Norn Minakami (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Norn Minakami
ノルン水上 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Friday 31st March 2017
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Norn Minakami is conveniently located close to the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, just to the south of central Minakami in northern Gunma Prefecture. The resort is on the eastern slopes between Mt Azumaya and Mt Omine. This area does not get as much snow as the nearby resorts to the north but Norn has snow making machines to help out if and when the weather is not being kind. In the spring time the daffodil park is popular. Norn Minakami has been operating since 1994.

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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There are some snowboarding restrictions at Norn Minakami

Norn Minakami Course Map

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Norn Minakami Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 60cm 30cm 1st 170cm 90cm 1st 200cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 60cm 30cm 2nd 170cm 90cm 2nd 200cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 60cm 30cm 3rd 170cm 90cm 3rd 200cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 60cm 30cm 4th 170cm 90cm 4th 200cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 30cm 5th 170cm 90cm 5th 200cm 90cm
6th - - 6th 90cm 30cm 6th 170cm 90cm 6th 200cm 90cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 30cm 7th 170cm 90cm 7th 180cm 90cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 30cm 8th 170cm 90cm 8th 180cm 90cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 30cm 9th 190cm 90cm 9th 180cm 80cm
10th - - 10th 90cm 30cm 10th 190cm 110cm 10th 180cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 90cm 30cm 11th 190cm 130cm 11th 180cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 90cm 30cm 12th 190cm 130cm 12th 180cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 90cm 30cm 13th 220cm 130cm 13th 180cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 90cm 30cm 14th 220cm 130cm 14th 180cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 110cm 30cm 15th 220cm 110cm 15th 180cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 120cm 30cm 16th 220cm 110cm 16th 180cm 80cm
17th 50cm - 17th 150cm 30cm 17th 220cm 110cm 17th 180cm 80cm
18th 50cm 5cm 18th 150cm 40cm 18th 220cm 110cm 18th 180cm 80cm
19th 50cm 5cm 19th 150cm 40cm 19th 220cm 110cm 19th 180cm 70cm
20th 50cm 5cm 20th 150cm 40cm 20th 220cm 110cm 20th 170cm 70cm
21st 50cm - 21st 150cm 70cm 21st 220cm 100cm 21st 170cm 70cm
22nd 50cm - 22nd 160cm 70cm 22nd 220cm 100cm 22nd 160cm 70cm
23rd 50cm 5cm 23rd 160cm 80cm 23rd 220cm 100cm 23rd 160cm 70cm
24th 50cm - 24th 160cm 80cm 24th 220cm 100cm 24th 160cm 70cm
25th 50cm 5cm 25th 170cm 80cm 25th 220cm 100cm 25th 160cm 60cm
26th 50cm 5cm 26th 170cm 80cm 26th 220cm 100cm 26th 160cm 60cm
27th 50cm 30cm 27th 170cm 80cm 27th 220cm 100cm 27th 160cm 60cm
28th 50cm 30cm 28th 170cm 80cm 28th 200cm 100cm 28th 160cm -
29th 50cm 30cm 29th 170cm 80cm 29th - 100cm 29th 160cm -
30th 60cm 30cm 30th 170cm 90cm 30th 30th 160cm -
31st 60cm 30cm 31st 170cm 90cm 31st 31st 160cm -

Previous Statistics

Norn Minakami Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Norn Minakami. 
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 'Norn Minakami Snowland' area is located at the base of the resort and offers a variety of 'yuki-asobi' (playing in the snow) activities including items for children, snow strider, snow shoe and snowmobiles. Entry to Snowland is 1000 yen. Rental of sledges and snow tubes is free, charges apply for some other activities.

The 'Snow Kids' child care facility is on the 1st Floor of the main Center House building. A half day costs 4000 yen and a full day costs 7,000 yen for a 1 or 2 year old child. A half day costs 3500 yen and a full day costs 7,000 yen for a child aged 3-12. 
Park Information
Park information
There are two park areas at Norn Minakami. The ENJOY PARK is located on the D Course. The ROOKIE PARK is located on the lower part of B Course. 

Norn Minakami Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:00am until 12:00am
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
During the peak season (6th January until 19th March), Norn Minakami is generally open from 8am until 10pm on Mondays to Thursdays and from 8am until midnight on Fridays.
On Saturdays it is open from 7am until midnight and on Sundays from 7am until 10pm.

From 17th December until 25th December, opening times are 8am until 4pm.
From 26th December until 5th January, opening times are 8am until 10pm.
From 20th March until 31st March, opening times are 7:30am until 4pm.

Norn Minakami Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,500 yen 3,600 yen 4,000 yen
5 Hours 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 3,400 yen
Early Morning (7am-10am) 2,100 yen 1,800 yen 2,000 yen
Twilight (2pm-10pm) 4,000 yen 3,100 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta 22 (4:30pm-10pm) 2,300 yen 1,700 yen 2,100 yen
Nighta 24 (4:30pm-12am) 2,700 yen 2,100 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 450 yen 450 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,500 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 43,000 yen 25,000 yen 39,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekday) 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

Getting to Norn Minakami

By public transport
10.8km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
5.8km from Kamimoku Station on the Joetsu Line
7.6km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The closest train station is Kamimoku Station on the local Joetsu line, which is 6km away.
The Jomo Kogen Station (Joetsu Shinkansen) is just under 11km to the south of Norn Minakami.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
Free shuttle buses services are available from Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station.
The shuttle buses from Minakami Station and Jomo Kogen Station both take around 20 minutes.
By Car
3.8km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
16.4km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (3.7km away)
The car parks of Norn Minakami are just over 4km from the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and after just over 100m turn left again. Soon after that turn right and follow the road up to the base area of Norn Minakami. The resort is well signposted.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
There are a number of car parks close to the base of Norn Minakami. A free shuttle bus takes people parking in Car Parks 4-7 to the resort base. The car parks are open 24 hours a day and free to use every day of the season.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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