Iwakura Resort Hotel is a year round resort in the unspoilt Katashina Highlands of Gunma Prefecture. The road past Katashina village towards Nikko is called the “Japan Romantic Road”, renowned as having the scenery most reminiscent of alpine Germany in Japan, and a favourite for the Japanese Romantic School of poets to include in their works.
Turning off to Oze-Iwakura takes you to the head of a forested valley where the Iwakura Resort Hotel awaits. In winter it’s a popular ski resort, in other seasons a quiet highland escape great for a stopover driving between Gunma and Nikko.
All season activities can finish with a relaxing onsen after.
Delicious local delicacies are a feature of the hotel cuisine.
Iwakura accommodation options
The Iwakura Resort Hotel is a comfortable 4 star ski in/ski out option that features 36 rooms sleeping up to 200 guests.
Choose spacious Japanese/Western or Western rooms (both styles with ensuite) or Japanese rooms (with toilet).
A Japanese dinner featuring fresh local ingredients and a buffet breakfast are included.
The natural onsen with high alkaline content is great for recovery.
The hotel also has a lounge bar, although aprés is limited to what you can bring to the table yourselves, like many smaller Japanese resorts.
Iwakura Resort Hotel rates (includes taxes, dinner & breakfast)
¥ 15,270 per person per night 2 share (¥ 17,430 Saturday nights/holidays)
deduct dinner = less ¥ 2,160; deduct breakfast = less ¥ 1,080
More on their English info page here.
For bookings and packages check with Japan travel experts:
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Where is Iwakura Resort Hotel
By train take the Joetsu shinkansen to Jomo-kogen, around 75 minutes, then shuttle bus, around 80 minutes, to Oze-Iwakura.
By road take the Kan-Etsu Expressway 125km to Numata Interchange, then Route 120 & Route 401 32km up to the resort. This takes from around 170 minutes in good traffic conditions.
Oze-Iwakura location map
Oze-Iwakura & Katashina Village more info
Useful links include:
Oze-Iwakura Ski Resort official site
Katashina Village Katashina Village Tourism site
Gunma PrefectureGunma Tourism site