Oguna Hotaka (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Oguna Hotaka
オグナほたか (群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 1st April 2018
Official snow depth 200cm (0cm) [updated on 20th February 2018]

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Oguna Hotaka is located in Katashina village on the south eastern slopes of Mt Hotaka in northern Gunma Prefecture. It originally opened under a different name in 1975 and before 2013 it used to be known as called Snowpal Oguna Hotaka. A joint season ticket that can also be used at Minakami Hodaigi is available.

The region to the east of Minakami town and to the north east of Numata city in northern Gunma Prefecture is made up of Kawaba village and Katashina village. There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts dotted around the mountains of this region, all of which are accessed off the main Route 120 road from central Numata. This road is otherwise known as the Nihon Romantic Highway and continues through to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, though the prefecture border section of the road is closed during the winter months.

Gunma Prefecture is located in the north west area of Kanto region on the main island of Honshu and shares borders with Niigata Prefecture to the north and Nagano Prefecture to the west. There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts in Gunma Prefecture and they are mainly concentrated in the northern regions of Minakami and Katashina and the western region of the Prefecture.

The Mountain

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Oguna Hotaka Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 130cm 35cm 1st 200cm 170cm 1st - 230cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 40cm 2nd 200cm 170cm 2nd - 230cm
3rd - - 3rd 170cm 40cm 3rd 200cm 180cm 3rd - 230cm
4th - - 4th 170cm 40cm 4th 200cm 180cm 4th - 230cm
5th - - 5th 170cm 50cm 5th 200cm 180cm 5th - 230cm
6th - - 6th 170cm 50cm 6th 200cm 180cm 6th - 230cm
7th - - 7th 170cm 50cm 7th 200cm 190cm 7th - 230cm
8th - - 8th 180cm 50cm 8th 200cm 190cm 8th - 230cm
9th - - 9th 190cm 60cm 9th 200cm 190cm 9th - 230cm
10th - - 10th 190cm 60cm 10th 200cm 200cm 10th - 230cm
11th - - 11th 190cm 60cm 11th 200cm 200cm 11th - 230cm
12th - - 12th 190cm 60cm 12th 200cm 210cm 12th - 230cm
13th - - 13th 190cm 60cm 13th 200cm 210cm 13th - 230cm
14th - - 14th 190cm 80cm 14th 200cm 210cm 14th - 230cm
15th - - 15th 190cm 100cm 15th 200cm 210cm 15th - 230cm
16th - - 16th 190cm 130cm 16th 200cm 210cm 16th - 230cm
17th - - 17th 190cm 150cm 17th 200cm 210cm 17th - 230cm
18th - - 18th 190cm 150cm 18th 200cm 210cm 18th - 230cm
19th - 20cm 19th 190cm 150cm 19th 200cm 210cm 19th - 230cm
20th - 20cm 20th 190cm 150cm 20th 200cm 210cm 20th - 230cm
21st - 20cm 21st 190cm 150cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 200cm
22nd - 20cm 22nd 190cm 150cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd 45cm 20cm 23rd 190cm 150cm 23rd - 230cm 23rd - 200cm
24th 45cm 20cm 24th 190cm 160cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 200cm
25th 45cm 20cm 25th 190cm 160cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 200cm
26th 45cm 20cm 26th 200cm 160cm 26th - 230cm 26th - 200cm
27th 60cm 20cm 27th 200cm 160cm 27th - 230cm 27th - 200cm
28th 100cm 20cm 28th 200cm 160cm 28th - 230cm 28th - 200cm
29th 120cm 20cm 29th 200cm 160cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th 120cm 35cm 30th 200cm 160cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st 120cm 35cm 31st 200cm 170cm 31st 31st - 200cm

Previous Statistics

Oguna Hotaka Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Oguna Hotaka. 
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 main 'Kids Park' area is at the base of the resort and free to enter with a valid lift ticket (otherwise the snow escalator charge is 700 yen for 1 day). 
Park Information
Park information
There are three 'park' areas - Secret Park, Ogu-chan Snow Park and Pocket Park. 

Oguna Hotaka Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Oguna Hotaka is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There is no nighta at this resort.

Oguna Hotaka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
55 years & over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,000 yen 2,800 yen 3,200 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,500 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days 6,900 yen 5,000 yen 5,800 yen
Half Day 3,000 yen 2,200 yen 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 300 yen 400 yen
Season (Joint) 48,300 yen 30,800 yen 37,000 yen
Season (Oguna Hotaka only) 45,200 yen 28,800 yen 35,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Half Day ticket is valid until 1:00pm or from 12:00pm.

There are two types of Season Ticket - one is valid at only Oguna Hotaka; the other is valid at both Oguna Hotaka and Minakami Hodaigi (marked as 'Joint' in above table).

Getting to Oguna Hotaka

By public transport
40.8km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
33.6km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Oguna Hotaka is about 33.5km from Numata Station on the Joetsu line and about 41km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by public transport
No train station shuttle bus service is available. On weekends and holidays a bus connects parking areas 3, 4 and 5 with base.
By Car
28.1km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.2km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
37.2km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 120 (9.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 64
Oguna Hotaka is about 28km from the Numata IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Numata IC exit, turn left onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway), heading towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 19km until arriving at the turn off for Prefecture Road 64 - the main road sign actually mentions Kawaba. Turn left onto this road and continue for about 4km, until reaching a turn off to the right to head towards Hotaka Bokujo. Turn right here and continue for 2km until reaching the turn off for Oguna Hotaka. Turn left and then follow the road for just under 1.5km. At the junction turn right to head up to the resort.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by car
Car parking is available at base. Parking is free every day.

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