Tsugaike Kogen (Otari Village, Nagano)

Tsugaike Kogen
(長野県 小谷村)
Planned season: Late November 2019 until early May 2020
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Tsugaike Kogen is a large ski and snowboard resort located in Otari village and has been operating since 1950. The main wide lower areas of Tsugaike Kogen are particularly suited to beginner skiers and snowboarders. The Tsugaike Ropeway at the top of the resort opens for the spring season every year. Heli-ski operations are also available in the spring months. Tsugaike Kogen has been operating since 1950.

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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Tsugaike Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 135cm 1st - 350cm 1st - 255cm
2nd - - 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 350cm 2nd - 260cm
3rd - - 3rd - 170cm 3rd - 345cm 3rd - 255cm
4th - - 4th - 150cm 4th - 335cm 4th - 250cm
5th - - 5th - 145cm 5th - 335cm 5th - 250cm
6th - - 6th - 145cm 6th - 330cm 6th - 265cm
7th - - 7th - 145cm 7th - 325cm 7th - 265cm
8th - - 8th - 145cm 8th - 330cm 8th - 290cm
9th - - 9th - 195cm 9th - 330cm 9th - 285cm
10th - - 10th - 175cm 10th - 340cm 10th - 285cm
11th - - 11th - 170cm 11th - 340cm 11th - 275cm
12th - - 12th - 170cm 12th - 350cm 12th - 275cm
13th - - 13th - 170cm 13th - 330cm 13th - 270cm
14th - 60cm 14th - 155cm 14th - 345cm 14th - 310cm
15th - 65cm 15th - 145cm 15th - 330cm 15th - 300cm
16th - 60cm 16th - 160cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 295cm
17th - 50cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 300cm 17th - 290cm
18th - 75cm 18th - 185cm 18th - 295cm 18th - 285cm
19th - 86cm 19th - 175cm 19th - 295cm 19th - 275cm
20th - 116cm 20th - 175cm 20th - 285cm 20th - 270cm
21st - 105cm 21st - 205cm 21st - 280cm 21st - 265cm
22nd - 85cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 275cm 22nd - 255cm
23rd - 80cm 23rd - 235cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 255cm
24th - 85cm 24th - 245cm 24th - 270cm 24th - 260cm
25th - 78cm 25th - 245cm 25th - 260cm 25th - 255cm
26th - 70cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 260cm 26th - 250cm
27th - 70cm 27th - 265cm 27th - 260cm 27th - 245cm
28th - 109cm 28th - 330cm 28th - 255cm 28th - 255cm
29th - 130cm 29th - 350cm 29th - - 29th - 255cm
30th - 145cm 30th - 345cm 30th 30th - 250cm
31st - 145cm 31st - 340cm 31st 31st - 275cm

Previous Statistics

Tsugaike Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Tsugaike Kogen. 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 'Kids Park' can be found by the Kane-no-naru-oka course area and features a moving walkway and items to play with - entry is 500 yen. Usually open from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

There is also a free 'Kids Corner' in the same area and the 'Yuki-no-hiroba' kids area in the Karamatsu area. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few 'Board Park' areas (mid January to mid March at Han-no-ki; mid March to mid May at Tsuga-no-mori. 

Tsugaike Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
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 Sometimes
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Tsugaike Kogen is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

Nighta is from 6:00pm until 8:50pm on the Kane-no-naru-oka area, on the following dates:
29th December 2018 until 1st January 2019; 5th, 12th, 13th January 2019

Nighta is from 6:00pm until 9:00pm in the Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas, on the following dates:
22nd December 2018 until 1st January 2019; 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 26th January 2019; 9th, 10th, 16th February 2019; 2nd March 2019.

The Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas also open for 'Early Morning' from 6:30am on 6th, 13th, 14th, 20st, 27th January 2019; 10th, 11th February 2019.

Tsugaike Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 5,100 yen 3,000 yen 3,700 yen
2 Days 9,000 yen 5,300 yen 6,000 yen
Morning (8am-1pm) 4,100 yen 2,500 yen 3,100 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 4,100 yen 2,500 yen 3,100 yen
Kaisu 3,200 yen 2,100 yen
Beginner Area only 3,100 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta 2,200 yen 1,700 yen
Season Ticket 55,000 yen 35,000 yen 50,000 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 The 'Kaisu' ticket includes 40 points. Different lifts require different numbers of points.

'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 Tsugaike Kogen

By public transport
51.5km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
3.7km from Hakuba Oike Station on the Oito Line
7.9km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Tsugaike Kogen is less than 4km from Hakuba Oike Station and just less than 8km from.

Nagano Station is about 51km away, and the bus service from there to the resort takes about 80 minutes.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
A bus from Nagano Station takes about 80 minutes.
By Car
40.9km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
52.3km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
57.6km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (3.5km 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. Tsugaike Kogen is actually located in Otari village but many people know of it as one of the 'Hakuba' resorts. The resort is just over 3km from the main Route 148 road to the north of central Hakuba.

To get to Tsugaike Kogen 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 (7-11 convenience store across on the right side of the junction), turn left onto Prefecture Road 433. Follow this road for about 5.5km to Tsugaike Kogen.

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

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 various car parks around the base area of Tsugaike Kogen holding around 1,500 vehicles. Some of the parking areas are free and some are charged.

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