Located less than two hours outside Tokyo, Norn Minakami Ski Area operates four lifts servicing a variety of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels. About 20 percent of the area’s terrain is suitable for advanced skiers, while a newer family course has an average slope decline of only 13 degrees, making it perfect for beginners.
Skiers at Norn also enjoy early morning lift operation, as well as night skiing — an option not available at many resorts in the Tokyo area. Norn Minakami also operates a ski and snowboard school, rental facilities, a snow park and a snow play area for children. Minakami is famous for its hot springs, ideal for unwinding after a day on the slopes.
To get to Norn Minakami Ski Area using public transportation, take a train from Tokyo Station to Joumou-Kogen Station, where a free shuttle takes visitors to the resort.
Address: 479-139 Terama, Minakami, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Hours: 8:00am to 10:00pm weekdays and 8:00am to midnight weekends