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: Friday 20th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
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Latest report posted at 9:16am on Saturday 14th December 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 16th December 2019]

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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

1248m
378m
870m
32"
11
3100m
4
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 3 0 0

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
season
18/19
season
1st - - 1st - 160cm 1st - 260cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - - 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - - 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 260cm 3rd - 190cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 260cm 4th - 190cm
5th - - 5th - 170cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 170cm 6th - 250cm 6th - 160cm
7th - - 7th - 170cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 160cm
8th - - 8th - 180cm 8th - 250cm 8th - 160cm
9th - - 9th - 200cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 160cm
10th - - 10th - 200cm 10th - 250cm 10th - 160cm
11th - - 11th - 200cm 11th - 250cm 11th - 160cm
12th - - 12th - 200cm 12th - 250cm 12th - 150cm
13th - - 13th - 200cm 13th - 250cm 13th - 150cm
14th - - 14th - 200cm 14th - 250cm 14th - 150cm
15th - - 15th - 200cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 150cm
16th - - 16th - 200cm 16th - 250cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th - 200cm 17th - 250cm 17th - 150cm
18th - - 18th - 200cm 18th - 250cm 18th - 150cm
19th - 50cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 230cm 19th - 150cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 140cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 140cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 140cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 140cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 140cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 230cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 140cm
27th - 50cm 27th - 230cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 130cm
28th - 70cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 130cm
29th - 100cm 29th - 240cm 29th - - 29th - 130cm
30th - 120cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 130cm
31st - 130cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - 120cm

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 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.

A child care facility is also available. 
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 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 4,300 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 2019-2020 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
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 (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
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. The Day Center car park is free and open from 7:00am until 5:00pm mostly on weekends and holidays.

More Information

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Address
Address
6152-1 Fujiwara
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun,
Gunma-ken
379-1721
Telephone
Telephone
0278-75-2222
2019-2020 UPDATES
14th December 2019: Most ski resort information for the 19-20 has been updated - last ones should be updated within the week... More about updates here
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