Akagisan Dai 1 (Maebashi City, Gunma)

Akagisan Dai 1
赤城山第1
(群馬県 前橋市)
Planned season: Late December 2020 until mid March 2021
Normally open only on weekends & holidays

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Akagisan Dai 1 ('Akagisan Number 1') is a small ski hill - the self-proclaimed 'smallest ski area in Japan' - located high up on Mt Akagi in the eastern region of Gunma Prefecture and to the south of the ski areas in Minakami and Katashina.

There are currently no operating ski lifts at Akagisan Dai 1, just a 60m long 'snow escalator', so it is more like an ungroomed playing-in-the-snow type area than a proper ski hill. Akagisan Dai 1 is normally only opens on weekends and holidays.

There used to be two more small ski areas nearby, Akagisan Dai 2 (Number 2) and Akagisan Dai 3 (Number 3), but they are no longer operating. Akagisan Dai 1 itself actually used to be a much larger ski area, complete with a Ropeway and two ski lifts. The full story about Akagisan Dai 1 (and the other two areas) can be found on SnowJapanHistory.com

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 northerns regions of of Minakami and Katashina and over to the west in Kusatsu.

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The Mountain

1400m
50m
1350m
5"
2
200m
1
0%
70%
30%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Akagisan Dai 1 Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
There is no ski or snowboard school at Akagisan Dai 1. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Limited ski equipment rental is available.
Sledges are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledding area at the base. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no snow park facilities. 

Akagisan Dai 1 Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
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Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Not open on weekdays
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Akagisan Dai 1 is generally open on weekends and holidays only - closed on weekdays, but available for 'playing in the snow'.

There is no night skiing at this ski area.

Akagisan Dai 1 Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 800 yen 800 yen 800 yen
Lift Ticket Information This small ski area does not normally open on weekdays.

The 60m snow escalator is open on weekends and holidays and costs 800 yen to use.

Getting to Akagisan Dai 1

By public transport
Train
Train
37.5km from Takasaki Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
27.4km from Maebashi Station on the Ryomo line
32.7km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
Akagisan Daiichi is about 27km from Maebashi Station on the Ryomo line, 33km from Numata Station on the Joetsu line and 37.5km from Takasaki Station on the Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines.

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bus
Bus
No shuttle bus service is available but there is a scheduled public bus services from Maebashi Station up to the area.
By Car
Car
28.6km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
29.3km from the Shibukawa Ikaho IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
30.7km from the Maebashi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 353 (17.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 70
Direction
Direction
From Numata and Route 120 head south using Prefecture Road 251.

From the south west and Maebashi city, use Prefecture Road 4.

Both arrive at Lane Onuma and the ski hill is close to the southern shores of the lake.

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Parking
Parking
There is free parking for around 100 vehicles close by.

More Information

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Address
Address
Fujimi-machi
Maebashi-shi
Gunma-ken
371-0101
Telephone
Telephone
027-287-8311
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