Norn Minakami (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Norn Minakami
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Friday 20th December 2019 until Tuesday 31st March 2020
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Norn Minakami is conveniently located close to the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, just to the south of central Minakami in northern Gunma Prefecture. The resort is on the eastern slopes between Mt Azumaya and Mt Omine.

Norn has a large area at the base for families and children and for general 'playing in the snow' activities.

This area does not get as much snow as the nearby resorts to the north, but Norn has 50 snow making machines to help out if and when the weather is not being co-operative. In the spring time the daffodil park is popular.

Norn Minakami has been operating since 1994.

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

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Norn Minakami Course Map

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Norn Minakami Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 30cm 80cm 1st 85cm 150cm 1st 100cm 120cm
2nd - - 2nd 30cm 80cm 2nd 85cm 150cm 2nd 100cm 120cm
3rd - - 3rd 30cm 80cm 3rd 85cm 150cm 3rd 100cm 120cm
4th - - 4th 30cm 80cm 4th 85cm 140cm 4th 100cm 120cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 80cm 5th 85cm 140cm 5th 100cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 40cm 80cm 6th 85cm 140cm 6th 105cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 40cm 80cm 7th 100cm 140cm 7th 105cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 40cm 90cm 8th 100cm 140cm 8th 105cm 100cm
9th - - 9th 40cm 100cm 9th 100cm 140cm 9th 105cm 100cm
10th - - 10th 40cm 100cm 10th 100cm 150cm 10th 105cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 40cm 100cm 11th 110cm 150cm 11th 80cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 40cm 100cm 12th 110cm 150cm 12th 80cm 100cm
13th - - 13th 40cm 100cm 13th 110cm 150cm 13th 80cm 100cm
14th - - 14th 40cm 100cm 14th 110cm 150cm 14th 80cm 100cm
15th - - 15th 40cm 100cm 15th 100cm 150cm 15th 80cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 50cm 100cm 16th 100cm 150cm 16th 80cm 100cm
17th - - 17th 50cm 100cm 17th 90cm 150cm 17th 85cm 100cm
18th - - 18th 50cm 100cm 18th 90cm 150cm 18th 85cm 100cm
19th - - 19th 50cm 110cm 19th 90cm 150cm 19th 75cm 100cm
20th 30cm 40cm 20th 50cm 110cm 20th 90cm 130cm 20th 75cm 90cm
21st 30cm 40cm 21st 55cm 110cm 21st 90cm 130cm 21st 75cm 90cm
22nd 30cm 40cm 22nd 70cm 110cm 22nd 90cm 130cm 22nd 75cm 90cm
23rd 30cm 40cm 23rd 70cm 110cm 23rd 90cm 130cm 23rd 65cm 90cm
24th 30cm 40cm 24th 70cm 110cm 24th 90cm 130cm 24th 65cm 90cm
25th 30cm 40cm 25th 70cm 120cm 25th 90cm 130cm 25th 70cm 90cm
26th 30cm 40cm 26th 70cm 120cm 26th 90cm 120cm 26th 70cm 90cm
27th 30cm 40cm 27th 70cm 140cm 27th 90cm 120cm 27th 60cm 90cm
28th 30cm 50cm 28th 80cm 140cm 28th 100cm 120cm 28th 50cm 90cm
29th 30cm 60cm 29th 70cm 150cm 29th 100cm - 29th 55cm 90cm
30th 30cm 70cm 30th 70cm 150cm 30th 30th 55cm 90cm
31st 30cm 80cm 31st 70cm 140cm 31st 31st 55cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

Norn Minakami Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Norn Minakami. 
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 large 'Norn Minakami Snowland' area is located at the base of the resort and offers a variety of 'yuki-asobi' (playing in the snow) activities including items for children, snow strider, tubing snow shoe and snowmobiles. Entry to Snowland is 1000 yen. Rental of sledges and snow tubes is free, charges apply for some other activities.

The 'Snow Kids' child care facility is on the 1st Floor of the main Center House building. A half day costs 4,000 yen and a full day costs 7,000 yen for a 1 or 2 year old child. A half day costs 3,500 yen and a full day costs 7,000 yen for a child aged 3-12. 
Park Information
Park information
The ENJOY PARK is located in the D and E Course area and features a bunch of items. 

Norn Minakami Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:00am until 12:00am
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
From 20th December 2019 until 26th December 2019, opening times are 8:00am until 4:30pm.
From 27th December 2019 until 2nd January 2020, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Mondays-Thursdays between 3rd January and 15th March 2020, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Fridays between 3rd January and 15th March 2020, opening times are 8:00am until midnight.
On Saturdays and days before holidays between 3rd January and 15th March 2020, opening times are 7:00am until midnight.
On Sundays and national holidays between 3rd January and 15th March 2020, opening times are 7:00am until 10:00pm.
From 16th March until 22nd March 2020, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
From 23rd March until 31st March 2020, opening times are 7:30am until 4:00pm.

Norn Minakami Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
55 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,500 yen 3,600 yen 4,000 yen
5 Hours 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 3,400 yen
Early Morning (7am-10am) 2,100 yen 1,800 yen 2,000 yen
Twilight (2pm-10pm) 4,000 yen 3,100 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta 22 (4:30pm-10pm) 2,300 yen 1,700 yen 2,100 yen
Nighta 24 (4:30pm-12am) 2,700 yen 2,100 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 50 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 43,000 yen 25,000 yen 39,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekday) 30,000 yen
Season Ticket (early/nighta) 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

Getting to Norn Minakami

By public transport
10.8km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
5.8km from Kamimoku Station on the Joetsu Line
7.6km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
The closest train station is Kamimoku Station on the local Joetsu line, which is 6km away.

The Jomo Kogen Station (Joetsu Shinkansen) is just under 11km to the south of Norn Minakami.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
Free shuttle buses services are available from both Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station.

Reservations are required for the bus from Jomo Kogen Station (before 3pm on the previous day), but reservations are not required for the bus from Minakami Station.

The shuttle buses from Minakami Station and Jomo Kogen Station both take around 20 minutes to get to the base of Norn Minakami.
By Car
3.8km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
16.4km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (3.7km away)
The car parks of Norn Minakami are just over 4km from the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and after just over 100m turn left again. Soon after that turn right and follow the road up to the base area of Norn Minakami. The resort is well signposted.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
There are a number of car parks close to the base of Norn Minakami.

A free shuttle bus takes people parking in Car Parks 4-7 to the resort base. The car parks are open 24 hours a day and free to use every day of the season.

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