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).
Minowa Snow Depth Statistics
Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minowa.
Ski, snowboard and snowshoe equipment & wear rental is available.
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.
There are no special snow park facilities.
Minowa Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Late November until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 9:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
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
Elementary & Junior High age
60 years & over
1 Coupon (B lift)
1 Coupon (A, C lift)
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
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.
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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