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 mid-November opening (with the help of artificial snow).
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.
Shuttle bus services from both Fukushima Station (West exit) and Inawashiro Station to Minowa are available.
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 resort.
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 resort.
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