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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Norn Minakami.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
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 4,000 yen and a full day costs 7,000 yen for a 1 or 2 year old child. A half day costs 3,500 yen and a full day costs 7,000 yen for a child aged 3-12. Hourly charge of 1500 yen.
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
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 7:00am until 12:00am
Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
From 20th December 2017 until 25th December 2017, opening times are 8am until 4pm. From 26th December 2017 until 4th January 2018, opening times are 8am until 10pm. On Mondays-Thursdays between 5th January and 21st March 2018, opening times are 8am until 10pm. On Fridays between 5th January and 21st March 2018, opening times are 8am until midnight. On Saturdays and days before holidays between 5th January and 21st March 2018, opening times are 7am until midnight. On Sundays and national holidays between 5th January and 21st March 2018, opening times are 7am until 10pm. From 22nd March until 31st March 2018, opening times are 7:30am until 4pm.
Norn Minakami Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm)
Early Morning (7am-10am)
Nighta 22 (4:30pm-10pm)
Nighta 24 (4:30pm-12am)
1 Lift Coupon
11 Lift Coupons
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekday)
Season Ticket (early/nighta)
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
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.
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 to get to the base of Norn Minakami.
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.
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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