Minowa (Inawashiro Town, Fukushima)

Minowa
箕輪
(福島県 猪苗代町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st November 2021 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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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).

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

1500m
450m
1050m
34"
11
3120m
3
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 0 2 0 1 0 0

Minowa Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
season
19/20
season
20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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1st - - 1st 90cm 50cm 1st 150cm 100cm 1st 160cm 110cm
2nd - 10cm 2nd 90cm 50cm 2nd 150cm 100cm 2nd 150cm 110cm
3rd - 20cm 3rd 90cm 50cm 3rd 160cm 100cm 3rd 150cm 110cm
4th - 30cm 4th 90cm 60cm 4th 160cm 100cm 4th 140cm 110cm
5th - 40cm 5th 100cm 60cm 5th 160cm 100cm 5th 140cm 110cm
6th - 40cm 6th 110cm 60cm 6th 160cm 100cm 6th 140cm 130cm
7th - 40cm 7th 110cm 60cm 7th 160cm 100cm 7th 140cm 130cm
8th - 40cm 8th 120cm 50cm 8th 160cm 100cm 8th 140cm 130cm
9th - 40cm 9th 130cm 50cm 9th 170cm 100cm 9th 140cm 120cm
10th - 30cm 10th 130cm 60cm 10th 160cm 100cm 10th 140cm 110cm
11th - 30cm 11th 150cm 60cm 11th 160cm 110cm 11th 140cm 110cm
12th 20cm 30cm 12th 150cm 60cm 12th 160cm 110cm 12th 140cm 110cm
13th 20cm 30cm 13th 150cm 70cm 13th 160cm 110cm 13th 140cm 110cm
14th 30cm 35cm 14th 150cm 60cm 14th 160cm 110cm 14th 120cm 110cm
15th 40cm 30cm 15th 150cm 70cm 15th 150cm 110cm 15th 120cm 100cm
16th 50cm 30cm 16th 150cm 70cm 16th 150cm 110cm 16th 120cm 110cm
17th 60cm 30cm 17th 150cm 70cm 17th 160cm 110cm 17th 110cm 120cm
18th 60cm 30cm 18th 150cm 70cm 18th 170cm 90cm 18th 110cm 110cm
19th 90cm 30cm 19th 150cm 60cm 19th 170cm 90cm 19th 110cm 110cm
20th 90cm 30cm 20th 150cm 80cm 20th 170cm 90cm 20th 110cm 110cm
21st 90cm 30cm 21st 150cm 80cm 21st 170cm 90cm 21st 110cm 110cm
22nd 90cm 30cm 22nd 150cm 80cm 22nd 160cm 90cm 22nd 100cm 100cm
23rd 90cm 30cm 23rd 150cm 80cm 23rd 160cm 110cm 23rd 100cm 110cm
24th 90cm 50cm 24th 150cm 80cm 24th 160cm 110cm 24th 100cm 90cm
25th 90cm 50cm 25th 150cm 80cm 25th 160cm 110cm 25th 100cm 90cm
26th 90cm 50cm 26th 150cm 70cm 26th 160cm 110cm 26th 100cm 90cm
27th 90cm 50cm 27th 150cm 80cm 27th 160cm 110cm 27th 100cm 90cm
28th 90cm 50cm 28th 130cm 80cm 28th 160cm 130cm 28th 100cm 80cm
29th 90cm 50cm 29th 130cm 90cm 29th - 110cm 29th 100cm 90cm
30th 90cm 50cm 30th 150cm 90cm 30th 30th 90cm 90cm
31st 90cm 50cm 31st 150cm 90cm 31st 31st 90cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

Minowa Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minowa. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski, snowboard and snowshoe equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also 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 Mid November until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'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 mostly on Fridays and Saturdays during the following periods:

- 6th December 2020 until 5th January 2021
- 31st January until 4th April 2021

Minowa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary & Junior High age
Senior
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 2020-2021 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 14,000 yen for adults and 8,400 yen for children.

Getting to Minowa

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport

About 1 hour from Fukushima Station.
About 1 hour 40 minutes from Koriyama Station.
About 2 hours 15 minutes from Sendai Station.
bus
Bus
Shuttle bus services from both Fukushima Station (West exit) and Inawashiro Station to Minowa are available.
By Car
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
Direction
Direction
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.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car

About 30 minutes from Fukushima Nishi IC.
About 40 minutes from Nihonmatsu IC.
Parking
Parking
There are 4 main car parks (A-D) at the base of Minowa holding up to 2,000 cars. Parking is free other than between 26th December and 5th January when it is 1,000 yen. Free for season ticket holders.

More Information

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Address
Address
Wakamiya
Inawashiro-machi
Yama-gun
Fukushima-ken
969-2751
Telephone
Telephone
0242-64-3377
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