Tsugaike Kogen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Tsugaike Kogen
栂池高原 (長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Late November 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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Latest report posted at 8:43am on Tuesday 28th March 2017
Official snow depth 350cm (-5cm) [updated on 28th March 2017]

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Tsugaike Kogen is a large ski and snowboard resort located in Otari village and has been operating since 1950. The main wide lower areas of Tsugaike Kogen are particularly suited to beginner skiers and snowboarders. The Tsugaike Ropeway at the top of the resort opens for the spring season every year. Heli-ski operations are also available in the spring months. Tsugaike Kogen has been operating since 1950.

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

1704m
904m
800m
35"
11
4630m
21
20%
30%
50%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
0 1 9 1 9 1 0

Tsugaike Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
16/17
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15/16
season
16/17
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15/16
season
16/17
season
15/16
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16/17
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15/16
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1st - - 1st 110cm 134cm 1st 285cm 223cm 1st 370cm 270cm
2nd - - 2nd 110cm 133cm 2nd 305cm 225cm 2nd 355cm 268cm
3rd - 44cm 3rd 115cm 125cm 3rd 305cm 217cm 3rd 370cm 260cm
4th - - 4th 113cm 115cm 4th 295cm 214cm 4th 370cm 256cm
5th - - 5th 110cm 107cm 5th 285cm 215cm 5th 360cm 243cm
6th - - 6th 120cm 107cm 6th 310cm 222cm 6th 355cm 243cm
7th - - 7th 136cm 112cm 7th 340cm 236cm 7th 355cm 230cm
8th - - 8th 125cm 123cm 8th 330cm 236cm 8th 370cm 228cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 138cm 9th 320cm 226cm 9th 380cm 208cm
10th - - 10th 128cm 125cm 10th 350cm 300cm 10th 395cm 233cm
11th - - 11th 139cm 130cm 11th 340cm 291cm 11th 385cm 235cm
12th - - 12th 160cm 131cm 12th 360cm 270cm 12th 380cm 230cm
13th - - 13th 220cm 129cm 13th 350cm 255cm 13th 365cm 228cm
14th - - 14th 235cm 134cm 14th 340cm 255cm 14th 365cm 240cm
15th 70cm 50cm 15th 255cm 144cm 15th 330cm 236cm 15th 355cm 241cm
16th 70cm 45cm 16th 280cm 139cm 16th 315cm 232cm 16th 365cm 237cm
17th 80cm 51cm 17th 310cm 135cm 17th 310cm 242cm 17th 355cm 217cm
18th 78cm 67cm 18th 305cm 150cm 18th 335cm 228cm 18th 355cm 231cm
19th 75cm 69cm 19th 290cm 194cm 19th 335cm 220cm 19th 360cm 216cm
20th 70cm 66cm 20th 290cm 228cm 20th 330cm 215cm 20th 355cm 212cm
21st 70cm 62cm 21st 295cm 215cm 21st 360cm 218cm 21st 350cm 210cm
22nd 65cm 81cm 22nd 275cm 205cm 22nd 390cm 215cm 22nd 370cm 208cm
23rd 60cm 77cm 23rd 300cm 200cm 23rd 395cm 215cm 23rd 355cm 208cm
24th 100cm 77cm 24th 310cm 231cm 24th 385cm 223cm 24th 355cm 215cm
25th 100cm 69cm 25th 310cm 248cm 25th 380cm 220cm 25th 355cm 216cm
26th 85cm 79cm 26th 300cm 230cm 26th 370cm 215cm 26th 345cm 211cm
27th 80cm 132cm 27th 290cm 220cm 27th 370cm 220cm 27th 355cm 206cm
28th 105cm 127cm 28th 280cm 208cm 28th 365cm 256cm 28th 350cm 203cm
29th 105cm 135cm 29th 275cm 208cm 29th - 236cm 29th - 200cm
30th 125cm 135cm 30th 275cm 230cm 30th 30th - 197cm
31st 130cm 122cm 31st 295cm 224cm 31st 31st - 195cm

Previous Statistics

Tsugaike Kogen Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tsugaike Kogen. 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. 
Rental
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
The 'Kids Park' can be found by the Kane-no-naru-oka course area and features a moving walkway and items to play with - entry is 500 yen.

There is also a free 'Kids Corner' in the same area and the 'Yuki-no-hiroba' kids area in the Karamatsu area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are two Snow Park areas at Tsugaike Kogen. The 'Hit Park' is at the top of the resort area by the Tsuga Number 1 pair lift. The 'Right-Park' is near the Champion Course lower down the resort. The 'Tsugaike Snow Fun Park' is a place for adults and children alike for playing in the snow activities - snow tubing, sliders, etc. Entry is 500 yen. 

Tsugaike Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tsugaike Kogen is normally open from 8am until 5pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 6pm until 8:50pm on the Kane-no-naru-oka area, on the following dates:
29th December until 2nd January 2017; 7th, 8th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 2017; 4th, 11th February 2017

Nighta is from 6pm until 9pm in the Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas, on the following dates:
23rd December until 2nd January 2017; 7th, 8th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 2017; 11th, 18th February 2017; 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th March 2017.

The Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas also open from 6:30am on 8th, 9th, 16th, 22nd, 29th January; 12th February 2017.

Tsugaike Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 5,100 yen 3,000 yen 3,700 yen
2 Days 9,000 yen 5,300 yen 6,000 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 4,100 yen 2,500 yen 3,100 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 4,100 yen 2,500 yen 3,100 yen
Kaisu 3,200 yen 2,100 yen
Beginner Area only 3,100 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta 2,200 yen 1,700 yen
Season Ticket 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 50,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 5,600 yen 3,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 10,000 yen 5,600 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 14,900 yen 8,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 'Kaisu' ticket includes 40 points. Different lifts require different numbers of points.

'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 Tsugaike Kogen

By public transport
Train
Train
51.5km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
3.7km from Hakuba Oike Station on the Oito Line
7.9km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Information
Tsugaike Kogen is less than 4km from Hakuba Oike Station and just less than 8km from.

Nagano Station is about 51km away, and the bus service from there to the resort takes about 80 minutes.

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bus
Bus
A bus from Nagano Station takes about 80 minutes.
By Car
Car
40.9km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
52.3km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
57.6km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (3.5km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 433
Direction
Direction
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. Tsugaike Kogen is actually located in Otari village but many people know of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts. The resort is just over 3km from the main Route 148 road to the north of central Hakuba.

To get to Tsugaike Kogen 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 (7-11 convenience store across on the right side of the junction), turn left onto Prefecture Road 433. Follow this road for about 5.5km to Tsugaike Kogen.

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

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
Parking
Parking
There are various car parks around the base area of Tsugaike Kogen holding around 1,500 vehicles. Some of the parking areas are free and some are charged.

More Information

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Address
Address
Tsugaike Kogen
Otari-mura
Kitaazumi-gun
Nagano-ken
399-9422
Telephone
Telephone
0261083-2515
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