Kawaba (Kawaba Village, Gunma)

Kawaba
川場
(群馬県 川場村)
Planned season: Saturday 5th December 2020 until April 2021
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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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

1870m
580m
1290m
34"
10
3300m
5
30%
50%
20%
Skiers
35%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
65%
0 0 3 1 1 0 0

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
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19/20
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20/21
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20/21
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1st 10cm - 1st 210cm 90cm 1st 220cm 190cm 1st 250cm 240cm
2nd 10cm - 2nd 210cm 110cm 2nd 220cm 190cm 2nd 250cm 230cm
3rd 10cm - 3rd 210cm 110cm 3rd 230cm 190cm 3rd 250cm 230cm
4th 10cm - 4th 210cm 120cm 4th 230cm 190cm 4th 250cm 230cm
5th 15cm - 5th 210cm 140cm 5th 240cm 190cm 5th 250cm 230cm
6th - 40cm 6th 210cm 140cm 6th 240cm 200cm 6th 240cm 240cm
7th - 40cm 7th 210cm 140cm 7th 240cm 210cm 7th 240cm 240cm
8th 15cm 50cm 8th 210cm 140cm 8th 240cm 210cm 8th 240cm 240cm
9th 15cm 50cm 9th 210cm 160cm 9th 250cm 210cm 9th 230cm 230cm
10th 20cm 50cm 10th 210cm 160cm 10th 250cm 220cm 10th 230cm 220cm
11th 30cm 50cm 11th 210cm 160cm 11th 250cm 230cm 11th 230cm 220cm
12th 30cm 50cm 12th 210cm 160cm 12th 250cm 230cm 12th 230cm 220cm
13th 30cm 60cm 13th 210cm 160cm 13th 250cm 220cm 13th 220cm 220cm
14th 40cm 60cm 14th 210cm 160cm 14th 250cm 220cm 14th 220cm 210cm
15th 40cm 70cm 15th 210cm 165cm 15th 250cm 210cm 15th 220cm 210cm
16th 60cm 70cm 16th 210cm 170cm 16th 250cm 210cm 16th 210cm 210cm
17th 110cm 70cm 17th 210cm 170cm 17th 250cm 200cm 17th 210cm 220cm
18th 110cm 60cm 18th 210cm 170cm 18th 250cm 210cm 18th 210cm 220cm
19th 130cm 60cm 19th 220cm 170cm 19th 250cm 210cm 19th 210cm 220cm
20th 180cm 60cm 20th 220cm 170cm 20th 250cm 210cm 20th 210cm 220cm
21st 200cm 60cm 21st 220cm 180cm 21st 250cm 210cm 21st 200cm 220cm
22nd 200cm 60cm 22nd 220cm 180cm 22nd 250cm 210cm 22nd 190cm 200cm
23rd 200cm 70cm 23rd 220cm 180cm 23rd 250cm 210cm 23rd 190cm 190cm
24th 200cm 70cm 24th 220cm 180cm 24th 250cm 220cm 24th 190cm 200cm
25th 200cm 70cm 25th 220cm 180cm 25th 250cm 210cm 25th 180cm 200cm
26th 200cm 70cm 26th 220cm 180cm 26th 250cm 230cm 26th 180cm 200cm
27th 200cm 70cm 27th 210cm 180cm 27th 250cm 240cm 27th 170cm 190cm
28th 200cm 80cm 28th 210cm 190cm 28th 250cm 240cm 28th 170cm 180cm
29th 190cm 90cm 29th 210cm 190cm 29th - 240cm 29th 160cm 180cm
30th 190cm 90cm 30th 220cm 180cm 30th 30th 150cm 180cm
31st 200cm 90cm 31st 220cm 180cm 31st 31st 150cm 180cm

Previous Statistics

Kawaba Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kawaba. 
Rental
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; 7,200 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
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kawaba is normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays after 19th December 2020.

From 22nd March 2021, Kawaba is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.

There is no night skiing at Kawaba.

Kawaba Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
3 years pre-school age
Older Child
Elementary & Junior High School age
Senior
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 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

Early (until 18th December 2020) and Spring (from 22nd March 2021) tickets:

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

Getting to Kawaba

By public transport
Train
Train
27.7km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
21.4km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
The ski area 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
bus
Bus
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
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
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
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 1,800 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 12th December 2020 and 21st March 2021, 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

More Information

Address
Address
Kawaba Kogen
Kawaba-mura
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
378-0101
Telephone
Telephone
0278-52-3345
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