Resort Spotlight: White World Oze Iwakura (Gunma)

Challenge A course Image

www.oze-iwakura.co.jp

Katashina Village
Gunma Prefecture
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White World Oze Iwakura is one of the largest ski and snowboard resorts in the Kanto region.  With 16 courses, the resort offers a variety of challenges for differently skilled riders - whether they are skiers or snowboarders, beginners or more advanced. The region is well-known for enjoying light dry powder snow conditions in the peak season which usually starts around mid-December and continues into early April. Since November 2013, a new tunnel has made it 15 minutes quicker to get to White World Oze Iwakura from the Numata IC (Kanetsu Expressway) exit. From the 2017-2018 season, a new automated ski lift gate system has been introduced at White World Oze Iwakura.

 
Scheduled season dates: Saturday 16th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
Lift Operating hours: Day skiing 8:15am - 4:45pm
  Night skiing 4:30pm - 8:45pm
  Nighta for the 2017-2018 season is scheduled for the following dates:
--- 30th, 31st December 2017
--- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 13th, 20th, 27th January 2018
--- 3rd, 10th, 11th, 17th, 24th February 2018

Challenge A course Image

1 - Challenge A Course 2 - Challenge B Course
Challenge A course Image Length: 500m
Width: 60-80m
Maximum slope: 22 degrees
Average slope: 15 degrees
Level: Intermediate
Challenge B course Image Length: 500m
Width: 40-60m
Maximum slope: 22 degrees
Average slope: 15 degrees
Level: Intermediate
3 - Family Course 4 - Romance Course
Family course Image Length: 400m
Width: 70-80m
Maximum slope: 10 degrees
Average slope: 7 degrees
Level: Beginner
Romance course Image Length: 950m
Width: 35-80m
Maximum slope: 15 degrees
Average slope: 10 degrees
Level: Beginner
5 - Champion A Course 6 - Champion B Course
Champion A course Image Length: 1,050m
Width: 40-50m
Maximum slope: 24 degrees
Average slope: 19 degrees
Level: Intermediate
Champion B course Image Length: 400m
Width: 30-35m
Maximum slope: 28 degrees
Average slope: 22 degrees
Level: Intermediate
7 - Expert Course Top 8 - Expert Course Bottom
Expert course Top Image Length: 250m
Width: 150m
Maximum slope: 40 degrees
Average slope: 40 degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]
Expert course Bottom Image Length: 550m
Width: 80-90m
Maximum slope: 21 degrees
Average slope: 18 degrees
Level: Intermediate
9 - Riesen Course 10 - Kokutai Women's Course (Nishiyama)
Riesen course Image Length: 750m
Width: 30-40m
Maximum slope: 27 degrees
Average slope: 22 degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]
Kokutai Women's course (Nishiyama) Image Length: 850m
Width: 40-50m
Maximum slope: 27 degrees
Average slope: 21 degrees
Level: Advanced
11 - Kokutai Women's Course (Sawa) 12 - Kokutai Men's Course
Kokutai Women's course (Sawa) Image Length: 800m
Width: 40-60m
Maximum slope: 23 degrees
Average slope: 18 degrees
Level: Intermediate
Kokutai men's course Image Length: 1,800m
Width: 35-45m
Maximum slope: 29 degrees
Average slope: 19 degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]
13 - Milky Way Course 14 - Shirakaba Course
Milky way course Image Length: 2,800,
Width: 40-60m
Maximum slope: 18 degrees
Average slope: 14 degrees
Level: Intermediate
Shirakaba course Image Length: 550m
Width: 30-50m
Maximum slope: 19 degrees
Average slope: 11 degrees
Level: Intermediate
15 - Nanakamado (Sorbus commixta) Course 16 - Bunanoki (Beech tree) Course Top
Nanakamado (Sorbus commixta) course Image Length: 1,100m
Width: 30-50m
Maximum slope: 22 degrees
Average slope: 14 degrees
Level: Intermediate
Bunanoki (Beech tree) course Top Image Length: 1050m
Width: 30-50m
Maximum slope: 23 degrees
Average slope: 16 degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]
 
 

Lift tickets - 2017/2018 season

A new automated lift gate system has been introduced at White World Oze Iwakura. A 500 yen returnable deposit is required when buying tickets.

  Adults Children
(Elementary
school)
High School
Age
Seniors
(55 years old
and over)
Special Seniors
(70 years old
and over)
Validity
One-day pass 4,900 2,800 3,800 4,400 3,800 Opening until 4:45pm
Super one-day pass 5,400 3,300 4,400 4,900 4,400 Opening until end of nighta
Two-day pass 8,900 4,800 6,800 7,300 6,800 As stated on ticket
Morning pass 4,200 2,400 3,300 - - Opening until 1pm
Afternoon pass 4,200 2,400 3,300 - - 12:00pm until closing
11-ride coupon 5,000 3,000 4,000 - - Throughout 17/18 season
One-ride ticket 600 400 500 - - Throughout 17/18 season
Night pass 1,800 900 1,300 1,500 1,300 16:30 until nighta closing
Spring Passes (available from Monday 19th March 2018)
1 day spring pass 4,200 2,100 3,100 3,600 3,100 Until 4:45pm
One day pass with lunch ticket 5,100 2,900 4,000 4,500 4,000 Until 4:45pm
Two day spring pass 7,300 3,700 5,300 5,800 5,300 Until closing time on the date stamped
Three day spring pass 10,700 5,600 7,600 8,700 7,600 Until closing time on the date stamped

 

Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental   Equipment rental Wear
    Set Board only Boots Stock Wear set Jacket or pants
One day
(8:00-17:00、12:00-21:00)
Adults 3,500 2,500 2,000 600 3,500 2,500
Children 2,500 1,500 1,300 600 2,500 1,500
Two days
(Closing day on second day)
Adults 5,500 4,000 3,000 1,000 5,500 4,000
Children 4,000 2,500 2,000 800 4,000 2,500
Three days
(Closing day on third day)
Adults 7,500 5,500 4,000 1,500 7,500 5,500
Children 5,500 3,500 2,500 1,000 5,500 3,500
One day+ Night skiing
(8:00-closing time) Available when nighta
Adults 5,000 3,500 2,500 1,000 5,000 3,500
Children 3,500 2,200 1,500 800 3,500 2,200
Half-day (8:00~13:00、12:00~17:00)
Night skiing (16:00~Closing time)
Adults 2,300 1,800 1,200 500 2,300 1,800
Children 1,800 1,000 800 500 1,800 1,000

 

Getting to White World Oze Iwakura

By car

From Tokyo (From Kanetsu EXPRESSWAY Nerima IC)
Nerima IC > (Kanetsu EXPRESSWAY Approximately 125km) >
Numata IC > (National Route 120 Approximately 30km) >
Katashina > (National Route 401 Approximately 5km) >
White World Oze Iwakura (Iwakura Resort Hotel)

Free car parking on weekdays and every day from 19th March 2018.
Parking costs 1000 yen for normal vehicles on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays until Sunday 18th March 2018.

By train

From Narita Airport ・Tokyo
Narita Airport > (JR Narita Express Approximately 60minutes) >
Tokyo Station > (JR Joetsu Shinaknsen Approximately 75minutes) >
Jomo-Kogen Station > (Bus/90mimutes) >
White World Oze Iwakura (Iwakura Resort Hotel)

From Niigata Airport ・Niigata
Niigata Airport > (Bus or Taxi Approximately 20minutes) >
Niigata Station > (JR Joetsu Shinaknsen Approximately 70minutes) >
Jomo-Kogen Station > (Bus/90mimutes) >
White World Oze Iwakura (Iwakura Resort Hotel)