Minakami Hodaigi (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Minakami Hodaigi
(群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Mid December 2021 until early April 2022
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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

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Minakami Hodaigi Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 220cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - - 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th - 210cm 4th - 190cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th - 210cm 5th - 190cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th - 210cm 6th - 195cm 6th - 180cm
7th - - 7th - 210cm 7th - 195cm 7th - 180cm
8th - - 8th - 210cm 8th - 195cm 8th - 170cm
9th - - 9th - 220cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 170cm
10th - - 10th - 220cm 10th - 210cm 10th - 170cm
11th - - 11th - 220cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 170cm
12th - - 12th - 220cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 170cm
13th - - 13th - 220cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 170cm
14th - - 14th - 220cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 160cm
15th - 13cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 160cm
16th - 13cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 160cm
17th - - 17th - 200cm 17th - 190cm 17th - 160cm
18th - - 18th - 195cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 150cm
19th - 200cm 19th - 195cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 150cm
20th - 200cm 20th - 195cm 20th - 200cm 20th - 150cm
21st - 220cm 21st - 195cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - 220cm 22nd - 195cm 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - 220cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 140cm
24th - 220cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 140cm
25th - 220cm 25th - 185cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 130cm
26th - 220cm 26th - 185cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 130cm
27th - 220cm 27th - 185cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 130cm
28th - 220cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 130cm
29th - 220cm 29th - 180cm 29th - - 29th - 120cm
30th - 220cm 30th - 180cm 30th 30th - 120cm
31st - 220cm 31st - 180cm 31st 31st - 110cm

Previous Statistics

Minakami Hodaigi Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Hodaigi. 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).

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