Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is located to the north of central Minakami town in the northern region of Gunma Prefecture. It is the most northerly of the ski and snowboard resorts in the Minakami region, and indeed the whole of Gunma Prefecture. This resort offers a variety of children-based areas and activities, featuring popular Pokémon characters.
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. 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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Minakami Kogen Ski Resort.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There are two 'Kids Park' areas - the 'Pikachu Kindergarden' (20th December 2018 until 7th April 2019) for children 1-5 years old and the 'Pokémon Snow Paretto' (28th December 2018 until 7th April 2019) for older children. Entry to both is 900 yen for the day or free with a valid ski lift ticket.
There are a number of other activities at this resort including snow mobiles (both children and adult), snow rafting, 'snow coach', sledging, airboards, cross country and snow shoes. A special ticket is available for these activities.
There is no specific Snow Park.
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is normally open as follows:
Saturdays - from 8:00am until 5:00pm Sundays & holidays - from 8:00am until 4:30pm Weekdays - from 8:30am until 4:30pm
There is no nighta at this resort.
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary 1st-3rd Grade
Elementary 4th-6th Grade
55 years & over
Lift ticket charges for children of Junior High School age are the same as the Senior rates.
A number of Family tickets are available:
1 adult and 1 child - 5,300 yen 1 adult and 2 children - 6,900 yen 2 adults and 1 child - 8,000 yen 2 adults and 1 children - 9,600 yen
Getting to Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
By public transport
28.9km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
15.2km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
17.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is about 15km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu line and about 18km from the larger Minakami Station on the same line.
Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is about 29km away from the resort.
A free resort shuttle bus is available from Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station. Reservations are required.
22km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
33.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (14.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort is about 22km 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 (1.3km) to continue on Route 291 for about 6km. At the Oana traffic lights 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 and used to winter snow roads) or continue straight on. Go past the turn off and signposts for Minakami Hodaigi. The turn off from Prefecture Road 63 for Minakami Kogen Fujiwara is about 3.5km further on than the turn off for Minakami Houdaigi. Turn right at the signs and follow the road and signs up to the base of the resort.
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