Oguna Hotaka (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Oguna Hotaka
オグナほたか (群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 19th December 2018]

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Oguna Hotaka is located in Katashina village on the south eastern 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. A joint season ticket that can also be used at Minakami Hodaigi is available.

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

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
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
18/19
season
17/18
season
1st - - 1st - 130cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 200cm
2nd - - 2nd - 130cm 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 200cm
3rd - - 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 200cm
5th - - 5th - 170cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 170cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 170cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 200cm
8th - - 8th - 180cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 200cm
9th - - 9th - 190cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 200cm
10th - - 10th - 190cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 190cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 180cm
12th - - 12th - 190cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th - 190cm 13th - 200cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th - 190cm 14th - 200cm 14th - 180cm
15th - - 15th - 190cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 180cm
16th - - 16th - 190cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 180cm
17th - - 17th - 190cm 17th - 200cm 17th - 180cm
18th - - 18th - 190cm 18th - 200cm 18th - 180cm
19th - - 19th - 190cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 180cm
20th - - 20th - 190cm 20th - 200cm 20th - 180cm
21st - - 21st - 190cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 160cm
22nd - - 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 45cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 45cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 45cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 45cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 60cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 160cm
28th - 100cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 160cm
29th - 120cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 120cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 150cm
31st - 120cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 150cm

Previous Statistics

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 rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also 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' and 'Spring Park'. 

Oguna Hotaka Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid 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 nighta at this resort.

Oguna Hotaka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,000 yen 2,800 yen 3,200 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,500 yen 2,300 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days 6,900 yen 5,000 yen 5,800 yen
Half Day 3,000 yen 2,200 yen 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 300 yen 400 yen
Season (Joint) 48,300 yen 30,800 yen 37,000 yen
Season (Oguna Hotaka only) 45,200 yen 28,800 yen 35,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Half Day ticket is valid until 1:00pm or from 12:00pm.

A family ticket rate is available:

1 adult and 1 child - 5,300 yen
2 adults and 1 child - 8,500 yen
2 adults and 2 children - 10,600 yen

A first track ticket (7:00am until 8:30am) seems to be available for 1,000 yen - but it is not clear at the time of writing the dates that is available.

There are two types of Season Ticket - one is valid at only Oguna Hotaka; the other is valid at both Oguna Hotaka and Minakami Hodaigi (marked as 'Joint' in above table).

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.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by public transport
bus
Bus
No train station shuttle bus service is available.

The resort says that it is a 60 minute taxi ride from Numata Station - be warned, that would be very expensive!

The Katashina Snow Express bus offers day trips from central Tokyo.
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 resort.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by car

About 2 hours from Tokyo.
Parking
Parking
Car parking is available at base. Parking is free every day. The entrance gate opens at 6:00am on Saturdays and holidays. Before that, the number 5 car park (which has a toilet) can be used.

A shuttle bus operates between Car Parks 3, 4 and 5 and the base of the ski hill on Saturdays and holidays.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Hanasaku
Katashina-mura
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
378-0408
Telephone
Telephone
0278-58-2133
2018-2019 SEASON UPDATES
As of Monday 17th December, information on just a small number of ski hills around Japan still needs updating. We'll get that wrapped up soon!
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