Norn Minakami (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Norn Minakami
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Friday 18th December 2020 until Wednesday 31st March 2021
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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 80cm 30cm 1st 90cm 85cm 1st 70cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 80cm 30cm 2nd 90cm 85cm 2nd 70cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 80cm 30cm 3rd 80cm 85cm 3rd 70cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 80cm 30cm 4th 80cm 85cm 4th 70cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 80cm 40cm 5th 80cm 85cm 5th 70cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 80cm 40cm 6th 80cm 85cm 6th 70cm 105cm
7th - - 7th 80cm 40cm 7th 80cm 100cm 7th 70cm 105cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 40cm 8th 80cm 100cm 8th 70cm 105cm
9th - - 9th 90cm 40cm 9th 90cm 100cm 9th 70cm 105cm
10th - - 10th 90cm 40cm 10th 90cm 100cm 10th 70cm 105cm
11th - - 11th 90cm 40cm 11th 90cm 110cm 11th 70cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 90cm 40cm 12th 90cm 110cm 12th 70cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 90cm 40cm 13th 90cm 110cm 13th 70cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 90cm 40cm 14th 90cm 110cm 14th 65cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 90cm 40cm 15th 80cm 100cm 15th 65cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 90cm 50cm 16th 80cm 100cm 16th 65cm 80cm
17th - - 17th 90cm 50cm 17th 80cm 90cm 17th 65cm 85cm
18th - - 18th 90cm 50cm 18th 80cm 90cm 18th 65cm 85cm
19th 60cm - 19th 90cm 50cm 19th 85cm 90cm 19th 65cm 75cm
20th 80cm 30cm 20th 90cm 50cm 20th 85cm 90cm 20th 65cm 75cm
21st 90cm 30cm 21st 90cm 55cm 21st 85cm 90cm 21st 65cm 75cm
22nd 100cm 30cm 22nd 90cm 70cm 22nd 70cm 90cm 22nd 50cm 75cm
23rd 100cm 30cm 23rd 90cm 70cm 23rd 70cm 90cm 23rd 50cm 65cm
24th 100cm 30cm 24th 90cm 70cm 24th 70cm 90cm 24th 50cm 65cm
25th 100cm 30cm 25th 90cm 70cm 25th 70cm 90cm 25th 50cm 70cm
26th 100cm 30cm 26th 90cm 70cm 26th 70cm 90cm 26th 50cm 70cm
27th 100cm 30cm 27th 90cm 70cm 27th 70cm 90cm 27th 50cm 60cm
28th 100cm 30cm 28th 80cm 80cm 28th 70cm 100cm 28th 50cm 50cm
29th 90cm 30cm 29th 80cm 70cm 29th - 100cm 29th - 55cm
30th 80cm 30cm 30th 80cm 70cm 30th 30th - 55cm
31st 80cm 30cm 31st 90cm 70cm 31st 31st - 55cm

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 1,000 yen. Rental of sleds 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' snow park area 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 18th December 2020 until 27th December 2020, opening times are 8:00am until 4:30pm.
From 28th December 2020 until 7th January 2021, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Mondays-Thursdays between 8th January and 13th March 2021, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Fridays between 8th January and 13th March 2021, opening times are 8:00am until midnight.
On Saturdays and days before holidays between 8th January and 13th March 2021, opening times are 7:00am until midnight.
On Sundays and national holidays between 8th January and 13th March 2021, opening times are 7:00am until 10:00pm.
From 14th March until 21st March 2021, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
From 22nd March until 31st March 2021, opening times are 8:00am 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
10 Lift Coupons 4,500 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 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 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

The weekday season ticket is valid for daytime and night skiing operations.

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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