Norn Minakami is a located in Minakami Town (Gunma Prefecture), within easy reach of the nearby expressway and train lines, making it an extremely convenient ski and snowboard resort to get to. In fact, you can easily for example spend a day taking in the sights of Tokyo (like Akakusa, Ameya-Yokocho and Tokyo Skytree near Ueno), and then spend the next day enjoy playing in the snow at Norn. Using the Joetsu Shinkansen you can be playing in the snow within two hours of leaving Tokyo!
Norn is a relatively compact resort with two quad lifts and two pair lifts, and popular for it's park, Snowland for children and floodlit nighta - which is open until midnight on Saturdays in the peak season.
Planned 2017-2018 season: Wednesday 20th December 2017 until Saturday 31st March 2018
Number of Runs
Total Length of Runs
2km (C-D course)
Beginner 30% Intermediate 50% Advanced 20%
Number of Lift
4 (2 Quad lifts and 2 Pair lifts) Lift capacity of 7,200 people / hour
Max Elevation 1,220m Base 820m Vertical 400m
ENJOY PARK on D Course ROOKIE PARK on B Course
Norn Minakami 'Snowland'
Norn Minakami Snow Land is a special area that is separate from the main ski and snowboard courses of the main Norn Minakami resort – a place where everyone, from children to adults, can enjoy and play in the snow in safety. The area features a number of special attractions. The Main Area of Snow Land is located at the base of the resort by the Number 2 car park. It is a place where young children can enjoy playing in the snow in safety. A 40m long moving walkway gives easy access to the attractions. Entry is 1000 yen per person.
On the weekends, the ‘Sub Area’ is open and can be got to by shuttle bus. This Sub Area is a large area for playing in the snow with scoops, snowball making kits and other fun things to play with. There’s also things for older children and young families as well, offering a different way to enjoy the winter snow. A family of four can ride the mobile banana boat and a parent and child can try the buggy ride experience, so there is a lot that a young family to enjoy. If things get a bit too cold, you can sit by the warm stove in the resting area and enjoy some light snacks. This area is open on weekends and national holidays, but can also be reserved for private use on weekdays.
Norn can respond to various requests, such as pick up and lodging, as well as special events (for example snowball fights, snow shoeing and treasure hunting games).
So please come and enjoy your – or your families – ‘playing in the snow debut’ at Norn Minakami Snowland this winter. You’re sure to have a lot of fun!
Snow Land Opening
Main Area 26th December 2017 until 31st March 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm)
1000 yen per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Sledging: free Snow tubing: free Snow racer: 500 yen for 30 minutes Snow strider: 500 yen for 30 minutes Snow tube buggy: 1000 yen per time Snow mobile banana boat: 500 yen per person Snow mobile tandem: 1500 yen per time Buggy experience: 500 yen for 20 minutes Snowball fight experience: from 1500 yen per person. Please ask for details regarding numbers of people and schedule. Animal trekking tour 1.5 hours – trekking to try and find wild animals! Please ask for details regarding numbers of people and schedule. Snowshoe rental also available. Treasure Hunt: 500 yen, using GPS and beacons – find treasure in the snow forest! Please ask for details regarding numbers of people and schedule. Special organized ‘playing in the snow’ activities: please ask our staff Please note that the playing in the snow area is open on weekends and holidays. Due to snow conditions, it may need to be closed and/or some attractions may not always be available
• After paying the entry fee, entry to the Snow Land areas is free (on showing the wristband). Sled/sledge rental is free, though there are some special sledges that incur a rental charge. • Please show your wristband to staff on re-entering. • Please note that the wristband becomes invalid when taken off. • The wristband is valid for the day of use and cannot be re-issued and there are no refunds. • The wristbands are non-transferable and can only be used by one person. • Please do not use any equipment with sharp edges. • Please do not use plastic skis or plastic boards. • Any personal belongings are brought into the area at owner’s risk. • Please do not over-speed, always keep control and avoid any obstacles and other people. • Please stay on the course areas and do not stop in places that will interfere with other people. • Please do not sledge in areas other than the specific sledging areas as it is dangerous. • Please return any rental items back to the original place after finishing using them. • People not following the instructions of the staff will be asked to leave. • We are not responsible for any accidents or injuries due to falls or contacts with other people within Snow Land. • Please use snowshoes inside Snowland as indicated by the information.
MERREL boots can be rented at the reception/entrance to Snow Land. The rental charge is 1000 yen per day.
At Norn Minakami you can enjoy freshly baked pizzas and also authentic barbeques... somewhat unusual for a Japanese ski resort. There's also other food and snacks available including the popular 'American hot sandwich'.
Lift Tickets (2017-208 Season)
1 Day Ticket
Open until 5pm
5 Hour Ticket
5 hours from purchase
Nighta 22 Ticket (Sun-Thurs)
Nighta 24 Ticket (Fri-Sat)
Lift Coupon (11)
Lift Coupon (1)
All Season Ticket
Weekday Season Ticket*
Early Nighta Season Ticket**
Ages 0-6 are free, but children must ride the lifts and gondola with a guardian. Children age 6 who attend elementary school pay the Children rate. Senior tickets are for people 55 years of age and over. Weekday Season Ticket valid daytimes and nighta on weekdays (except January 1st, 2nd,3rd). Early Nighta Season Ticket valid can also be used for a 5 hour daytime ticket or early ticket.
Rental Station (2017-208 Season)
Wear and accessory rental
Snowblade & boots
4pm-end of nighta
Please note that gloves, goggles and knit hats are not available to rent. These items can however be bought at the shop at Norn Minakami. The shop sells gloves, goggles and hats as well as a wide range of other ski and snowboard related goods and wear.
Nearby onsen hot springs
Minakami town is famous throughout Japan for being a popular onsen hot spring resort town. A wide choice of onsen hot springs and accommodation can be found just 10 minutes from Norn Minakami.
Getting to Norn Minakami
Norn Minakami is just 20 minutes from Minakami Station on the Joetsu-sen local train line. A free shuttle bus operates between Minakami Station and Norn Minakami. The resort is also just 20 minutes from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line that runs direct from Tokyo Station and Ueno Station. A free shuttle bus from Jomo Kogen is also available at 8:10am and 9:40am (reservations required). You can be at Norn Minakami less than 2 hours from leaving Tokyo Station!
Depart Tokyo Station
Depart Ueno Station
Arrive Jomo Kogen Station
Shuttle bus from Jomo Kogen Station
Arrive at Norn Minakami
Norn Minakami is located just 3km (and 5 minutes) from the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.