White World Oze Iwakura (Katashina Village, Gunma)

White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍 (群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 9th April 2017
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White World Oze Iwakura is located in Katashina village in Gunma Prefecture. It is located on the south-eastern slopes of Mt Nishi, to the east of Mt Hotaka. The resort first opened in 1974 and the Gondola was added in 1989. White World Oze Iwakura is very close to Katashina Kogen resort, but the two are not physically connected and do not share a joint lift ticket.

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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White World Oze Iwakura Course Map

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White World Oze Iwakura Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 80cm 60cm 1st 210cm 140cm 1st 250cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 75cm 60cm 2nd 220cm 140cm 2nd 250cm 150cm
3rd - - 3rd 75cm 50cm 3rd 220cm 140cm 3rd 250cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 75cm 50cm 4th 220cm 140cm 4th 250cm 140cm
5th - - 5th 80cm 50cm 5th 220cm 140cm 5th 240cm 140cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 50cm 6th 220cm 140cm 6th 240cm 140cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 50cm 7th 230cm 140cm 7th 240cm 130cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 50cm 8th 230cm 140cm 8th 240cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 105cm 50cm 9th 230cm 140cm 9th 240cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 105cm 50cm 10th 230cm 170cm 10th 240cm 120cm
11th - - 11th 110cm 50cm 11th 230cm 170cm 11th 240cm 120cm
12th - - 12th 120cm 50cm 12th 250cm 170cm 12th 240cm 120cm
13th - - 13th 130cm 50cm 13th 260cm 170cm 13th 230cm 120cm
14th - - 14th 140cm 50cm 14th 250cm 170cm 14th 230cm 120cm
15th 50cm - 15th 170cm 50cm 15th 250cm 170cm 15th 230cm 120cm
16th 50cm - 16th 200cm 50cm 16th 250cm 170cm 16th 230cm 120cm
17th 70cm - 17th 230cm 50cm 17th 240cm 160cm 17th 230cm 120cm
18th 70cm - 18th 230cm 70cm 18th 240cm 160cm 18th 230cm 120cm
19th 70cm 40cm 19th 230cm 70cm 19th 240cm 150cm 19th 230cm 110cm
20th 60cm 30cm 20th 220cm 70cm 20th 240cm 150cm 20th 230cm 110cm
21st 60cm 30cm 21st 210cm 100cm 21st 250cm 150cm 21st 220cm 110cm
22nd 60cm 30cm 22nd 200cm 100cm 22nd 270cm 150cm 22nd 220cm 100cm
23rd 55cm 30cm 23rd 200cm 100cm 23rd 260cm 150cm 23rd 220cm 100cm
24th 65cm 30cm 24th 220cm 100cm 24th 260cm 150cm 24th 220cm 100cm
25th 65cm 30cm 25th 230cm 120cm 25th 250cm 150cm 25th 220cm 100cm
26th 60cm 30cm 26th 230cm 140cm 26th 250cm 150cm 26th 220cm 100cm
27th 60cm 40cm 27th 230cm 140cm 27th 250cm 150cm 27th 220cm 100cm
28th 70cm 40cm 28th 230cm 140cm 28th 250cm 150cm 28th 220cm 100cm
29th 70cm 40cm 29th 220cm 130cm 29th - 150cm 29th 220cm 100cm
30th 70cm 60cm 30th 220cm 140cm 30th 30th 210cm 100cm
31st 80cm 60cm 31st 210cm 140cm 31st 31st 210cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

White World Oze Iwakura Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White World Oze Iwakura. 
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 'Rokkun Plaza' is located at the base of the resort area, by the Number 3 quad lift. Entry is 1000 yen (or 500 yen for people with a valid lift ticket). It is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

A child care facility is available for young children ages 3 years and over. Charges are 3000 yen for half a day and 5500 yen for a full day. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Pole Bahn Ski Park' area but no other specific snow park areas. 

White World Oze Iwakura Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:45pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
White World Oze Iwakura is generally open from 8am until 4:45pm during the daytime in the main season.
Nighta is from 4:45pm until 8:45pm - mostly on Saturdays during January, February, March and also over New Year.
The Number 3 quad lift and area base area in front of the hotel is floodlit for nighta.

White World Oze Iwakura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (until 4:45pm) 4,600 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen 4,100 yen
Super 1 Day (inc. nighta) 5,100 yen 3,000 yen 4,100 yen 4,600 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 4,000 yen 1,900 yen 2,900 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 4,000 yen 1,900 yen 2,900 yen
2 Days 8,300 yen 4,200 yen 6,200 yen 6,700 yen
Nighta (from 4:30pm) 1,600 yen 700 yen 1,100 yen 1,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 yen 400 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,100 yen
Gondola (1 way) 1,100 yen 400 yen 600 yen 700 yen
Gondola (return) 1,600 yen 500 yen 900 yen 1,100 yen
Spring 1 Day 3,900 yen 1,800 yen 2,800 yen 3,300 yen
Spring 2 Days 6,700 yen 3,100 yen 4,700 yen 5,200 yen
Spring 3 Days 9,800 yen 4,700 yen 6,700 yen 7,800 yen
Season Ticket 57,000 yen 31,000 yen 42,000 yen 47,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information A 'Special Senior' lift ticket is available for people 70 years and older. The charges for these tickets are the same as the 'High School age' rates.

3 lift coupons are required to ride the Gondola one-way.

The spring season is from Monday 13rd March until Sunday 9th April 2017.

Getting to White World Oze Iwakura

By public transport
43.2km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
36km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
White World Oze Iwakura is 36km from Numata Station on the Joetsu line and about 43km from the Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by public transport
Buses from both Jomo Kogen Station and Numata Station operate to central Kamada area of Katashina village.
By Car
31.6km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
39.6km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
39.6km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 401 (1.5km away)
White World Oze Iwakura is located just off Route 401, about 30km to the north east of the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway.

From the Numata IC exit, turn left onto Route 120 (Nihon Romantic Highway) and head towards Nikko. Continue on Route 120 for about 25km until arriving at the turn off for Route 401 just after passing through the central Kamada part of Katashina Village. Turn left onto Route 401 over the bridge heading towards Oze and Tokura. Continue on this road until arriving at a large sign on the left side for Katashina Kogen. The turn off for White World Oze Iwakura is just over 1km further along Route 401. At the sign turn left to head up to the car park.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by car
There is parking for over 2000 vehicles at the base. Parking is free on weekdays and 1000 yen on weekends and holidays.

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At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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