Oana (Minakami Town, Gunma)

大穴 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Friday 23rd December 2016 until mid March 2017
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Oana (pronounced 'oh-anna') is a small ski hill just to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. It first opened in 1927 and from 1949 until 1963 a special winter-only train station was made (near the current Yubiso Station) just for skiers to alight near Oana. Yubiso Station itself opened in 1967. There is a ski jump to the side of the ski hill but it is currently unused.

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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Oana Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 20cm 10cm 1st 140cm 40cm 1st 140cm 20cm
2nd - - 2nd 20cm 10cm 2nd 170cm 40cm 2nd 140cm 20cm
3rd - - 3rd 10cm - 3rd 180cm 40cm 3rd 140cm -
4th - - 4th 0cm 5cm 4th 180cm 35cm 4th 120cm -
5th - - 5th 50cm 5cm 5th 160cm 35cm 5th 100cm -
6th - - 6th 50cm - 6th 140cm 35cm 6th 100cm -
7th - - 7th 50cm 5cm 7th 160cm 30cm 7th 100cm -
8th - - 8th 40cm 3cm 8th 180cm 30cm 8th 100cm -
9th - - 9th 40cm - 9th 180cm 30cm 9th 100cm -
10th - - 10th 30cm - 10th 190cm 80cm 10th 100cm -
11th - - 11th 50cm - 11th 190cm 100cm 11th 90cm -
12th - - 12th 50cm 0cm 12th 220cm 100cm 12th 80cm -
13th - - 13th 50cm - 13th 220cm 80cm 13th 80cm -
14th - - 14th 60cm - 14th 220cm 70cm 14th 80cm -
15th - - 15th 90cm - 15th 220cm 60cm 15th 80cm -
16th - - 16th 120cm - 16th 210cm 60cm 16th 80cm -
17th - - 17th 140cm - 17th 200cm 50cm 17th 80cm -
18th - - 18th 150cm 30cm 18th 180cm 60cm 18th 80cm -
19th - - 19th 150cm 30cm 19th 170cm 55cm 19th 70cm -
20th - - 20th 140cm 40cm 20th 160cm 40cm 20th 60cm -
21st - - 21st 140cm 50cm 21st 200cm 35cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd 140cm 50cm 22nd 200cm 30cm 22nd - -
23rd 0cm - 23rd 150cm 60cm 23rd 200cm 30cm 23rd - -
24th 0cm - 24th 150cm 60cm 24th 200cm 30cm 24th - -
25th 0cm - 25th 170cm 70cm 25th 190cm 40cm 25th - -
26th 0cm - 26th 170cm 70cm 26th 170cm 40cm 26th - -
27th 0cm - 27th 160cm 65cm 27th 160cm - 27th - -
28th 20cm - 28th 150cm 50cm 28th 150cm - 28th - -
29th 20cm 30cm 29th 140cm 40cm 29th - 10cm 29th - -
30th 50cm 30cm 30th 160cm 50cm 30th 30th - -
31st 40cm 15cm 31st 140cm 40cm 31st 31st - -

Oana Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Oana. 
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 a few 'Sori Asobi Hiroba' sledging areas for children near base and a playing the snow area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Oana Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Oana is open from 8am until 4:30pm every day.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Oana Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
60 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 3,000 yen 2,500 yen 2,100 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Half Day 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 250 yen

Getting to Oana

By public transport
15.3km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.4km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
3.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Yubiso Station on the local Joetsu line is 1.4km to the north of Oana, while the larger Minakami Station is about 4km to the south.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is about 15km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
7.5km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
18.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (0.3km away)
Oana is about 8km from the Minamaki IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291. Oana is about 6km further on, past the main town area and just off the road on the left hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
A number of car parks are available around the base area of Oana.

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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.

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