Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
(長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Mid-late December 2020 until late March 2021
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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 160cm 50cm 1st 170cm 100cm 1st 190cm 110cm
2nd - - 2nd 160cm 50cm 2nd 190cm 100cm 2nd 180cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 170cm 65cm 3rd 200cm 100cm 3rd 180cm 100cm
4th - - 4th 170cm 95cm 4th 200cm 100cm 4th 180cm 100cm
5th - - 5th 160cm 100cm 5th 200cm 100cm 5th 170cm 105cm
6th - - 6th 160cm 100cm 6th 200cm 105cm 6th 170cm 105cm
7th - - 7th 160cm 100cm 7th 180cm 105cm 7th 170cm 95cm
8th - - 8th 180cm 65cm 8th 200cm 105cm 8th 170cm 95cm
9th - - 9th 200cm 65cm 9th 210cm 125cm 9th 170cm 90cm
10th - - 10th 200cm 75cm 10th 210cm 125cm 10th 170cm 90cm
11th - - 11th 200cm 75cm 11th 220cm 130cm 11th 160cm 80cm
12th - - 12th 200cm 75cm 12th 210cm 130cm 12th 160cm 80cm
13th - - 13th 200cm 70cm 13th 200cm 110cm 13th 160cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 85cm 14th 190cm 110cm 14th 160cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 170cm 85cm 15th 180cm 110cm 15th 160cm 75cm
16th - - 16th 170cm 85cm 16th 190cm 110cm 16th 160cm 80cm
17th - - 17th 190cm 85cm 17th 210cm 90cm 17th 160cm 90cm
18th - - 18th 190cm 85cm 18th 220cm 100cm 18th 160cm 120cm
19th 100cm - 19th 210cm 85cm 19th 220cm 100cm 19th 160cm 100cm
20th 140cm - 20th 210cm 90cm 20th 220cm 90cm 20th 160cm 90cm
21st 140cm - 21st 210cm 90cm 21st 210cm 90cm 21st 140cm 90cm
22nd 130cm - 22nd 200cm 100cm 22nd 200cm 90cm 22nd 140cm 80cm
23rd 130cm - 23rd 190cm 80cm 23rd 190cm 100cm 23rd 140cm 80cm
24th 130cm - 24th 190cm 85cm 24th 190cm 100cm 24th 130cm 90cm
25th 130cm - 25th 190cm 85cm 25th 190cm 90cm 25th 130cm 90cm
26th 130cm - 26th 180cm 80cm 26th 190cm 110cm 26th 130cm 80cm
27th 130cm - 27th 180cm 80cm 27th 190cm 125cm 27th 130cm 80cm
28th 130cm 15cm 28th 170cm 90cm 28th 190cm 125cm 28th 125cm 80cm
29th 130cm 30cm 29th 170cm 80cm 29th - 125cm 29th - 90cm
30th 130cm 30cm 30th 180cm 80cm 30th 30th - -
31st 140cm 30cm 31st 180cm 80cm 31st 31st - -

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 an area called 'Wood Park' which is an area for playing in the snow and various snow activities. 
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
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 6,600 yen 3,800 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 12,500 yen 7,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 18,700 yen 10,500 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 24,900 yen 13,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 31,000 yen 17,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 37,200 yen 20,800 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 43,400 yen 24,300 yen
Hakuba Valley 8 Days 49,000 yen 27,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 9 Days 54,700 yen 30,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 10 Days 60,300 yen 33,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 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.

'Hakuba Valley' tickets 2020-2021

The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley (listed below).
Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.
Includes use of the Hakuba Valley shuttle bus on the day of skiing, available from 25th December 2020 until 14th March 2021.

The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase.
The 2 Day ticket is valid for 4 days from the first day of use.
The 3 Day ticket is valid for 6 days from the first day of use.
The 4 Day ticket is valid for 8 days from the first day of use.
The 5 Day ticket is valid for 10 days from the first day of use.
The 6 Day ticket is valid for 11 days from the first day of use.
The 7 Day ticket is valid for 12 days from the first day of use.
The 8 Day ticket is valid for 13 days from the first day of use.
The 9 Day ticket is valid for 14 days from the first day of use.
The 10 Day ticket is valid for 16 days from the first day of use.
Night skiing operations are 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

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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