White World Oze Iwakura (Katashina Village, Gunma)

White World Oze Iwakura
(群馬県 片品村)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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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 they do not share a joint lift ticket.

Last season two ski courses that have been closed since 2011 made a comeback - the Tochinoki and Mizunara courses in the upper back Nishiyama area of the resort. Mizunara is kept ungroomed. It was good 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

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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
1st - - 1st - 200cm 1st - 210cm 1st - 210cm
2nd - - 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 210cm 2nd - 210cm
3rd - - 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 210cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - - 4th - 200cm 4th - 210cm 4th - 200cm
5th - - 5th - 200cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 200cm
6th - - 6th - 200cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 200cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 190cm
8th - - 8th - 220cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 190cm
9th - - 9th - 220cm 9th - 220cm 9th - 190cm
10th - - 10th - 220cm 10th - 230cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 220cm 11th - 240cm 11th - 180cm
12th - - 12th - 220cm 12th - 240cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th - 220cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 180cm
14th - - 14th - 220cm 14th - 230cm 14th - 170cm
15th - - 15th - 220cm 15th - 220cm 15th - 170cm
16th - - 16th - 210cm 16th - 220cm 16th - 170cm
17th - - 17th - 200cm 17th - 220cm 17th - 170cm
18th - - 18th - 200cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 160cm
19th - 180cm 19th - 210cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 160cm
20th - 200cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 160cm
21st - 200cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 230cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - 200cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd - 190cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 140cm
24th - 190cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 210cm 24th - 140cm
25th - 180cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 210cm 25th - 130cm
26th - 190cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 130cm
27th - 190cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 210cm 27th - 130cm
28th - 180cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 210cm 28th - 130cm
29th - 180cm 29th - 190cm 29th - - 29th - 120cm
30th - 170cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 120cm
31st - 190cm 31st - 210cm 31st 31st - 120cm

Previous Statistics

White World Oze Iwakura Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at White World Oze Iwakura. 
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.

A child care facility is available for young children ages 3 years and over. 
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
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm
'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.

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

31st December 2020
9th, 10th, 30th January 2021
6th, 13th, 20th February 2021

The Number 3 quad lift and Number 7 romance lift operate for night skiing.

The ‘Spring Season’ is from mid March until Sunday 4th April 2021.

White World Oze Iwakura Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
55 years & over
1 Day (until 4:45pm) 5,000 yen 2,900 yen 3,900 yen 4,500 yen
Super 1 Day (inc. nighta) 5,500 yen 3,400 yen 4,500 yen 5,000 yen
1 Day + lunch 5,800 yen 3,700 yen 4,800 yen 5,200 yen
2 Days 9,100 yen 5,000 yen 7,000 yen 7,800 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) 1,400 yen 800 yen 1,100 yen 1,300 yen
Gondola (return) 2,100 yen 1,300 yen 1,700 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta (from 4:30pm) 1,900 yen 1,000 yen 1,400 yen 1,600 yen
Season Ticket 63,200 yen 36,700 yen 47,900 yen 53,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

An automated lift ticket gate system was introduced at White World Oze Iwakura for the 2017-2018 season. 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.

The spring season is from mid March until Sunday 4th April 2021.

Getting to White World Oze Iwakura

By public transport
43.2km from Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
36km from Numata Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport 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
Buses from both Jomo Kogen Station and Numata Station operate to central Kamada area of Katashina village.

The 'Katashina Snow Express' bus runs between Tokyo Shinjuku and Katashina Village, from the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to and from the Oze Katashina Roadside Rest Area. A free shuttle bus operates between Oze Katashina Roadside Rest Area and the ski resort.

Departs 7:15 > Arrives 10:55
Arrives 19:45 < Departs 16:00
By 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)
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
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 15th March 2021.

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