Located beyond Tsugaike at the Northern end of the Hakuba Valley, the twin Cortina and Norikura ski resorts are interconnected on piste and via the Hieda off piste gate on the Cortina side of the mountain with roads connecting the base areas of each resort.
There are no developed villages at the base of either ski resort, rather a handful of smaller accommodations and the ski in / ski out destination resort hotels of Hotel Green Plaza on the Cortina side and Hakuba Alps Hotel on the Norikura side providing the facilities & amenities.
Hotel Green Plaza offers 250 rooms, 3 restaurants, magnificent onsen baths, shopping, ski hire & child care. The hotel has a variety of room types suitable for single traveller right the way up to duplex rooms where a whole family can stay together.
Located adjacent to the Green Plaza the boutique Cortina Apartments building offers four self-contained studios as a quieter alternative.
On the Norikura side, the accommodation options are spread out from the ski in / ski out Hakuba Alps Hotel to the forest hideaway of Momiji Lodge and over further towards Cortina, the lodges and pensions of Satomi village. The refurbished Niwa Cottage offers Japanese home living on the grounds of Momiji Lodge.
The Cortina / Norikura villages are a popular choice for powderhounds drawn by the snow, terrain and freewheeling off piste policy and for families with small children due to the kid’s activities and all under one roof amenities.
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Cortina / Norikura is not the largest resort but does have some impressive off piste terrain and boasts the most snowfall and the most progressive off piste policy in the Valley.
As such Cortina / Norikura is popular with powder hounds seeking off piste skiing, and can either be deserted or relatively busy (by Japan standards) depending on the previous night’s snowall and day of the week.
Dining & Nightlife
On the Cortina side, Hotel Green Plaza offers a choice of three restaurants for guests and visitors alike.
On the Norikura side, the Hakuba Alps Hotel offers dining options in house and there are a handful of local eateries including the log cabin style Peppermint pub & restaurant serving hearty Japanese classics, the rustic in house restaurant / bar at Momiji Lodge, and the Pizza do Ponchon & Endless Bar at the Satomi village.
Aside from onsen bathing and dinner, both Cortina and Norikura are very quiet in the evenings and those seeking nightlife can head to Happo One with a bit of effort. Find out more >
On the Cortina side, the Hotel Green Plaza’s ‘Bijin no yu’ features 11 kinds of baths – the most facilities of any in the Hakuba Valley, including outdoor baths with ski run views.
On the Norikura side the Hakuba Alps Hotel offers an onsen with outdoor & indoor baths as well as a ‘Karhaus’ facility with infinity pool, jacuzzi, Hitase hot bath and steam.
Outside of the hotels, the local Norikura So onsen features indoor baths for men and women. Find out more >