White World Oze Iwakura (Katashina Village, Gunma)

White World Oze Iwakura
ホワイトワールド尾瀬岩鞍 (群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 15th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 2018]

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White World Oze Iwakura is located in Katashina village in Gunma Prefecture. It is located on the south-eastern slopes of Mt Nishi, to the east of Mt Hotaka. The resort first opened in 1974 and the Gondola was added in 1989. White World Oze Iwakura is very close to Katashina Kogen resort, but the two are not physically connected and do not share a joint lift ticket.

From the 2017-2018 season, a new automated lift ticket gate system was introduced at White World Oze Iwakura, but there is more exciting news for 2018-2019 - two courses that have been closed since 2011 are making a comeback! The Tochinoki and Mizunara courses in the back Nishiyama area are re-opening for 2018-2019. Mizunara will remain an ungroomed course. It’s great to see them back.

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

1703m
697m
1006m
40"
18
3200m
10
30%
40%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 1 2 0 7 0 0

White World Oze Iwakura Course Map

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White World Oze Iwakura Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
season
18/19
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17/18
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18/19
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17/18
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1st - - 1st - 180cm 1st - 220cm 1st - 240cm
2nd - - 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 220cm 2nd - 230cm
3rd - - 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 220cm 3rd - 230cm
4th - - 4th - 200cm 4th - 220cm 4th - 230cm
5th - - 5th - 200cm 5th - 220cm 5th - 210cm
6th - - 6th - 220cm 6th - 220cm 6th - 210cm
7th - - 7th - 220cm 7th - 220cm 7th - 210cm
8th - - 8th - 220cm 8th - 220cm 8th - 210cm
9th - - 9th - 210cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 200cm
10th - - 10th - 200cm 10th - 220cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th - 200cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 200cm
12th - - 12th - 200cm 12th - 220cm 12th - 200cm
13th - - 13th - 200cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 200cm
14th - - 14th - 200cm 14th - 220cm 14th - 190cm
15th 50cm 80cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 180cm
16th - 80cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 180cm
17th - 80cm 17th - 200cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 180cm
18th - 80cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 250cm 18th - 180cm
19th - 80cm 19th - 190cm 19th - 250cm 19th - 170cm
20th - 80cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 170cm
21st - 80cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 250cm 21st - 170cm
22nd - 80cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 250cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd - 80cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 250cm 23rd - 170cm
24th - 80cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 250cm 24th - 170cm
25th - 80cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 170cm
26th - 80cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 120cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 240cm 27th - 160cm
28th - 160cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 140cm
29th - 160cm 29th - 220cm 29th - - 29th - 140cm
30th - 180cm 30th - 220cm 30th 30th - 140cm
31st - 180cm 31st - 220cm 31st 31st - 140cm

Previous Statistics

White World Oze Iwakura Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White World Oze Iwakura. 
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 'Rokkun Hiroba' is located at the base of the resort area, by the Number 3 quad lift. Entry is 1,000 yen (or 500 yen for people with a valid lift ticket). It is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

A child care facility is available for young children ages 3 years and over. Charges are 3,000 yen for half a day and 5,500 yen for a full day. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a 'Pole Bahn Ski Park' area near base but there are no other specific snow park areas. 

White World Oze Iwakura Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
White World Oze Iwakura is generally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm (last lift at 4:45pm) during the daytime in the main season.

Nighta is from 4:30pm until 9:00pm (last lift at 8:45pm) on the following days:

29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019
Every Saturday from 5th January until 23rd February 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019

The Number 3 quad lift and Number 7 romance lift operate for nighta.

The ‘Spring Season’ is from Monday 18th March until Sunday 7th April 2019.

White World Oze Iwakura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
Senior
55 years & over
1 Day (until 4:45pm) 4,900 yen 2,800 yen 3,800 yen 4,400 yen
Super 1 Day (inc. nighta) 5,400 yen 3,300 yen 4,400 yen 4,900 yen
1 Day + lunch 5,600 yen 3,500 yen 4,600 yen 5,000 yen
2 Days 8,900 yen 4,800 yen 6,800 yen 7,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 400 yen 500 yen
5 Hours 4,500 yen 2,500 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
10 Hours 8,500 yen 4,500 yen 6,500 yen 7,500 yen
20 Hours 16,500 yen 8,500 yen 12,500 yen 14,500 yen
Gondola (1 way) 1,300 yen 700 yen 1,000 yen 1,200 yen
Gondola (return) 2,000 yen 1,200 yen 1,600 yen 1,800 yen
Nighta (from 4:30pm) 1,800 yen 900 yen 1,300 yen 1,500 yen
Season 62,000 yen 36,000 yen 47,000 yen 52,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information From the 2017-2018 season, a new automated lift ticket gate system was introduced at White World Oze Iwakura. A 500 yen returnable deposit for the required IC Card is needed when buying lift tickets.

A 'Special Senior' lift ticket is available for people 70 years and older. The charges for these tickets are the same as the 'High School age' rates.

Ladies Day is every Tuesday and on those days a one day ticket for ladies is 3,800 yen.

The spring season is from Monday 18th March until Sunday 7th April 2019.

Getting to White World Oze Iwakura

By public transport
Train
Train
43.2km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
36km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Information
White World Oze Iwakura is 36km from Numata Station on the Joetsu line and about 43km from the Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by public transport
bus
Bus
Buses from both Jomo Kogen Station and Numata Station operate to central Kamada area of Katashina village.
By Car
Car
31.6km from the Numata IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
39.6km from the Tsukiyono IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
39.6km from the Showa IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 401 (1.5km away)
Direction
Direction
White World Oze Iwakura is located just off Route 401, about 30km to 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 until arriving at a large sign on the left side for Katashina Kogen. The turn off for White World Oze Iwakura is just over 1km further along Route 401. At the sign turn left to head up to the car park.

>> More information on getting to Katashina by car
Parking
Parking
There is parking for over 1,200 vehicles at the base on two car parks. The smaller one by the base hotel is mainly for hotel guests. The larger Number 2 car park is for day visitors and a free shuttle bus runs between the car park and the base of the resort if you don't want to walk.

Parking is free on weekdays and 1,000 yen on weekends and holidays. It is free daily from 18th March 2019.

More Information

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Address
Address
Katashina-mura
Tone-gun
Gunma-ken
378-0412
Telephone
Telephone
0278-58-7777
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2018-2019 SEASON UPDATES
As of Sunday 9th December, we still need to update the information for about 50 ski hills around Japan. They are mostly very small ones and the information can be very hard to find. We are working to get them all updated as quickly as possible... hopefully within the next week!
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