Hakuba Norikura Onsen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Mid December 2018 until late March 2019
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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is a resort located in Otari village, to the north of Hakuba village. It is connected with the Hakuba Cortina resort and a common lift ticket is available.

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. This map shows the ski and snowboard resorts in the main Hakuba region. 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.

Regional information Learn more about the Hakuba region

The Mountain

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is lift-connected with:
Hakuba Cortina

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Course Map

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 170cm 1st - 270cm 1st - 155cm
2nd - - 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 270cm 2nd - 145cm
3rd - - 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 270cm 3rd - 140cm
4th - - 4th - 170cm 4th - 255cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th - 170cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 140cm
6th - - 6th - 160cm 6th - 240cm 6th - 140cm
7th - - 7th - 155cm 7th - 240cm 7th - 135cm
8th - - 8th - 155cm 8th - 235cm 8th - 130cm
9th - - 9th - 180cm 9th - 230cm 9th - 145cm
10th - - 10th - 180cm 10th - 250cm 10th - 145cm
11th - - 11th - 180cm 11th - 250cm 11th - 135cm
12th - - 12th - 170cm 12th - 260cm 12th - 130cm
13th - - 13th - 165cm 13th - 255cm 13th - 130cm
14th - - 14th - 155cm 14th - 265cm 14th - 130cm
15th - 65cm 15th - 145cm 15th - 250cm 15th - 150cm
16th - 65cm 16th - 145cm 16th - 245cm 16th - 150cm
17th - - 17th - 145cm 17th - 245cm 17th - 135cm
18th - 50cm 18th - 170cm 18th - 250cm 18th - 135cm
19th - 90cm 19th - 170cm 19th - 250cm 19th - 130cm
20th - 100cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 125cm
21st - 100cm 21st - 185cm 21st - 210cm 21st - 120cm
22nd - 80cm 22nd - 215cm 22nd - 210cm 22nd - 120cm
23rd - 80cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 210cm 23rd - 115cm
24th - 80cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 130cm
25th - 80cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 170cm 25th - 120cm
26th - 70cm 26th - 230cm 26th - 165cm 26th - 110cm
27th - 70cm 27th - 270cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 100cm
28th - 110cm 28th - 260cm 28th - 155cm 28th - 100cm
29th - 130cm 29th - 290cm 29th - - 29th - 85cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 275cm 30th 30th - 85cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 275cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Norikura. 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 are two special childrens 'Kids Areas' at Norikura - one by base and the other by the Family Course. Both are free to enter. 
Park Information
Park information
There is no special snow park. 

Hakuba Norikura Onsen 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 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There is no nighta at Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 4,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
2 Days (weekend & holidays) 7,000 yen 5,000 yen
4 Hours 3,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 yen
1 Month Ticket (Norikura) 20,000 yen 14,000 yen 15,000 yen
Season Ticket (Norikura) 40,000 yen 21,000 yen 30,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Day 4,800 yen 3,300 yen 4,300 yen
Norikura-Cortina 4 Hours 3,600 yen 2,500 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Lift 500 yen 300 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 All tickets unless noted as 'Norikura Cortina' are valid at Hakuba Norikura resort.

Lower priced disabled tickets are also available.

The 'Norikura Cortina' tickets are valid at both Hakuba Norikura and the connecting Hakuba Cortina resorts.

'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 (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 Norikura Onsen

By public transport
53.5km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
4.6km from Chikuni Station on the Oito Line
9.8km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Chikuni Station on the Oito line is less than 5km from Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Nagano Station is less than 54km away.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
A bus service from Nagano Station to the resort takes about 85 minutes.
By Car
40.6km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
54.3km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
59.6km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (3.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 433
Otari village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture, just to the north of Hakuba village. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

Hakuba Norikura Onsen is actually located in Otari village but many people know of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts. The resort is a just over 4km from the main Route 148 road.

To get to Hakuba Norikura Onsen from the central area of Hakuba (Hakuba Station), head north on Route 148 towards Otari. At the 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. Go past Tsugaike Kogen gondola station and keep straight on this road for a further 2km to Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

If approaching from the north, turn right onto Prefecture 433 at the Tsugaike Kogen and Hakuba Norikura signpost before reaching central Hakuba.

Getting to the Hakuba region
There are three main ways to approach Hakuba village 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 are car parks available at the base.

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