Hakuba Norikura Onsen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Wednesday 31st March 2021
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Hakuba Norikura Onsen is a ski and snowboard resort located in Otari village, to the north of Hakuba village and known by some as 'Hakunori'. 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.

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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 190cm 30cm 1st 180cm 80cm 1st 145cm 105cm
2nd - - 2nd 205cm 40cm 2nd 170cm 80cm 2nd 140cm 105cm
3rd - - 3rd 215cm 50cm 3rd 170cm 70cm 3rd 145cm 70cm
4th - - 4th 220cm 60cm 4th 160cm 70cm 4th 140cm 65cm
5th - - 5th 220cm 90cm 5th 180cm 65cm 5th 135cm 70cm
6th - - 6th 225cm 90cm 6th 170cm 105cm 6th 135cm 80cm
7th - - 7th 210cm 85cm 7th 160cm 110cm 7th 140cm 75cm
8th - - 8th 245cm 75cm 8th 175cm 120cm 8th 135cm 70cm
9th - - 9th 270cm 70cm 9th 210cm 140cm 9th 130cm 65cm
10th - - 10th 275cm 70cm 10th 200cm 140cm 10th 130cm 60cm
11th - - 11th 280cm 70cm 11th 190cm 155cm 11th 125cm 50cm
12th - - 12th 280cm 65cm 12th 180cm 150cm 12th 125cm 55cm
13th - - 13th 270cm 65cm 13th 170cm 130cm 13th 120cm 50cm
14th - - 14th 260cm 80cm 14th 160cm 130cm 14th 125cm 50cm
15th - 1cm 15th 250cm 80cm 15th 150cm 120cm 15th 120cm 45cm
16th - 1cm 16th 220cm 85cm 16th 150cm 100cm 16th 120cm 50cm
17th - 0cm 17th 230cm 85cm 17th 170cm 90cm 17th 115cm 70cm
18th - 0cm 18th 230cm 75cm 18th 190cm 100cm 18th 115cm 60cm
19th 140cm 0cm 19th 260cm 75cm 19th 200cm 110cm 19th 110cm 50cm
20th 180cm 0cm 20th 270cm 80cm 20th 210cm 90cm 20th 105cm 55cm
21st 190cm 1cm 21st 270cm 100cm 21st 190cm 80cm 21st 100cm 50cm
22nd 190cm 0cm 22nd 230cm 110cm 22nd 170cm 80cm 22nd 90cm 45cm
23rd 190cm 2cm 23rd 180cm 100cm 23rd 150cm 70cm 23rd 90cm 45cm
24th 180cm 10cm 24th 165cm 90cm 24th 160cm 80cm 24th 80cm 45cm
25th 180cm 8cm 25th 160cm 90cm 25th 150cm 80cm 25th 80cm -
26th 160cm 1cm 26th 155cm 75cm 26th 150cm 70cm 26th 70cm -
27th 160cm 3cm 27th 150cm 65cm 27th 150cm 85cm 27th 60cm -
28th 160cm 35cm 28th 140cm 75cm 28th 150cm 120cm 28th 60cm -
29th 140cm 25cm 29th 140cm 60cm 29th - 115cm 29th 60cm -
30th 130cm 30cm 30th 180cm 60cm 30th 30th 40cm -
31st 170cm 30cm 31st 185cm 70cm 31st 31st - -

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
The main 'Kids Areas' at Norikura is by base close to the hotel. There is another by the Family Course. Both are free to enter. 
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) 20,500 yen 14,500 yen 15,500 yen
Season Ticket (Norikura) 40,000 yen 21,000 yen 30,000 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,500 yen 4,500 yen
Norikura-Cortina 1 Lift 500 yen 300 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

All tickets unless noted as 'Norikura Cortina' are valid at just 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 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.

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

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.

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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 resort 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 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

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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