Resort Reviews - tagged 'Minakami'

Reviews of ski resorts tagged 'Minakami'. Currently 49 reviews.
White Valley
ホワイトバレー
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 3rd March 2015
Ungroomed Powder Fun!
Overview

White Valley is a small, local hill in Tanigawa Onsen (hot spring) in Minakami. It is known by many of the locals as “Little Tenjin” in reference to the larger and more famous Tanigawa Tenjindaira located just above White Valley. Besides it’s location, White Valley and Tenjin have a number of other similarities. Both get a lot of fresh powder and both have nice ungroomed walls. In fact the majority of White Valley is ungroomed which is their major selling
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by chilker on 28th February 2015
Good place
Minakami is good. This was only the second place I've been to in Japan, so I can't really compare it to much, but despite looking pretty small, there are quite a few long runs here.

As other said, there are lots of runs for different skill levels, however I had one problem. I'm not a great skier, but I got bored on the beginner hills, and then found the "intermediate" runs much too hard. There was a HUGE gap in necessary
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Jfleeto71 on 1st February 2015
Houdaigi Dai Suki!
For a relatively small resort Houdaigi has lots to offer in terms of terrain, length of runs and snow quality. The majority of the mountain is geared towards beginners and intermediates with some nice long runs by Japan standards. That said, there are some steeps up top with very fun tree and off-piste sections.

The views from the top of Lift 9 are amazing on a bluebird day which I had the pleasure of experiencing.

Unfortunately
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 29th January 2015
A nice hill off the beaten path.
Overview

Houdaigi is a ski hill in the north of Minakami just under 20 km from Minakami IC (highway exit). It offers some nice courses for riders of all levels and due to it’s location it consistently gets good powder snow during the winter months. It is located on the northwestern slopes of Gunma’s Mt. Hotaka and due to this orientation the snow is less effected by sun than other hills in the area. I would consider Houdaigi
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by DonDon on 28th January 2015
A fine skijo
Houdaigi is a fairly small but compact place that always seems to deliver with snow conditions when I have been. Don't know whether it's luck or that it just often has good snow - heard the latter from friends.

I really like the layout of the place as well though with fave runs being the top-back Number 9 course and Nandaira, serviced by a nice fast quad.

Paradise is good fun too.

If you are wanting to stay, recommend Chalet
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by foofighter1981 on 7th January 2015
Wow! Hidden gem indeed.
I was not prepared for the super powder conditions at Houdaigi. Maybe I haven't had a good run of luck, but the last time I encountered knee deep powder was in Hokkaido-- I've never come across anything even close on Honshu, despite countless visits to Kagura, Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, etc.

Great course layout and design for all levels, covered lifts, relatively uncrowded -- all making for a perfect combo. Make sure to buy your ticket at one of the convenience stores
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Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by WeekdayWarrior on 1st February 2014
A somewhat hidden gem (?)
Houdaigi is one of the ski resorts in Minakami, Gunma.

It's a not too long drive from the main Minakami area but when I have been there in the past (last time a few seasons ago), you are rewarded with some very good snow conditions.

It's not a huge place but there's some good runs and a quite compact layout with all the runs coming back down to the base area.

I don't know if this has changed but when I went it
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by nagpants on 18th January 2014
Small. Powder. Breathtaking scenery.
This is a review of the time I went there last season. It was a clear day, the sun was out, and there had been 30cm of fresh snowfall the night before.

Awesome conditions and lots of untouched powder. Hardly any people there as it was a weekday (wonder how busy it gets on a weeked), which just added to the awesomeness of it.

For anyone that doesn't know, it's a small place. But you get to
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th April 2011
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira review
I wanted to check out a Gunma resort this winter and finally made it to Tenjin on the last day of March. I was therefore expecting Spring conditons but winter had returned for the day and it dumped non-stop!

Here are my thoughts:-

1.
The back country terrain (for which Tenjin is famous) looked good but end-of-season high avalanche risk meant that it was all closed. Not that I could have really enjoyed it with little or no visibility!

2.
If
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Mick Rich on 5th April 2011
Let's Tenjin!
I wanted to check out a Gunma resort on my way back from Hokkaido and finally made it to Tenjin on the last day of March. I was therefore expecting Spring conditons but winter had returned for the day and it dumped non-stop!

Here are my thoughts:-

1. The back country terrain (for which Tenjin is famous) looked good but end-of-season high avalanche risk meant that it was all closed. Not that I could have really enjoyed it with little or
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Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
谷川天神平
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by TubbyBeaverinho on 1st February 2010
Tanjigawadake Tenjindaira review
We picked the wrong day to check out Tenjin methinks!

It was beautiful and sunny but the snow was crud. In the morning the slopes were icy and bulletproof. I also didn't realise that the resort is tiny, with only 3 uplifts (4 including the ropeway). I was cursing and swearing this place in the morning and at that point had intended to assign -1 stars out of 5. However after lunch the slopes had softened in the sun and
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Okutone Snow Park
奥利根スノーパーク
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by andrewl on 10th January 2010
Okutone Snow Park review by USN Elcid
I went by myself on a day trip starting from Yokosuka (south of Tokyo), and it took about 5 hours to get there and 5 hours to get back. Going by train from Yokosuka costs about 7500Y each way, assuming you use the buses to get to the mountain from Jomo Kogen shinkansen station. You have to take the bus from Jomo Kogen to Minakami station (600Y) and then from Minakami right to the mountain(440Y). Alternately, a taxi ride
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