Marunuma Kogen (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Marunuma Kogen
(群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 28th November 2020 until Wednesday 9th May 2021
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

Reader opinion Resort Reviews [16] Write review
Reader photos Photos [119] Upload photo
resort map

Marunuma Kogen is located on the western slopes of Mt Shirane in Katashina village close to the Gunma-Tochigi prefecture border. Marunuma Kogen is particularly popular – and busiest - during the early season and late season due to early snowfall and long season in the region. This is because during the peak season months there are more easily accessible resorts. The road just beyond Marunuma Kogen gets blocked off during winter (so you cannot continue on over into Tochigi Prefecture). Marunuma Kogen has been operating since 1974.

The region to the east of Minakami town and to the north east of Numata city in northern Gunma Prefecture is made up of Kawaba village and Katashina village. There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts dotted around the mountains of this region, all of which are accessed off the main Route 120 road from central Numata. This road is otherwise known as the Nihon Romantic Highway and continues through to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, though the prefecture border section of the road is closed from late December until late April.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
0 1 0 0 7 1 0

Marunuma Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 180cm 110cm 1st 230cm 200cm 1st 270cm 250cm
2nd 30cm - 2nd 180cm 110cm 2nd 235cm 200cm 2nd 260cm 250cm
3rd 30cm - 3rd 180cm 110cm 3rd 235cm 200cm 3rd 260cm 240cm
4th 50cm - 4th 180cm 110cm 4th 235cm 200cm 4th 260cm 230cm
5th 50cm 50cm 5th 180cm 120cm 5th 235cm 200cm 5th 260cm 230cm
6th 50cm 50cm 6th 180cm 150cm 6th 235cm 210cm 6th 260cm 250cm
7th 50cm 50cm 7th 180cm 150cm 7th 235cm 210cm 7th 250cm 250cm
8th 50cm 50cm 8th 190cm 150cm 8th 235cm 210cm 8th 250cm 240cm
9th 50cm 50cm 9th 190cm 150cm 9th 240cm 210cm 9th 250cm 230cm
10th 50cm 50cm 10th 190cm 150cm 10th 245cm 210cm 10th 250cm 220cm
11th 50cm 50cm 11th 190cm 150cm 11th 255cm 230cm 11th 240cm 210cm
12th 50cm 50cm 12th 190cm 160cm 12th 255cm 230cm 12th 240cm 210cm
13th 50cm 50cm 13th 190cm 160cm 13th 255cm 230cm 13th 240cm 210cm
14th 50cm 50cm 14th 190cm 160cm 14th 255cm 230cm 14th 240cm 210cm
15th 55cm 50cm 15th 190cm 165cm 15th 255cm 230cm 15th 230cm 210cm
16th 90cm 50cm 16th 190cm 170cm 16th 255cm 230cm 16th 230cm 210cm
17th 120cm 60cm 17th 195cm 170cm 17th 255cm 200cm 17th 230cm 220cm
18th 120cm 60cm 18th 195cm 170cm 18th 260cm 230cm 18th 230cm 220cm
19th 125cm 60cm 19th 205cm 170cm 19th 270cm 230cm 19th 230cm 210cm
20th 135cm 60cm 20th 205cm 170cm 20th 270cm 230cm 20th 230cm 210cm
21st 140cm 60cm 21st 205cm 170cm 21st 270cm 230cm 21st 230cm 210cm
22nd 140cm 60cm 22nd 205cm 180cm 22nd 270cm 230cm 22nd 210cm 200cm
23rd 140cm 60cm 23rd 205cm 180cm 23rd 270cm 230cm 23rd 210cm 190cm
24th 140cm 60cm 24th 205cm 180cm 24th 270cm 240cm 24th 210cm 200cm
25th 140cm 70cm 25th 215cm 180cm 25th 270cm 240cm 25th 205cm 200cm
26th 140cm 70cm 26th 215cm 180cm 26th 270cm 250cm 26th 200cm 200cm
27th 140cm 80cm 27th 215cm 180cm 27th 270cm 250cm 27th 200cm 190cm
28th 140cm 110cm 28th 215cm 190cm 28th 270cm 250cm 28th 200cm 180cm
29th 140cm 110cm 29th 215cm 190cm 29th - 250cm 29th 180cm 180cm
30th 140cm 110cm 30th 225cm 190cm 30th 30th 180cm 190cm
31st 155cm 110cm 31st 225cm 190cm 31st 31st 170cm 180cm

Previous Statistics

Marunuma Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Marunuma Kogen. 
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 'Kids Park' is located at the base of the resort in front of Kogen-no-eki Marunuma building. There is also a 'Beginners Area' with a free to use moving escalator. Open from late December until early April. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' area is located on the left hand area of the resort (as you look from the base). There are a few different zones. 

Marunuma Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:15am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:15am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Marunuma Kogen is generally open from 8:15am until 4:30pm with some variations.

There is no night skiing at Marunuma Kogen.

Marunuma Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years and over
1 Day 4,900 yen 2,200 yen 3,700 yen 4,400 yen
5 Hours 4,400 yen 4,400 yen 4,400 yen 4,400 yen
Friendly Pass 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,800 yen 2,500 yen
10 Hours 8,000 yen
20 Hours 15,000 yen
3 Points 1,500 yen
Season Ticket 62,000 yen 25,000 yen 30,000 yen 62,000 yen
Season (from 1st Feb) 36,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen 26,000 yen
Season (from 1st Mar) 26,000 yen 10,000 yen 15,000 yen 26,000 yen
Season (from 1st Apr) 19,000 yen 5,000 yen 10,000 yen 19,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

The 20 Hour ticket can be used in units of 1 hour during the season.
The 10 Hour ticket can be used in units of 1 hour during the season.

The 'Friendly Pass' is valid on the Number 1, Number 4 and Chuo lifts only.

Cheaper tickets are available until 18th December 2020 and from 22nd March 2021.

Getting to Marunuma Kogen

By public transport
51.9km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
42.9km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Marunuma Kogen is about 43km from Numata Station on the Joetsu line and about 52km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by public transport
The 'Katashina Snow Express' bus service from Tokyo leaves Shinjuku at 7:15am and arrives at Michi-no-eki Oze Katashina at 10:55am. The return charge is 6,000 yen. Reservations are required and the bus operates from 26th December 2020 until 28th March 2021.

A free bus service from there to Marunuma Kogen is available for people using the Katashina Snow Express. Reservations are also required for that service. That bus arrives at the ski resort at 11:30am.
By Car
38.4km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
46.3km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
46.5km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 120 (0.1km away)
Marunuma Kogen is located very close to the border with Tochigi Prefecture. Outside of winter months Route 120 continues past Marunuma Kogen and connects with the Oku Nikko area of Tochigi, but that section of the road is closed during winter. This means that the only way to approach Marunuma Kogen in winter is from the west on Route 120.

Marunuma Kogen is just over 38km from the Numata IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Numata IC exit, turn left onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway) and head towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for just over 38km to the base of Marunuma Kogen.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by car
There are a number of car parks available at the base area of Marunuma Kogen. Parking is free on all car parks apart from the Central (Chuo) car park where it is 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays (free for season ticket holders).

More Information

Visit official website
(link opens in a new window)
Higashi Ogawa
A few thoughts and an update on what we are up to at the moment. General updates to individual ski areas listings on the site will start from September.

Introducing our 'News & Blogs' section of the site
Current resort snow depth
Daily updates during snow season
Reader Photos & Reviews
Photos (119) Upload
Read Reviews (16) Write
If you have visited Marunuma Kogen, please share your experience with other SnowJapan readers by writing a Resort Review and/or uploading photos
Reader Resort Rankings
General 70
Snow conditions 65
Courses & terrain 72
Lift system 75
Apres ski 35
Ranking points are submitted when writing Resort Reviews
Write Resort Review
Other nearby ski resorts
Approx. distance from Marunuma Kogen by road (in winter)
Accommodation Spotlights on SnowJapan
Approx. distance from Marunuma Kogen by road (in winter)
Lessons in English
About the information on this page
For more details and explanations about the information presented on this page, please read this.
It is very important to us that the information presented on SnowJapan is correct and up-to-date. Checks and updates are made throughout the year. If you find information that you feel needs checking and updating, please let us know by contacting us. We appreciate your support.