Kawaba (Kawaba Village, Gunma)

(群馬県 川場村)
Planned season: Saturday 7th December 2019 until April 2020
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Kawaba is located on the southern slopes of Mt Hotaka in the north eastern region of Gunma Prefecture. The multi-storey building at the end of the road acts as both the main multi-story car park and also the resort base - the resort base being on the top floor with direct access to the slopes Positioned at a high altitude, this region often enjoys favourable snow conditions and a long season. Kawaba is also popular for its parks and also offers a 'first tracks' tour service, park lessons and snowshoe tours. Kawaba has been operating since 1989.

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 during the winter months.

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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Kawaba Course Map

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Kawaba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - 0cm 1st 90cm 150cm 1st 190cm 250cm 1st 240cm 240cm
2nd - 10cm 2nd 110cm 150cm 2nd 190cm 250cm 2nd 230cm 240cm
3rd - 20cm 3rd 110cm 170cm 3rd 190cm 250cm 3rd 230cm 240cm
4th - 20cm 4th 120cm 180cm 4th 190cm 250cm 4th 230cm 230cm
5th - 0cm 5th 140cm 180cm 5th 190cm 250cm 5th 230cm 230cm
6th 40cm - 6th 140cm 180cm 6th 200cm 250cm 6th 240cm 230cm
7th 40cm 0cm 7th 140cm 180cm 7th 210cm 250cm 7th 240cm 230cm
8th 50cm 10cm 8th 140cm 180cm 8th 210cm 250cm 8th 240cm 230cm
9th 50cm 20cm 9th 160cm 190cm 9th 210cm 250cm 9th 230cm 230cm
10th 50cm 30cm 10th 160cm 200cm 10th 220cm 260cm 10th 220cm 230cm
11th 50cm 30cm 11th 160cm 200cm 11th 230cm 260cm 11th 220cm 230cm
12th 50cm 40cm 12th 160cm 200cm 12th 230cm 260cm 12th 220cm 230cm
13th 60cm 40cm 13th 160cm 200cm 13th 220cm 260cm 13th 220cm 230cm
14th 60cm 50cm 14th 160cm 200cm 14th 220cm 260cm 14th 210cm 230cm
15th 70cm 60cm 15th 165cm 200cm 15th 210cm 260cm 15th 210cm 230cm
16th 70cm 60cm 16th 170cm 200cm 16th 210cm 260cm 16th 210cm 230cm
17th 70cm 60cm 17th 170cm 200cm 17th 200cm 260cm 17th 220cm 230cm
18th 60cm 60cm 18th 170cm 200cm 18th 210cm 260cm 18th 220cm 230cm
19th 60cm 60cm 19th 170cm 210cm 19th 210cm 260cm 19th 220cm 230cm
20th 60cm 80cm 20th 170cm 210cm 20th 210cm 260cm 20th 220cm 230cm
21st 60cm 80cm 21st 180cm 220cm 21st 210cm 260cm 21st 220cm 230cm
22nd 60cm 80cm 22nd 180cm 220cm 22nd 210cm 260cm 22nd 200cm 220cm
23rd 70cm 60cm 23rd 180cm 220cm 23rd 210cm 260cm 23rd 190cm 220cm
24th 70cm 60cm 24th 180cm 220cm 24th 220cm 260cm 24th 200cm 220cm
25th 70cm 70cm 25th 180cm 230cm 25th 210cm 260cm 25th 200cm 220cm
26th 70cm 70cm 26th 180cm 230cm 26th 230cm 260cm 26th 200cm 220cm
27th 70cm 70cm 27th 180cm 240cm 27th 240cm 260cm 27th 190cm 220cm
28th 80cm 80cm 28th 190cm 240cm 28th 240cm 260cm 28th 180cm 220cm
29th 90cm 100cm 29th 190cm 250cm 29th 240cm - 29th 180cm 210cm
30th 90cm 130cm 30th 180cm 250cm 30th 30th 180cm 200cm
31st 90cm 150cm 31st 180cm 250cm 31st 31st 180cm 200cm

Previous Statistics

Kawaba Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kawaba. 
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 free 'First Step Gelaende' is located at the base of the resort, where the covered snow escalator is. Entry to just this area is 1,500 yen - or free with a valid ski lift ticket. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a selection of park areas at Kawaba - 'Jacky's Easy Park', 'Murasaki Banked Park' and the 'Flux Park'.

Kawaba offers a 'First Tracks' service where you ride up to top on grooming machines before lift opening time to get in early tracks. 2,000 yen for just the first tracks; 7,000 yen for a 1 day lift ticket and First Tracks. Optional tours are also available. 

Kawaba Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kawaba is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays after 21st December 2019.

From 23rd March 2020, Kawaba is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.

There is no nighta at this resort. There are special 'Night Tour' experiences available (see above).

Kawaba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years pre-school age
Older Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
50 years & over
1 Day (weekday) 4,900 yen 2,000 yen 3,600 yen 4,100 yen
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 5,200 yen 2,000 yen 3,900 yen 4,400 yen
PM (12pm-4pm) 4,100 yen 2,800 yen 3,600 yen
5 Hours 4,300 yen 3,000 yen 3,800 yen
10 Hours 8,000 yen 5,400 yen 7,000 yen
20 Hours 15,600 yen 10,400 yen 13,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 55,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 37,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Early (until 20th December 2019) and Spring (from 23rd March 2020) tickets:

Adults - 4,100 yen
Children - 2,600 yen
Seniors - 3,700 yen

Getting to Kawaba

By public transport
27.7km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
21.4km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The resort is just over 21km from Numata Station on the local Joetsu line and just under 28km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Kawaba & Katashina by public transport
A bus to Kawaba leaves Jomo Kogen Station (Joetsu Shinkansen line) at 8:00am and 9:00am.

A free shuttle bus to the resort that leaves Numata Station at 8:40am is also available.
By Car
16.6km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
24.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
24.9km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 120 (14.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 263
Kawaba is under 17km from the Numata IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway. About 25 minutes drive.

There are a number of road options around the Numata IC, some a little closer than others, but the below route is the one that the resort themselves recommend.

From the Numata IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 120. After about 500m on Route 120, turn left onto Prefecture Road 64 and continue along that road for just over 6km (passing the Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza on the left side after about 5km). Turn right at the traffic lights and then 900m later turn left. After about another 500m, at the next junction turn right onto Prefecture Road 263. Follow this road for about 9km right up to the Kawaba resort base car parks.

You should find that Kawaba is well signposted on the route.

If you are not keen driving up to the base in icy and snowy conditions, you can park at the Michi-no-eki and use the free shuttle bus that goes up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Kawaba & Katashina by car
The unique multi story car park at the base of the resort - along with five outdoor car parks a bit further out - offer parking for a total of 1800 vehicles. Parking is free every day of the season.

If you are approaching by car but don't want to drive up the snowy mountain road last bit, you can park at the 'satellite car park' and get a bus up to the resort. Between 14th December 2019 and 22nd March 2020, this free shuttle bus leaves the 'Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza'. It is particularly handy for those not wanting to drive on the snowy mountain roads that lead up to the resort. Times for leaving the Michi-no-eki are as below:

Weekdays: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm
Holidays: 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm

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(Updated 24th September)

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