Inawashiro (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

Inawashiro
猪苗代
(福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 26th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021
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Inawashiro is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Bandai in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. There are two main areas of the resort, each with a base area - the Chuo 'Easy' Area and the Minero 'Crazy' Area. The two areas are connected by courses and a pair lift. A few areas are left ungroomed. Inawashiro has been operating since 1948, originally starting off with just the Chuo area.

Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.

The Mountain

1255m
555m
675m
34"
18
3150m
8
15%
35%
50%
Skiers
50%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
50%
0 0 3 0 5 0 0

Inawashiro Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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19/20
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20/21
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1st - - 1st 80cm - 1st 160cm 30cm 1st 120cm 40cm
2nd - - 2nd 110cm - 2nd 160cm 30cm 2nd 110cm 30cm
3rd - - 3rd 120cm - 3rd 170cm 30cm 3rd 100cm 30cm
4th - - 4th 120cm 10cm 4th 170cm 30cm 4th 100cm 30cm
5th - - 5th 120cm 10cm 5th 170cm 30cm 5th 100cm 30cm
6th - - 6th 120cm 10cm 6th 160cm 30cm 6th 100cm 30cm
7th - - 7th 120cm 10cm 7th 160cm 30cm 7th 100cm 30cm
8th - - 8th 140cm - 8th 160cm 50cm 8th 100cm 30cm
9th - - 9th 170cm - 9th 180cm 50cm 9th 90cm -
10th - - 10th 170cm - 10th 180cm 50cm 10th 90cm -
11th - - 11th 170cm - 11th 180cm 50cm 11th 90cm -
12th - - 12th 170cm - 12th 180cm 70cm 12th 80cm -
13th - - 13th 170cm - 13th 180cm 70cm 13th 80cm -
14th - - 14th 170cm 10cm 14th 180cm 60cm 14th 70cm -
15th - - 15th 170cm 10cm 15th 170cm 50cm 15th 70cm -
16th - - 16th 150cm 10cm 16th 170cm 50cm 16th 70cm -
17th - - 17th 130cm 20cm 17th 160cm 40cm 17th 70cm -
18th - - 18th 130cm 20cm 18th 180cm 40cm 18th 70cm -
19th - - 19th 120cm 20cm 19th 180cm 40cm 19th 70cm -
20th - - 20th 150cm 20cm 20th 180cm 40cm 20th 60cm -
21st - - 21st 150cm 20cm 21st 170cm 40cm 21st 50cm -
22nd - - 22nd 150cm 20cm 22nd 140cm 40cm 22nd - -
23rd - 0cm 23rd 140cm 20cm 23rd 130cm 40cm 23rd - -
24th - 10cm 24th 140cm 20cm 24th 120cm 40cm 24th - -
25th - 10cm 25th 120cm 20cm 25th 120cm 40cm 25th - -
26th 60cm - 26th 100cm 20cm 26th 120cm 40cm 26th - -
27th 80cm - 27th 100cm 30cm 27th 120cm 40cm 27th - -
28th 80cm - 28th 100cm 30cm 28th 120cm 40cm 28th - -
29th 60cm - 29th 100cm 30cm 29th - 40cm 29th - -
30th 60cm - 30th 100cm 30cm 30th 30th - -
31st 60cm - 31st 120cm 30cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Inawashiro Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Inawashiro. 
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
A covered walkway costs 600 yen to use for the day. There is also a Snow Bike Circuit. 
Park Information
Park information
The main Snow Park is located close to base of the Chuo area of the ski area. 

Inawashiro Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
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Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 10:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Inawashiro is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Night skiing is on Saturdays from 26th December 2020 until 20th March 2021 and also on 30th-31st December 2020, 10th January 2021, 10th and 22nd February 2021. The Hayama Number 1 lift operates for night skiing.

Early opening from 6:30am until 8:30am is on Sundays between 27th December 2020 and 14th March 2020 and 11th January 2021.

Inawashiro Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
50 years & over
1 Day 4,800 yen 4,000 yen 4,400 yen
4 Hours 4,300 yen 3,600 yen 3,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 500 yen 600 yen
Nighta (4pm-close) 3,200 yen 1,600 yen 3,200 yen
Early (6:30am-8:30am) 2,000 yen 1,600 yen 2,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Inawashiro runs an interesting member style concept -- if you join their 'Re-Born' club (500 yen), lift tickets become cheaper each time you visit (along with other benefits).

For example, a normal 1 day adult lift ticket is 4,800 yen. That goes down to 3,800 yen and then down to 3,300 yen and then down to 2,800 yen on subsequent visits!

This system is apparently continuing for the 2020-2021 season.

Getting to Inawashiro

By public transport
Train
Train
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
4.4km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
41.6km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Information
Inawashiro is about 4.5km from Inawashiro Station on the local Banetsu Sai-sen line.

Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is approximately 47km from the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
bus
Bus
A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station to the ski area numerous times each day. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

A free shuttle bus also operates between Koriyama Station to the resort during the main season.
By Car
Car
6km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
35.4km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
48.9km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (3.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 324
Direction
Direction
Inwashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Bantetsu Expressway.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. There are a few ways to get to the two base areas of Inawashiro. The simplest choice is to turn left after a further 3.5km onto Prefecture Road 2, and then turn left after a further 1.2km (the road sign labels the turn off as 'Inawashiro Skiing Grand'). Follow that road through to the Minero base.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
Parking
Parking
There are a number of car parks available at the base of both the Chuo and Minero areas of Inawashiro. Parking is free.

More Information

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Address
Address
Hayama 7105
Inawashiro-machi
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-3102
Telephone
Telephone
0242-62-5100
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