Minakami Travel Guide - By car

Minakami by car

Minakami Town is located in the north area of Gunma Prefecture. On the border with Niigata Prefecture (and Yuzawa town), the impressive Tanigawa mountain range seperates the two.

The area is a popular year-round destination for outdoor sports with rafting in particular popular in the summer months and of course snow in the winter!

Onsen hot springs are another reason that many people visit Minakami.

Minakami area by car
Getting to resorts from Expressway
Town map
Getting from Minakami to nearby snow regions
Joshinetsu region map
Additional Minakami resources on SnowJapan
Minakami by public transport
Go to our guide for getting to the Minakami area using public transport


Tanigawadake Tenjindaira

Getting to the Minamaki area by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Kanetsu Expressway (toll road) 関越自動車道
  Minakami IC 水上IC
  Tsukiyono IC 月夜野IC
  Main roads:  
  Route 291 国道291号
  Route 17 国道17号

From the Tokyo/Kanto area

From the Nerima Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway in the north western area of Tokyo, head north until the Minakami IC exit.

Most of the ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami Town are accessed by turning left at the Minakami IC exit traffic lights and then turning left again soon after at the Route 291 traffic lights.

If you are heading towards Akasawa (or also perhaps Naeba in Yuzawa town, Niigata Prefecture), exit the expressway at the Tsukiyono IC, and follow Route 17 in a northerly direction - signposted as Niigata and Naeba.  Akasawa is just over 20km from Tsukiyono IC. Naeba is about 32km from Tsukiyono IC.

From the north

From Yuzawa and areas further to the north, either take the Kanetsu Expressway to Minakami IC or use Route 17 via Naeba. Although the expressway is a toll road, it is a much more direct and quicker journey.

See below for information on how to get to each ski and snowboard resort from Minakami IC.

Nerima IC to Minakami IC (Kanetsu) about 141km 3,830 yen
Nerima IC to Tsukiyono IC (Kanetsu) about 131km 3,640 yen
Yuzawa IC to Minakami IC (Kanetsu) about 26km 1,270 yen
Niigata Chuo IC to Minakami IC (Hokuriku; Kanetsu) about 161km 4,410 yen
 
Kanetsu Expressway
Kanetsu Expressway exits for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma
>> Full Kanetsu Expressway details
>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name   Prefecture Distance from Nerima Connections
Nerima IC 練馬IC Tokyo >>>  
Tsukiyono IC 月夜野IC Gunma 131.1km  
Minakami IC 水上IC Gunma 141.0km  
Yuzawa IC 湯沢IC Niigata 167.0km  
Nagaoka JCT 長岡JCT Niigata 246.1km Hokuriku Expressway


Getting to resorts from Minakami IC of the Kanetsu Expressway

Resort name Distance from IC Directions from Minakami IC (* unless otherwise noted) Route*
Norn Minakami
ノルン水上
about 3.5km Turn left onto Route 291 and after just over 100m later turn left. Soon after at the junction, turn right and follow the road up to the base area of Norn Minakami.
White Valley
ホワイトバレー
about 7km Turn left onto Route 291, then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291 towards Minakami. After 3km take a sharp turn left onto Prefecture Road 252 and follow the signs to White Valley.
Oana
大穴
about 7.5km Turn left onto Route 291, then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291 for just over 6km to Oana. The small ski hill is on the left hand side, just off the road.
Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク
about 10km Turn left onto Route 291, 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, less than 3km. The resort is on the right hand side of the road.
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川岳天神平
about 13.5km Turn left onto Route 291, then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291. At the Oana traffic lights continue straight on to head up to Tanigawadake Ropeway.
Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
about 19km Turn left onto Route 291, 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). 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 for and used to using winter snowy roads) or continue straight on for around a further 9km to the signposted turn off towards Hodaigi. 
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
水上高原藤原
about 20k Turn left onto Route 291, 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). 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, past the turn off and signposts for Hodaigi and further on until you see signposts for Fujiwara.
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
水上高原スキーリゾート
about 21.5km Turn left onto Route 291, 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). Go past Okutone Snow Park on the right and soon after there are some traffic lights. Either turn left (if equipped and used to winter snow roads) or go continue straight on, past the turn off and signposts for Hodaigi and further on until reaching signposts for Minakami Kogen.
Akasawa
赤沢
about 22km* * From Tsukiyono IC
Turn onto Route 17 from the exit of the Tsukiyono IC of the Kanetsu Expressway to head north towards Naeba. After about 17km you will see signs for Akasawa on the left side - turn left here.
Naeba (Niigata Prefecture)
苗場
about 32km* * From Tsukiyono IC
Turn onto Route 17 from the exit of the Tsukiyono IC of the Kanetsu Expressway to head north towards Naeba. Follow Route 17 into Niigata and to the Naeba resort. 

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See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Kanetsu Expressway
>> Joetsu Shinkansen
>> Joetsu-sen train line
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details


Getting from Minakami to nearby snow areas

     
Minakami to Yuzawa
(Niigata)
about 30km By car:
Take the Kanetsu Expressway north from Minakami IC to Yuzawa IC. From the Yuzawa IC exit turn left or right to the resorts in the region.
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By car : By train
Minakami to Kawaba (Gunma) about 34km By car:
Take the Kanetsu Expressway 17km south from Minamaki IC to Numata IC and then turn left onto Route 120 (known as the Nihon Romantic Highway). Turn left at the second set of traffic lights after about 400m to head towards Kawaba on Prefecture Road 64. After about 7km turn left onto Prefecture Road 263 and follow the road and signs up to Kawaba.
>> SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide - By car and train
Minakami to Katashina (Gunma) about 42+km By car:
Take the Kanetsu Expressway 17km south from Minamaki IC to Numata IC and then turn left onto Route 120 (known as the Nihon Romantic Highway), through Numata towards Nikko for about 25km into central Katashina Village. On the other side of central Katashina, turn left onto Route 401 to head towards Katashina Kogen (4.5km), White World Oze Iwakura (6km) and Snow Park Oze Tokura (10km). Keep going straight on Route 120 to get to Marunuma Kogen (13km).
>> SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide - By car and train
Minakami to Kusatsu
(Gunma)
about 70km By car:
Take the Kanetsu Expressway about 12km south from Minakami IC to the Tsukiyono IC. Follow the exit road round onto Route 17 heading towards Naeba in a westerly direction for around 1.5km. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 36 and continue for about 8km until reaching Route 145. Turn right, go through Nakanojo and follow Route 145 and then Route 292 up to Kusatsu.
>> SnowJapan Kusatsu Travel Guide - By car : By train
Minakami to Nozawa Onsen (Nagano) about 90km

 

By car:
Take the Kanetsu Expressway north from Minakami IC to Shiozawa Ishiuchi IC. At the exit turn right onto Prefecture Road 28 and head towards Route 17. At the Route 17 traffic lights, turn left heading towards Yuzawa. After 650m there is a sign for the Nozawa Onsen turn off (Route 353). Turn right and continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching Route 117. Turn left onto Route 117 towards Nagano for about 31.5km, passing through Tsunan Town and Sakae Village until reaching the turn off for Nozawa Onsen. The village and ski resort are about 4km off Route 117. The resort car parks are clearly signposted on approaching the village.
>>
SnowJapan Kusatsu Travel Guide - By car : By train

See also:

>> Regional expressways connection map
>> Regional train lines connection map
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details


 


Additional Minakami resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Minakami by train and public transport, please go to this section.

Daily reports Exclusive daily snow and weather reports from Minakami (Minakami Now)
Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami
Resort Spotlights Minakami Town
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Minakami
Online booking for accommodation in Minakami
Ski lessons Lessons in English
Maps Yuzawa town map (central Yuzawa)
Naeba area

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