Oguna Hotaka (Katashina Village, Gunma)

Oguna Hotaka
(群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Mid-late December 2020 until late March 2021
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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

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Oguna Hotaka Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 40cm 1st - 80cm 1st - 90cm
2nd - - 2nd - 40cm 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 90cm
3rd - - 3rd - 40cm 3rd - 80cm 3rd - 80cm
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8th - - 8th - 50cm 8th - 80cm 8th - 80cm
9th - - 9th - 60cm 9th - 80cm 9th - 80cm
10th - - 10th - 60cm 10th - 80cm 10th - 80cm
11th - - 11th - 60cm 11th - 100cm 11th - 80cm
12th - - 12th - 60cm 12th - 100cm 12th - 70cm
13th - - 13th - 60cm 13th - 100cm 13th - 70cm
14th - - 14th - 60cm 14th - 100cm 14th - 70cm
15th - - 15th - 60cm 15th - 100cm 15th - 70cm
16th - - 16th - 60cm 16th - 100cm 16th - 70cm
17th - - 17th - 70cm 17th - 80cm 17th - 70cm
18th - - 18th - 70cm 18th - 90cm 18th - 70cm
19th - - 19th - 70cm 19th - 90cm 19th - 70cm
20th - - 20th - 70cm 20th - 90cm 20th - 60cm
21st - - 21st - 70cm 21st - 90cm 21st - 60cm
22nd - - 22nd - 80cm 22nd - 90cm 22nd - 60cm
23rd - - 23rd - 80cm 23rd - 90cm 23rd - -
24th - - 24th - 80cm 24th - 90cm 24th - -
25th - - 25th - 80cm 25th - 90cm 25th - -
26th - - 26th - 80cm 26th - 90cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 80cm 27th - 90cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th - 80cm 28th - 90cm 28th - -
29th - 40cm 29th - 80cm 29th - 90cm 29th - -
30th - 40cm 30th - 80cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 40cm 31st - 80cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Oguna Hotaka Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Oguna Hotaka. 
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', 'Pocket Park' and 'Secret Park' (don't tell anyone!) 

Oguna Hotaka Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
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
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
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 (Joint) 48,500 yen 31,500 yen 38,500 yen
Season Ticket (Oguna Hotaka) 46,000 yen 29,000 yen 36,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

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

A family ticket rate is available:

1 adult and 1 child - 5,600 yen
2 adults and 1 child - 8,900 yen
2 adults and 2 children - 11,200 yen

A first track ticket (7:00am until 8:30am) seems to be available for 1,000 yen (free with a season tickets). Confirm with the resort for dates.

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
40.8km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
33.6km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport 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
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 rather expensive!)

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

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