Kawaba (Kawaba Village, Gunma)

川場 (群馬県 川場村)
Planned season: Saturday 1st December 2018 until April 2019
Official snow depth 20cm (10cm) [updated on 9th December 2018]

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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 - 180cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 280cm
2nd 10cm 50cm 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 270cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd 20cm 50cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 270cm 3rd - 260cm
4th 20cm 50cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 270cm 4th - 260cm
5th 0cm 50cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 270cm 5th - 250cm
6th - 50cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 250cm
7th 0cm 50cm 7th - 220cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 250cm
8th 10cm 50cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 270cm 8th - 250cm
9th 20cm 50cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 270cm 9th - 240cm
10th - 60cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 270cm 10th - 230cm
11th - 60cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 230cm
12th - 60cm 12th - 220cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 230cm
13th - 60cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 270cm 13th - 230cm
14th - 70cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 270cm 14th - 230cm
15th - 110cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 270cm 15th - 220cm
16th - 110cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 270cm 16th - 210cm
17th - 110cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 270cm 17th - 210cm
18th - 120cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 210cm
19th - 120cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 280cm 19th - 210cm
20th - 130cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 280cm 20th - 210cm
21st - 130cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 280cm 21st - 210cm
22nd - 130cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 280cm 22nd - 210cm
23rd - 130cm 23rd - 230cm 23rd - 280cm 23rd - 210cm
24th - 130cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 280cm 24th - 210cm
25th - 130cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 280cm 25th - 210cm
26th - 140cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 280cm 26th - 200cm
27th - 140cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 190cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 280cm 28th - 190cm
29th - 170cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 180cm
30th - 180cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 170cm
31st - 180cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - 170cm

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 - 'Murasaki Banked Slalom Park', 'Flux Park' and the 'Max Easy 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, 6,700 yen for a 1 day lift ticket and First Tracks. Optional tours are also available.

Snow Trecking tours are also available for the 2018-2019 season. 

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 15th December 2018.

From 25th March 2019, 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 4,800 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
PM Ticket 4,000 yen 2,700 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours 4,100 yen 2,800 yen 3,600 yen
10 Hours 7,900 yen 5,300 yen 6,900 yen
20 Hours 15,500 yen 10,300 yen 13,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Season Ticket (all) 55,000 yen 32,000 yen 42,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 37,000 yen
Monthly Pass 22,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 1 day ticket for children aged 3 years to 11 years: 2,000 yen.

Entry to 'First Step' is 1,500 yen for 1 day (free with a valid 1 day, half day or hour ticket).

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
There are a number of shuttle buses available that go to Kawaba.

Between 8th December 2018 and 31st March 2019, a free shuttle bus leaves the 'Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza' to Kawaba. This 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

Buses also leaving from Jomo Kogen Station (Joetsu Shinkansen line) and also Numata Station (Joetsu local line) are also available.

Various tour buses also leave from Tokyo.
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 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 Michi-no-eki and take a free shuttle bus to the resort. See above for more details.

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