Okutone Snow Park (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Okutone Snow Park
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Sunday 3rd April 2022
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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 ski area 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 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 have 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

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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
1st - - 1st - 160cm 1st - 160cm 1st - 170cm
2nd - - 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 170cm
3rd - - 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 170cm
4th - - 4th - 160cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 160cm
5th - - 5th - 160cm 5th - 160cm 5th - 160cm
6th - - 6th - 160cm 6th - 160cm 6th - 160cm
7th - - 7th - 160cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 140cm
8th - - 8th - 160cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 140cm
9th - - 9th - 160cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 140cm
10th - - 10th - 160cm 10th - 180cm 10th - 140cm
11th - - 11th - 160cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 120cm
12th - - 12th - 160cm 12th - 190cm 12th - 120cm
13th - - 13th - 160cm 13th - 190cm 13th - 110cm
14th - 0cm 14th - 160cm 14th - 190cm 14th - 90cm
15th - 5cm 15th - 160cm 15th - 190cm 15th - 90cm
16th - 50cm 16th - 160cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 90cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 90cm
18th - 50cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 90cm
19th - 150cm 19th - 150cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 90cm
20th - 160cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 85cm
21st - 180cm 21st - 160cm 21st - 190cm 21st - 85cm
22nd - 180cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 70cm
23rd - 180cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 70cm
24th - 180cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 70cm
25th - 180cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 170cm 25th - 70cm
26th - 180cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 170cm 26th - 70cm
27th - 180cm 27th - 140cm 27th - 170cm 27th - 70cm
28th - 160cm 28th - 130cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 65cm
29th - 160cm 29th - 130cm 29th - - 29th - 65cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - 65cm
31st - 160cm 31st - 160cm 31st 31st - 65cm

Previous Statistics

Okutone Snow Park Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Okutone Snow Park. 
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 also 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
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 12:00am
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Okutone Snow Park is normally open from 8:00am until 10:00pm.

It is open from 6:00am on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays; and until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Night skiing is from Friday 24th December 2021 until Saturday 12th March 2022; 18th-19th March 2022.

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 2020-2021 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
Transport 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
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
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.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
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.

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