Iwakura House is a reasonably priced ski in ski out hotel located right on the ski slopes.
Each room has a television, mini-kitchen, kettle, fridge, en-suite bathroom & storage.
Wifi is avaialble at the lobby.
Westen twin room with en-suite bathroom (1 - 2 guests)
Rates from 9,680 yen including breakfast & dinner
9th February 2023
Thank you Hisae for organising another great ski trip and liaising with hotel staff to ensure our trip was trouble free.
This was our second trip to Oze as we really enjoy the skiing and find there is enough challenge and variety to occupy us for at least 3 or 4 days. We also like the fact that it is off the beaten track and mid week is uncrowded. However, it is very popular and busy with locals on weekends and especially public holidays as we discovered.
We stayed two nights each at both Iwakura House and the Resort Hotel due to a school camp that occupied the main resort hotel all week. (The school camp caused absolutely no issue to our skiing at Oze). Both types of accommodation offer easy ski in/ ski out access.
Iwakura house, is an older, basic style accommodation. We had a spacious, clean room with ensuite on the 4th floor overlooking the gondola. We had no problem with the room or facilities but the meals, although nicely presented were not quite up to the variety or standard of the resort hotel. Microwaves are provided for heating prepared meals and these seemed to be utilised by several Japanese guests. It is also worth noting that if you are bringing heavy luggage and skis with you, you will need to drag it by sled to and from the main hotel entrance. It's not too far but was unexpected and it might prove problematic for some.
On mountain restaurants
We favoured Alp for lunch as it had great food and hot chocolate. As we had dinner included in our package, we're unsure if there is anywhere else to have dinner in Oze.
The staff here are so helpful and obliging. A very special mention to Yoshihiro Toshiba, who helped us with local bus timetables to Jomo Kogen ensuring a seamless trip back to Tokyo and organising the Takkyubin to Haneda. He is a great asset to the hotel for foreign guests.
Is a little tricky but with help from Hisae and Yoshihiro san, we had no problem. We caught the local bus from Numata station ( about 1 hour) and were picked up by Yoshida san at Kamata bus stop for the 15 min trip to Oze. The same in reverse except with another bus to Jomo Kogen Shinkansen station. It's worth mentioning that the local buses are quite small and can be crowded so it's best to send luggage via Takkyubin. There is also a bus to and from Takasaki station this year, but the departure time didn’t suit our travel plans.
All in all, Oze Iwakura is a great little resort that is well worth visiting.
closest chairlift - Iwakura Gondola Super Way - 0 m
closest train station - JR Jomo Kogen station
From Tokyo, the best way would be cath the Joetsu Shinkansen to JR Jomo Kogen station (75 mins). There is shuttle bus from Jomo Kogen Station to White World Oze (70 mins) run twice a day.
There is also the Snow Express bus from Shinjuku Bus Terminal to Katashina-village bus terminal. There is free shuttle from the bus terminal to White World Oze Iwakura.
Oze Iwakura hasn’t been discovered by overseas skiers or snowboarders yet so there is a higher chance that you can just have the powder days all to yourselves.
As the resort is located inland and away from the coast, the snow is very dry!
Oze Iwakura is located in the Gunma region. By train, it is about 65 minutes from Tokyo to Jomo-Kogen by Shinkansen (bullet train) then there is a shuttle bus from Joao-Kogen to Oze Iwakura twice a day. The bus takes about 2 hours. The other option is a highway express bus from Tokyo station to Katashina-mura village. This is run only once a day in the morning and takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. The public transport is pretty limited but we will help you with the timetables and directions to ensure your transit is simple and enjoyable.