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.
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.
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.
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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