Getting To Norikura Hakuba

Getting To Norikura Hakuba

Where is Norikura Ski Resort?

Norikura Ski Resort is part of the Hakuba Valley ski resorts, located at the northern end of the valley between Tsugaike and Cortina Ski Resorts. It’s inter-connected via the slopes with Cortina, although the base areas of the two ski areas are a few kilometres apart by road.

Hakuba Norikura shouldn’t be confused with the Mt Norikura Ski Resort near Matsumoto.

The village at the base of Norikura is somewhat spread out. There are various lodges in the Satomi and Warabitaira (officially part of Cortina ski area) villages, whilst about 1km away is the Wakaguri area which is dominated by the large Hakuba Alps Hotel.

Day Tripping to Norikura Ski Resort

The Hakuba Valley ski buses that travel from the Happo bus terminal to Cortina (Konayuki Line) also stop at Norikura. There’s only a handful of schedules per day, so on a powder day the crowds at the Happo bus stop can get a bit crazy (and there’s a good chance you may not get on)! These Hakuba Valley buses are reasonably inexpensive, or they are free if you have a HV lift pass.

Driving to Norikura

Whether you’re staying at Norikura or other Hakuba accommodation, it can be a bit clunky to catch buses (and there’s no guarantee you’ll get a spot on the bus) to or from Norikura, so having a car gives you a lot more flexibility. These days with huge advances in GPS technology, it is soooo easy to get a rental car and drive around Japan. The telephone number for Norikura Ski Resort to enter into the GPS is 0261 822811.

Airport Bus to Norikura

Nagano Snow Shuttle offers bus transfers from Narita Airport (and some transfers from Haneda Airport) to Hakuba Base Camp (in Echoland). When making a Hakuba bus booking, there is an option to be dropped off at your accommodation. The Hakuba bus trip takes about 5-6 hours and provides the advantage of not having to drag your luggage around train stations. This is also the transport of choice if you arrive at the Narita airport in the evening (so you can avoid having to overnight in a Narita hotel or Nagano hotel). You can book a Hakuba bus with Nagano Snow Shuttle.

Trains

If you want to get into part of the Japanese culture you can catch trains from Narita Airport (see the Hakuba travel page for more information). One option is to get the bullet train from Tokyo (or Ueno) to Nagano and then there are buses from Nagano train station to Hakuba Norikura, but they’re not that regular (your accommodation will be able to assist you with info re timetables).

Alternatively you can catch local trains from Nagano to Minami-Otari train station (see Hyperdia for timetables), and your accommodation can pick you up from there.

Other Hakuba Ski Resorts

Hakuba Valley is made up of lots of ski resorts and one of the major attractions of Hakuba is the opportunity to sample as many ski areas as you can manage.

The Hakuba Valley ski buses go from the Sotomi village area to the Happo information centre/bus terminal, and from there you can get a connecting bus to other ski resorts.

If you’re staying at the Hakuba Alps Hotel, there is a shuttle service to Tsugaike (in the early evening also) or a few of the other Norikura/Cortina lodgings provide shuttles to other ski resorts.
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