Akasawa (Minakami Town, Gunma)

(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 15th March 2020
Complicated opening schedule! See below
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Akasawa is a small ski hill located in the south west region of Minakami town in Gunma Prefecture, close to Hoshi Onsen and the border with Niigata Prefecture... it is only about 14km from the famous Naeba ski resort in Yuzawa town just to the north. This small hill has two single lifts and a rope-tow. Akasawa used to be generally only open on weekends and holidays (and only open privately on weekdays) but it is now also opening on many weekdays to the general public. There are a few weekdays when it will be closed and used privately - best to ask in advance.

Minakami town is separated from Yuzawa town in Niigata Prefecture to the north by the impressive Tanigawa mountain range. The nine separate ski and snowboard resorts in Minakami are quite spread out throughout the central region of the town. These maps show all of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami area together. Minakami is a popular year-round destination offering a wide range of outdoor sports and activities... and the onsen hot springs are very popular too.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Akasawa Snow Depth Statistics

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

Akasawa Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Not available
There is a ski school at Akasawa that offers ski lessons. But be warned, while the official website has English text on it, concerning ski lessons it states 'Foreigners can not accept'. Perhaps a more tactful wording of what they mean would be 'we cannot do lessons in languages other than Japanese', but best to check... 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Not available Snowboard Rental: Not available
Rental equipment and wear is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledding area at the base area of Akasawa. Free to use. 
Park Information
Park information

Akasawa Season & Opening Times

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

Normally only partly open on weekdays, with the following exceptions: 30th-31st December 2019, 1st-3rd January 2020, 11th and 24th February 2020 (on those days it is open as normal).

Closed on the following dates:
- every Tuesday except 31st December 2019 and 11th February 2020

Closed due to private reservation on the following dates:
- 17th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd January 2020
- 7th February 2020

Closed on weekdays in March 2020.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Akasawa Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-4:30pm) 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,000 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 1,600 yen 1,000 yen 1,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 1,600 yen 1,000 yen 1,300 yen
Lift 1 ride 200 yen 200 yen 200 yen
Lift 6 rides 1,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
Rope Tow only (1 day) 1,200 yen
Rope Tow only (half day) 800 yen
Rope Tow only (1 ride) 150 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The lift tickets include use of lifts and the rope tow.

Getting to Akasawa

By public transport
21.6km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
21.4km from Gokan Station on the Joetsu Line
27.1km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Akasawa is about 21.5km from Gokan Station in Minakami and about 27km from the larger Numata Station on the local Joetsu line.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is just under 22km from Akasawa.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
There is no shuttle bus but local buses operate between Jomo Kogen Station and Sarugakyo Onsen.

Another bus operates from Sarugakyo Onsen to Hoshi Onsen (15 minutes). Get off at the Akazawa ski-jo stop.
By Car
21.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
27.1km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
36.3km from the Yuzawa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 17 (3.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 261
Tsukiyono IC is the nearest exit on the Kanetsu Expressway, about 22km away.

From the Tsukiyono IC exit, turn onto Route 17 to head north - follow the signpost mentioning Niigata and Naeba. Go past Akaya-ko lake and through the Sarugakyo onsen area, and after about 17km from the IC exit follow the signs for Akasawa on the left side to head towards the base.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
There is parking for 200 vehicles close to the base of Akasawa. Parking is free every day of the season.

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