Akagisan Daiichi is a very small ski hill - claiming to be the 'smallest in Japan' - located high up on Mt Akagi in the eastern region of Gunma Prefecture and to the south of the resorts in Minakami and Katashina.
There are no ski lifts at Akagisan Daiichi, just a 60m long 'snow elevator'. There is no grooming of the snow here! There used to be Dai-ni and Dai-san (Number 2 and 3) small ski areas nearby, but they are no longer operating. Akagisan Daiichi normally only opens on weekends.
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.
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
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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