Oana (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Oana
大穴
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: This ski hill has now permenantly closed
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Oana (pronounced 'oh-anna') was a small ski hill just to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. It first opened in 1927 and from 1949 until 1963 a special winter-only train station was made (near the current Yubiso Station) just for skiers to alight near Oana. Yubiso Station itself opened in 1967. There is a ski jump to the side of the ski hill but it is currently unused.

With ageing facilities, decreasing numbers and sometimes snow condition worries it was announced in December 2018 that the 2018-2019 season would be the last. The last day of operations was Sunday 10th March 2019.

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

700m
150m
550m
38"
4
700m
2
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
80%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
20%
0 0 0 0 1 1 0

Oana Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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1st - - 1st - 150cm 1st - 150cm 1st - 60cm
2nd - - 2nd - 140cm 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 60cm
3rd - - 3rd - 140cm 3rd - 140cm 3rd - 60cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 60cm
5th - - 5th - 150cm 5th - 120cm 5th - 60cm
6th - - 6th - 140cm 6th - 110cm 6th - 60cm
7th - - 7th - 140cm 7th - 110cm 7th - 60cm
8th - - 8th - 140cm 8th - 110cm 8th - 60cm
9th - - 9th - 160cm 9th - 120cm 9th - 50cm
10th - - 10th - 170cm 10th - 120cm 10th - 50cm
11th - - 11th - 150cm 11th - 120cm 11th - 50cm
12th - - 12th - 140cm 12th - 110cm 12th - -
13th - - 13th - 130cm 13th - 120cm 13th - -
14th - - 14th - 130cm 14th - 120cm 14th - -
15th - - 15th - 120cm 15th - 130cm 15th - -
16th - - 16th - 130cm 16th - 130cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 130cm 17th - 130cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 130cm 18th - 120cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 150cm 19th - 120cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 150cm 20th - 90cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 150cm 21st - 90cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 80cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 70cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 150cm 24th - 70cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 160cm 25th - 70cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th - 160cm 26th - 60cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 160cm 27th - 60cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th - 170cm 28th - 60cm 28th - -
29th - 80cm 29th - 180cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 60cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 150cm 31st - 150cm 31st 31st - -

Oana Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
Park Information
Park information

Oana Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays
Weekdays
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information

Getting to Oana

By public transport
Train
Train
15.3km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.4km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
3.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
Yubiso Station on the local Joetsu line is 1.4km to the north of Oana, while the larger Minakami Station is about 4km to the south.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is about 15km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
By Car
Car
7.5km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
18.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (0.3km away)
Direction
Direction
Oana is about 8km from the Minamaki IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291. Oana is about 6km further on, past the main town area and just off the road on the left hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking

More Information

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Address
Address
Oana 277
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1727
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-2354
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MID-OCTOBER 2019:

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