Oana (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Oana
大穴
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
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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.

More information about Oana can be found on SnowJapanHistory.com.

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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Oana Snow Depth Statistics

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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
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Daytime
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'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.

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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

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