Norn Minakami (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Norn Minakami
ノルン水上
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Monday 20th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
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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

1220m
400m
820m
30"
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2000m
4
20%
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30%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
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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
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1st - - 1st - 80cm 1st - 90cm 1st - 70cm
2nd - - 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 90cm 2nd - 70cm
3rd - - 3rd - 80cm 3rd - 80cm 3rd - 70cm
4th - - 4th - 80cm 4th - 80cm 4th - 70cm
5th - - 5th - 80cm 5th - 80cm 5th - 70cm
6th - - 6th - 80cm 6th - 80cm 6th - 70cm
7th - - 7th - 80cm 7th - 80cm 7th - 70cm
8th - - 8th - 90cm 8th - 80cm 8th - 70cm
9th - - 9th - 90cm 9th - 90cm 9th - 70cm
10th - - 10th - 90cm 10th - 90cm 10th - 70cm
11th - - 11th - 90cm 11th - 90cm 11th - 70cm
12th - - 12th - 90cm 12th - 90cm 12th - 70cm
13th - - 13th - 90cm 13th - 90cm 13th - 70cm
14th - - 14th - 90cm 14th - 90cm 14th - 65cm
15th - - 15th - 90cm 15th - 80cm 15th - 65cm
16th - - 16th - 90cm 16th - 80cm 16th - 65cm
17th - - 17th - 90cm 17th - 80cm 17th - 65cm
18th - - 18th - 90cm 18th - 80cm 18th - 65cm
19th - 60cm 19th - 90cm 19th - 85cm 19th - 65cm
20th - 80cm 20th - 90cm 20th - 85cm 20th - 65cm
21st - 90cm 21st - 90cm 21st - 85cm 21st - 65cm
22nd - 100cm 22nd - 90cm 22nd - 70cm 22nd - 50cm
23rd - 100cm 23rd - 90cm 23rd - 70cm 23rd - 50cm
24th - 100cm 24th - 90cm 24th - 70cm 24th - 50cm
25th - 100cm 25th - 90cm 25th - 70cm 25th - 50cm
26th - 100cm 26th - 90cm 26th - 70cm 26th - 50cm
27th - 100cm 27th - 90cm 27th - 70cm 27th - 50cm
28th - 100cm 28th - 80cm 28th - 70cm 28th - 50cm
29th - 90cm 29th - 80cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 80cm 30th - 80cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 80cm 31st - 90cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Norn Minakami Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Norn Minakami. 
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
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
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:00am until 12:00am
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
From 20th December 2021 until 24th December 2021, opening times are 8:00am until 4:00pm.
From 25th December 2021 until 6th January 2022, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Mondays-Thursdays between 7th January and 21st March 2022, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Fridays between 7th January and 21st March 2022, opening times are 8:00am until midnight.
On Saturdays and days before holidays between 7th January and 21st March 2022, opening times are 7:00am until midnight.
On Sundays and national holidays between 7th January and 21st March 2022, opening times are 7:00am until 10:00pm.
From 22nd March until 27th March 2022, opening times are 8:00am until 4:00pm.

Norn Minakami Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm) 4,700 yen 3,700 yen 4,200 yen
5 Hours 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,700 yen
Early Morning (7am-10am) 2,100 yen 1,800 yen 2,000 yen
Twilight (2pm-10pm) 4,400 yen 3,400 yen 3,900 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 500 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 2021-2022 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
Train
Train
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
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
bus
Bus
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
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)
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
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.

More Information

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Address
Address
Terama 479-139
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
479-139
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-6688
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