Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
(長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Friday 17th December 2021 until Sunday 27th March 2022
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Latest report posted at 8:38am on Sunday 23rd January 2022
Official snow depth 190cm (-10cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is a ski area located in Hakuba, just north of the central village area. It has two main areas - the base Village Side area and the Mountain Side area around the back, with a gondola connecting the two. Some areas on the Mountain Side are left as 'Powder Zones'.

There is a cross country course at the base area of Hakuba Iwatake.

Hakuba Village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. It was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, including alpine skiing, ski jump events and cross country events. In recent years, the Hakuba region has become one of Japan's most popular winter sports regions with visitors from overseas.

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 130cm 160cm 1st - 170cm 1st - 190cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 160cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 130cm 170cm 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th 140cm 170cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th 155cm 160cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th 150cm 160cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 170cm
7th - - 7th 150cm 160cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 170cm
8th - - 8th 150cm 180cm 8th - 200cm 8th - 170cm
9th - - 9th 150cm 200cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 170cm
10th - - 10th 150cm 200cm 10th - 210cm 10th - 170cm
11th - - 11th 150cm 200cm 11th - 220cm 11th - 160cm
12th - - 12th 160cm 200cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 160cm
13th - - 13th 150cm 200cm 13th - 200cm 13th - 160cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 200cm 14th - 190cm 14th - 160cm
15th - - 15th 200cm 170cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 160cm
16th - - 16th 200cm 170cm 16th - 190cm 16th - 160cm
17th 20cm - 17th 210cm 190cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 160cm
18th 50cm - 18th 210cm 190cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 160cm
19th 65cm 100cm 19th 200cm 210cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 160cm
20th 95cm 140cm 20th 200cm 210cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 160cm
21st 95cm 140cm 21st 205cm 210cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 140cm
22nd 95cm 130cm 22nd 200cm 200cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 140cm
23rd 95cm 130cm 23rd 190cm 190cm 23rd - 190cm 23rd - 140cm
24th 80cm 130cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 190cm 24th - 130cm
25th 85cm 130cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 130cm
26th 85cm 130cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 130cm
27th 90cm 130cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 130cm
28th 105cm 130cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 125cm
29th 105cm 130cm 29th - 170cm 29th - - 29th - -
30th 110cm 130cm 30th - 180cm 30th 30th - -
31st 130cm 140cm 31st - 180cm 31st 31st - -

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 & wear rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The Iwatake White Park is a 'snow outdoor area' located at an elevation of 1289m, suitable for people who do not ski or snowboard.

There are a variety of attractions in three areas: Playing Zone, Relax and Photogenic Zone and Pet Zone.

You need to get the gondola up to this area which is charged. 
Park Information
Park information
The DC Park is located by 3-sen North lift and features a number of items.

There is also a snow shoe course and cross country course at Iwatake. 

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 night skiing at this area.

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
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) 3,800 yen 2,400 yen 3,100 yen
Afternoon (12pm-closing) 3,800 yen 2,400 yen 3,100 yen
Gondola Return 2,100 yen 1,150 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

A family ticket for Hakuba Iwatake is 6,500 yen for two people and 9,750 yen for 3 people.

Various other packs and special tickets are available.

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.
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.
There is free parking available at the base of the ski area for about 1,000 cars. Open 24 hours a day.

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