Kawaba (Kawaba Village, Gunma)

(群馬県 川場村)
Planned season: Saturday 4th December 2021 until April 2022
Official snow depth 270cm (5cm) [updated on 21st January 2022]

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Kawaba is located on the southern slopes of Mt Hotaka in the northeastern region of Gunma Prefecture. The multi-storey building at the end of the road acts as both the main multi-story car park and the ski area's base. The ski area base is actually accessed from the top floor. Positioned at a high altitude, this region often enjoys favourable snow conditions and a long season. Kawaba is also popular for its parks and 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. 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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Kawaba Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - 10cm 1st 190cm 210cm 1st - 220cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - 10cm 2nd 200cm 210cm 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 250cm
3rd 40cm 10cm 3rd 200cm 210cm 3rd - 230cm 3rd - 250cm
4th 50cm 10cm 4th 200cm 210cm 4th - 230cm 4th - 250cm
5th 50cm 15cm 5th 220cm 210cm 5th - 240cm 5th - 250cm
6th 50cm - 6th 220cm 210cm 6th - 240cm 6th - 240cm
7th 50cm - 7th 240cm 210cm 7th - 240cm 7th - 240cm
8th 50cm 15cm 8th 240cm 210cm 8th - 240cm 8th - 240cm
9th 50cm 15cm 9th 240cm 210cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 230cm
10th 50cm 20cm 10th 240cm 210cm 10th - 250cm 10th - 230cm
11th 50cm 30cm 11th 240cm 210cm 11th - 250cm 11th - 230cm
12th 50cm 30cm 12th 240cm 210cm 12th - 250cm 12th - 230cm
13th 50cm 30cm 13th 240cm 210cm 13th - 250cm 13th - 220cm
14th 60cm 40cm 14th 250cm 210cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 220cm
15th 60cm 40cm 15th 255cm 210cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 220cm
16th 60cm 60cm 16th 255cm 210cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 210cm
17th 60cm 110cm 17th 260cm 210cm 17th - 250cm 17th - 210cm
18th 70cm 110cm 18th 265cm 210cm 18th - 250cm 18th - 210cm
19th 70cm 130cm 19th 265cm 220cm 19th - 250cm 19th - 210cm
20th 90cm 180cm 20th 265cm 220cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 210cm
21st 100cm 200cm 21st 270cm 220cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 200cm
22nd 100cm 200cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 190cm
23rd 100cm 200cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 250cm 23rd - 190cm
24th 100cm 200cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 250cm 24th - 190cm
25th 100cm 200cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 180cm
26th 110cm 200cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 180cm
27th 130cm 200cm 27th - 210cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 170cm
28th 160cm 200cm 28th - 210cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 170cm
29th 170cm 190cm 29th - 210cm 29th - - 29th - 160cm
30th 170cm 190cm 30th - 220cm 30th 30th - 150cm
31st 180cm 200cm 31st - 220cm 31st 31st - 150cm

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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The free First Step Gelaende area is located at the base of the ski area, 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 - Flux Park, The Easy Park and The Free Ride 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
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 normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm on weekdays and from 8:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays after 18th December 2021.

From late March, Kawaba is open from 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
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 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

Early (until 17th December 2021) and Spring (from late March 2022) 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 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.
A bus to Kawaba leaves Jomo Kogen Station (Joetsu Shinkansen line) at 8:00am and 9:00am. The journey takes about 50 minutes.

A free shuttle bus to the ski areas that leaves Numata Station at 8:40am is also available.

Reservations are required.
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 ski area.
The unique multi story car park at the base of the ski areas - 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 ski area. This free shuttle bus leaves the Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza.

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