The glittering, panoramic mountaintop views, standing at over 2000 metres high is just one of the many reasons why your next holiday should be at the Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort. For family-fun rendezvous, or for more of a thrilling and extreme adventure, this is an unmissable destination where the powder is super-fine and the excitement is endless.
Located at the base of Mount Nikko-Shirane, this is the highest peak you will find in Kanto, and it’s located on a higher altitude than any other ski resort in the area. Because of this, the snow is smooth and light, the perfect texture for the busy winter season.
With winter being the most popular time of year for skiing, the average snowfall for Marunuma Kogen starts from approximately 100cm of snowfall in December, soaring to 270cm in February and then steadily thinning to 135cm in April. With such fantastic snowfall and with 13 courses to choose from, guests are spoilt for choice.
Marunuma Kogen caters for every skill level – with 30% of the courses suitable for beginners, 50% for intermediate and 20% for the extreme, advanced skiers. Take the course most suitable for you – a leisurely ride down a gentle slope, or the free riding range on either sides of the main course. For serious skiers, try the Karakura, Rose, Green or Red course that make up the 4km run, try your luck by skiing on a 37° slope, or take the challenge with a 600m vertical drop! Whatever your choice, Marunuma Kogen is dedicated to giving you the best skiing experience.
The resort provides easy access for skiers to reach the highest peak: the 8-seater gondola is a popular choice, giving guests beautiful views of the mountain range, and the sparkling slopes. For those wanting to brush up on their skills, they can head to the ski school where experienced skiers are happy to teach you all you need to know. Marunuma Kogen also has a kids’ ski park, serviceable locker rooms, 9 chair lifts and snow board rentals with Burton Snowboards.
Marunuma Kogen is the ultimate outdoor getaway that also encourages guests to go hiking and on back-country tours available through High Five Mountain Works. Guests can also use the Nikko Shirane-zan Ropeway which is 2500 metres long and 600 metres high, captivating guests on every ride. For a more relaxed stay, there are a variety of bath rooms, saunas and onsen, including the newly built hot spring accessible via the Ropeway so guests can indulge in the serene atmosphere, where the hot water cures all fatigue and weak-muscled woes.
The resort’s restaurants brim with satisfaction and mouth-watering choices. Café Shirane and BBQ House are among a few of the dining choices available for guests where the service and hospitality are excellent, and the food is delicious. Guests can warm up with a choice of soba, curries and tempura, plus a variety of meat dishes and vegetables, the ingredients are sourced from the local Kanto area, so the food is authentic and delightful.
Access to Marunuma Kogen is convenient for every traveller. Guests are encouraged to take the Katashina Snow Express Bus from Tokyo to Kamada – this is a service where bookings are essential and it provides you with direct access to the resort. There are also pick-up services available between Kamada and Marunuma Kogen that coordinate well with the timings of the bus schedule. If guests prefer to drive to the resort, there is also on-site parking available.
Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort
4658-58 Higashi Ogawa, Katashina, Tone-gun, Gunma
Travelling times to Marunuma Kogen Ski Resort
from Tokyo: 2 hrs 30-40 min (car, Snow Express bus)
Snow depth: Dec 100cm/Jan 220cm/Feb 270cm/Mar 240cm/Apr 135cm
Terrain: Beg 30%/Int 50%/Adv 20%
Longest run: 4km
Vertical drop: 600m
Steepest slope: 37°