Norn Minakami (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Norn Minakami
ノルン水上 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Thursday 20th December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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Latest report posted at 9:14am on Wednesday 19th December 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 19th December 2018]

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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'.

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 - 110cm 1st - 150cm 1st - 150cm
2nd - - 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 130cm
3rd - - 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 130cm
4th - - 4th - 180cm 4th - 150cm 4th - 130cm
5th - - 5th - 180cm 5th - 150cm 5th - 130cm
6th - - 6th - 180cm 6th - 150cm 6th - 130cm
7th - - 7th - 180cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 130cm
8th - - 8th - 180cm 8th - 150cm 8th - 130cm
9th - - 9th - 180cm 9th - 150cm 9th - 120cm
10th - - 10th - 150cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 120cm
11th - - 11th - 150cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 120cm
12th - - 12th - 150cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 120cm
13th - - 13th - 150cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 120cm
14th - - 14th - 150cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 120cm
15th - - 15th - 150cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 120cm
16th - - 16th - 150cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 120cm
17th - - 17th - 150cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 120cm
18th - - 18th - 120cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 120cm
19th - - 19th - 120cm 19th - 150cm 19th - 100cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 120cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 100cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 120cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 80cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 80cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 130cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 80cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 130cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 80cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 140cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 80cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 80cm
27th - 70cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 80cm
28th - 90cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 65cm
29th - 110cm 29th - 150cm 29th - - 29th - 50cm
30th - 110cm 30th - 150cm 30th 30th - 50cm
31st - 110cm 31st - 150cm 31st 31st - 50cm

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 '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, 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. 

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 2018 until 27th December 2018, opening times are 8:00am until 4:00pm.
From 28th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Mondays-Thursdays between 4th January and 9th March 2019, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
On Fridays between 4th January and 9th March 2019, opening times are 8:00am until midnight.
On Saturdays and days before holidays between 4th January and 9th March 2019, opening times are 7:00am until midnight.
On Sundays and national holidays between 4th January and 9th March 2019, opening times are 7:00am until 10:00pm.
From 10th March until 21st March 2019, opening times are 8:00am until 10:00pm.
From 22nd March until 31st March 2019, 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 450 yen 450 yen 450 yen
11 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 The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 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 Jomo Kogen Station and 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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