Minakami Hodaigi (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Hodaigi
水上宝台樹
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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Minakami Hodaigi is located on the north western slopes of Mt Hotaka in Minakami town, Gunma Prefecture. With a relatively high elevation and northerly position the region usually receives very good quality snowfall in season. A season ticket that can also be used at Oguna Hotaka (in nearby Katashina) is available. Minakami Hodaigi has been operating since 1979.

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

1400m
570m
830m
40"
16
2600m
6
30%
40%
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 4 0 0

Minakami Hodaigi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 80cm 1st - 110cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 105cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 80cm 3rd - 100cm
4th - - 4th - 55cm 4th - 80cm 4th - 100cm
5th - - 5th - 70cm 5th - 80cm 5th - 100cm
6th - - 6th - 80cm 6th - 90cm 6th - 110cm
7th - - 7th - 80cm 7th - 100cm 7th - 110cm
8th - - 8th - 80cm 8th - 100cm 8th - 110cm
9th - - 9th - 80cm 9th - 100cm 9th - 105cm
10th - - 10th - 80cm 10th - 110cm 10th - 105cm
11th - - 11th - 80cm 11th - 110cm 11th - 95cm
12th - - 12th - 80cm 12th - 125cm 12th - 95cm
13th - - 13th - 80cm 13th - 125cm 13th - 90cm
14th - 30cm 14th - 80cm 14th - 120cm 14th - 90cm
15th - 30cm 15th - 80cm 15th - 120cm 15th - 90cm
16th - 30cm 16th - 80cm 16th - 110cm 16th - 90cm
17th - 30cm 17th - 80cm 17th - 100cm 17th - 100cm
18th - 30cm 18th - 80cm 18th - 100cm 18th - 100cm
19th - 30cm 19th - 80cm 19th - 110cm 19th - 100cm
20th - 30cm 20th - 80cm 20th - 110cm 20th - 90cm
21st - 30cm 21st - 80cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 95cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 80cm 22nd - 110cm 22nd - 95cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 80cm 23rd - 110cm 23rd - 95cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 80cm 24th - 110cm 24th - 95cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 80cm 25th - 110cm 25th - 100cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 80cm 26th - 100cm 26th - 100cm
27th - 30cm 27th - 80cm 27th - 100cm 27th - 95cm
28th - 40cm 28th - 80cm 28th - 100cm 28th - 95cm
29th - 50cm 29th - 80cm 29th - 110cm 29th - 95cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 80cm 30th 30th - 100cm
31st - 50cm 31st - 70cm 31st 31st - 90cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Hodaigi Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Hodaigi. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kids Land' and 'Gunma Chan Park' are both located near the Center House Houdaigi and free to enter.

There is a child care facility available called 'Snow Fairy', suitable for young children from 6 months to 6 years. Charges are from 3,500 yen for 2 hours and 6,500 yen for 4 hours. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few 'park' areas on the slopes including areas called 'Pocket Park' and '17 wave'. 

Minakami Hodaigi Season & Opening Times

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

There is no night skiing at this area.

Minakami Hodaigi Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day 4,500 yen 3,000 yen 4,000 yen
Morning (until 1pm) 3,600 yen 2,400 yen 3,200 yen
Afternoon (from noon) 3,600 yen 2,400 yen 3,200 yen
5 Hours 4,300 yen 4,300 yen 4,300 yen
10 Hours 8,500 yen 8,500 yen 8,500 yen
20 Hours 16,000 yen 16,000 yen 16,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 450 yen 450 yen
Snow Escalator 1 Day 700 yen 700 yen 700 yen
Season (Joint) 48,500 yen 31,500 yen 38,500 yen
Season (Houdaigi only) 47,500 yen 30,500 yen 37,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

An IC Card returnable deposit of 500 yen is required for all lift tickets.

Children's Day is on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from December through March. On those days a child ticket is 1,000 yen (and there's free juice too!).

A family pack for 1 adult and 1 child is 6,300 yen.

There are two types of Season Ticket - one is valid at only Minakami Hodaigi; the other is valid at both Minakami Hodaigi and Oguna Hotaka (marked as 'Joint' in above table).

Getting to Minakami Hodaigi

By public transport
Train
Train
26.1km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
12.2km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
14.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
The resort is just over 12km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line.

Minakami Station on the same line is just under 15km away.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
A local bus service is available from Jomo Kogen Station (70 minutes) and Minakami Station (45 minutes).

Buses stops at Takagawa Iriguchi - a ski area shuttle bus is available from there to the base of the ski area.
By Car
Car
18.9km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
30.8km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (11.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Direction
Direction
Minakami Hodaigi is about 19km from the Minakami IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left again at the first traffic lights after 1.3km to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights past central Minakami, turn right onto Prefecture Road 63 (also known as the Okutone-Yukemuri Highway). Go past Okutone Snow Park on the right and soon after you will arrive at some traffic lights. Either turn left (if you are equipped for and used to driving on winter snowy roads) or continue straight on for around a further 9km to the signposted turn off towards Hodaigi.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
There is parking for about 2,400 vehicles close to the base of the resort. Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays (500 yen after 12:00pm).

More Information

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Address
Address
Fujiwara 3839-1
Minakami
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1721
Telephone
Telephone
0278-75-2557
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