Resort Spotlight: Okutone Snow Park (Gunma)

Okutone Snow Park
Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture

2018-2019 season planned dates:
Saturday 8th December 2018 until early April 2019
** 6 day snow & weather forecast **

Okutone Snow Park is a ski and snowboard resort located close to the centre of Minakami Town in the northern region of Gunma Prefecture. Access is simple! The base of Okutone Snow Park is just 10km from the Minakami IC via main roads... there's no windy and steep mountain roads, and so it is easy to get to - even without snow road driving experience. By train, Okutone Snow Park is a 40 minute bus ride from the Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line.

Following on from the new top lift in the last two seasons, this season the new Yukizaru Course debuts, down from the lower part of Bunanoki Course - see the course map below.
A free shuttle bus will be operating between Jomo Kogen Station and Minakami Station this season. Latest on the website!

Resort statistics, reviews and daily-updated weather and snow forecasts for Okutone Snow Park can be found here.

 About This top course offers spectacular views and is suitable for beginners to try too!
 Skill level Beginner - Intermediate
 Length 900m
 Steepest gradient 25º
 Average gradient 18º
 About A wide course suitable for beginners. Serviced by artificial snow making machines when necessary for guaranteed conditions.
 Skill level Beginner - Intermediate
 Length 600m
 Steepest gradient 22º
 Average gradient 15º
 About Wide powder course on days of fresh snow partly featuring moguls so popular with riders of more advanced skills.
 Skill level Intermediate
 Length 600m
 Steepest gradient 30º
 Average gradient 18º
 About Easy course with gentles slopes leading back to the Rest House facility.
 Skill level Beginner
 Length 600m
 Steepest gradient 8º
 Average gradient 5º
 About This course heads down to the Rest House and is suitable for beginner skiers and snowboarders.
 Skill level Beginner
 Length 200m
 Steepest gradient 18º
 Average gradient 12º
 About A challenging course with a steepest gradient of 33 degrees; popular for those looking for a challenge.
 Skill level Advanced
 Length 1000m
 Steepest gradient 33º
 Average gradient 23º
 About An intermediate level course connecting the Rest House with the base Gate House of Okutone.
 Skill level Intermediate
 Length 550m
 Steepest gradient 25º
 Average gradient 18º
 About This course also goes back down to the base Gate House and is suitable for beginner level skiers and snowboarders.
 Skill level Beginner
 Length 1500m
 Steepest gradient 8º
 Average gradient 5º


Gate House

The Gate House is the base building at Okutone Snow Park.
With the car park and bus drop off just outside, inside you can find all the facilities needed to get your day of skiing and snowboarding underway - including lift tickets, equipment rental, locker rooms and a shop.

Rest House

The Rest House can be found in the central area of the ski hill and open from 8:00am until 9:00pm.


How to get to Okutone Snow Park

The journey from Tokyo to the resort takes about two hours.

By Car

Okutone Snow Park is located just to the north of the central town area of Minakami.
The resort is just 10km from the Minakami IC (水上IC) exit of the Kanetsu Expressway (関越自動車道) which in turn is 141km from Nerima IC (練馬IC) of the same road.
The journey from Tokyo to the resort takes about two hours.

By Train

Using the Joetsu Shinkansen (上越新幹線) from Tokyo Station (東京駅), the journey to Jomo Kogen Station (上毛高原駅) takes about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
A free shuttle bus from Jomo Kogen Station (上毛高原駅) and Minakami Station (水上駅) is available for the 2018-2019 season.

Click here to see location on map and use Route Finder to find your way to Okutone Snow Park

Family Pack

Okutone Snow Park Lift Tickets 2018-2019 Season

Early Morning 6:00am until 9:00am 1,500 yen - -
1 Day Open until 5:00pm 5,000 yen 4,000 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours For 5 hours from time of purchase 4,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,000 yen
Afternoon & Nighta 12:00pm until 10:00pm 4,500 yen - -
Sunset 2:00pm until 10:00pm 3,800 yen - -
Nighta A 4:00pm until 10:00pm 2,300 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta A (Fri, Sat, before holidays) 4:00pm until 12:00am 2,700 yen 2,300 yen 2,300 yen
Nighta B 6:00pm until 10:00pm 2,000 yen 1,700 yen 1,700 yen
Nighta B (Fri, Sat, before holidays) 6:00pm until 12:00am 2,200 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta C 8:00pm until 10:00pm 1,500 yen - -
Nighta C (Fri, Sat, before holidays) 8:00pm until 12:00am 1,700 yen    
Every Day Valid for the whole season 45,000 yen 35,000 yen  
Weekday Only Valid on weekdays only 35,000 yen 25,000 yen  
Early Morning & Nighta Only Valid for early morning and nighta only 22,000 yen 17,000 yen  

Children of elementary school age and below can obtain lift tickets for free.
Senior tickets are valid for people ages 60 and over (ID required)
Grand Senior tickets are valid for people ages 70 and over (ID required)

Credit cards are accepted


Okutone Snow Park Rental 2018-2019 Season

Ski or snowboard set 3,500 yen 2,500 yen
Ski or snowboard only 2,000 yen 1,500 yen
Boots only 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Pole only 500 yen 300 yen
Wear set 3,500 yen 2,500 yen
Wear & ski or board 5,500 yen 4,000 yen
Helmet 500 yen 500 yen
Snow Scooter 4,000 yen 3 hours

With the Change Free System you can change between skis, snowboard, fun skis and snowmoto one time each.

Available equipment sizes:
Skis - from 90cm
Ski boots - from 18cm
Snowboards - from 108cm
Snowboard boots - from 18cm
Wear - from 100cm

Okutone Snow Academy (Lessons) 2018-2019 Season

Equipment Half Day
10:00am until 12:00pm or 1:30pm until 3:30pm
Full Day
10:00am until 12:00pm and 1:30pm until 3:30pm
Youth & Adult Lesson (13 years old and over) 4,000 yen 6,000 yen
Child Lesson (ages 7-12 years old) 5,500 yen 10,000 yen
Private Lesson 10,500 yen 18,000 yen
Group Lesson (2-5 people) 15,500 yen 25,000 yen
Expert Lesson (for advanced skill levels) 5,000 yen 6,000 yen

Registration hours for lessons are from 8:00am until 9:45am and from 12:45pm until 1:15pm