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 16th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
Official snow depth 250cm (0cm) [updated on 19th February 2018]

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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.

From the 2017-2018 season, a new automated lift ticket gate system has been introduced at White World Oze Iwakura.

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 180cm 80cm 1st 220cm 210cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd 180cm 75cm 2nd 220cm 220cm 2nd - 250cm
3rd - - 3rd 200cm 75cm 3rd 220cm 220cm 3rd - 250cm
4th - - 4th 200cm 75cm 4th 220cm 220cm 4th - 250cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 80cm 5th 220cm 220cm 5th - 240cm
6th - - 6th 220cm 100cm 6th 220cm 220cm 6th - 240cm
7th - - 7th 220cm 100cm 7th 220cm 230cm 7th - 240cm
8th - - 8th 220cm 100cm 8th 220cm 230cm 8th - 240cm
9th - - 9th 210cm 105cm 9th 220cm 230cm 9th - 240cm
10th - - 10th 200cm 105cm 10th 220cm 230cm 10th - 240cm
11th - - 11th 200cm 110cm 11th 220cm 230cm 11th - 240cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 120cm 12th 220cm 250cm 12th - 240cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 130cm 13th 220cm 260cm 13th - 230cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 140cm 14th 220cm 250cm 14th - 230cm
15th 80cm 50cm 15th 200cm 170cm 15th 220cm 250cm 15th - 230cm
16th 80cm 50cm 16th 200cm 200cm 16th 220cm 250cm 16th - 230cm
17th 80cm 70cm 17th 200cm 230cm 17th 220cm 240cm 17th - 230cm
18th 80cm 70cm 18th 190cm 230cm 18th 250cm 240cm 18th - 230cm
19th 80cm 70cm 19th 190cm 230cm 19th 250cm 240cm 19th - 230cm
20th 80cm 60cm 20th 190cm 220cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 230cm
21st 80cm 60cm 21st 180cm 210cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 80cm 60cm 22nd 180cm 200cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 220cm
23rd 80cm 55cm 23rd 190cm 200cm 23rd - 260cm 23rd - 220cm
24th 80cm 65cm 24th 190cm 220cm 24th - 260cm 24th - 220cm
25th 80cm 65cm 25th 190cm 230cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 220cm
26th 80cm 60cm 26th 210cm 230cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 220cm
27th 120cm 60cm 27th 220cm 230cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 220cm
28th 160cm 70cm 28th 220cm 230cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 220cm
29th 160cm 70cm 29th 220cm 220cm 29th - - 29th - 220cm
30th 180cm 70cm 30th 220cm 220cm 30th 30th - 210cm
31st 180cm 80cm 31st 220cm 210cm 31st 31st - 210cm

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 near base 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 8:15am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
White World Oze Iwakura is generally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm (last lift at 4:45pm) during the daytime in the main season.

Nighta is from 4:30pm until 9:00pm (last lift at 8:45pm) on the following days:

30th and 31st December 2017
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 13th, 20th and 27th January 2018
3rd, 10th, 11th, 17th and 24th February 2018

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) 4,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,800 yen 4,400 yen
Super 1 Day (inc. nighta) 5,400 yen 3,300 yen 4,400 yen 4,900 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 3,300 yen
Afternoon (12pm-close) 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 3,300 yen
2 Days 8,900 yen 4,800 yen 6,800 yen 7,300 yen
Nighta (from 4:30pm) 1,800 yen 900 yen 1,300 yen 1,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 400 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 3,000 yen 4,000 yen
Gondola (1 way) 1,300 yen 700 yen 1,000 yen 1,200 yen
Gondola (return) 2,000 yen 1,200 yen 1,600 yen 1,800 yen
Spring 1 Day 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,600 yen
Spring 2 Days 7,300 yen 3,700 yen 5,300 yen 5,800 yen
Spring 3 Days 10,700 yen 5,600 yen 7,600 yen 8,700 yen
Season Ticket 62,000 yen 36,000 yen 47,000 yen 52,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information From the 2017-2018 season, a new automated lift ticket gate system has been introduced at White World Oze Iwakura. A 500 yen returnable deposit for the required IC Card is needed when buying lift tickets.

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.

The spring season is from Monday 19th March until Sunday 8th April 2018.

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 (free daily from 19th March 2018).

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