Marunuma Kogen (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Marunuma Kogen
(群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 27th November 2021 until Sunday 8th May 2022
Official snow depth 275cm (0cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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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 there are more easily accessible ski areas during the peak season months. 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. It continues through to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, though the prefecture border section of the road is closed during the winter months.

The Mountain

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Marunuma Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 60cm - 1st 180cm 180cm 1st - 230cm 1st - 270cm
2nd 60cm 30cm 2nd 205cm 180cm 2nd - 235cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd 60cm 30cm 3rd 205cm 180cm 3rd - 235cm 3rd - 260cm
4th 60cm 50cm 4th 205cm 180cm 4th - 235cm 4th - 260cm
5th 60cm 50cm 5th 205cm 180cm 5th - 235cm 5th - 260cm
6th 60cm 50cm 6th 225cm 180cm 6th - 235cm 6th - 260cm
7th 60cm 50cm 7th 225cm 180cm 7th - 235cm 7th - 250cm
8th 60cm 50cm 8th 230cm 190cm 8th - 235cm 8th - 250cm
9th 60cm 50cm 9th 230cm 190cm 9th - 240cm 9th - 250cm
10th 60cm 50cm 10th 230cm 190cm 10th - 245cm 10th - 250cm
11th 60cm 50cm 11th 230cm 190cm 11th - 255cm 11th - 240cm
12th 60cm 50cm 12th 230cm 190cm 12th - 255cm 12th - 240cm
13th 60cm 50cm 13th 230cm 190cm 13th - 255cm 13th - 240cm
14th 60cm 50cm 14th 250cm 190cm 14th - 255cm 14th - 240cm
15th 60cm 55cm 15th 270cm 190cm 15th - 255cm 15th - 230cm
16th 60cm 90cm 16th 270cm 190cm 16th - 255cm 16th - 230cm
17th 60cm 120cm 17th 270cm 195cm 17th - 255cm 17th - 230cm
18th 80cm 120cm 18th 270cm 195cm 18th - 260cm 18th - 230cm
19th 80cm 125cm 19th 270cm 205cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 230cm
20th 110cm 135cm 20th 270cm 205cm 20th - 270cm 20th - 230cm
21st 110cm 140cm 21st 275cm 205cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 230cm
22nd 110cm 140cm 22nd 275cm 205cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd 110cm 140cm 23rd 275cm 205cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 210cm
24th 110cm 140cm 24th - 205cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 210cm
25th 110cm 140cm 25th - 215cm 25th - 270cm 25th - 205cm
26th 120cm 140cm 26th - 215cm 26th - 270cm 26th - 200cm
27th 120cm 140cm 27th - 215cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 200cm
28th 150cm 140cm 28th - 215cm 28th - 270cm 28th - 200cm
29th 150cm 140cm 29th - 215cm 29th - - 29th - 180cm
30th 150cm 140cm 30th - 225cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st 165cm 155cm 31st - 225cm 31st 31st - 170cm

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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Kids Park is located at the base of the ski area in front of Kogen-no-eki Marunuma building. 
Park Information
Park information
The Snow Park is located on the left hand area of the ski area (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 2021-2022 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 17th December 2021 and from 22nd March 2022.

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.
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 25th December 2021 until 27th March 2022.

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 area 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. It usually takes about 50 minutes.

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.
There are a number of car parks available at the base area of Marunuma Kogen. Parking is free on some car parks. Others are 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays (though free for season ticket holders).

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