Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
(長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Friday 13th December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is a resort located in Hakuba, just to the north of the central village area. The resort has two main area - the base Village Side area and the Mountain Side area over round the back, with a gondola connecting the two. Some courses over on the Mountain Side are left as 'Powder Areas'.

There is a cross country course at the base area of Hakuba Iwatake and two snowshoeing 'Walk Fields' (Nezuko-no-mori and Karamatsu-no-mori) in the Mountain Side part of the resort.

Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing (at Hakuba Happo-one), ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 100cm 1st - 200cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 200cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd - 110cm 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 160cm
4th - - 4th - 110cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 160cm
5th - - 5th - 110cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 150cm
6th - - 6th - 110cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 150cm
7th - - 7th - 110cm 7th - 200cm 7th - 150cm
8th - - 8th - 110cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 150cm
9th - - 9th - 120cm 9th - 200cm 9th - 150cm
10th - - 10th - 120cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 150cm
11th - - 11th - 120cm 11th - 200cm 11th - 150cm
12th - - 12th - 120cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 140cm
13th - - 13th - 120cm 13th - 200cm 13th - 150cm
14th - 25cm 14th - 120cm 14th - 200cm 14th - 160cm
15th - 16cm 15th - 120cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 160cm
16th - 15cm 16th - 130cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 160cm
17th - 10cm 17th - 130cm 17th - 200cm 17th - 160cm
18th - 25cm 18th - 130cm 18th - 200cm 18th - 160cm
19th - 30cm 19th - 130cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 160cm
20th - 30cm 20th - 130cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 160cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 190cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 190cm 22nd - 150cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 150cm
24th - 60cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 60cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 60cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 150cm
27th - 50cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 60cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 100cm 29th - 200cm 29th - - 29th - 150cm
30th - 100cm 30th - 200cm 30th 30th - 150cm
31st - 100cm 31st - 200cm 31st 31st - 150cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Iwatake. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
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
There is a 'Snow Rafting Area' by the base. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Love Snow Park' is located by 3-sen North lift and features a number of items. 

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field 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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50-69 year olds
1 Day 4,600 yen 2,800 yen 4,100 yen
2 Days 8,100 yen 4,800 yen 6,800 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 3,600 yen 2,200 yen 2,900 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,600 yen 2,200 yen 2,900 yen
Season Ticket 49,000 yen 34,000 yen 49,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,100 yen 3,500 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 11,000 yen 6,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 16,300 yen 9,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 21,700 yen 12,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 27,100 yen 15,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 32,500 yen 18,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 37,900 yen 21,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

A Gondola return ticket is 1,800 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children.

A ticket for people aged 70 and above (called 'High Senior') is available:

1 day - 2,800 yen
2 Days - 4,800 yen
Half Day - 2,200 yen

Early season (until 20th December 2019) and spring season (from 16th March 2020) cheaper 1-day lift tickets are available:

Adult & senior - 3,400 yen
Child - 1,800 yen

A few 1 day 'family tickets' are also available (at least one child required):

2 people - 6,500 yen
3 people - 9,800 yen
4 people - 12,400 yen

* Available from 22nd December 2019 until 15th March 2020.

'Hakuba Valley' tickets

The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley area (listed below).

The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase.
The 2 Day tickets can be used on any 2 days within three days of purchase.
The 3 Day tickets can be used on any 3 days within five days of purchase.
The 4 Day tickets can be used on any 4 days within seven days of purchase.
The 5 Day tickets can be used on any 5 days within nine days of purchase.
The 6 Day tickets can be used on any 6 days within ten days of purchase.
The 7 Day tickets can be used on any 7 days within eleven days of purchase.
Nighta is not included.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Cortina
- Hakuba Goryu
- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Hakuba Norikura
- Hakuba Sanosaka
- Jigatake
- Kashimayari
- Tsugaike Kogen

Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.

Getting to Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

By public transport
47.2km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.1km from Shinano Moriue Station on the Oito Line
3.6km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Hakuba Iwatake is about 2km from the small Shinano Moriue Station on the Oito line. The larger Hakuba Station is under 4km from the resort.

Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkasen line about 47km away.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
A number of shuttle buses that travel around the Hakuba area stop at Hakuba Iwatake.

Bus services are also available from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen line) which is about 44km away - that journey takes approximately 60 minutes.
By Car
44.3km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
48km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
53.3km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (1.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 433
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

To get to Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head north on Route 148 towards Otari. At the traffic lights about 2.3km along the road (there is a 7-11 convenience store across on the right side of the junction), turn left onto Prefecture Road 433. After just under 1km, turn left to follow the signs to the base of Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field.

Getting to the Hakuba region
There are three main ways to approach the Hakuba region by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).

Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway)
From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.

Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway)
From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.

Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway)
From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
There is free parking available at the base of the ski hill for about 1000 cars. Open 24 hours a day.

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