Minakami Hodaigi (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until early April 2018
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Minakami Hodaigi is located on the north western slopes of Mt Hotaka in Minakami town, Gunma Prefecture. With a relatively high elevation and northerly position the region usually receives very good quality snowfall in season. A season ticket that can also be used at Oguna Hotaka is available. Minakami Hodaigi has been operating since 1979.

Minakami town is separated from Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture to the north by the impressive Tanigawa mountain range. The nine separate ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami are quite spread out throughout the central region of the town. These maps show all of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami area together. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities... and the onsen hot springs are very popular too.

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

1400m
570m
830m
40"
16
2600m
7
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 2 0 5 0 0

Minakami Hodaigi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
1st - - 1st - 160cm 1st - 210cm 1st - 210cm
2nd - - 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 210cm
3rd - - 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 210cm 3rd - 210cm
4th - - 4th - 190cm 4th - 210cm 4th - 210cm
5th - - 5th - 190cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 190cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 190cm
7th - - 7th - 190cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 190cm
8th - - 8th - 190cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 190cm
9th - - 9th - 190cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 190cm 10th - 210cm 10th - 190cm
11th - - 11th - 190cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 190cm
12th - - 12th - 190cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 190cm
13th - - 13th - 190cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 190cm
14th - - 14th - 190cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 180cm
15th - - 15th - 190cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 180cm
16th - 60cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 180cm
17th - 60cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 180cm
18th - 60cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 210cm 18th - 180cm
19th - 70cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 210cm 19th - 160cm
20th - 70cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 160cm
21st - 70cm 21st - 190cm 21st - 230cm 21st - 160cm
22nd - 70cm 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 70cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 230cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 70cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 70cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 80cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 230cm 26th - 150cm
27th - 100cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 230cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 230cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 160cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 140cm
31st - 160cm 31st - 210cm 31st 31st - 140cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Hodaigi Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Hodaigi. 
Rental
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 Land' and 'Gunma Chan Park' are located near the Center House Houdaigi and is free to enter.

A child-care service called 'Snow Fairy' is available in Resthouse Houdaigi, reservations required and charges apply (depending on the age of children and time). 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few 'park' areas on the slopes including a natural pipe and 17 wave park. 

Minakami Hodaigi Season & Opening Times

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

Minakami Hodaigi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,900 yen 3,800 yen
Morning (until 1pm) 3,400 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,400 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
10 Hours 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
20 Hours 15,000 yen 15,000 yen 15,000 yen
30 Hours 22,500 yen 22,500 yen 22,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 450 yen 450 yen
Snow Escalator 1 Day 700 yen 700 yen 700 yen
Season (Joint) 48,300 yen 30,800 yen 37,000 yen
Season (Houdaigi only) 47,300 yen 29,800 yen 36,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information An IC Card returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

There are two types of Season Ticket - one is valid at only Minakami Hodaigi; the other is valid at both Minakami Hodaigi and Oguna Hotaka (marked as 'Joint' in above table).

Getting to Minakami Hodaigi

By public transport
Train
Train
26.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
12.2km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
14.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
The resort is just over 12km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line.

Minakami Station on the same line is just under 15km away.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
A local bus service is available from Jomo Kogen Station (70 minutes) and Minakami Station (45 minutes).

Buses stops at Takagawa Iriguchi - a resort shuttle bus is available from there to the base of the resort.
By Car
Car
18.9km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
30.8km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (11.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Direction
Direction
Minakami Hodaigi is about 19km from the Minakami IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left again at the first traffic lights after 1.3km to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights past central Minakami, turn right onto Prefecture Road 63 (also known as the Okutone-Yukemuri Highway). Go past Okutone Snow Park on the right and soon after you will arrive at some traffic lights. Either turn left (if you are equipped for and used to driving on winter snowy roads) or continue straight on for around a further 9km to the signposted turn off towards Hodaigi.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
There is parking for about 2,400 vehicles close to the base of the resort. Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays (500 yen after 12pm).

More Information

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Address
Address
Fujiwara 3839-1
Minakami
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1721
Telephone
Telephone
0278-75-2557
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
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.

(1st October 2018)
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