Oana (Minakami Town, Gunma)

Oana
大穴 (群馬県 みなかみ町)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until mid March 2019
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Oana (pronounced 'oh-anna') is a small ski hill just to the north of central Minakami town in northern Gunma Prefecture. It first opened in 1927 and from 1949 until 1963 a special winter-only train station was made (near the current Yubiso Station) just for skiers to alight near Oana. Yubiso Station itself opened in 1967. There is a ski jump to the side of the ski hill but it is currently unused.

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

700m
150m
550m
38"
4
700m
2
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
80%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
20%
0 0 0 0 1 1 0

Oana Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
season
17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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1st - - 1st - 100cm 1st - 170cm 1st - 100cm
2nd - - 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 100cm
3rd - - 3rd - 130cm 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 100cm
4th - - 4th - 140cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 90cm
5th - - 5th - 130cm 5th - 170cm 5th - 90cm
6th - - 6th - 130cm 6th - 170cm 6th - 90cm
7th - - 7th - 130cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 70cm
8th - - 8th - 130cm 8th - 130cm 8th - 70cm
9th - - 9th - 120cm 9th - 120cm 9th - 70cm
10th - - 10th - 120cm 10th - 120cm 10th - 80cm
11th - - 11th - 120cm 11th - 110cm 11th - 80cm
12th - - 12th - 120cm 12th - 100cm 12th - 80cm
13th - - 13th - 120cm 13th - 100cm 13th - 80cm
14th - - 14th - 130cm 14th - 100cm 14th - 80cm
15th - - 15th - 130cm 15th - 100cm 15th - 80cm
16th - - 16th - 120cm 16th - 90cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 110cm 17th - 90cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 100cm 18th - 150cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 100cm 19th - 160cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 80cm 20th - 160cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 70cm 21st - 140cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 70cm 22nd - 130cm 22nd - -
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 100cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - -
24th - 30cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 130cm 24th - -
25th - 20cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 120cm 25th - -
26th - 30cm 26th - 160cm 26th - 110cm 26th - -
27th - 90cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 100cm 27th - -
28th - 110cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 100cm 28th - -
29th - 120cm 29th - 180cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th - 120cm 30th - 180cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 130cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - -

Oana Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Oana. 
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
There are a few 'Sori Asobi Hiroba' sledging areas for children near base and a playing the snow area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Oana Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Oana is open from 8:00am until 4:30pm every day.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Oana Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
60 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 3,000 yen 2,500 yen 2,100 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Half Day 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 250 yen
8 Lift Coupons 2,100 yen

Getting to Oana

By public transport
Train
Train
15.3km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
1.4km from Yubiso Station on the Joetsu Line
3.9km from Minakami Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
Yubiso Station on the local Joetsu line is 1.4km to the north of Oana, while the larger Minakami Station is about 4km to the south.

Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line is about 15km to the south.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by public transport
bus
Bus
No shuttle bus service information is available.
By Car
Car
7.5km from the Minakami IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
18.1km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (0.3km away)
Direction
Direction
Oana is about 8km from the Minamaki IC exit of the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Minakami IC exit traffic lights, turn left onto Route 291 and then turn left at the first traffic lights (1.3km) to continue on Route 291. Oana is about 6km further on, past the main town area and just off the road on the left hand side.

>> More information on getting to Minakami by car
Parking
Parking
A number of car parks are available around the base area of Oana.

More Information

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Address
Address
Oana 277
Minakami-machi
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
379-1727
Telephone
Telephone
0278-72-2354
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
The 2018-2019 winter season is approaching! Hurray!

At the time of writing more than 60% of the ski hills in Japan have still not updated their own information for the upcoming season. We are continuing to manually update the information on these ski resort pages of SnowJapan but for the moment things are unavoidably a mix of old and new. In most cases ski resorts open and close around the same dates each season, so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 2017-2018 season, that is usually a good indication of what to expect this time round.

(30th October 2018)
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