Inawashiro (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

Inawashiro
猪苗代
(福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020
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Latest report posted at 8:46am on Monday 9th December 2019
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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

1255m
555m
675m
34"
18
3150m
8
15%
35%
50%
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 3 0 5 0 0

Inawashiro Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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19th - - 19th - 120cm 19th - 120cm 19th - 80cm
20th - - 20th - 120cm 20th - 120cm 20th - 80cm
21st - - 21st - 120cm 21st - 120cm 21st - 80cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - -
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 130cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - -
24th - 20cm 24th - 130cm 24th - 120cm 24th - -
25th - 20cm 25th - 130cm 25th - 120cm 25th - -
26th - 20cm 26th - 130cm 26th - 120cm 26th - -
27th - 20cm 27th - 130cm 27th - 120cm 27th - -
28th - 50cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 100cm 28th - -
29th - 50cm 29th - 130cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 50cm 30th - 150cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 70cm 31st - 150cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Inawashiro Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Inawashiro. 
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
A covered walkway costs 600 yen to use for the day. There is also a Snow Bike Circuit. 
Park Information
Park information
The main Snow Park is located close to base of the Chuo area of the resort. 

Inawashiro Season & Opening Times

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

Nighta is on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from 27th December 2019 until 29th February 2020 (when the Hayama Number 1 lift operates).

Early opening from 6:30am until 8:30am is on Sundays between 29th December 2019 and 8th March 2020.

Inawashiro Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
50 years & over
1 Day 4,800 yen 4,000 yen 4,400 yen
4 Hours 4,300 yen 3,600 yen 3,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 500 yen 600 yen
Nighta (4pm-close) 3,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Early (6:30am-8:30am) 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Inawashiro runs an interesting member style concept -- if you join their 'Re-Born' club (500 yen), lift tickets become cheaper each time you visit (along with other benefits).

For example, a normal 1 day adult lift ticket is 4,800 yen. That goes down to 3,800 yen and then down to 3,300 yen and then down to 2,800 yen on subsequent visits!

Getting to Inawashiro

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station to the resort numerous times each day. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Operates from 21st December 2019 until 22nd March 2020.

A free shuttle bus also operates between Koriyama Station to the resort between 21st December 2019 and 22nd March 2020.
By Car
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
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
There are a number of car parks available at the base of both the Chuo and Minero areas of Inawashiro. Parking is free.

More Information

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Address
Address
Hayama 7105
Inawashiro-machi
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-3102
Telephone
Telephone
0242-62-5100
2019-2020 UPDATES
9th December 2019: Most ski resort information for the 19-20 has been updated, but some work remains as we ourselves wait for information. We will get it completed as quickly as possible. More about updates here
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