Oana (Minakami Town, Gunma)

大穴 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: This ski hill has now 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

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Oana Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 150cm 100cm 1st 150cm 170cm 1st 60cm 100cm
2nd - - 2nd 140cm 120cm 2nd 150cm 170cm 2nd 60cm 100cm
3rd - - 3rd 140cm 130cm 3rd 140cm 170cm 3rd 60cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 170cm 140cm 4th 120cm 160cm 4th 60cm 90cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 130cm 5th 120cm 170cm 5th 60cm 90cm
6th - - 6th 140cm 130cm 6th 110cm 170cm 6th 60cm 90cm
7th - - 7th 140cm 130cm 7th 110cm 150cm 7th 60cm 70cm
8th - - 8th 140cm 130cm 8th 110cm 130cm 8th 60cm 70cm
9th - - 9th 160cm 120cm 9th 120cm 120cm 9th 50cm 70cm
10th - - 10th 170cm 120cm 10th 120cm 120cm 10th 50cm 80cm
11th - - 11th 150cm 120cm 11th 120cm 110cm 11th 50cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 140cm 120cm 12th 110cm 100cm 12th - 80cm
13th - - 13th 130cm 120cm 13th 120cm 100cm 13th - 80cm
14th - - 14th 130cm 130cm 14th 120cm 100cm 14th - 80cm
15th - - 15th 120cm 130cm 15th 130cm 100cm 15th - 80cm
16th - - 16th 130cm 120cm 16th 130cm 90cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th 130cm 110cm 17th 130cm 90cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th 130cm 100cm 18th 120cm 150cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th 150cm 100cm 19th 120cm 160cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th 150cm 80cm 20th 90cm 160cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st 150cm 70cm 21st 90cm 140cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd 160cm 70cm 22nd 80cm 130cm 22nd - -
23rd - 30cm 23rd 160cm 100cm 23rd 70cm 140cm 23rd - -
24th - 30cm 24th 150cm 120cm 24th 70cm 130cm 24th - -
25th - 20cm 25th 160cm 150cm 25th 70cm 120cm 25th - -
26th - 30cm 26th 160cm 160cm 26th 60cm 110cm 26th - -
27th - 90cm 27th 160cm 160cm 27th 60cm 100cm 27th - -
28th - 110cm 28th 170cm 180cm 28th 60cm 100cm 28th - -
29th 80cm 120cm 29th 180cm 180cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 60cm 120cm 30th 160cm 180cm 30th 30th - -
31st 150cm 130cm 31st 150cm 190cm 31st 31st - -

Oana Facilities

Ski School: Not available Snowboard School: Not available
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
Weekends and holidays
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information

Getting to Oana

By public transport
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
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
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By 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)
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
A number of car parks are available around the base area of Oana.

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