Resort Spotlight: Marunuma Kogen (Katashina, Gunma)

Katashina, Gunma Prefecture

2018-2019 season planned dates:
Friday 23rd November 2018 until Sunday 6th May 2019

** More details, stats and current weather forecast on SnowJapan here **

The base of the Marunuma Kogen is at an altitude of nearly 1,400m with the top gondola station at 2,000m. This means quality powder snow, regular snowfall and a long season.
While most other ski resorts in the region are closed, Marunuma Kogen opens in late November and is open daily until early May.
The backdrop of Mt Nikko-Shirone, at 2,578m, along with the seemingly endless surrounding mountainous scenery, makes for an impressive setting. Check out the Photo Gallery below!

The resort has a longest run of 4km and there is a choice of groomed and ungroomed courses on varied terrain with regular untouched powder to enjoy.

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Powder Area Level Max
Average Gradient Length
Shirane Intermediate Advanced 30° 13° 560m
Karakura Beginner > Intermediate 23° 9° 1,100m
Gold Advanced 27° 22° 460m
Silver Advanced 32° 17° 755m
Rose Beginner > Intermediate 25° 12° 1,738m
Rose detour Beginner > Intermediate 15° 13° 300m
Gold Beginner > Intermediate 15° 10° 325m
Green Beginner > Intermediate 18° 11° 675m
Violet Beginner > Intermediate 23° 13° 621m
Yellow Beginner > Intermediate 15° 11° 400m
Red Beginner 11° 8° 865m
Orange Beginner 14° 9° 1,316m
Blue Beginner 13° 9° 648m


Snow Park

Please note that items and layout will vary depending on time and snow conditions


Kids Park

The Kids Park is 700 yen to enter.


Food & Drink

Restaurant Plateau

* Seating for 240 people
* Center House

Open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Last order at 3:30pm


* Seating for 530 people

Open from 9:30am until 4:00pm
Last order at 3:30pm


* Seating for 250 people
* Lower part of Lift 8

Open from 9:30am until 4:00pm
Last order at 3:30pm

Station Plateau

* Seating for 170 people
* Lower Kids Park

Open from 9:30am until 3:30pm
Last order at 3:00pm

Summit Shirane

* Seating for 50 people

Open from 10:00 until 3:00pm
Last order at 2:30pm

Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season

Ticket type
Adults Senior
Over 55 yrs
School Age
School Age
Pre-Open: 23rd November 2018 until 30th November 2018
Lunch set 1 day 3,700 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen 2,900 yen
Opening: 1st December until 21st December 2018
Lunch set 1 day 4,500 yen 4,500 yen 3,800 yen 2,900 yen
5 hours 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Top Season: 22nd December 2018 until 17th March 2019
1 day 4,900 yen 4,400 yen 3,700 yen 2,200 yen
Lunch set 1 day 5,600 yen 5,100 yen 4,400 yen 2,900 yen
5 hours 4,400 yen 4,400 yen 4,400 yen 4,400 yen
Spring Season: 18th March 2019 until 6th May 2019
1 day 4,300 yen 3,800 yen 3,100 yen 2,100 yen
Lunch set 1 day 5,000 yen 4,500 yen 3,800 yen 2,800 yen
5 hours 4,100 yen 4,100 yen 4,100 yen 4,100 yen
Season Ticket: charge changes dependig on when ticket is bought
Before 31st Dec 62,000 yen - 30,000 yen 25,000 yen
January 47,000 yen - 25,000 yen 20,000 yen
February 36,000 yen - 20,000 yen 15,000 yen
March 26,000 yen - 15,000 yen 10,000 yen
April 19,000 yen - 10,000 yen 5,000 yen
Time & Point Tickets
10 hours 8,000 yen
20 hours 15,000 yen
3 points 1,500 yen
Ropeway return 2,000 yen
Ticket type
Adults Senior
School Age
School Age

Major credit cards are accepted.
The lunch set tickets include a voucher to use for lunch - valued at 1,200 yen.
The 5 hour tickets are valid for 5 hours from the time of first going through a lift gate (and only on the day of purchase).
The 10 and 20 hour tickets can be used during the season (in periods of on hour).
The 3 points ticket allows three lift rides or one ride on the Ropeway.
Lifts operate from 8:15am until 4:30pm.


Gear & Wear Rental 2018-2019 Season

The rental facilities are open from 8:00am until 5:00pm

Snowboard Rental
  Days Adult Child
Snowboard Set 1 day 4,500 yen 3,000 yen
2 days 8,500 yen 5,500 yen
Snowboard only 1 day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
2 days 4,500 yen 3,500 yen
Boots only 1 day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
2 days 4,500 yen 3,500 yen


Ski Rental
  Days Adult Child
Ski Set 1 day 4,500 yen 3,000 yen
2 days 8,500 yen 5,500 yen
Ski only 1 day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
2 days 4,500 yen 3,500 yen
Boots only 1 day 2,500 yen 2,000 yen
2 days 4,500 yen 3,500 yen
Poles only 1 day 500 yen 500 yen
2 days 800 yen 800 yen

Available sizes
Skis & snowboards
Adults 130cm-160cm    Children 80-130cm
Adults 20.0cm - 30.00cm. Children 15.5cm-19.5cm

Expect ski equipment is also available to rent

Expert Gear Rental
  Days Adult
Expert ski / snowboard 3,000 yen 4,000 yen
Expert ski / snowboard set 4,500 yen 6,000 yen
Wear Rental
  Days Adult Child
Jacket & Trousers 1 day 3,000 yen 1,500 yen
2 days 5,000 yen 2,500 yen
Other Rental
  Days Adult
Helmet 800 yen
Snowshoe set 4,000 yen
Snowshoe 2,000 yen
Telemark ski set 4,500 yen


How to get to Marunuma Kogen

Getting to Marunuma Kogen by car

Marunuma Kogen is located just off Route 120 in the eastern area of Katashina village, in the north eastern region of Gunma Prefecture.
It is close to the border with Tochigi Prefecture, but the stretch of Route 120 road that goes into Tochigi is closed during the winter months.

All car parks at the resort are free on weekdays.
Parking on the car parks closest to base cost 1,000 yen per day on weekends and holidays (* free for season ticket holders).
The Number 2, 3 and 4 car parks (located a little further from the base) are free every day of the season.

Getting to Marunuma Kogen by public transport

The Katashina Snow Express leaves Shinjuku for the Kamada area of central Katashina Village.
The service runs at 7:15am daily between 22nd December 2018 until 31st March 2019
Charges are 6,000 yen return (3,000 yen for children)    3,500 yen one-way (1,750 yen for children).
A bus service from Kamada to Marunuma Kogen is available.

The nearest station is Numata Station on the Joetsu line.
The nearest Shinkansen station is Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.
Note that there are no direct shuttle bus services from these stations.


The Green Season

Marunuma Kogen is a popular resort throughout the year, even when there's no snow.

The Gondola operates for sightseeing and hiking, there is a summer skiing run, tree adventures, a summer luge and an auto camp area.


Photo Gallery