Minowa (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

(福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Late November 2021 until early April 2022
Official snow depth 210cm (-20cm) [updated on 29th January 2022]

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Minowa is located on the north-western slopes of Mt Adatara in Inawashiro Town, Fukushima Prefecture. Areas of the ski courses go directly about the tunnel the Tsuchiyu Bypass road (Route 115). There are a few tree-run ungroomed courses. Minowa likes to be the first ski hill in the region to open each season, aiming for a late November opening (with the help of artificial snow).

The Mountain

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Minowa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 50cm - 1st 200cm 90cm 1st - 150cm 1st - 160cm
2nd 50cm - 2nd 220cm 90cm 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 150cm
3rd 50cm - 3rd 220cm 90cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 150cm
4th 60cm - 4th 220cm 90cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 140cm
5th 60cm - 5th 220cm 100cm 5th - 160cm 5th - 140cm
6th 60cm - 6th 220cm 110cm 6th - 160cm 6th - 140cm
7th 60cm - 7th 220cm 110cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 140cm
8th 50cm - 8th 225cm 120cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 140cm
9th 50cm - 9th 225cm 130cm 9th - 170cm 9th - 140cm
10th 50cm - 10th 225cm 130cm 10th - 160cm 10th - 140cm
11th 60cm - 11th 225cm 150cm 11th - 160cm 11th - 140cm
12th 60cm 20cm 12th 225cm 150cm 12th - 160cm 12th - 140cm
13th 60cm 20cm 13th 230cm 150cm 13th - 160cm 13th - 140cm
14th 65cm 30cm 14th 230cm 150cm 14th - 160cm 14th - 120cm
15th 65cm 40cm 15th 250cm 150cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 120cm
16th 65cm 50cm 16th 250cm 150cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 120cm
17th 65cm 60cm 17th 250cm 150cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 110cm
18th 75cm 60cm 18th 250cm 150cm 18th - 170cm 18th - 110cm
19th 80cm 90cm 19th 250cm 150cm 19th - 170cm 19th - 110cm
20th 95cm 90cm 20th 250cm 150cm 20th - 170cm 20th - 110cm
21st 95cm 90cm 21st 260cm 150cm 21st - 170cm 21st - 110cm
22nd 95cm 90cm 22nd 260cm 150cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd 95cm 90cm 23rd 260cm 150cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 100cm
24th 95cm 90cm 24th 260cm 150cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 100cm
25th 95cm 90cm 25th 250cm 150cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 100cm
26th 105cm 90cm 26th 230cm 150cm 26th - 160cm 26th - 100cm
27th 120cm 90cm 27th 230cm 150cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 100cm
28th 140cm 90cm 28th 230cm 130cm 28th - 160cm 28th - 100cm
29th 150cm 90cm 29th 210cm 130cm 29th - - 29th - 100cm
30th 155cm 90cm 30th - 150cm 30th 30th - 90cm
31st 140cm 90cm 31st - 150cm 31st 31st - 90cm

Minowa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minowa. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski, snowboard and snowshoe equipment & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are a few special sledding area by the base.

There is also a free kids room in the Hotel Ski Centre at base which is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Minowa Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Minowa is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day.

The B lift is open for night skiing which is mostly on Fridays and Saturdays during the peak season.

Minowa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,500 yen 2,900 yen 3,800 yen
4 Hours 3,800 yen 2,600 yen 3,300 yen
1 Coupon (B lift) 300 yen 300 yen 300 yen
1 Coupon (A, C lift) 600 yen 600 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from time of purchase.

A family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child costs 6,400 yen. An additional adult costs 3,300 yen and an additional child costs 2,300 yen.

A ticket that includes rental costs 10,400 yen for adults and 8,400 yen for children.

Getting to Minowa

By public transport
33.3km from Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
22.9km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
33.3km from Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Saisen local train line is about 23km from Minowa.

Fukushima Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is just over 33km away.

About 1 hour from Fukushima Station.
About 1 hour 40 minutes from Koriyama Station.
About 2 hours 15 minutes from Sendai Station.
A taxi from Fukushima Station takes about 50 minutes.
By Car
23.1km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
25.3km from the Nihonmatsu IC on the Tohoku Expressway
28.1km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 30
From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit of the Banetsu Expressway, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. Continue on Route 115 for about 22km until arriving at the turn off for Minowa, signposted as Prefecture Road 70 and Yokomuki. Turn right off the main road and then turn right again to get to the Minowa ski area.

From the Nihonmatsu IC exit of the Tohoku Expressway, turn right onto Prefecture Road 355 and then within 200m turn right again onto Route 45 which goes through Dake hot spring. Continue until reaching the turn off for Route 115 towards Inawashiro after about 14km. Continue on Route 115 for about 11km until reaching a turn off close by Minowa and then follow the signs to the ski area.

About 30 minutes from Fukushima Nishi IC.
About 40 minutes from Nihonmatsu IC.
There are four main car parks at the base of Minowa holding up to 2,000 cars. Parking is free other than over New Year period when it is 1,000 yen per day (free for season ticket holders).

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