At the foot of Mt. Tanigawa-dake which holds perpetual snow, seasonal fun can be enjoyed through various onsen resorts and outdoor activities.
Minakami Onsen Area is located in the northern part of Gunma. The generic term Minakami Onsen Area is often used for 8 onsen resorts in the town: Yubiso , Tanigawa, Unose, Mukouyama, Takaragawa, Uenohara, Yu no koya and Minakami. Minakami Town holds not only Minakami Onsen Area but also Sarugakyo Mikuni Onsen Area with 6 onsen resorts and Tsukiyono Kamimoku Onsen Area with 4 onsen resorts. For each onsen resort has different characteristics in spring quality and atmosphere, visitors can choose their favorite one.
The town of Minakami, which commands very fine views of Mt. Tanigawa-dake, Mt. Hotaka-yama, and Mt. Shibutsu-san, has several scenic spots such as Lake Fujiwara-ko, Lake Dogen-ko, and Lake Okutone-ko. Among them, Lake Okutone-ko provides a good place for lake canoe. It is also known for breathtaking ski resorts such as Tenjin daira. Adventurous visitors can also enjoy outdoor sports such as rafting, canyoning, and bungy jump.
Located in the northwestern part of Gunma on the border with Niigata, Mt. Tanigawa-dake belongs to Joshin Etsu-kogen Highland National Park. It consists of two peaks, Tomano-mimi and Okino-mimi, and used to be called "Futatsu Mimi," which means "two ears." It is also known as the lowest mountain in Honshu to have perpetual snow. It takes about 10 minutes to cover the 2.4 kilometers between Doai-guchi at the base of the mountain and Tenjin daira, 1,321 meters above sea level, by the Tanigawa-dake Ropeway (gondola lift). Visitors can enjoy the scenic grandeur of the Tanigawa Mountain Range from the window of the ropeway.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] 1h 20 min to Jomo-Kogen Station by JR Joetsu Shinkansen, and 10 min from the station to Minakami Onsen by bus. 55 min from Jomo-Kogen Station to Tanigawa Ropeway by bus.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen.