Kusatsu Kokusai (Kusatsu Town, Gunma)

Kusatsu Kokusai
草津国際 (群馬県 草津町)
Planned season: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
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Kusatsu Kokusai is a ski and snowboard resort located in the western region of Gunma Prefecture close to the border with Nagano Prefecture. Kusatsu ski resort dates right back to 1914. The resort has two main distinct areas at either end of a long and narrow shape. There is a connecting course and the longest possible run is a full 8km. There are a few official snow shoe courses available at Kusatsu Kokusai.

Kusatsu town is a popular onsen hot spring resort throughout the year. The main town area of Kusatsu is a few kilometres from the ski resort. Kusatsu Kokusai is geographically very close to the ski resorts in Shiga Kogen, but the section of Route 292 that connects the two areas is closed during the winter months and so it is not possible to get between the two in winter without an unauthorized hike.

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

2171m
926m
1245m
33"
9
8000m
10
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
70%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
30%
0 1 2 0 7 0 0

Kusatsu Kokusai Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
17/18
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16/17
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17/18
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16/17
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17/18
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16/17
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17/18
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16/17
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1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 240cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 240cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 240cm
4th - - 4th - 50cm 4th - 210cm 4th - 240cm
5th - - 5th - 50cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 240cm
6th - - 6th - 60cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 240cm
7th - - 7th - 60cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 240cm
8th - - 8th - 60cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 240cm
9th - - 9th - 80cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 240cm
10th - - 10th - 80cm 10th - 210cm 10th - 240cm
11th - - 11th - 80cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 240cm
12th - - 12th - 80cm 12th - 220cm 12th - 240cm
13th - - 13th - 100cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 240cm
14th - - 14th - 110cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 240cm
15th - 50cm 15th - 130cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 240cm
16th - 50cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 240cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 240cm
18th - 50cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 240cm
19th - 50cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 240cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 240cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 240cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 240cm 22nd - 240cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 240cm 23rd - 200cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 200cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 200cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 200cm
27th - 50cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 50cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 200cm
29th - 50cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st - 50cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 200cm

Previous Statistics

Kusatsu Kokusai Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kusatsu Kokusai. 
Rental
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
The 'Kids Park' is located at the base of the resort and open from 9:00am until 4:00pm. The entry charge is 1,000 yen. An accompanying adult can enter for free. As well as a snow escalator there is a sledging area, an area for playing in the snow, a beginners run and snow racers.

A 'Kids Room' child care service for children ages 1-6 years is also available on the 2nd Floor of the main ticket centre. Reservations are required and 1 hour costs 1,000 yen.

There is also a free rest room for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' areas are all located in the lower area of the resort. 

Kusatsu Kokusai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Kusatsu Kokusai is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm during the daytime.

Nighta is from 5:00pm until 9:00pm every Saturday from 29th December 2017 until 17th March 2018, 7th January and 11th February 2018.

Kusatsu Kokusai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4 years to Elementary School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 4,200 yen 3,200 yen 3,780 yen
2 Days 7,400 yen 5,400 yen 6,660 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,240 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,600 yen 2,800 yen 3,240 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 1,800 yen 1,400 yen 1,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,200 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
Season Ticket 50,000 yen 40,000 yen 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A Family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child is 6,400 yen.

Add 3,800 yen for an additional adult and 2,800 yen for an additional child.

Getting to Kusatsu Kokusai

By public transport
Train
Train
46.3km from Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
14.3km from Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station on the Agatsuma line
46.3km from Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
Transport Information
Information
The closest train station is Naganohara Kusatsuguchi on the Agatsuma local line. Kusatsu Kokusai is just over 14km from the station.

Karuizawa Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Shinano Tetsudo lines is just over 45km to the south of Kusatsu.

>> More information on getting to Kusatsu Onsen by public transport
bus
Bus
There is a bus service between Naganohara Kusatsuguchi Station and Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Kusatsu Onsen Bus Terminal and the ski resort.
By Car
Car
56.7km from the Usui Karuizawa IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
57.6km from the Shibukawa Ikaho IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
63km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Direction
Direction
Kusatsu Kokusai can be approached from the east (Kanetsu Expressway) and from the south (Joshinetsu Expressway).

Unlike some ski resort regions of Japan, you can approach Kusatsu Kokusai resort on Route 292 without really encountering much snow on or by the side of the roads until the very last part of the journey. Having said that, it is best to be prepared. As you approach the town area, there is a section of 'musical road'.... drive at a constant 40kmh to be entertained by your tyres going over the specially altered road surface.

From the Shibukawa Ikaho IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway, turn left to head north on Route 17. Continue on Route 17 for about 4.5km until reaching the turn off for Route 353. Kusatsu is mentioned on the signpost. Turn left here onto Route 353 and continue on that road for a further 19km into Nakanojo. On reaching Route 145, turn left and keep following the signs towards Kusatsu. Continue on Route 145 for around 26km into Naganohara. Go straight on - using Route 292 - up to Kusatsu.

>> More information on getting to Kusatsu by car
Parking
Parking
A number of car parks for 2000 vehicles are available at the base of Kusatsu Kokusai. Some are free and there are charges (500-1000 yen for the day) at others.

More Information

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Address
Address
Kusatsu-machi
Gunma-ken
377-1711
Telephone
Telephone
0279-88-8111
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