.9km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
15.2km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
17.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is about 15km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line and about 18km from the larger Minakami Station on the same line.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is about 29km away from the resort.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
A free resort shuttle bus is available from Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station. Reservations are required.
By Car
22km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
33.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (14.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is about 22km 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 (1.3km) to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights 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 and used to winter snow roads) or continue straight on. Go past the turn off and signposts for Minakami Hodaigi. The turn off from Prefecture Road 63 for Minakami Kogen Fujiwara is about 3.5km further on than the turn off for Minakami Houdaigi. Turn right at the signs and follow the road and signs up to the base of the resort.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Car parking is available close to the base of the resort. It is free every day of the season.

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