Snow Park Oze Tokura is located in the mountains of the Oze region of Katashina village in Gunma Prefecture. It was the first of the ski resorts in the Oze and Numata region, first opening in 1962 as simply Oze Tokura, changing to the current name in 2006. It is the most northerly of the ski and snowboard resorts in the region.
This area was one of the early ones in Japan to welcome snowboarders to the slopes and the half-pipe was always a popular feature. The half-pipe disappeared for the 2019-2020 season and does not seem to be making a comeback... but Course 10 by the Number 1 pair lift is called 'Natural Pipe'.
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.
Bus services from Jomo Kogen Station and Numata Station are available.
The Katashina Snow Express bus service runs between Tokyo and Katashina.
35.8km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
43.9km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
43.9km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 401 (1.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 63
Snow Park Oze Tokura is located just off Route 401, about 36km 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 for around 8.5km, going past the turn off roads for Katashina Kogen and White World Oze Iwakura, until arriving at the junction to turn off for Oze Tokura onto Prefecture Road 63. Turn left here and follow the signs to the resort base.
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