Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is a resort located in Hakuba, just to the north of the central village area. The resort has two main area - the base Village Side area and the Mountain Side area over round the back, with a gondola connecting the two. There is a cross country course at the base area of Hakuba Iwatake and two snowshoeing 'Walk Fields' (Nezuko-no-mori and Karamatsu-no-mori) in the Mountain Side part of the resort.
Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing (at Hakuba Happo-one), ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. This map shows the ski and snowboard resorts in the main Hakuba region. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.
Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Iwatake. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Takeko Park' area features snow rafting, sledging, tubing and other activities in the snow. Entry is 700 yen with some extra charges for some of the activities.
The 'Iwatake Kids Room' child care service is available in the Sunny House building - reservations are required and charges apply (3,100 yen for half day; 5,200 yen for full day).
The 'Iwatake Love Snow Park' is located by 3-sen North lift and features a number of items.
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
There is no nighta at this ski hill.
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
50-69 year olds
Hakuba Valley 1 Day
Hakuba Valley 2 Days
Hakuba Valley 3 Days
A ticket for people aged 70 and above is available:
1 day - 2400 yen 2 Days - 4200 yen Half Day - 1700 yen
'Hakuba Valley' tickets The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley (listed below). The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase. The 2 Day tickets can be used on any 2 days within three days of purchase. The 3 Day tickets can be used on any 3 days within five days of purchase. Nighta is not included.
A number of shuttle buses that travel around the Hakuba area stop at Hakuba 47. Bus services are also available from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen line) which is about 44km away - that journey takes approximately 60 minutes.
44.3km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
48km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
53.3km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (1.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 433
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.
To get to Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head north on Route 148 towards Otari. At the traffic lights about 2.3km along the road (there is a 7-11 convenience store across on the right side of the junction), turn left onto Prefecture Road 433. After just under 1km, turn left to follow the signs to the base of Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field.
Getting to the Hakuba region There are three main ways to approach the Hakuba region by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).
Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway) From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.
Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway) From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.
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