Okutone Snow Park (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
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Latest report posted at 11:16am on Sunday 8th December 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 11th December 2019]

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Okutone Snow Park is located to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. Interestingly, the slopes of this ski resort are not really visible from the base area. This ski hill originally opened in 1972 as Okutone Kokusai. It has been known as Okutone Snow Park since 2007.

This resort offers nighta until 10pm on weekdays and until 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays. It also opens daily from 6:00am for all those early birds!

A few years ago, a brand new 810m long pair lift and 900m long course with a maximum gradient of 25 degrees were added to the top area of the resort. For the 2018-2019 season, a new 1000m long and 30-degree max gradient course also opened at Okutone Snow Park. That new course is called ‘Yukizaru’ and is located in the upper area of the resort, accessed near the base of the Bunanoki lift. More snow making machines are being added as well to help the natural snow if and when needed.

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. 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

1180m
747m
533m
33"
10
3000m
7
30%
40%
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%
0 0 0 0 6 1 0

Okutone Snow Park Course Map

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Okutone Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
19/20
season
18/19
season
19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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1st - - 1st - 110cm 1st - 160cm 1st - 150cm
2nd - - 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 140cm
3rd - - 3rd - 110cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 140cm
4th - - 4th - 110cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th - 110cm 5th - 160cm 5th - 120cm
6th - - 6th - 110cm 6th - 160cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th - 110cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 100cm
8th - - 8th - 110cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 100cm
9th - - 9th - 120cm 9th - 160cm 9th - 100cm
10th - - 10th - 130cm 10th - 160cm 10th - 100cm
11th - 40cm 11th - 130cm 11th - 160cm 11th - 90cm
12th - 40cm 12th - 130cm 12th - 160cm 12th - 90cm
13th - 40cm 13th - 130cm 13th - 160cm 13th - 90cm
14th - 40cm 14th - 130cm 14th - 160cm 14th - 90cm
15th - 45cm 15th - 120cm 15th - 160cm 15th - 90cm
16th - 45cm 16th - 120cm 16th - 160cm 16th - 90cm
17th - 45cm 17th - 120cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 90cm
18th - 45cm 18th - 120cm 18th - 160cm 18th - 80cm
19th - 45cm 19th - 130cm 19th - 160cm 19th - 80cm
20th - 45cm 20th - 130cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 80cm
21st - 45cm 21st - 130cm 21st - 160cm 21st - 80cm
22nd - 45cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 80cm
23rd - 45cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 70cm
24th - 45cm 24th - 140cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 70cm
25th - 45cm 25th - 140cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 70cm
26th - 45cm 26th - 140cm 26th - 160cm 26th - 70cm
27th - 45cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 70cm
28th - 60cm 28th - 160cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 60cm
29th - 100cm 29th - 160cm 29th - - 29th - 60cm
30th - 100cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - 60cm
31st - 100cm 31st - 160cm 31st 31st - 60cm

Previous Statistics

Okutone Snow Park Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Okutone Snow Park. 
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
There is a 'Kids Gelende' area by base and in front of the Rest House. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few park areas at Okutone Snow Park - including a Beginners Park - with a variety of items. 

Okutone Snow Park Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 6:00am until 11:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 6:00am until 10:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Okutone Snow Park is normally open from 6:00am.

The resort is open for nighta from 21st December 2019 until 21st March 2020. It is open until 10:00pm on Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

On days when it is open until 11:00pm, some courses will be closed between 5:00pm and 6:00pm for maintenance.

Okutone Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
60 years & over
1day passport 6,200 yen 5,000 yen
1 Day (open-5pm) 5,100 yen 4,000 yen
5 Hours 4,200 yen 3,700 yen
Nighta (4pm-close) 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
1 Lift Coupon 650 yen 650 yen
Season Ticket (all) 50,000 yen 40,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 40,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season (early & nighta) 25,000 yen 20,000 yen
Early (6am-9am) 1,700 yen 1,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The 1day passport is valid for the whole day, from early opening until the end of nighta.

Children under the age of 12 can use the lifts for free every day.

Major credit cards are accepted.

Ladies Day is every Wednesday when a lift ticket for ladies is 3,000 yen.

Getting to Okutone Snow Park

By public transport
Train
Train
17.4km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
3.4km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
6.1km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line is about 3km from Okutone Snow Park.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is 17.4km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
Free shuttle buses from Jomo Kogen Station (on the Joetsu Shinkansen line) and Minakami Station (on the local Joetsu line) is available.

The journey takes about 40 minutes from Jomo Kogen and 10 minutes from Minakami Station.

Tour buses services from the Kanto region are also available.
By Car
Car
10.1km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
21.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (2.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Direction
Direction
Okutone Snow Park is just over 10km from the Minakami 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 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights turn right onto Prefecture Road 63 (also known as the Okutone-Yukemuri Highway) and follow the signs to Okutone which is a further 3km to the right of the main road.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
The car park at the base of Okutone Snow Park is open 24 hours a day and is free to use every day of the season. Up to 900 vehicles.

More Information

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Address
Address
Mukoyama
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1724
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-8101
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2019-2020 UPDATES
9th December 2019: Most ski resort information for the 19-20 has been updated, but some work remains as we ourselves wait for information. We will get it completed as quickly as possible. More about updates here
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