Hakuba Norikura Onsen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Thursday 31st March 2022
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Official snow depth 350cm (0cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is a ski area located in Otari Village, to the north of Hakuba Village and known by some as 'Hakunori'. It is connected with Hakuba Cortina 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. 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 Norikura Onsen is lift-connected with:
Hakuba Cortina

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 200cm 190cm 1st - 180cm 1st - 145cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 205cm 2nd - 170cm 2nd - 140cm
3rd - - 3rd 220cm 215cm 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 145cm
4th - - 4th 230cm 220cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th 250cm 220cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 135cm
6th - - 6th 260cm 225cm 6th - 170cm 6th - 135cm
7th - - 7th 280cm 210cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 140cm
8th - - 8th 270cm 245cm 8th - 175cm 8th - 135cm
9th - - 9th 270cm 270cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 130cm
10th - - 10th 270cm 275cm 10th - 200cm 10th - 130cm
11th - - 11th 270cm 280cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 125cm
12th - - 12th 280cm 280cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 125cm
13th 5cm - 13th 280cm 270cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 120cm
14th 5cm - 14th 320cm 260cm 14th - 160cm 14th - 125cm
15th 10cm - 15th 340cm 250cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 120cm
16th 10cm - 16th 335cm 220cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 120cm
17th 5cm - 17th 310cm 230cm 17th - 170cm 17th - 115cm
18th 40cm - 18th 330cm 230cm 18th - 190cm 18th - 115cm
19th 70cm 140cm 19th 325cm 260cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 110cm
20th 110cm 180cm 20th 330cm 270cm 20th - 210cm 20th - 105cm
21st 100cm 190cm 21st 360cm 270cm 21st - 190cm 21st - 100cm
22nd 100cm 190cm 22nd 350cm 230cm 22nd - 170cm 22nd - 90cm
23rd 100cm 190cm 23rd 350cm 180cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 90cm
24th 80cm 180cm 24th - 165cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 80cm
25th 85cm 180cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 80cm
26th 110cm 160cm 26th - 155cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 70cm
27th 140cm 160cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 60cm
28th 120cm 160cm 28th - 140cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 60cm
29th 140cm 140cm 29th - 140cm 29th - - 29th - 60cm
30th 160cm 130cm 30th - 180cm 30th 30th - 40cm
31st 180cm 170cm 31st - 185cm 31st 31st - -

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 & wear rental is available.
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The main Kids Park at Norikura is by the Alps Number 1 pair lift and free to enter. There is also a Chibbiko Hiroba area for children by the base hotel. 
Park Information
Park information
The Alps Snow Park is by the Alps Number 5 pair lift. There is also a special mogul course area. 

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 night skiing at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Hakuba Norikura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,100 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
2 Days 7,200 yen 5,100 yen
4 Hours 3,200 yen 2,100 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 yen
1 Month Ticket (Norikura) 21,000 yen 15,000 yen 16,000 yen
Season Ticket (Norikura) 41,000 yen 22,000 yen 31,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,500 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Lift 500 yen 300 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

All tickets unless noted as 'Norikura Cortina' are valid at just Hakuba Norikura Onsen ski area.

Lower priced disabled tickets are also available.

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

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.

Minami Otari Station on the Oito line is about 6km from Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Nagano Station is less than 54km away.

About 90 minutes from Nagano station.
About 3 hours 15 minutes from Nagoya.
About 5 hours 30 minutes from Osaka.
A bus service from Nagano Station to the ski area takes about 90 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 ski area 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.

About 70 minutes from Azumino IC.
About 40 minutes from Itoigawa IC.
There are car parks available at the base for about 100 cars. Free and open 24 hours a day.

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