Minakami Kogen Ski Resort (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 11th April 2021
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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. 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.

The Mountain

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Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 210cm 45cm 1st 190cm 80cm 1st 190cm 105cm
2nd - - 2nd 210cm 45cm 2nd 190cm 80cm 2nd 190cm 105cm
3rd - - 3rd 210cm 55cm 3rd 190cm 80cm 3rd 180cm 105cm
4th - - 4th 210cm 55cm 4th 190cm 80cm 4th 180cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 210cm 60cm 5th 190cm 80cm 5th 180cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 210cm 70cm 6th 190cm 80cm 6th 180cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 210cm 70cm 7th 195cm 90cm 7th 180cm 110cm
8th - - 8th 210cm 70cm 8th 195cm 100cm 8th 170cm 110cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 70cm 9th 210cm 100cm 9th 170cm 110cm
10th - - 10th 210cm 70cm 10th 210cm 100cm 10th 170cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 210cm 70cm 11th 210cm 105cm 11th 170cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 210cm 70cm 12th 210cm 110cm 12th 170cm 90cm
13th - - 13th 210cm 70cm 13th 210cm 110cm 13th 170cm 90cm
14th - - 14th 210cm 70cm 14th 210cm 110cm 14th 160cm 90cm
15th - - 15th 210cm 70cm 15th 200cm 110cm 15th 160cm 90cm
16th - - 16th 210cm 70cm 16th 200cm 110cm 16th 160cm 90cm
17th - - 17th 200cm 80cm 17th 200cm 110cm 17th 160cm 90cm
18th - - 18th 190cm 80cm 18th 200cm 100cm 18th 150cm 90cm
19th 150cm - 19th 190cm 80cm 19th 210cm 100cm 19th 150cm 90cm
20th 200cm 20cm 20th 200cm 80cm 20th 210cm 105cm 20th 150cm 90cm
21st 200cm 20cm 21st 200cm 90cm 21st 210cm 105cm 21st 150cm 90cm
22nd 210cm 20cm 22nd 200cm 90cm 22nd 190cm 105cm 22nd 140cm 90cm
23rd 210cm 20cm 23rd 200cm 90cm 23rd 190cm 105cm 23rd 140cm 80cm
24th 210cm 20cm 24th 190cm 90cm 24th 190cm 105cm 24th 140cm 70cm
25th 210cm 20cm 25th 190cm 90cm 25th 190cm 105cm 25th 130cm 70cm
26th 210cm 25cm 26th 190cm 90cm 26th 190cm 105cm 26th 130cm 70cm
27th 210cm 30cm 27th 185cm 90cm 27th 190cm 105cm 27th 130cm 70cm
28th 210cm 30cm 28th 185cm 90cm 28th 190cm 105cm 28th 130cm 70cm
29th 210cm 35cm 29th 185cm 90cm 29th - 105cm 29th 120cm 60cm
30th 210cm 45cm 30th 185cm 90cm 30th 30th 120cm 60cm
31st 210cm 45cm 31st 190cm 80cm 31st 31st 120cm 60cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Kogen Ski Resort. 
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 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. 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'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 night skiing at this area.

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary 1st-3rd Grade
Older Child
Elementary 4th-6th Grade
55 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,300 yen 1,400 yen 2,300 yen 2,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,300 yen 1,400 yen 2,300 yen 2,800 yen
Season Ticket 18,000 yen 12,000 yen 18,000 yen 18,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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
Transport 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
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.
By 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
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
Car parking is available close to the base of the resort. The Day Center car park is free and open from 7:00am until 5:00pm mostly on weekends and holidays.

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