Inawashiro (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

猪苗代 (福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until late March 2019
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Latest report posted at 9:27am on Sunday 16th December 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 16th December 2018]

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Inawashiro is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Bandai in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. There are two main areas of the resort, each with a base area - the Chuo 'Easy' Area and the Minero 'Crazy' Area. The two areas are connected by courses and a pair lift. A few areas are left ungroomed. Inawashiro has been operating since 1948, originally starting off with just the Chuo area.

Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

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The Mountain

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Inawashiro Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 90cm 1st - 120cm 1st - 150cm
2nd - - 2nd - 90cm 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 150cm
3rd - - 3rd - 100cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 130cm
4th - - 4th - 100cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 130cm
5th - - 5th - 100cm 5th - 130cm 5th - 130cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th - 130cm 6th - 130cm
7th - - 7th - 100cm 7th - 130cm 7th - 130cm
8th - - 8th - 100cm 8th - 130cm 8th - 130cm
9th - - 9th - 90cm 9th - 140cm 9th - 130cm
10th - - 10th - 90cm 10th - 140cm 10th - 100cm
11th - - 11th - 100cm 11th - 140cm 11th - 100cm
12th - - 12th - 100cm 12th - 140cm 12th - 100cm
13th - - 13th - 100cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 100cm
14th - - 14th - 100cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 100cm
15th - - 15th - 100cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 90cm
16th - - 16th - 100cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 80cm
17th - - 17th - 100cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 80cm
18th - - 18th - 100cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 60cm
19th - - 19th - 90cm 19th - 150cm 19th - 60cm
20th - - 20th - 90cm 20th - 150cm 20th - 60cm
21st - - 21st - 90cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 60cm
22nd - - 22nd - 80cm 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 50cm
23rd - 20cm 23rd - 80cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 50cm
24th - 40cm 24th - 90cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 50cm
25th - 40cm 25th - 90cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 30cm
26th - 40cm 26th - 120cm 26th - 150cm 26th - -
27th - 50cm 27th - 120cm 27th - 150cm 27th - -
28th - 60cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 150cm 28th - -
29th - 70cm 29th - 120cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 80cm 30th - 120cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 90cm 31st - 120cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Inawashiro Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Inawashiro. 
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
The 'Smile Kids Land' is located close to the Center House Bandai building in the Chuo area and includes an indoor area. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Hybrid Snow Park' is located in two locations of the Chuo area of the resort - called 'Top Park' and 'Base Park'. 

Inawashiro Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 11:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Inawashiro is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Nighta is every day from 28th December 2018 until 24th February 2019 (when the Hayama Number 1 lift operates):

- On Fridays and Saturdays until 11:00pm
- On Sundays until 10:00pm

Inawashiro Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,700 yen 3,900 yen 4,300 yen
4 Hours 4,200 yen 3,500 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta 3,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen

Getting to Inawashiro

By public transport
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
4.4km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Inawashio is about 4.5km from Inawashiro Station on the local Banetsu Sai-sen line.

Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is approximately 47km from the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station to the resort numerous times each day. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

A free shuttle bus also operates between Koriyama Station to the resort.
By Car
6km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
35.4km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
48.9km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (3.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 324
Inwashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Bantetsu Expressway.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. There are a few ways to get to the two base areas of Inawashiro. The simplest choice is to turn left after a further 3.5km onto Prefecture Road 2, and then turn left after a further 1.2km (the road sign labels the turn off as 'Inawashiro Skiing Grand'). Follow that road through to the Minero base.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
There are a number of car parks available at the base of both the Chuo and Minero areas of Inawashiro. Parking is free.

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