Minakami Kogen Ski Resort (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
水上高原スキーリゾート (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Thursday 20th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Latest report posted at 10:44am on Saturday 15th December 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 2018]

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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, featuring popular Pokémon characters.

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.

The Mountain

1248m
378m
870m
32"
11
3100m
3
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 1 0 2 0 0

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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1st - - 1st - 150cm 1st - 210cm 1st - 220cm
2nd - - 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 200cm
3rd - - 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 210cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - - 4th - 180cm 4th - 210cm 4th - 200cm
5th - - 5th - 180cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 180cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 180cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 200cm
8th - - 8th - 180cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th - 180cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th - 180cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 180cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 180cm
12th - - 12th - 180cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th - 180cm 13th - 200cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th - 180cm 14th - 200cm 14th - 170cm
15th - - 15th - 180cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 170cm
16th - - 16th - 180cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 170cm
17th - - 17th - 150cm 17th - 200cm 17th - 170cm
18th - - 18th - 150cm 18th - 200cm 18th - 170cm
19th - - 19th - 150cm 19th - 240cm 19th - 170cm
20th - 60cm 20th - 150cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 160cm
21st - 60cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 240cm 21st - 160cm
22nd - 60cm 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 240cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 60cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 60cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 60cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 60cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 60cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 150cm 28th - 210cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 210cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 210cm 30th 30th - 150cm
31st - 150cm 31st - 210cm 31st 31st - 140cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Kogen Ski Resort. 
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
There are two 'Kids Park' areas - the 'Pikachu Kindergarden' (20th December 2018 until 7th April 2019) for children 1-5 years old and the 'Pokémon Snow Paretto' (28th December 2018 until 7th April 2019) for older children. Entry to both is 900 yen for the day or free with a valid ski lift ticket.

There are a number of other activities at this resort including snow mobiles (both children and adult), snow rafting, 'snow coach', sledging, airboards, cross country and snow shoes. A special ticket is available for these activities. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no specific Snow Park. 

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
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 nighta at this resort.

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary 1st-3rd Grade
Older Child
Elementary 4th-6th Grade
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,600 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,200 yen 1,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,700 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,200 yen 1,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,700 yen
Season Ticket 18,000 yen 12,000 yen 18,000 yen 18,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Lift ticket charges for children of Junior High School age are the same as the Senior rates.

A number of Family tickets are available:

1 adult and 1 child - 5,300 yen
1 adult and 2 children - 6,900 yen
2 adults and 1 child - 8,000 yen
2 adults and 1 children - 9,600 yen

Getting to Minakami Kogen Ski Resort

By public transport
Train
Train
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
Transport Information
Information
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.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
A free resort shuttle bus is available from Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station. Reservations are required.
By Car
Car
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
Direction
Direction
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.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
Car parking is available close to the base of the resort. It is free every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
6152-1 Fujiwara
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun,
Gunma-ken
379-1721
Telephone
Telephone
0278-75-2222
2018-2019 SEASON UPDATES
As of Sunday 9th December, we still need to update the information for about 50 ski hills around Japan. They are mostly very small ones and the information can be very hard to find. We are working to get them all updated as quickly as possible... hopefully within the next week!
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