Resort Spotlight: White World Oze Iwakura (Gunma)

Challenge A course Image
 

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. 

Since November 2013, it has become quicker to get to White World Oze Iwakura from Numata IC.  A new tunnel between Numata IC and the resorts has reduced the journey distance by under 4km, but the new much more direct route means that about 15 minutes has been taken off the journey time from Numata IC.

WEBSITE
www.oze-iwakura.co.jp

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.
 
Operating period (Scheduled) Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 9th April 2017
Lift Operating hours Day skiing 8:00am - 4:45pm
Night skiing 4:45pm - 8:45pm

Nighta for the 2016-2017 season is scheduled for the following dates:
--- 30th, 31st December 2016
--- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 21st, 28th January 2017
--- 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th February 2017
--- 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March 2017


  
Ski Courses

Challenge A course Image

1 - Challenge A Course

Challenge A course Image Length: 500m
Width: 60-80m
Maximum slope: 22degrees
Average slope: 15degrees
Level: Intermediate

2 - Challenge B Course

Challenge B course Image Length: 500m
Width: 40-60m
Maximum slope: 22degrees
Average slope: 15degrees
Level: Intermediate

3 - Family Course

Family course Image Length: 400m
Width: 70-80m
Maximum slope: 10degrees
Average slope: 7degrees
Level: Beginner

4 - Romance Course

Romance course Image Length: 950m
Width: 35-80m
Maximum slope: 15degrees
Average slope: 10degrees
Level: Beginner

5 - Champion A Course

Champion A course Image Length: 1,050m
Width: 40-50m
Maximum slope: 24degrees
Average slope: 19degrees
Level: Intermediate

 

6 - Champion B Course

Champion B course Image Length: 400m
Width: 30-35m
Maximum slope: 28degrees
Average slope: 22degrees
Level: Intermediate

7 - Expert Course Top

Expert course Top Image Length: 250m
Width: 150m
Maximum slope: 40degrees
Average slope: 40degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]

8 - Expert Course Bottom

Expert course Bottom Image Length: 550m
Width: 80-90m
Maximum slope: 21degrees
Average slope: 18degrees
Level: Intermediate

9 - Riesen Course

Riesen course Image Length: 750m
Width: 30-40m
Maximum slope: 27degrees
Average slope: 22degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]

10 - Kokutai Women's Course (Nishiyama)

Kokutai Women's course (Nishiyama) Image Length: 850m
Width: 40-50m
Maximum slope: 27degrees
Average slope: 21degrees
Level: Advanced

11 - Kokutai Women's Course (Sawa)

Kokutai Women's course (Sawa) Image Length: 800m
Width: 40-60m
Maximum slope: 23degrees
Average slope: 18degrees
Level: Intermediate

12 - Kokutai Men's Course

Kokutai men's course Image Length: 1,800m
Width: 35-45m
Maximum slope: 29degrees
Average slope: 19degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]

13 - Milky Way Course

Milky way course Image Length: 2,800,
Width: 40-60m
Maximum slope: 18degrees
Average slope: 14degrees
Level: Intermediate

14 - Shirakaba Course

Shirakaba course Image Length: 550m
Width: 30-50m
Maximum slope: 19degrees
Average slope: 11degrees
Level: Intermediate

 

15 - Nanakamado (Sorbus commixta) Course

Nanakamado (Sorbus commixta) course Image Length: 1,100m
Width: 30-50m
Maximum slope: 22degrees
Average slope: 14degrees
Level: Intermediate

16 - Bunanoki (Beech tree) Course Top

Bunanoki (Beech tree) course Top Image Length: 1050m
Width: 30-50m
Maximum slope: 23degrees
Average slope: 16degrees
Level: Advanced
Notes: [Non-compacted snow]
   

Lift tickets - 2016/2017 season

ClassificationAdults Children
(Elementary
school)
High School
Age
Seniors
(55 years old
and over)
Special Seniors
(70 years old
and over)
Validity
One-day pass 4,600 2,500 3,500 4,100 3,500 Opening until 4:45pm
Super one-day pass 5,100 3,000 4,100 4,600 4,100 Opening until end of nighta
Two-day pass 8,300 4,200 6,200 6,700 6,200 As stated on ticket
Morning pass 4,000 1,900 2,900 Opening until 1pm
Afternoon pass 4,000 1,900 2,900 11:45am until closing
11-ride coupon 4,200 2,100 3,100 Throughout
12/13 season
One-ride ticket 500 300 400 Throughout
12/13 season
Night pass 1,600 700 1,100 1,300 1,100 16:45 until nighta closing
Spring Passes (available from 13th March 2017)
1 day spring pass 3,900 1,800 2,800 3,300 2,800 Until 4:45pm
One day pass with lunch ticket 4,700 2,600 3,600 4,100 3,600 Until 4:45pm
Two day spring pass 6,700 3,100 4,700 5,200 4,700 Until closing time on the date stamped
Three day spring pass 9,800 4,700 6,700 7,800 6,700 Until closing time on the date stamped

Ski and snowboard rental

  Equipment rental Wear
Set
(Ski boards・Boots・Stocks)
(snow boards・Boots)
Board only Boots Stock Wear set
(Top and bottom)
Wear single item
(Top only )
(Bottom only )
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
(Second day closing time)
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
(Third day
closing time)
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)
※Night skiing available days only
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.  1000 yen for normal vehicles on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.

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)