Resort Spotlight: Kawaba, Gunma


Kawaba Village, Gunma Prefecture
2018-2019 season planned dates:
Saturday 1st December 2018 until April 2019
** Kawaba 6 day weather forecast **




Introducing Kawaba

Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of northern Gunma Prefecture, and close to the Numata IC on the Kanestsu Expressway, Kawaba ski and snowboard resort offers excellent powder snow conditions for much of the snow season along with a wide choice of challenges to enjoy.  With a quick and efficient lift system servicing the 10 varied courses, as well as four different parks, snow shoe tours and . 

The multi-purpose Kawaba City is the base of the resort and starting point for your day.

Discover a new favorite this season!

Resort statistics, reviews and photos on SnowJapan - as well as daily-updated weekly weather and snow forecasts - can be found here.



Courses, Lifts & Parks


Courses       Lifts   Parks
1: Shaming Downhill (intermediate) 720m 24 degrees   A:
Shirotori Express (1500m) - quad lift
Sakuragawa Express (1111m) - quad lift
Mumeimine Triple (677m) - triple lift
Crystal Express (1620m) - quad lift
Takate pair (1177m) - pair lift

Flux Park

Murasaki Banked Slalom Park

Max Easy Park

2: Sakuragawa course (beginners) 1300m 16 degrees  
3: Shiratori Skyline (intermediate) 1850m 14 degrees  
4: Shiratori Downhill (intermediate) 590m 16 degrees  
5: Mumeimine Downhill (advanced) 720m 26 degrees  
6: Mumeimine Trial (advanced) 660m 34 degrees  
7: Crystal Course (beginners) 2000m 16 degrees
8: Nishimine Downhill (advanced) 620m 25 degrees  
9: Takate Downhill (intermediate) 980m 25 degrees  
10: Takate Skyline (advanced) 1350m 29 degrees  

First Tracks
Your chance to get to the peak of the resort before the lifts start operating for the day – experience the fresh powder before anyone else does!
From this season, everyone taking part will receive a special commemorative photo!  Reservations are required – check the website for more.

Ski and snowboard schools

SAJ Kawaba Ski School (0278‐52‐3396)
Kawaba Mogul & Freestyle School (0278‐50‐1455)
JSBA Ushiyama Pro Snowboard School

Kids Park
The Kids Park is located by the base of the resort, and provides and fun and safe space for children to enjoy themselves.

Mogul Course
Our famously tough and technical man-made mogul course has been used by many well-known athletes and is designed by Yoshiyuki Ono. If you are looking for a mogul challenge, look no further!

Snowshoe Trekking Tour
Snow shoe up from the top of the highest lift at Kawata to the top of 2020m Mt Kengamine

Brand Rental
The latest ski and snowboard models availabole to rent in a wide range of sizes and styles


'Kawaba City', the convenient all-included base of the resort offers you all you need to enjoy your day at the resort.... staring with the large car park and including a choice of places to eat, ski and snowboard school receptions, gear rental and retail.  The snow is just outside the door (to the right on the map image below).

(a) Fancy Shop
Souvenirs and snacks

(b) Higuma Doughnuts
Hand-made doughnuts & coffee

(b) Kawaba Gelato
Locally made

(c) Tandoor
Authentic north Indian cuisine

(d) Beach
delicious crepes

(e) Pro Shop Jocks
ski and snowboard goods for sale

(f) Mogul & Freestlye School

(g) Murasaki Sports
Ski and snowboard goods for sale


(h) Pier 39
American sized chilli dogs and cheese steak sandwiches


(i) SAJ Kawaba Ski School

(j) JSBA Pro Snowboard School

(k) Trekking Tour Desk
Snowshoe adventures, beginners welcome

(l) Ticket Counter
Buy your lift tickets here!

(m) Kids Space on the 7th Floor

(?) Concierge Counter
Help and assistance


(n) Timberline
Restaurant serving ramen, curry-don, pasta and other favorites

(o) Bosco
Authentic stone oven pizza


(p) Rental Shop
Brand equipment for rental


(q) Tune-up
Tune up your gear before going out onto the slopes

(r) Panorama House 1F
Light refreshments

(s) Panorama House 2F

How to get to Kawaba

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The resort is located in northern part of Gunma Prefecture, to the north east of central Numata City and you can get to Kawaba within two hours from Tokyo.

The resort is approximately 16km from the Numata Interchange (IC) of the Kanetsu fact, Kawaba is the nearest ski and snowboard resort from that junction.  From Numata IC, turn left on to Route 120 (in the direction of Oze and Nikko), and within 500m turn left at the second set of traffic lights.  Kawaba is clearly signposted from there.

The base of Kawaba resort is a unique and very convenient multi-story building that contains a covered car park holding 1,000 vehicles as well as the ski resort base facilities. The bottom ski lift at Kawaba is just outside the door of the building. Other outdoor car parks provides a total space for up to 1,800 vehicles.

Car parks open from 6:00am on weekdays and from 1:00am on weekends and national holidays.


There is a free shuttle bus from the Michi-no-eki Kawaba Denen Plaza from 8th December 2018 until 31st March March 2019 
Weekdays   Holidays

Two free shuttle buses from stations are available:

From the Jomo Kogen Station of the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line that runs from Tokyo to Niigata.  Reservations are required. This service leaves Jomo Kogen Station at 8:00am and 9:00am daily.

From Numata Station on the local Joetsu line leaves at 8:40am.



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Family Pack

Kawaba Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season

Ticket price Adult Junior
Elementary & Junior High School age
Over 50 years of age
1 day ticket valid until closing 4,800 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen 8:00am until 4:00pm
2,000 yen for children ages 3 up to elementary school age
Children under the age of 2 years - free
Afternoon ticket 4,000 yen 2,700 yen 3,500 yen Valid from 12:00pm until 4:00pm
5 hour ticket 4,100 yen 2,800 yen 3,600 yen Valid during the 18-19 season
10 hour ticket 7,900 yen 5,300 yen 6,900 yen Valid during the 18-19 season
20 hour ticket 15,500 yen 10,300 yen 13,500 yen Valid during the 18-19 season
1 time lift ticket 500 yen  
Family Pack 17,400 yen Includes lift ticket for 2 adults and 2 juniors, as well as 5,000 yen worth of lunch tickets
Family Pack 14,800 yen Includes lift ticket for 2 adults and 1 junior, as well as 5,000 yen worth of lunch tickets
Additional Child 2,600 yen Additional child added onto Family Pack
Season ticket 55,000 yen 32,000 yen 42,000 yen Normal charges (early bird discounts available)


Kawaba Rental 2018-2019 Season

Rental price Adult 1 Day Half Day
Ski Equipment set - adult 5,000 yen 4,500 yen
Equipment set - child 3,600 yen 3,000 yen
Skis - adult 3,000 yen 2,500 yen
Skis - child 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Boots - adult 3,000 yen 2,500 yen
Boots - child 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Poles - adult 1,000 yen 1,000 yen
Poles - child 800 yen 800 yen
Snowboard Equipment set - adult 5,000 yen 4,500 yen
Equipment set - child 3,600 yen 3,000 yen
Board - adult 3,000 yen 2,500 yen
Board - child 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Boots - adult 3,000 yen 2,500 yen
Boots - child 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
Wear Pants/jacket - adult 4,500 yen 4,000 yen
Pants/jacket - child 3,500 yen 3,000 yen
Pants only 3,000 yen 2,500 yen
Jacket only 2,500 yen 2,000 yen

Hope to see you at Kawaba!