Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
白馬岩岳スノーフィールド (長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Friday 15th December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
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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.

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The Mountain

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 160cm 55cm 1st 220cm 170cm 1st 210cm 200cm
2nd - - 2nd 160cm 55cm 2nd 220cm 180cm 2nd 210cm 200cm
3rd - - 3rd 170cm 55cm 3rd 220cm 180cm 3rd 210cm 220cm
4th - - 4th 170cm 55cm 4th 220cm 170cm 4th 210cm 220cm
5th - - 5th 170cm 60cm 5th 220cm 165cm 5th 200cm 220cm
6th - - 6th 170cm 65cm 6th 220cm 175cm 6th 190cm 220cm
7th - - 7th 170cm 65cm 7th 220cm 180cm 7th 190cm 220cm
8th - - 8th 170cm 65cm 8th 220cm 180cm 8th 190cm 230cm
9th 50cm - 9th 160cm 70cm 9th 220cm 180cm 9th 190cm 230cm
10th 50cm - 10th 160cm 70cm 10th 220cm 190cm 10th 190cm 240cm
11th 40cm - 11th 170cm 70cm 11th 220cm 200cm 11th 190cm 240cm
12th 40cm - 12th 170cm 70cm 12th 230cm 200cm 12th 190cm 240cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 110cm 13th 230cm 210cm 13th 190cm 240cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 130cm 14th 230cm 210cm 14th 190cm 240cm
15th 70cm - 15th 180cm 140cm 15th 230cm 210cm 15th 190cm 230cm
16th 70cm 30cm 16th 180cm 150cm 16th 230cm 210cm 16th 180cm 230cm
17th 70cm 35cm 17th 180cm 150cm 17th 230cm 200cm 17th 180cm 230cm
18th 100cm 40cm 18th 180cm 150cm 18th 230cm 200cm 18th 180cm 230cm
19th 100cm 40cm 19th 180cm 160cm 19th 230cm 200cm 19th 180cm 230cm
20th 100cm 40cm 20th 180cm 160cm 20th 230cm 200cm 20th 180cm 230cm
21st 100cm 30cm 21st 180cm 160cm 21st 230cm 210cm 21st 180cm 230cm
22nd 100cm 30cm 22nd 180cm 160cm 22nd 220cm 200cm 22nd 180cm 230cm
23rd 100cm 10cm 23rd 180cm 160cm 23rd 220cm 190cm 23rd 180cm 230cm
24th 100cm 30cm 24th 200cm 170cm 24th 220cm 200cm 24th 170cm 230cm
25th 100cm 30cm 25th 210cm 170cm 25th 220cm 200cm 25th 170cm 230cm
26th 100cm 50cm 26th 210cm 170cm 26th 220cm 200cm 26th 160cm 230cm
27th 140cm 30cm 27th 220cm 160cm 27th 210cm 200cm 27th 170cm -
28th 160cm 50cm 28th 220cm 160cm 28th 210cm 200cm 28th 170cm -
29th 160cm 50cm 29th 230cm 160cm 29th - - 29th 170cm -
30th 160cm 55cm 30th 220cm 150cm 30th 30th 160cm -
31st 160cm 55cm 31st 220cm 170cm 31st 31st 160cm -

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
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. 
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 '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). 
Park Information
Park information
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
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50-69 year olds
1 Day 4,400 yen 2,600 yen 3,900 yen
2 Days 7,800 yen 4,500 yen 6,500 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,400 yen 2,000 yen 2,700 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,400 yen 2,000 yen 2,700 yen
Season Ticket 47,000 yen 32,000 yen 47,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,000 yen 3,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 10,800 yen 6,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 16,000 yen 9,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 21,300 yen 11,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 26,600 yen 14,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 31,900 yen 17,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 37,200 yen 20,800 yen
Lift Ticket Information 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 9 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.
The 4 Day tickets can be used on any 4 days within seven days of purchase.
The 5 Day tickets can be used on any 5 days within nine days of purchase.
The 6 Day tickets can be used on any 6 days within ten days of purchase.
The 7 Day tickets can be used on any 7 days within eleven days of purchase.
Nighta is not included.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

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

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

Getting to Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

By public transport
47.2km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.1km from Shinano Moriue Station on the Oito Line
3.6km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Hakuba Iwatake is about 2km from the small Shinano Moriue Station on the Oito line. The larger Hakuba Station is under 4km from the resort.

Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkasen line about 47km away.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
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.
By Car
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.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
There is parking available at the base of the ski hill.

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