Oguna Hotaka (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Oguna Hotaka
オグナほたかスキー場
(群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Friday 24th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
Official snow depth 230cm (0cm) [updated on 22nd January 2022]

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Oguna Hotaka is located in Katashina village on the southeastern 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.

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. It continues through to Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture, though the prefecture border section of the road is closed during the winter months.

The Mountain

1828m
628m
1200m
32"
9
3500m
6
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
0 0 0 0 6 0 0

Oguna Hotaka Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
21/22
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20/21
season
21/22
season
20/21
season
21/22
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20/21
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21/22
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20/21
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1st - - 1st 120cm 140cm 1st - 160cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd 120cm 140cm 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 120cm 140cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th 130cm 140cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th 170cm 140cm 5th - 160cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th 170cm 140cm 6th - 160cm 6th - 180cm
7th - - 7th 170cm 140cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 180cm
8th - - 8th 170cm 140cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th 170cm 140cm 9th - 160cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th 170cm 140cm 10th - 180cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th 170cm 140cm 11th - 180cm 11th - 160cm
12th - - 12th 170cm 140cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 160cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 140cm 13th - 180cm 13th - 160cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 140cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 160cm
15th - - 15th 190cm 140cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 160cm
16th - - 16th 190cm 140cm 16th - 180cm 16th - 160cm
17th - - 17th 190cm 140cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 160cm
18th - - 18th 190cm 140cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 160cm
19th - - 19th 220cm 150cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 140cm
20th - - 20th 220cm 150cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 140cm
21st - - 21st 230cm 150cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 140cm
22nd - - 22nd 230cm 150cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - - 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 120cm
24th 40cm 110cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 120cm
25th 40cm 110cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 120cm
26th 40cm 110cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 120cm
27th 70cm 110cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 120cm
28th 100cm 130cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 120cm
29th 110cm 130cm 29th - 150cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 100cm 130cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - -
31st 100cm 130cm 31st - 160cm 31st 31st - -

Oguna Hotaka Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Oguna Hotaka. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment & wear rental is 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 a few park areas at Oguna Hotaka including the Ogu-chan Snow Park, Pocket Park and Secret Park (but don't tell anyone!) 

Oguna Hotaka Season & Opening Times

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

There is no night skiing at this area.

Oguna Hotaka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,300 yen 3,000 yen 3,500 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,800 yen 2,500 yen 3,000 yen
Half Day 3,300 yen 2,300 yen 2,900 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 350 yen 450 yen
Season Ticket 46,000 yen 29,000 yen 36,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The Half Day ticket is valid until 1:00pm or from 12:00pm.

Getting to Oguna Hotaka

By public transport
Train
Train
40.8km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
33.6km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
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.
bus
Bus
No train station shuttle bus service is available.

The ski area says that it is a 60 minute taxi ride from Numata Station. (Be warned, that would be rather expensive!)

The Katashina Snow Express bus offers day trips from central Tokyo to Katashina.
By Car
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
Direction
Direction
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 ski area.

About 2 hours from Tokyo.
Parking
Parking
Car parking is available at base for about 1,100 cars and it is free every day.

More Information

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Address
Address
Hanasaku
Katashina-mura
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
378-0408
Telephone
Telephone
0278-58-2133
Current resort snow depth
230cm
(0cm)
(change since last update)
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