Hakuba Norikura Onsen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
白馬乗鞍温泉 (長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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Latest report posted at 6:56am on Saturday 24th March 2018
Official snow depth 115cm (-5cm) [updated on 24th March 2018]

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is a resort located in Otari village, to the north of Hakuba village. It is connected with the Hakuba Cortina resort and a common lift ticket is available.

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.

Regional information Learn more about the Hakuba region

The Mountain

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is lift-connected with:
Hakuba Cortina

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Course Map

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 85cm 1st 270cm 230cm 1st 170cm 190cm
2nd - - 2nd 215cm 80cm 2nd 260cm 210cm 2nd 165cm 190cm
3rd - - 3rd 240cm 80cm 3rd 250cm 240cm 3rd 160cm 180cm
4th - - 4th 250cm 90cm 4th 240cm 245cm 4th 160cm 190cm
5th - - 5th 230cm 70cm 5th 260cm 220cm 5th 155cm 170cm
6th - - 6th 230cm 90cm 6th 270cm 195cm 6th 150cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 190cm 90cm 7th 270cm 190cm 7th 150cm 165cm
8th - - 8th 170cm 75cm 8th 260cm 220cm 8th 145cm 170cm
9th - - 9th 170cm 80cm 9th 260cm 230cm 9th 140cm 185cm
10th - - 10th 165cm 80cm 10th 230cm 210cm 10th 140cm 185cm
11th - - 11th 180cm 85cm 11th 220cm 260cm 11th 135cm 190cm
12th - - 12th 210cm 90cm 12th 225cm 280cm 12th 135cm 190cm
13th - - 13th 210cm 90cm 13th 230cm 280cm 13th 130cm 180cm
14th - - 14th 260cm 160cm 14th 240cm 270cm 14th 130cm 170cm
15th - - 15th 255cm 190cm 15th 245cm 260cm 15th 130cm 160cm
16th 30cm - 16th 245cm 230cm 16th 245cm 250cm 16th 125cm 160cm
17th 70cm 30cm 17th 235cm 260cm 17th 230cm 220cm 17th 130cm 160cm
18th 80cm 30cm 18th 235cm 260cm 18th 230cm 200cm 18th 125cm 150cm
19th 80cm 25cm 19th 215cm 260cm 19th 245cm 210cm 19th 125cm 150cm
20th 90cm 25cm 20th 195cm 240cm 20th 220cm 220cm 20th 120cm 145cm
21st 90cm 20cm 21st 185cm 260cm 21st 220cm 250cm 21st 120cm 145cm
22nd 80cm 20cm 22nd 190cm 250cm 22nd 220cm 250cm 22nd 120cm 140cm
23rd 80cm 20cm 23rd 190cm 270cm 23rd 220cm 250cm 23rd 120cm 140cm
24th 80cm 30cm 24th 195cm 300cm 24th 210cm 230cm 24th 115cm 135cm
25th 80cm 30cm 25th 250cm 320cm 25th 210cm 240cm 25th - 135cm
26th 80cm 30cm 26th 255cm 290cm 26th 195cm 220cm 26th - 130cm
27th 80cm 30cm 27th 270cm 270cm 27th 185cm 210cm 27th - 125cm
28th 140cm 70cm 28th 270cm 270cm 28th 185cm 210cm 28th - 125cm
29th 210cm 70cm 29th 265cm 250cm 29th - - 29th - 120cm
30th 220cm 70cm 30th 270cm 210cm 30th 30th - 120cm
31st 220cm 90cm 31st 270cm 230cm 31st 31st - 115cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Norikura. 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
There are two special childrens 'Kids Areas' at Norikura - one by base and the other by the Family Course. Both are free to enter. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no special snow park. 

Hakuba Norikura Onsen 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 8:30am 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
There is no nighta at Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 4,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days (weekend & holidays) 7,000 yen 5,000 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 yen
1 Month Ticket (Norikura) 20,000 yen 14,000 yen 15,000 yen
Season Ticket (Norikura) 40,000 yen 21,000 yen 30,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Day 4,800 yen 3,300 yen 4,300 yen
Norikura-Cortina 4 Hours 3,600 yen 2,500 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Lift 500 yen 300 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 All tickets unless noted as 'Norikura Cortina' are valid at Hakuba Norikura resort.

Lower priced disabled tickets are also available.

The 'Norikura Cortina' tickets are valid at both Hakuba Norikura and the connecting Hakuba Cortina resorts.

'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 Norikura Onsen

By public transport
53.5km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
4.6km from Chikuni Station on the Oito Line
9.8km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Chikuni Station on the Oito line is less than 5km from Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Nagano Station is less than 54km away.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
A bus service from Nagano Station to the resort takes about 85 minutes.
By Car
40.6km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
54.3km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
59.6km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (3.6km 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.

Hakuba Norikura Onsen is actually located in Otari village but many people know of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts. The resort is a just over 4km from the main Route 148 road.

To get to Hakuba Norikura Onsen 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 (there is a 7-11 convenience store across on the right side of the junction), turn left onto Prefecture Road 433. Go past Tsugaike Kogen gondola station and keep straight on this road for a further 2km to Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

If approaching from the north, turn right onto Prefecture 433 at the Tsugaike Kogen and Hakuba Norikura signpost before reaching central Hakuba.

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.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
There are car parks available at the base.

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