Minakami Travel Guide - By public transport

Minakami by public transport

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

Getting to the Minakami area by train

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Joetsu Shinkansen 上越新幹線
  Jomo Kogen Station 上毛高原駅
  Local trains:  
  Joetsu-sen 上越線
  Minakami Station 水上駅

The main Joetsu Shinkansen (‘bullet train’) line connects central Tokyo (with stops at Tokyo Station and Ueno Station) with Niigata City, stopping at Jomo Kogen Station in Minakami on the way north. Jomo Kogen is a Shinkansen-only station and located 10km or so to the south of the main central Minamaki town area.

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Jomo Kogen Station Joetsu Shinkansen

This journey is around 152km and usually takes around 70 minutes.

The Joetsu-sen local line also goes through the Minakami, connecting Takasaki City to the south of Minamaki with the Nagaoka City area of Niigata Prefecture. This line has a number of small local stations including Kamimoku Station, Minakami Station, Yubiso Station and Doai Station before continiung on north into neighbouring Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture.

From   To Train line
Takasaki Station > Minakami Station Joetsu-sen

This journey is around 59km and usually takes around 65 minutes.

Joetsu Shinkansen
Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Jomo Kogen Station and beyond
>> Full Joetsu Shinkansen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Distance from Jomo Kogen Station
Tokyo 東京駅 Tokyo >>> 151.6km
Jomo Kogen 上毛高原駅 Gunma 151.6km >>>
Niigata 新潟駅 Niigata 333.9km 182.3km
 
Joetsu-sen
Joetsu-sen exits from Takasaki Station to Nagaoka Station
>> Full Joetsu-sen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name Station name in Japanese Prefecture Distance from Takasaki Station Connecting train lines 
Takasaki 高崎駅 Gunma >>> Joetsu Shinkansen
Minakami 水上駅 Gunma 59.1km  
Yubiso 湯檜曽駅 Gunma 62.7km  
Doai 土合駅 Gunma 69.3km  
Echigo Yuzawa 越後湯沢駅 Niigata 94.2km Joetsu Shinkansen
Nagaoka 長岡駅 Niigata 165.6km Joetsu Shinkansen

 

Getting to ski and snowboard resorts from stations

Resort name Distance from Jomo Kogen Station Distance from Minakami Station (or as noted) How to get to the resort
Norn Minakami
ノルン水上
 
about 11km about 8km A free resort shuttle bus is available from Jomo Kogen Station (reservation required) and Minakami Station. About 20 minutes from both.
White Valley
ホワイトバレー
about 14km about 3.5km Shuttle buses are available from Minakami Station (3km, about 10 minutes). 20 minutes by taxi from Jomo Kogen Station.
Oana
大穴
about 14.5km about 3.0km
1.5km from Yubiso Station
Taxi from Minakami Station (3km) or Yubiso Station (1.5km), or local buses. No resort shuttle bus is available.
Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク
about 17km about 6km 40 minutes from Jomo Kogen Station by bus.
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川岳天神平
about 20.5km about 9.5km
1.5km from Doai Station
A local bus service from Jomo Kogen Station takes 50 minutes; from Minakami Station takes 25 minutes. Bus stops at the Tanigawadake Ropeway Station (resort base).
Akasawa
赤沢
about 21.5km about 25km There is no direct bus to the resort, but a few buses go from Jomo Kogen station to Sarugakyo Onsen (30 minutes) and then to Houshi Onsen (15 minutes).
Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
about 26km about 15km A local bus service is available from Jomo Kogen Station (70 minutes) and Minakami Station (45 minutes). Buses stops at Takagawa Iriguchi - a resort shuttle bus is available from there to the resort base.
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
水上高原藤原
about 27km about 16km A free bus service is available from Minakami Station. Reservations required.
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
水上高原スキーリゾート
about 28.5km about 18km A free resort shuttle bus is available from Jomo Kogen Station (about 60 minutes) and Minakami Station. Reservations required.

Shuttle bus information for the 2015-2016 season will be checked and updated here by December 2015.

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 resort regions

Important:
The times shown below are simple guidelines to indicate the train journey times between the stations mentioned and may vary depending on the trains and connections used. The lower number indicates travel time, the higher number indicates a sample journey including connecting times. Times from stations to ski resort areas are not included. Please check for specifics.

Region Approximate distance by train General directions
Minakami to Yuzawa
(Niigata)
see info to the right By train:
Joetsu Shinkansen from Jomo Kogen to Echigo Yuzawa Station (13 mins).
Joetsu-sen from Minakami Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station (35 mins).
>>
SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By train : By car
Minakami to Kawaba (Gunma) about 16 minutes By train:
Joetsu-sen from Minakami Station to Numata Station.
Kawaba is about 21km from Numata Station.
See Katashina Travel guide for more details.
>> SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide - By train : By car
Minakami to Katashina (Gunma) about 16 minutes By train:
Joetsu-sen from Minakami Station to Numata Station
Central Katashina is about 35km from Numata Station.
See Katashina Travel guide for more details.
>> SnowJapan Katashina Travel Guide - By train : By car
Minakami to Kusatsu
(Gunma)
85-105 minutes By train:
Joetsu-sen from Minakami Station to Shibukawa Station.
Agatsuma-sen from Shibukawa Station to Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station.
Kusatsu resort is about 14km from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station.
>> SnowJapan Kusatsu Travel Guide - By train : By car
Minakami to Iiyama Station (Nagano)

125-160 minutes

By train:
Joetsu-sen from Minakami Station to Takasaki Station (or Joetsu Shinkansen from Jomo Kogen Station).
Joetsu Shinkansen from Takasaki Station to Iiyama Station.
On-board time about 2 hours.
>>
SnowJapan Nozawa Travel Guide - By train : By car
>> SnowJapan Madarao Travel Guide - By train : By car

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 car, 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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