Resort Spotlight: Norn Minakami (Gunma)

Norn Minakami
Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture
Official website :: Full resort details on SnowJapan

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.

Course Length Vertical Steepest slope Average slope
A Course 840m 214m 30° 22°
B Course 920m 214m 26° 13°
C Course 870m 183m 21° 14°
D Course 1080m 242m 19° 13°
E Course 1030m 242m 23° 14°
 
Number of Runs 21
Total Length of Runs 45,100m
Longest Runs 2km (C-D course)
Steepest 30°
Level Beginner 30%
Intermediate 50%
Advanced 20%
Number of Lift 4 (2 Quad lifts and 2 Pair lifts)
Lift capacity of 7,200 people / hour
Elevation Max Elevation 1,220m
Base 820m
Vertical 400m
Park 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
17th December 2016 until 31st March 2017 (9am-4pm)
Sub Area
Weekends and national holidays between 26th December 2016 until 6th Marc 2017 (11am-2pm)
Entry Charge   1000 yen per person.
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Rental
 
  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

Please Note
      

 
  • 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.
Boots   MERREL boots can be rented at the reception/entrance to Snow Land.
The rental charge is 1000 yen per day.

Kids: 16cm – 22cm
Ladies: 22.5cm – 25cm
Mens: 25cm – 28th
Limited supplies available.

 

Restaurants

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 (16-17 Season)

    Adults Children Seniors
1 Day Ticket Open until 5pm 4,500 yen 3,600 yen 4,000 yen
5 Hour Ticket 5 hours from purchase 3,900 yen 3,000 yen 3,400 yen
Early Ticket 7am-10am 2,100 yen 1,800 yen 2,000 yen
Twilight Ticket 2pm-10pm 4,000 yen 3,100 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta 22 Ticket (Sun-Thurs) 4:30pm-10pm 2,300 yen 1,700 yen 2,100 yen
Nighta 24 Ticket (Fri-Sat) 4:30pm-12am 2,700 yen 2,100 yen 2,500 yen
Lift Coupon (11)   4,500 yen
Lift Coupon (1)   450 yen
     
All Season Ticket   43,000 yen 25,000 yen 39,000 yen
Weekday Season Ticket*   30,000 yen - -
Early Nighta Season Ticket**   30,000 yen - -
     
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

Set

1 DayTwilight5 HoursNighta
Ski rental
Ski Set 4,500yen 3,000yen 3,500yen 2,200yen 3,800yen 2,500yen 3,000yen 1,800yen
Skis 2,300yen 1,500yen 1,800yen 1,100yen 2,000yen 1,300yen 1,500yen 900yen
Boots 2,300yen 1,500yen 1,800yen 1,100yen 2,000yen 1,300yen 1,500yen 900yen
Poles 500yen 300yen 500yen 300yen 500yen 300yen 500yen 300yen
Snowboard rental
Board Set 4,500yen 3,000yen 3,500yen 2,200yen 10,000yen 10,000yen 14,600yen 14,600yen
Board 2,300yen 1,500yen 1,800yen 1,100yen 2,000yen 1,300yen 1,500yen 900yen
Boots 2,300yen 1,500yen 1,800yen 1,100yen 2,000yen 1,300yen 1,500yen 900yen
Wear and accessory rental
Wear 4,500yen 3,000yen 3,500yen 2,200yen 3,800yen 2,500yen 3,000yen 1,800yen
Snowblade &
boots
3,600yen 3,000yen 3,000yen 2,600yen
Times Start-5pm 2pm-10pm 5 hours 4pm-end of nighta
 
  Adults Children
Skis 140cm-170cm 90cm-150cm
Ski boots 22cm-31cm 16cm-22cm
Snowboards 135cm-160cm 90cm-130cm
Snowboard boots 22cm-30cm 17cm-21cm
Wear S-XXL 100cm-150cm

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

By train

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
6:36am 6:42am 7:53am 8:10am 8:35am
8:04am 8:10am 9:21am 9:40am 10:05am

By car

Norn Minakami is located just 3km (and 5 minutes) from the Minakami IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

>> Please check these maps on SnowJapan for the location of Norn Minakami

www.norn.co.jp