Akasawa (Minakami Town, Gunma)

(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 25th December 2021 until Sunday 13th March 2022
Official snow depth 100cm (0cm) [updated on 29th January 2022]

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Akasawa is a small ski area located in the southwest region of Minakami town in Gunma Prefecture, close to Hoshi Onsen and the border with Niigata Prefecture. It is only about 14km from the famous Naeba ski resort in Yuzawa town just to the north. This small area has two single lifts and a rope tow. Akasawa used to be generally only open on weekends and holidays (and only open privately on weekdays) but it is now also opening on many weekdays to the general public. There are a few weekdays when it will be closed to the general public. Details can be found below.

The Mountain

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Akasawa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 80cm 70cm 1st - 60cm 1st - 40cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 70cm 2nd - 60cm 2nd - 40cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 60cm 3rd - 60cm 3rd - 40cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 60cm 4th - 60cm 4th - 40cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 60cm 5th - 60cm 5th - 40cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 50cm 6th - 60cm 6th - 50cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 50cm 7th - 60cm 7th - 50cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 50cm 8th - 60cm 8th - 50cm
9th - - 9th 80cm 60cm 9th - 80cm 9th - 50cm
10th - - 10th 80cm 60cm 10th - 70cm 10th - 50cm
11th - - 11th 80cm 60cm 11th - 80cm 11th - 50cm
12th - - 12th 70cm 60cm 12th - 60cm 12th - -
13th - - 13th 70cm 50cm 13th - 60cm 13th - -
14th - - 14th 70cm 50cm 14th - 50cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th 70cm 50cm 15th - 50cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th 70cm 50cm 16th - 50cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th 90cm 50cm 17th - 50cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th 90cm 50cm 18th - 50cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th 100cm 50cm 19th - 60cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th 100cm 50cm 20th - 60cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st 120cm 50cm 21st - 50cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd 120cm 50cm 22nd - 50cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd 110cm 50cm 23rd - 50cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th 100cm 60cm 24th - 50cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th 100cm 50cm 25th - 50cm 25th - -
26th 20cm 50cm 26th 100cm 50cm 26th - 50cm 26th - -
27th 20cm 40cm 27th 100cm 50cm 27th - 60cm 27th - -
28th 50cm 40cm 28th 100cm 50cm 28th - 40cm 28th - -
29th 50cm 40cm 29th 100cm 50cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 40cm 40cm 30th - 50cm 30th 30th - -
31st 60cm 60cm 31st - 60cm 31st 31st - -

Akasawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
There is a ski school at Akasawa that offers ski lessons. But be warned, while the official website has English text on it, concerning ski lessons it states 'Foreigners can not accept'. Perhaps a more tactful wording of what they mean would be 'we cannot do lessons in languages other than Japanese', but best to check... 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Rental equipment and wear is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledding area at the base area of Akasawa and it is free to use. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific snow park. 

Akasawa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Akasawa is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Fully open on weekends, 29th December until 5th January, 10th January, 11th and 23rd February 2022.

Normally it is only partly open on weekdays in the months of January and February (when the rope tow or Number 2 lift are rested), with some exceptions.

Closed on the following dates:
- 28th December 2021
- 6th January 2022
- every Tuesday between 11th January and 22nd February 2022
- 2nd February 2022

Closed to the general public due to private reservation on the following dates:
- 14th, 28th, 31st January 2022
- 1st February 20222

Closed on weekdays in March 2022

There is no night skiing at this area.

Akasawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 1,600 yen 1,000 yen 1,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 1,600 yen 1,000 yen 1,300 yen
Lift 1 ride 200 yen 200 yen 200 yen
Lift 6 rides 1,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
Rope Tow only (1 day) 1,200 yen
Rope Tow only (half day) 800 yen
Rope Tow only (1 ride) 150 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The lift tickets include use of lifts and the rope tow.

Akasawa is not open to the general public every day of the season - see opening dates information elsewhere on this page.

Getting to Akasawa

By public transport
21.6km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
21.4km from Gokan Station on the Joetsu Line
27.1km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Akasawa is about 21.5km from Gokan Station in Minakami and about 27km from the larger Numata Station on the local Joetsu line.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 22km from Akasawa.
There is no ski area shuttle bus but local buses operate between Jomo Kogen Station and Sarugakyo Onsen.

Another bus operates from Sarugakyo Onsen to Hoshi Onsen (15 minutes). Get off at the Akazawa ski-jo stop.
By Car
21.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
27.1km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
36.3km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 261
Tsukiyono IC is the nearest exit on the Kanetsu Expressway, about 22km away.

From the Tsukiyono IC exit, turn onto Route 17 to head north - follow the signpost mentioning Niigata and Naeba. Go past Akaya-ko lake and through the Sarugakyo onsen area, and after about 17km from the IC exit follow the signs for Akasawa on the left side to head towards the base.
There is parking for 200 vehicles close to the base of Akasawa. Parking is free every day of the season.

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