Tsugaike Mountain Resort (Otari Village, Nagano)

Tsugaike Mountain Resort
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Late November 2021 until early May 2022
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Latest report posted at 8:40am on Tuesday 18th January 2022
Official snow depth 335cm (-5cm) [updated on 18th January 2022]

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Tsugaike Mountain Resort is a large ski area located in Otari village. It has been operating since 1950. Until 2021, this ski area was known as Tsugaike Kogen. The main wide lower areas of Tsugaike Mountain Resort are particularly suited to beginner skiers and snowboarders. The Tsugaike Ropeway at the top of the ski area opens for the spring season every year. The Heli-ski operations are also available in the spring months. There is no night skiing planned for the 2021-2022 winter season. There are currently 18 operating ski lifts on the official course map.

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.

The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Tsugaike Mountain Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 85cm 0cm 1st 280cm 230cm 1st - 294cm 1st - 277cm
2nd 102cm 0cm 2nd 265cm 230cm 2nd - 288cm 2nd - 274cm
3rd 92cm 0cm 3rd 255cm 270cm 3rd - 340cm 3rd - 270cm
4th 86cm 0cm 4th 274cm 270cm 4th - 295cm 4th - 269cm
5th 98cm 0cm 5th 286cm 270cm 5th - 305cm 5th - 261cm
6th 92cm 0cm 6th 267cm 260cm 6th - 295cm 6th - 261cm
7th 83cm 0cm 7th 262cm 268cm 7th - 290cm 7th - 257cm
8th 77cm 0cm 8th 252cm 278cm 8th - 300cm 8th - 253cm
9th 92cm 0cm 9th 264cm 340cm 9th - 310cm 9th - 250cm
10th 90cm 0cm 10th 253cm 340cm 10th - 298cm 10th - 242cm
11th 88cm 24cm 11th 246cm 380cm 11th - 309cm 11th - 241cm
12th 85cm 24cm 12th 294cm 390cm 12th - 294cm 12th - 236cm
13th 99cm 27cm 13th 281cm 290cm 13th - 287cm 13th - 253cm
14th 110cm 62cm 14th 337cm 275cm 14th - 276cm 14th - 260cm
15th 91cm 70cm 15th 330cm 270cm 15th - 267cm 15th - 248cm
16th 92cm 108cm 16th 314cm 272cm 16th - 272cm 16th - 245cm
17th 102cm 157cm 17th 340cm 285cm 17th - 327cm 17th - 241cm
18th 160cm 157cm 18th 335cm 295cm 18th - 340cm 18th - 241cm
19th 160cm 170cm 19th - 320cm 19th - 340cm 19th - 239cm
20th 190cm 180cm 20th - 300cm 20th - 325cm 20th - 236cm
21st 180cm 180cm 21st - 295cm 21st - 325cm 21st - 231cm
22nd 175cm 175cm 22nd - 285cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 230cm
23rd 170cm 175cm 23rd - 285cm 23rd - 293cm 23rd - 225cm
24th 158cm 165cm 24th - 283cm 24th - 297cm 24th - 223cm
25th 163cm 165cm 25th - 278cm 25th - 288cm 25th - 218cm
26th 170cm 169cm 26th - 273cm 26th - 285cm 26th - 217cm
27th 185cm 169cm 27th - 280cm 27th - 285cm 27th - 227cm
28th 210cm 160cm 28th - 270cm 28th - 282cm 28th - 216cm
29th 196cm 160cm 29th - 279cm 29th - - 29th - 215cm
30th 214cm 160cm 30th - 305cm 30th 30th - 207cm
31st 265cm 190cm 31st - 304cm 31st 31st - 201cm

Tsugaike Mountain Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tsugaike Mountain Resort. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is 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 (with one adult entering at no charge). Usually open from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Various other activities are available including sledding, snow shoes, snow scoots and fat bikes. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few special areas at Tsugaike Kogen including TG Parks and Tsugaike Powder DBD

Tsugaike Mountain Resort Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
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
Tsugaike Mountain Resort is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

There is no night skiing operations during the 2021-2022 winter season.

Tsugaike Mountain Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 5,500 yen 3,300 yen 4,000 yen
2 Days 9,700 yen 5,900 yen 6,800 yen
Morning (until-1pm) 4,400 yen 2,800 yen 3,400 yen
Afternoon (from 11:50am) 4,400 yen 2,800 yen 3,400 yen
Beginner Area only 3,400 yen 2,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

Getting to Tsugaike Mountain Resort

By public transport
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
Tsugaike Mountain Resort 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 ski area takes about 80 minutes.
A bus from Nagano Station takes about 80-90 minutes.

There is also a bus from Minami Otari Station takes about 25 minutes.
By 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
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 Mountain Resort 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.
There are various car parks around the base area of Tsugaike Mountain Resort holding around 1,500 vehicles. Some of the parking areas are free (800 cars) and some are charged.

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