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  • Ski Resort Minakami Norn
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Terama 479-139
    This ski resort is located approximately five minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. There is also a free shuttle bus service from the JR Minakami Station or from the Joetsu Shinkansen Jomo-kogen Station (reservation required). It is accessible for day trips from the Tokyo area. In addition to a variety of beginner level to advanced level courses, there is also the ENJOY PARK, designed by Naoki Tsushima a leading Japanese park guru, and Snow Land, with its many snow attractions for both children and adults to enjoy. The long night ski course, open from 10 p.m. to midnight is also very popular.

    13年振りに訪れました。 駐車場や大雪の際のスタッフによる交通誘導がしっかりしていて助かりました。 また、行く前にHPをチェックして、自分がどんな割引特典の対象かチェックしないと損です。 私はノルンプレミアムネットメンバーズに登録。名前とメールアドレスの入力&簡単なアンケートを送信して完了。さらに初回特典のスクラッチゲームで1000円が当たり、1日リフト券が2800円になりました! その支払いはク...

  • Tanigawadake Ropeway
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma prefecture Tone-gun Minakami-machi Yuzonso Yu Fukayama National Forest Tanigawa-dake ropeway
    This ropeway spanning Tanigawadake at the border of Gunma Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture connects the 746-meter altitude Doaiguchi Station with the Tenjindaira Station located at an altitude of 1,319 meters. There is also an observatory, and visitors can use a lift to reach Tenjin Toge Pass which is the start of a hiking route. The trekking course from Tenjin Toge follows the mountain ridge and takes about two and a half hours, and is a veritable treasure house for plants such as Hosobahinayukiso (a kind of Leontopodium Fairriei). The large 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the mountain affords spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains, and is a very popular hiking course that is suitable even beginners.
  • TOP MINAKAMI
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Tsunago 170-1
    This mountain-and-river outdoor and camping facility is located approximately 15 minutes from the Kan'etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. The rubber boat rafting experience on the Tone River, which is nationally famous for rafting, is very popular. Other various activities include canyoning down the river on foot and driving four-wheel drive buggies across nature. There are also a range of accommodation facilities such as glamping, bungalow camping and lodge camping. There is a free transfer service available from the JR Minakami Station, or alternatively from the Joetsu Shinkansen Line's Jomo-Kogen Station. (Reservation required.)
  • Kappa Club
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Terama 18
    This facility offers activities that provide visitors with the chance to interact with nature in Minami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. There is a free pick-up service available from each station, and from summer to autumn, visitors can enjoy rafting stream in the Tone River's fierce currents, and canyoning in the marshes and waterfall. From winter to spring, visitors can enjoy snowsports such as airboarding and snowshoeing. There are also optional extras such as photography by cameramen, outdoor barbeques with provided ingredients and discounts for affiliated accommodation facilities.
  • GRAND VOLEE PARAGLIDER SCHOOL
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Moro 2151
    This paraglider experience school is located in Tone County, Gunma Prefecture, five minutes from the JR Joetsu Line's Gokan Station. It has a range of courses from first-time flyers' courses, to a tandem course for flying with a pro tandem pilot, and a licensing course for those who wish to acquire a license. There are also Accommodation Packs offered, which allow customers to stay in affiliated facilities, and Outdoor Packs which allow the use of Activity and Sports facilities in Minakami Town. The facility also holds canoeing lessons.
  • Minakami Hodaigi Ski Resort
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara 3839-1
    This ski resort has 16 courses with a total length of 12,620 meters and 7 lifts. It is located approximately 30 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. Because of its highest altitude of 1,400 meters, the ski resort gets a lot of excellent quality snow. The ski resort has a diverse layout, with a wide range of courses, from the Downhill Course, which always has deep powder snow for advanced skiers to enjoy, to courses which beginners can easily enjoy, as well as a Snow Park and a Kids’ Land. There is also a Kids’ Laboratory, where children can improve while learning in a fun-filled way.

    A small but interesting resort in the Japanese Alps which offered good variety in the runs down to the central restaurant area. Not busy and with reliable snow even in a season which has been warmer...

  • Nature Navigator
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Obinata 260-1
    This Japanese Mecca of rafting is located approximately three minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. It plans and operates outdoor tours in Minakami. Visitors can refresh themselves in mind and body while on a tour accompanied by a veteran guide as they enjoy the beautiful valleys and their autumn leaves, view of Minakami Gorge and Suwakyo Gorge. The half-day rafting course is the most popular classic course. Enjoying the natural water slides while canyoning and lake canoeing while enjoying the natural surroundings are also popular.
  • Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara 6152-1
    This family-friendly ski resort is located approximately 60 minutes by shuttle bus from the JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line’s Jomo-Kogen Station. In addition to the various beginner to advanced-level courses, there are also two kids’ parks separated by age-group, with a Pikachu lift, Pikachu skis for rental and Pokémon collaboration events. There are also a range of snow activities, including the popular Dog Sled Experience, where visitors can race through the winter wonderland with the dogs. There is also the conveniently located Minakami Kogen Hotel 200 right next to the slopes.

    It provides lot of snow activities if you don't want to ski. The place is very big with onsen and children playground. We have a great fun with the dog sledding and snow mobile. Shaun...

  • Sarugakyo Onsen Mantenboshi no Yu
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Sarugakyouonsen 1150-1
    This day-trip hot spring is in the Sarugakyo onsen area, surrounded by the abundant nature. It is located approximately 20 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Tsukiyono Interchange, along National Route 17. It has Sato no Yu, an outdoor bath surrounded by a rock garden and Tanabata no Yu, a stone-pitched western-style bath, from both of which, visitors can enjoy the natural views of Lake Akaya and the star-filled sky. The private hot spring and the sauna bags are also recommended. The calcium sodium sulfate spring water is drawn directly from the source and free flowing. It is said to be effective for nerve pain and sensitivity to cold, etc. There are also a variety of activities, including barbequing and kayaking experiences.

    果物狩りの後にゆっくり休みたい時はおすすめです!スタッフの皆さんもとても親切で、しかも、私はJAFの会員なので優待料金で入れるのが最高です! Recommended when you want to take a rest after a fruit hunt! Everyone of the staff is very kind and moreover, I am a member of...

  • Lake Walk
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Oana 142-1
    This lake walk is located approximately 10 minutes from Minakami Interchange. There are extremely safe kayaks available for use by men and women of any level of experience to enjoy the outdoor canoe sports here. Tours of the five dam lakes of Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture are held according to the season and weather, mainly at Lake Okutone and Lake Naramata. From the middle of the lakes, visitors can enjoy the cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh green leaves in the summer and colorful autumn leaves in the late autumn. There are also several types of tour available starting from half-day courses, in accordance with visitors’ preferences. Everything needed for the tours can be rented here. And with a canoeing guide, visitors can make happy and fun memories in a safe way.

    早朝5時にホテルでピックアップしてもらい、車で45分ほどで目的の湖へ。ガイドの方にインストラクションを受けた後、誰もいない湖面に中学生の息子と二人で漕ぎ出しました。 この日は風もなく、鏡のような水面に日の出の光、周囲の山、自分たちの姿まで映り込む景色に圧倒され、ハワイ島の山頂で満点の星と雲のような天の川を見たときと同じような心の震えを感じました。 聞こえるのは自分たちの漕ぐパドルがたてる水音...

  • Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort
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    4.5
    86 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Yubiso Yufukiyama Tanigawadake Ropeway
    This ski resort is located at the top of Tanigawadake Ropeway, accessible by bus 25 minutes from the JR Joetsu Line's Minakami Station. This flat, gentle slope stretches out between Tenjintoge and Takakurayama, two peaks of the Tanigawa mountain range. It has a wide variety of courses from beginners’ courses to expert level courses. It boasts an excellent powder snow that does not use artificial snow machines and has a heavy amount of snowfall that, in the high season, exceeds 4 meters in depth. It is also possible to make a day-trip from the metropolitan area, and it is appealing for visitors to be able to enjoy the slopes for an extended length of time until early May (expected).

    Tiny resort at the top of the Tanigawadake Ropeway. 3 lifts at the top with a rental department and a restaurant. Good views from the restaurant if the weather is clear. A long run all the way back...

  • Yagisawa Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara Yagizawa 6381-4
    This multipurpose dam was constructed at the uppermost part of the Tone River and is located approximately 45 minutes from the Kan’etsu Expressway Minakami Interchange. This precious water source, also known as the Kanto Water Bottle, is a 131-meter vertical height concrete arch dam that was completed in 1967. Lake Okutone, which was formed with the completion of this dam has been selected as one of Top 100 Dam Lakes and is the largest in Okutone. The surrounding beech forest is reflected in the still lake water, and its beauty stands out especially well when the trees are green or turning red in the autumn. The lake is inaccessible in the winter from early December to early May.
  • Lake Akaya
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Aimata
    This dam lake is approximately 30 minutes by bus from Jomo-kogen Station or Gokan Station and was created during the construction of Aimata Dam. It is known as a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in the spring, and for its summer green and the autumn hues in the autumn. The beautiful scenery of the Tanigawa mountain range can also be seen in the distance. Visitors can enjoy walking and marathon running while viewing the beautiful scenery, and boating and fishing can be enjoyed on the lake. The experience of kayaking while enjoying the beautiful seasonal scenery is also popular. A great place to make memories with family and loved ones.
  • Ski resort Oana
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Oana 277
    This ski resort is located in Minakami-machi, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. In addition to skiing down the front slope which can be accessed by a 340-meter lift, there are also children-friendly play areas such as the sled play area and the snow games area. There are also various lessons available, including a day-long ski school for children up to junior high school age, kids' lessons which last for approximately one hour and even backcountry lessons. There are also skis and snowboards available for rental and gloves and googles for sale.

    リフト降り場が狭く急なので初心者は大変だと思います。 リフトは1人乗りとペアの2機が稼働しています。 雪遊びを目的とする小さなな子供には、斜面もありかなりのスペースがとってあるので楽しいです。

  • Onsen Theme Park Ryuudou
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara 6192
    This hot spring facility with accommodation is located in Tone County, Gunma Prefecture, two minutes' walk from Yunokoya bus stop, accessible by taking the bus from Minakami Station. It has 18 outdoor baths with themes such as caves, gardens and starry skies, that can be rented out for an unlimited period of time in a 24-hour period. Meals prepared here are made from carefully selected seasonal vegetables and meat cooked in a culmination of French and Japanese styles to create Japanese-Western Kaiseki cuisine. There are also a variety of rooms, from Japanese style rooms, to hybrid Japanese-Western style rooms that have attached bedrooms, and separate houses.

    This onsen hotel was great! Some of the riverside baths have views to die for! We were so lucky that it snowed the days we were there which added to the ambiance. The food was also good but not...

  • Ryokan Tanigawa
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Tanigawa 524-1
    This hot spring inn is located 10 minutes by car from Minakami Interchange. One of the charms of the inn is that it is located at the foot of Mt. Tanigawa, and each season has its own unique beauty, such as the remaining snow on the mountain contrasted with the cherry blossoms, green leaves and autumn leaves. There is the simple alkaline hot spring, which has continued to rise since the Edo Period, and dishes made with Gunma’s seasonal ingredients and local vegetables, served with warm hospitality. It is also famous as the inn associated with Osamu Dazai, and contains a miniature Osamu Dazai gallery. Visitors can view a reproduction of the Japanese-style room Dazai stayed in, along with hot spring tickets that he actually used, as well as books and photo albums and other valuable materials.
  • Naramata Dam
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara Washozawa 6322-24
    This multifunctional dam was constructed across the Naramata River, a tributary of Tone River, the north of Yu no Koya Hot Spring, in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. Completed in 1989, at a height of 158 meters, this rock-fill dam is the third highest in Japan. The fresh green and autumn leaves are beautiful, and from the observation deck which also has a dam museum, visitors can enjoy a wide panorama of Okutone, looking out at Mt. Shibutsu and Mt. Kasagadake and the other mountains of Oze. Visitors can enjoy outdoor sports, such as canoeing and fishing at Lake Naramata, which was formed by the dam, and there are also many campsites in the area.
  • Minakami Outdoor Log & Auto Campsite (Hodaigi)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Fujiwara 915-1
    This campsite is located on a plateau surrounded by white birch and larch trees in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. In addition to the tent camping site, there are also bungalows and cottages, allowing visitors to enjoy camping however they like. There are a wide variety of experiences available, with sports such as white-water rafting, canyoning, off-road mountain biking, and classrooms such as pottery workshops. Visitors can enjoy the flowers surrounding the white birch forest in every season. There are natural flower gardens which make use of the topography of Hodaigi, including the hydrangea flower garden and herb garden from early summer to summer, and the gypsy roses from summer to autumn. The campsite is open from mid-April to mid-October.
  • White Valley Ski Resort
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Tanigawa Hot Springs National Forest
    This ski resort, designed with nature and mankind in mind, is located in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. In addition to the wild beginner to advanced courses, there is also a slope which is reserved for snowboarding only. It is also possible to play on sleds in the Children’s Plaza at the foot of the mountain. From the peak of Imakura-daira at the top of the second pair lift, which is one kilometer long, the magnificent Tanigawa mountain range is visible from up close. On the irregularly announced Premium Powder Days, 90% of the top of the slopes is non-compacted snow, and visitors can fully enjoy skiing on the fresh snow.

    2年ぶりに行きました。1月4日(木)。めちゃ混んでました。 大雪でリフトが30分遅れで始動。予報通りの大雪なんだからもうちょっと早くからリフトの除雪始めた方がいいと思います。事情あると思いますが。 レストランは10時半には満席。 ゲレンデですが、客が多いのはいいことですがマナーが悪いのが増えた。以前はガラガラだった分、みんなマナーよかったけど、今日は平気でゲレンデの真ん中で休憩してるのが多い。こけ...

  • Otoro Milk
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gunma Pref. Tonegunminakamimachi Konita 265-1
    This sweet shop is in Minakami Town, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture, located 700 meters towards the spa town from the Kan-etsu Expressway's Minakami Interchange. The main menu is comprised of slightly frozen milk and collagen-based sweets made without using flavorings or emulsifiers. The sweets feature a rich milky flavor, a crunchy texture and a refreshing after-taste. They are delicious either plain or with a rock salt or cocoa topping available free of charge. Other toppings such as crushed brownie and Ujikintoki can also be bought.

    一言で言えばミルクシャーベットです。フルーツやチョコレートなどのトッピングもできます。大トロとはコックリしたコクのことではなくとろりとした食感のことですね。

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Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.

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