Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is located to the north of central Minakami town in the northern region of Gunma Prefecture. It is the most northerly of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami region, and indeed the whole of Gunma Prefecture. This resort offers a variety of children-based areas and activities. A special 'Snow Activity Passport' covers the non-skiing/boarding activities.
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. 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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Kogen Ski Resort.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There are a few areas suitable for young children as well as a number of other activities including snow mobiles (both children and adult), snow rafting, 'snow coach', sledging, airboards, cross country and snow shoes.
A special 'Snow Activity Passport' ticket is available that covers these activities.
An indoor child care facility is also available at the ski area.
Various items and slalom courses on the slopes, generally suitable for young children.
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Mid April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is normally open as follows:
Saturdays - from 8:00am until 5:00pm Sundays & holidays - from 8:00am until 4:30pm Weekdays - from 8:30am until 4:30pm
There is no night skiing at this area.
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary 1st-3rd Grade
Elementary 4th-6th Grade
55 years & over
2020-2021 Season lift tickets
Lift ticket charges for children of Junior High School age are the same as the Senior rates.
A number of 1 day family tickets are available:
1 adult and 1 child - 5,500 yen 1 adult and 2 children - 7,100 yen 2 adults and 1 child - 8,200 yen 2 adults and 1 children - 9,800 yen
Additional adults charged at 2,700 yen and additional children at 1,600 yen.
Getting to Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
By public transport
28.9km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
15.2km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
17.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is about 15km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line and about 18km from the larger Minakami Station on the same line.
Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is about 29km away from the resort.
A free resort shuttle bus is available from Jomo Kogen Station (60 minutes) and Minakami Station (30 minutes). Reservations are required three days in advance - and note that it can only for use by guests of the base hotel in peak periods.
The bus leaves Jomo Kogen at 8:05am, 11:35am and 3:00pm; leaves Minakami Station at 8:25am, 11:55am and 3:20pm.
22km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
33.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (14.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is about 22km 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 (1.3km) to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights 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 and used to winter snow roads) or continue straight on. Go past the turn off and signposts for Minakami Hodaigi. The turn off from Prefecture Road 63 for Minakami Kogen Fujiwara is about 3.5km further on than the turn off for Minakami Houdaigi. Turn right at the signs and follow the road and signs up to the base of the resort.
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