Marunuma Kogen (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Marunuma Kogen
丸沼高原 (群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Friday 23rd November 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019
Official snow depth 60cm (0cm) [updated on 15th December 2018]

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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 during the peak season months there are more easily accessible resorts. The road just beyond Marunuma Kogen gets blocked off during winter. 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

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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 40cm 60cm 1st - 170cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 280cm
2nd 40cm 60cm 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 280cm
3rd 40cm 60cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 280cm
4th 40cm 60cm 4th - 190cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 280cm
5th 40cm 60cm 5th - 190cm 5th - 260cm 5th - 280cm
6th 40cm 60cm 6th - 190cm 6th - 260cm 6th - 280cm
7th 40cm 60cm 7th - 220cm 7th - 260cm 7th - 280cm
8th 40cm 60cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 260cm 8th - 280cm
9th 50cm 60cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 260cm 9th - 250cm
10th 50cm 60cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 260cm 10th - 250cm
11th 50cm 60cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 260cm 11th - 250cm
12th 50cm 80cm 12th - 220cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 250cm
13th 50cm 80cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 260cm 13th - 250cm
14th 60cm 110cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 260cm 14th - 250cm
15th 60cm 110cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 260cm 15th - 250cm
16th - 110cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 260cm 16th - 250cm
17th - 110cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 260cm 17th - 250cm
18th - 120cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 260cm 18th - 230cm
19th - 120cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 280cm 19th - 230cm
20th - 120cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 280cm 20th - 210cm
21st - 120cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 280cm 21st - 210cm
22nd - 120cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 280cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd - 120cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 280cm 23rd - 210cm
24th - 120cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 280cm 24th - 210cm
25th - 120cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 280cm 25th - 210cm
26th - 120cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 210cm
27th - 150cm 27th - 260cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 210cm
28th - 170cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 210cm
29th - 170cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 190cm
30th - 170cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 190cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - 190cm

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'. 
Park Information
Park information
The 1,000m long 'Snow Park' area is located on the Orange Course in the lower part of the resort. 

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 nighta at this resort.

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
Set 1 Day 5,600 yen 2,900 yen 4,400 yen 5,100 yen
5 Hours 4,400 yen 4,400 yen 4,400 yen 4,400 yen
Season Ticket (all) 62,000 yen 25,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season Ticket (from 1st Jan) 47,000 yen 20,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (from 1st Feb) 36,000 yen 15,000 yen 20,000 yen
Season Ticket (from 1st Mar) 26,000 yen 10,000 yen 15,000 yen
Season Ticket (from 1st Apr) 19,000 yen 5,000 yen 10,000 yen
10 Hours 8,000 yen
20 Hours 15,000 yen
Ropeway Return 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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 'Set' tickets include a lunch voucher worth 1,200 yen.

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. The return charge is 6,000 yen. Reservations required.
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).

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