Minowa (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

箕輪 (福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Mid November 2018 until early April 2019
Official snow depth 20cm (0cm) [updated on 13th December 2018]

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Minowa is located on the north-western slopes of Mt Adatara in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. Areas of the ski courses go directly about the tunnel the Tsuchiyu Bypass road (Route 115). There are a few tree run ungroomed courses. Minowa likes to be the first ski hill in the region to open each season, aiming for a mid-November opening (with the help of artificial snow).

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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Minowa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - 50cm 1st - 100cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - 50cm 2nd - 100cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - 50cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 190cm
4th - 40cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 190cm 4th - 190cm
5th - 40cm 5th - 120cm 5th - 190cm 5th - 190cm
6th - 40cm 6th - 120cm 6th - 190cm 6th - 190cm
7th - 40cm 7th - 120cm 7th - 190cm 7th - 190cm
8th - 40cm 8th - 120cm 8th - 190cm 8th - 190cm
9th - 40cm 9th - 120cm 9th - 190cm 9th - 140cm
10th 20cm 40cm 10th - 120cm 10th - 190cm 10th - 140cm
11th 20cm 40cm 11th - 140cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 140cm
12th 20cm 60cm 12th - 140cm 12th - 190cm 12th - 120cm
13th 20cm 70cm 13th - 140cm 13th - 190cm 13th - 120cm
14th - 70cm 14th - 140cm 14th - 190cm 14th - 120cm
15th - 70cm 15th - 140cm 15th - 190cm 15th - 120cm
16th - 70cm 16th - 140cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 120cm
17th - 80cm 17th - 140cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 120cm
18th - 80cm 18th - 140cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 120cm
19th - 80cm 19th - 140cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 120cm
20th - 80cm 20th - 140cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 120cm
21st - 80cm 21st - 140cm 21st - 190cm 21st - 120cm
22nd - 80cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 120cm
23rd - 80cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 120cm
24th - 70cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 120cm
25th - 70cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 120cm
26th - 70cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 120cm
27th - 90cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 120cm
28th - 100cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 110cm
29th - 100cm 29th - 190cm 29th - - 29th - 90cm
30th - 100cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 90cm
31st - 100cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - 90cm

Previous Statistics

Minowa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minowa. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski, snowboard and snowshoe equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are a few special sledging areas as well as a 'Family course' area.

There is also a free kids room in the Hotel Ski Centre at base which is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Minowa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid November until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Minowa is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Minowa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,500 yen 2,900 yen 3,800 yen
4 Hours 3,800 yen 2,600 yen 3,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Season Ticket 30,000 yen 12,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from time of purchase.

A family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child costs 6,000 yen. An additional adult costs 3,000 yen and an additional child costs 2,000 yen.

A ticket that includes rental costs 10,000 yen for adults and 8,000 yen for children.

Getting to Minowa

By public transport
33.3km from Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
22.9km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
33.3km from Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Saisen local train line is about 23km from Minowa.

Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is just over 33km away.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
Shuttle bus services from both Fukushima Station (West exit) and Inawashiro Station to Minowa are available.
By Car
23.1km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
25.3km from the Nihonmatsu IC on the Tohoku Expressway
28.1km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 30
From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. Continue on Route 115 for about 22km until arriving at the turn off for Minowa, signposted as Prefecture Road 70 and Yokomuki. Turn right off the main road and then turn right again to get to the Minowa resort.

From the Nihonmatsu IC exit of the Tohoku Expressway, turn right onto Prefecture Road 355 and then within 200m turn right again onto Route 45 which goes through Dake hot spring. Continue until reaching the turn off for Route 115 towards Inawashiro after about 14km. Continue on Route 115 for about 11km until reaching a turn off close by Minowa and then follow the signs to the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
There are 4 main car parks (A-D) at the base of Minowa holding up to 2,000 cars. Parking is free every day of the season.

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