Minowa (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

(福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Friday 22nd November 2019 until early April 2020
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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 - - 1st 50cm 50cm 1st 100cm 170cm 1st 110cm 110cm
2nd 10cm - 2nd 50cm 70cm 2nd 100cm 170cm 2nd 110cm 110cm
3rd 20cm - 3rd 50cm 70cm 3rd 100cm 170cm 3rd 110cm 110cm
4th 30cm - 4th 60cm 70cm 4th 100cm 170cm 4th 110cm 110cm
5th 40cm - 5th 60cm 80cm 5th 100cm 170cm 5th 110cm 110cm
6th 40cm - 6th 60cm 80cm 6th 100cm 170cm 6th 130cm 110cm
7th 40cm - 7th 60cm 80cm 7th 100cm 160cm 7th 130cm 110cm
8th 40cm - 8th 50cm 80cm 8th 100cm 160cm 8th 130cm 120cm
9th 40cm - 9th 50cm 80cm 9th 100cm 160cm 9th 120cm 120cm
10th 30cm 20cm 10th 60cm 90cm 10th 100cm 160cm 10th 110cm 120cm
11th 30cm 20cm 11th 60cm 90cm 11th 110cm 160cm 11th 110cm 120cm
12th 30cm 20cm 12th 60cm 90cm 12th 110cm 160cm 12th 110cm 120cm
13th 30cm 20cm 13th 70cm 90cm 13th 110cm 170cm 13th 110cm 120cm
14th 35cm 30cm 14th 60cm 90cm 14th 110cm 180cm 14th 110cm 120cm
15th 30cm 30cm 15th 70cm 90cm 15th 110cm 180cm 15th 100cm 120cm
16th 30cm 30cm 16th 70cm 90cm 16th 110cm 180cm 16th 110cm 120cm
17th 30cm 30cm 17th 70cm 90cm 17th 110cm 180cm 17th 120cm 120cm
18th 30cm 30cm 18th 70cm 90cm 18th 90cm 180cm 18th 110cm 120cm
19th 30cm 30cm 19th 60cm 90cm 19th 90cm 180cm 19th 110cm 120cm
20th 30cm 40cm 20th 80cm 90cm 20th 90cm 150cm 20th 110cm 120cm
21st 30cm 40cm 21st 80cm 100cm 21st 90cm 150cm 21st 110cm 120cm
22nd 30cm 40cm 22nd 80cm 100cm 22nd 90cm 150cm 22nd 100cm 110cm
23rd 30cm 40cm 23rd 80cm 100cm 23rd 110cm 120cm 23rd 110cm 110cm
24th 50cm 40cm 24th 80cm 130cm 24th 110cm 120cm 24th 90cm 110cm
25th 50cm 40cm 25th 80cm 130cm 25th 110cm 120cm 25th 90cm 110cm
26th 50cm 40cm 26th 70cm 130cm 26th 110cm 120cm 26th 90cm 110cm
27th 50cm 40cm 27th 80cm 140cm 27th 110cm 120cm 27th 90cm 110cm
28th 50cm 40cm 28th 80cm 140cm 28th 130cm 120cm 28th 80cm 110cm
29th 50cm 50cm 29th 90cm 170cm 29th 110cm - 29th 90cm 110cm
30th 50cm 50cm 30th 90cm 170cm 30th 30th 90cm 110cm
31st 50cm 55cm 31st 90cm 170cm 31st 31st 90cm 110cm

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 & Junior High 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 Coupon (B lift) 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen
1 Coupon (A, C lift) 600 yen 600 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

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

About 1 hour from Fukushima Station.
About 1 hour 40 minutes from Koriyama Station.
About 2 hours 15 minutes from Sendai Station.
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

About 30 minutes from Fukushima Nishi IC.
About 40 minutes from Nihonmatsu IC.
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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