Minakami

Minakami is a traditional hot spring town located in the most Northern area of Kanto in Gunma Prefecture. The town covers a large area (780 km²) with 2 national parks, and some of Japans’ most iconic mountains.

Just 72 minutes from Central Tokyo by bullet train, the town is popular with the domestic market, so typically busy on weekends and public holidays but empty on weekdays.

There are 9 ski resorts,  mostly small to mid sized, with a range of terrain and many off-piste options. The most famous backcountry resort, Tenjindaira, consistently ranks in the top 5 in Japan for snow depth and has some of the best BIG mountain terrain in Japan.

There are over 150 accommodations in town ranging from 2 star B&B to 5 star Japanese Inns (Ryokan). There are also 4 large western style hotels.

The center of town is home to a variety of restaurants and Japanese style bars. Sushi, ramen, izakaya, shabu shabu, yakitori, italian, french, burgers and more.

‘To make the most of your time in Minakai hire a guide and head to advanced deep powder terrain on Tenjidaira.’

 

The largest resort in the Minakami area with a great variety of terrain and good snow quality. There are some good tree runs and short backcountry terrain for powder lovers and plenty of on-piste terrain for the beginners to intermediates. Best resort for families of all levels.

 

HOUDAIGI RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1400 top
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 30%
Lift system: 7
Vertical: 571m
Longest run: 2.6km
Average Snowfall: 
Terrain Parks: 

 

Hotel and resort all in one location with a large selection of snow activities. Great resort for families with smaller kids, beginner to intermediate skiers & snowboarders.

MINAKAMI KOGEN RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1248m
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 30%
Lift system: 4 lifts
Vertical: 378 m
Longest run: 3.1 km
Average Snowfall: 8m
Terrain Parks: 

 

Easy access and the best night skiing in Minakami, with the lifts staying open until 24:00 on weekends. Great terrain for novice to intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

OKUTONE RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1180 m
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 30%
Lift system: 7 lifts
Vertical: 647m
Longest run: 3 km
Average Snowfall: 8m
Terrain Parks: 

 

One of the best powder resorts in Japan and always in the top 5 for snow depth. Easy access to BIG mountain terrain with steep and deep options galore BUT not for the inexperienced backcountry ride. (GET A GUIDE when in doubt)

TENJINDAIRA RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1500m
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 30%
Lift system: 4 lifts
Vertical: 750m
Longest run: 4 km
Average Snowfall: 11 m
Terrain Parks: