Kusatsu Kokusai (Kusatsu Town, Gunma)

Kusatsu Kokusai
草津国際 (群馬県 草津町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
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Kusatsu Kokusai is a ski and snowboard resort located in the western region of Gunma Prefecture close to the border with Nagano Prefecture. Kusatsu ski resort dates right back to 1914. The resort has two main distinct areas at either end of a long and narrow shape. There is a connecting course and the longest possible run is a full 8km. There are a few official snow shoe courses available at Kusatsu Kokusai.

Kusatsu town is a popular onsen hot spring resort throughout the year. The main town area of Kusatsu is a few kilometres from the ski resort. Kusatsu Kokusai is geographically very close to the ski resorts in Shiga Kogen, but the section of Route 292 that connects the two areas is closed during the winter months and so it is not possible to get between the two in winter without an unauthorized hike.

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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Kusatsu Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics

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

Previous Statistics

Kusatsu Kokusai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kusatsu Kokusai. 
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 and open from 9:00am until 4:00pm. The entry charge is 1,000 yen. An accompanying adult can enter for free. As well as a snow escalator there is a sledging area, an area for playing in the snow, a beginners run and snow racers.

A 'Kids Room' child care service for children ages 1-6 years is also available on the 2nd Floor of the main ticket centre. Reservations are required and 1 hour costs 1,000 yen.

There is also a free rest room for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' areas are all located in the lower area of the resort. 

Kusatsu Kokusai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kusatsu Kokusai is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm every Saturday from 29th December 2017 until 17th March 2018, 7th January and 11th February 2018.

Kusatsu Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,780 yen
2 Days 7,400 yen 5,400 yen 6,660 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,240 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,240 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,800 yen 1,400 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,200 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
Season Ticket 50,000 yen 40,000 yen 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A Family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child is 6,400 yen.

Add 3,800 yen for an additional adult and 2,800 yen for an additional child.

Getting to Kusatsu Kokusai

By public transport
46.3km from Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
14.3km from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station on the Agatsuma line
46.3km from Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
Transport Information
The closest train station is Naganohara Kusatsuguchi on the Agatsuma local line. Kusatsu Kokusai is just over 14km from the station.

Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Shinano Tetsudo lines is just over 45km to the south of Kusatsu.

>> More information on getting to Kusatsu Onsen by public transport
There is a bus service between Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station and Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal and the ski resort.
By Car
56.7km from the Usui Karuizawa IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
57.6km from the Shibukawa Ikaho IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
63km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Kusatsu Kokusai can be approached from the east (Kanetsu Expressway) and from the south (Joshinetsu Expressway).

Unlike some ski resort regions of Japan, you can approach Kusatsu Kokusai resort on Route 292 without really encountering much snow on or by the side of the roads until the very last part of the journey. Having said that, it is best to be prepared. As you approach the town area, there is a section of 'musical road'.... drive at a constant 40kmh to be entertained by your tyres going over the specially altered road surface.

From the Shibukawa Ikaho IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, turn left to head north on Route 17. Continue on Route 17 for about 4.5km until reaching the turn off for Route 353. Kusatsu is mentioned on the signpost. Turn left here onto Route 353 and continue on that road for a further 19km into Nakanojo. On reaching Route 145, turn left and keep following the signs towards Kusatsu. Continue on Route 145 for around 26km into Naganohara. Go straight on - using Route 292 - up to Kusatsu.

>> More information on getting to Kusatsu by car
A number of car parks for 2000 vehicles are available at the base of Kusatsu Kokusai. Some are free and there are charges (500-1000 yen for the day) at others.

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As the 2018-2019 winter season approaches, we are gradually updating the information on these pages (for every ski resort in Japan).

Many ski resorts in Japan do not update their own information until late autumn. Our process of updating information will be ongoing right through until the end of November. In the meantime, ski resorts usually open and close around the same dates each year - so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 18-18 season, they can be used as a good indication of the upcoming season.

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