Okutone Snow Park is located to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. Interestingly, the slopes of this ski area are not really visible from the base area. This ski area originally opened in 1972 as Okutone Kokusai. It has been known as Okutone Snow Park since 2007.
Okutone Snow Park offers night skiing until 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays. It also opens from 6:00am on weekends and holidays for all those early birds!
A few years ago, a new 810m long pair lift and 900m long course with a maximum gradient of 25 degrees were added to the top area of the ski area. For the 2018-2019 season, a new 1000m long and 30-degree max gradient course also opened. That new course is called ‘Yukizaru’ and is located in the upper area, accessed near the base of the Bunanoki lift. More snow making machines have recently been 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 town's central region. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities. The onsen hot springs are popular too.
Okutone Snow Park Snow Depth Statistics
Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Okutone Snow Park.
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is available.
There are two Kids Gelende areas - one by base and the other in front of the Rest House building.
There are a few park areas with a variety of items.
Okutone Snow Park Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 12:00am
Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Okutone Snow Park is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm during the daytime.
It is open from 6:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays; and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays. Otherwise open until 10:00pm.
Night skiing is from Friday 24th December 2021 until Saturday 12th March 2022; 18th-19th March 2022.
Okutone Snow Park Lift Ticket Charges
60 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm)
1 Lift Coupon
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
Season (early & night)
2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets
The 1day passport is valid for the whole day, from early opening until the end of night skiing - 6am until midnight.
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
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
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.
Free shuttle buses from Jomo Kogen Station (on the Joetsu Shinkansen line) and Minakami Station (on the local Joetsu line) are 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.
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
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.
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 cars.
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