Hakuba Norikura Onsen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
白馬乗鞍温泉 (長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is a resort located in Otari village, to the north of Hakuba village. It is connected with the Hakuba Cortina resort and a common lift ticket is available.

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.

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The Mountain

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is lift-connected with:
Hakuba Cortina

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Course Map

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 85cm 60cm 1st 230cm 110cm 1st 190cm 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 80cm 50cm 2nd 210cm 90cm 2nd 190cm 140cm
3rd - - 3rd 80cm 40cm 3rd 240cm 90cm 3rd 180cm 140cm
4th - - 4th 90cm 40cm 4th 245cm 80cm 4th 190cm 120cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 40cm 5th 220cm 75cm 5th 170cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 90cm 30cm 6th 195cm 90cm 6th 170cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 50cm 7th 190cm 110cm 7th 165cm 100cm
8th - - 8th 75cm 40cm 8th 220cm 110cm 8th 170cm 85cm
9th - - 9th 80cm 50cm 9th 230cm 100cm 9th 185cm 85cm
10th - - 10th 80cm 40cm 10th 210cm 160cm 10th 185cm 85cm
11th - - 11th 85cm 40cm 11th 260cm 160cm 11th 190cm 85cm
12th - - 12th 90cm 50cm 12th 280cm 160cm 12th 190cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 90cm 40cm 13th 280cm 135cm 13th 180cm 75cm
14th - - 14th 160cm 60cm 14th 270cm 130cm 14th 170cm 75cm
15th - - 15th 190cm 50cm 15th 260cm 110cm 15th 160cm 75cm
16th - - 16th 230cm 40cm 16th 250cm 115cm 16th 160cm 85cm
17th 30cm - 17th 260cm 50cm 17th 220cm 115cm 17th 160cm 75cm
18th 30cm - 18th 260cm 60cm 18th 200cm 150cm 18th 150cm 70cm
19th 25cm - 19th 260cm 60cm 19th 210cm 140cm 19th 150cm 65cm
20th 25cm 10cm 20th 240cm 70cm 20th 220cm 130cm 20th 145cm 60cm
21st 20cm - 21st 260cm 85cm 21st 250cm 110cm 21st 145cm 60cm
22nd 20cm - 22nd 250cm 85cm 22nd 250cm 100cm 22nd 140cm 50cm
23rd 20cm - 23rd 270cm 85cm 23rd 250cm 105cm 23rd 140cm 50cm
24th 30cm - 24th 300cm 90cm 24th 230cm 110cm 24th 135cm 50cm
25th 30cm - 25th 320cm 100cm 25th 240cm 115cm 25th 135cm 60cm
26th 30cm - 26th 290cm 100cm 26th 220cm 115cm 26th 130cm 60cm
27th 30cm 40cm 27th 270cm 100cm 27th 210cm 110cm 27th 125cm 50cm
28th 70cm 40cm 28th 270cm 80cm 28th 210cm 110cm 28th 125cm 50cm
29th 70cm 40cm 29th 250cm 85cm 29th - 100cm 29th 120cm 35cm
30th 70cm 50cm 30th 210cm 100cm 30th 30th 120cm 35cm
31st 90cm 40cm 31st 230cm 100cm 31st 31st 115cm 25cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Norikura. 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. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are two special childrens 'Kids Areas' at Norikura - one by base and the other by the Family Course. Both are free to enter. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no special snow park. 

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There is no nighta at Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 3,800 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,300 yen 2,200 yen 2,800 yen
AM Ticket 2,500 yen 1,500 yen
PM Ticket 2,500 yen 1,500 yen
1 Month Ticket 16,000 yen 11,000 yen 11,000 yen
Season Ticket 35,000 yen 20,000 yen 25,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Day 4,500 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina 2 Days 8,000 yen 6,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina AM 3,300 yen 2,300 yen
Norikura-Cortina PM 3,300 yen 2,300 yen
Norikura-Cortina Season 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 45,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information All tickets unless noted as 'Norikura Cortina' are valid at Hakuba Norikura resort.

The 'Norikura Cortina' tickets are valid at both Hakuba Norikura and the connecting Hakuba Cortina resorts.

'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.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

- Hakuba Sanosaka
- Hakuba Goryu
- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Hapoo-one
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Tsugaike Kogen
- Hakuba Norikura
- Hakuba Cortina
- Kashimayari
- Jigatake

Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.

Getting to Hakuba Norikura Onsen

By public transport
53.5km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
4.6km from Chikuni Station on the Oito Line
9.8km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Chikuni Station on the Oito line is less than 5km from Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Nagano Station is less than 54km away.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
A bus service from Nagano Station to the resort takes about 85 minutes.
By Car
40.6km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
54.3km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
59.6km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (3.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 433
Otari village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture, just to the north of Hakuba village. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

Hakuba Norikura Onsen is actually located in Otari village but many people know of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts. The resort is a just over 4km from the main Route 148 road.

To get to Hakuba Norikura Onsen from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head north on Route 148 towards Otari. At the 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. Go past Tsugaike Kogen gondola station and keep straight on this road for a further 2km to Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

If approaching from the north, turn right onto Prefecture 433 at the Tsugaike Kogen and Hakuba Norikura signpost before reaching central Hakuba.

Getting to the Hakuba region
There are three main ways to approach Hakuba village 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.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
There are car parks available at the base.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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