Okutone Snow Park (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Mid December 2016 until early April 2017
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Official snow depth --- [updated on 30th April 2017]

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Okutone Snow Park is located to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. Interestingly, the slopes of this ski resort are not really visible from the base area. This ski hill originally opened in 1972 as Okutone Kokusai. It has been known as Okutone Snow Park since 2007. New for the 2016-2017 season is a brand new 810m long pair lift and a new 900m long course with a maximum gradient of 25 degrees (officially classed as beginner-intermediate). These have been added at the top area of the resort.

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

1180m
747m
533m
33"
10
3000m
7
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
0 0 0 0 6 1 0

Okutone Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
season
1st - - 1st 45cm 15cm 1st 180cm 50cm 1st 250cm 85cm
2nd - - 2nd 45cm 15cm 2nd 180cm 50cm 2nd 250cm 85cm
3rd - - 3rd 45cm 15cm 3rd 210cm 50cm 3rd 240cm 85cm
4th - - 4th 45cm 15cm 4th 210cm 50cm 4th 240cm 70cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 10cm 5th 210cm 50cm 5th 240cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 10cm 6th 210cm 50cm 6th 230cm 60cm
7th - - 7th 60cm - 7th 210cm 50cm 7th 230cm 60cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 10cm 8th 210cm 50cm 8th 230cm 55cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 10cm 9th 230cm 50cm 9th 220cm 55cm
10th - - 10th 60cm 10cm 10th 230cm 80cm 10th 220cm 50cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 10cm 11th 230cm 115cm 11th 220cm 50cm
12th - - 12th 70cm 10cm 12th 250cm 115cm 12th 220cm 50cm
13th - - 13th 70cm 10cm 13th 250cm 115cm 13th 210cm 50cm
14th - - 14th 80cm 15cm 14th 250cm 100cm 14th 200cm 45cm
15th 30cm - 15th 120cm 15cm 15th 250cm 100cm 15th 200cm 45cm
16th 30cm - 16th 140cm 15cm 16th 250cm 100cm 16th 190cm 45cm
17th 35cm - 17th 150cm 15cm 17th 250cm 100cm 17th 190cm 45cm
18th 35cm 0cm 18th 150cm 20cm 18th 250cm 100cm 18th 180cm 45cm
19th 35cm 0cm 19th 150cm 30cm 19th 250cm 100cm 19th 180cm 0cm
20th 30cm 0cm 20th 150cm 35cm 20th 250cm 90cm 20th 170cm -
21st 30cm 5cm 21st 150cm 40cm 21st 250cm 80cm 21st 160cm -
22nd 30cm 3cm 22nd 160cm 45cm 22nd 250cm 80cm 22nd 160cm -
23rd 15cm 3cm 23rd 160cm 50cm 23rd 260cm 80cm 23rd 160cm -
24th 15cm 3cm 24th 160cm 50cm 24th 260cm 80cm 24th 160cm -
25th 15cm 3cm 25th 180cm 55cm 25th 260cm 80cm 25th 160cm -
26th 25cm 10cm 26th 180cm 55cm 26th 260cm 80cm 26th 160cm -
27th 25cm 10cm 27th 180cm 55cm 27th 260cm 80cm 27th 150cm -
28th 30cm 10cm 28th 180cm 55cm 28th 260cm 80cm 28th 150cm -
29th 35cm 15cm 29th 180cm 55cm 29th - 70cm 29th 150cm -
30th 45cm 25cm 30th 180cm 50cm 30th 30th 140cm -
31st 45cm 15cm 31st 180cm 50cm 31st 31st 130cm -

Previous Statistics

Okutone Snow Park Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Okutone Snow Park. 
Rental
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 is a 'Kids Gelende' area by base and also in front of the Rest House. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few park areas at Okutone Snow Park - including a beginners park - with a variety of items. 

Okutone Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 12:00am
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Okutone Snow Park is open from 8am until 5pm every day in the daytime.
The resort is open for nighta until 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Okutone Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,500 yen yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 3,700 yen yen 3,200 yen
Early Morning (6am-9am) 1,500 yen yen 1,500 yen
PM+Nighta (12pm-closing) 4,200 yen yen 4,200 yen
Sunset (2pm-closing) 3,500 yen yen 3,500 yen
Nighta A (4pm-10pm) 2,100 yen yen 1,800 yen
Nighta A (4pm-12pm) 2,500 yen yen 2,100 yen
Nighta B (6pm-10pm) 1,800 yen yen 1,500 yen
Nighta B (6pm-12pm) 2,000 yen yen 1,800 yen
Nighta C (8pm-10pm) 1,200 yen yen 1,200 yen
Nighta C (8pm-12pm) 1,500 yen yen 1,500 yen
Number 1A lift return 800 yen yen 800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen yen 500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 45,000 yen 35,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 35,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (early+nighta) 22,000 yen 17,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children under the age of 12 can use the lifts for free every day.

The resort is open for nighta until 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Happy Birthday Present - if you show official personal ID on a weekday to prove it is your birthday, you can get a free 1 day lift ticket! (This offer excludes any national holidays and over the New Year period).

Getting to Okutone Snow Park

By public transport
Train
Train
17.4km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
6.1km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line is about 3km from Okutone Snow Park.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is 17.4km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
The Echigo Kotsu bus service from Jomo Kogen Station to near Okutone Snow Park takes about 40 minutes.
By Car
Car
10.1km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
21.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (2.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Direction
Direction
Okutone Snow Park is just over 10km from the Minakami 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 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights turn right onto Prefecture Road 63 (also known as the Okutone-Yukemuri Highway) and follow the signs to Okutone which is a further 3km to the right of the main road.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
The car park at the base of Okutone Snow Park is open 24 hours a day and is free to use every day of the season.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Mukoyama
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1724
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-8101
Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
Current resort snow depth
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