In May and June, we are releasing a new package plan for MTB lovers. (more…)
We are finally thawing out in Norikura and getting ready to enjoy the beautiful spring season. Come enjoy Golden Week with us in Norikura.
In Spring the weather is more mellow and you can enjoy some good corn snow. Or you might even have fresh powder seeing how it’s not uncommon to get new snow in April and May. Trying backcountry in the spring is a great way to get ready for winter backcountry next season. We will run tours until the first weekend of June. For those who stay at the NORTHSTAR Lodge, we are offering discounted tour packages. Also if you stay with us, you can try a backcountry tour on day one and a mountain bike tour on day two!
Please check out the Spring Backcountry Page for more info.
Good Deal Lodging and Lift package
¥13,000〜/ adult with 2 days lift ticket.
Lift ticket package
High school students / Senior (above 55 years old)：¥13,500
Junior high ：¥12,000
High school students / Senior (above 55 years old)：¥12,000
- Price above is for 3 people per room. Private room will be an additional ¥3,000/person. Room for two will be an additional ¥1,500/person.
- Includes 1 night, 2 meals and 2 days lift tickets.
- Elementary’s price is for with the adult only.
- You cannot use with other plans or coupon.
- The plan will start from 2014/1/10 (Thu).
Good Deal weekends
You can stay for weekdays price on those dates.
- You can not use with other plans or coupon.
Backcountry tour, Snowboard lesson, Snowshoe tour are 10% off for weekdays.
- You’ll get free sticker if you use this plan and share our information on Facebook.
Make a Booking
Please make reservation from our Reservation Page with course, date, etc that you want to join.
The snowboard camp we do in English every season, Kids English Snowboard Camp will open this season too.
Bike season in Norikura will finish soon. We are planning a “Thank You MTB Tour” to celebrating the end of the bike season.
We’ve been having some rain during the weekend cycling events and because of the rain, the goal to Kuraigahara for the annual Norikura Hill Climb. We also had to cancel some MTB tours. But we are planning an exciting tour to help you take revenge on your road bike or mountain bike.
Hill Climb Revenge
We only could ride to Kuraigahara because of rain. So lets challenge to ride all the way to the top this time.
*The fee for luggage transportation by microbus and supply support.
Please time on your own. Microbus will be station at Kuraigahara Sansou.
13:00 Start the last descending
Mt.Norikura – Hirayu – Abo Touge – Sawando – Shirahone – Norikura Kogen.
*The fee for luggage transportation by microbus and supply support.
13:00 Shirahone Onsen
Total Distance: 72km / Total Climb: 2,720m
This tour will be a full-scale tour with riding on the local Norikura trails. Only well experienced riders are allowed to participate. Basically the riding will be self support. Equipment needed for the long ride: back and front lights, clothes to keep you warm, tire tube, tools, food supply, etc.
Hard riding course for fast riders in beautiful Norikura. Clinic course for riders who want to skill up. NORTHSTAR guides have IMBA mountain bike instructor / guide license.
2013/9/28 (Sat)−29 (Sun)
- The price is for a shared room. (Private room will be plus ¥3,000). Two people room will be plus ¥1,500 per parson.
- Fee include 1 night 2 meal (BBQ Dinner!) , guide fee, accident insurance.
Hard riding course ：Riders who can enjoy riding on the trail with under 50cm width, steep hill, able to ride smooth with drops and bumps of 30cm-1m of rocks and tree roots, can up and down hill.
Clinic course：Skill up for beginners and intermediates.
8 Riders per group
Please visit our Reservations Page to start your reservation.
NORTHSTAR Outdoor Adventures is running MTB guided tours in Norikura Kogen! We offer tours for beginner riders to advanced riders.
Mountain bike season has in started in Norikura and our trails are open to great riding. It’s a great chance to learn how to mountain bike or improve your riding ability or just enjoy the fun of single track. Come and enjoy mountain biking this summer in Norikura with friends and NORTHSTAR staff.
We offer MTB tours for beginners starting with a lesson and then heading out on a double track trail (about 2m wide) and if you are up to the challenge we may even get you on some single track. We are sure out MTB 101 Lesson & Riding will leave you wanting more.
For the more experienced rider who wants to enjoy rolling single track and a bit more of a challenge we offer MTB Guided Tours.
This year we are running our annual Norikura Century Charity Ride on Sunday Sep. 15th,
The focus of this event is to (A) increase awareness of cancer research and prevention (Shine On! Kids, an organization for child cancer care and their program for the Tohoku; “Shine On! Kids” ) (B) ride with friends and make new friends, and (C) to be physically challenged. (THIS IS NOT A RACE but a personal challenge to be done with your friends.) **Once NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge is full, participants will be lodged at a neighboring lodge.
Please visit the Event page for more details.
Pro road bike racing team, PEUGEORT is coming to NORTHSTAR!
Norikura is starting to thaw out from a long winter and we are slowly starting to see some warm weather. Starting from Golden Week, we are inviting you to enjoy Norikura from the comfort of the New NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge.
Golden Week starts at the end of April and is the one of the best seasons to play around Norikura. The ski resort will be closed but the shuttle bus to Kuraigahara Mountain Hut (2,350m) will be running and you can enjoy genuine spring backcountry skiing/snowboarding and the amazing snow walls towering above you. In the valley, the snow will be gone and the trails will be showing so that you can enjoy mountain biking and trail running. Also, it is the season for beautiful spring foliage, flowers, and the unique skunk cabbage. Come, hike and feel the warm spring breeze.
To enjoy the spring we offer a Special Package for during Golden Week (April 28th to May 6th). Enjoy Norikura Spring with this plan.
Lodging Prices: 1 night with 2 meals
- Adult: ¥7,800
- Elementary Students: ¥6,800
- Kids: ¥3,800
- Under 3: ¥0
We are looking forward to serving you at our new lodge.
Featured Tourist Spots in Spring
Norikura Kogen • Ichinose-Enchi
20 minutes walk from NORTHSTAR. You can see beautiful skunk cabbage at Dojo Pond and Maime Pond.
Mt. Norikrua • Kuraigahara Hutte
Not only for backcountry, 45 minutes bus ride will take you there. Hike around the mountain hut with snowshoes.
Kamikochi • Taisho Pond – Kappa Bridge – Myojin Pond
45 Minutes bus ride from Norikura Kogen. As you hike along Azusa River, you will be impressed with snow coverd Hodaka Range.
First we want to thank you for being party of our family at NORTHSTAR, part of our adventure! THANK YOU! We are excited to let you know that we have purchased a beautiful new lodge located right behind current NORTHSTAR building. And what a journey it has been! The negotiations, the miracles … the whole process has been quite a ride. It is our desire that NORTHSTAR’s new lodge, soon to be called NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge, will allow us to serve YOU with more Aloha yet keep the fun, adventurous hospitality of the old NORTHSTAR. If all goes well, we will be opening during Golden Week and in fact, we are already getting reservations! Come, come and stay at the NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge, enjoy our hospitality, the beautiful national park, and our great adventures.
Hope to see you soon at the new NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge!
The season is coming to an end soon but we still have one last event for you. We will be holding our annual HOT DOG JAM again this weekend.
Come out on Sat. March 30th for some riding with your friends and of corse to eat some hot dogs. This year we will also be adding a kids category and we are expecting them to step it up.
Info about the event can be found here.
This year we are taking pre-registration here.
This is coming a little late, sorry about that. Here is the report for the WeekEND of Weird event.
The pro snowboarder Keijiro Kasahara (nicknamed “Doggy”) who is the producer of the strange program called “Weekly Of Weired”（WOW）on YouTube will be coming to Mt. Norikura very soon for an event and I am sure for some weird stuff.
Come enjoy riding Mt. Norikura with one of our mid-week lodging and lift ticket packages starting at 9,800 yen.
The “Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour” will be showing again here in Norikrua this Fall. This year will feature the mountain bike film “From the Inside Out”. You might say “I’ve already seen that film” but watching a film outside with your friends in beautiful Norikura Kogen is totally different, it really is an amazing experience.
We are also offering a Banff Lodging Packages (¥8,800 for 1 night lodging with 2 meals and film festival ticket).
Activities will be, MTB tours for both beginners and experienced riders, Pilates Clinic buy a Paul Star Pirates instructor and Shower Climbing and Nordic Walking by ODSS.
Here is the contents of this years showing.
- On Assignment: Jimmy Chin（Climbing）
- Eastern Rises（Fishing）
- From the Inside Out（MTB）
- Living the Dream（Climbing）
- The Swiss Machine（Speed-climbing）
The film called “The Swiss Machine” below is crazy. This year is going to be good.
Today was a bluebird just like we were hoping for. We headed up to Mt.Norikura to shoot some spring backcountry pictures and were really happy with the good weather. (more…)
Mountain biking is not just for boys! Girls ride bikes too. This camp will help you go to the next level by learning some bike mechanic tips that are sometimes hard to learn from guys, special riding tips for girls, Onsen and special meals by NORTHSTAR’s chef, Kayo. You can also try Pilates and Bouldering on our climbing wall. Beginners welcome!
2012年6月2日(土) – 3日(日)
¥19,000 (including; 1 night lodging, 3 meals, Transportation and Insurance)
Rental bikes are available for 3000 yen
Limitations: Jr. High and older / 20 people
*For participants who are 18 years old and younger need to have sign on waiver release form by a guardian and a guardian must participate with.
Day 1 • 6/25
Location: At Swan Garden near the Toyoshina IC on the Nagano Highway
- 12:30 Reception
- 13:00 Riding in Toyoshina
- 16:00 Head to NORTHSTAR
- 17:00 Free Time
- 18:00 Special Dinner
- 20:00 Pilates & Bouldering
Day 2 • 6/26
- 8:00 Breakfast
- 9:00 Riding in Norikura
- 12:00 Lunch
- 13:00 Riding in Norikura
- 15:00 Finish Riding and Closing
Organizers：KONA & NORTHSTAR
- From Online Reservation Form, fill “Dates” as “Girls MTB”, and fill other columns. If you are a group, please fill “Size of Party” with “Each participant’s Name and Date of Birth”. Also please fill out information for allergy , rentals, etc if you need.
- We will respond to you with a bill and waiver release form.
- Transfer reservation fee [¥3,000/person; non refundable] or all camp fee then your reservation will be confirmed.
- Bring rest of camp fee [¥18,000/person] and waiver from.
*Please check our Reservation Page for cancellation fee, etc.
From Golden Week (from April 28th), we are offering Spring Backcountry Tours. (more…)
Mountain bike season will be started from Golden Week. (more…)
Golden Week from April 29th is the one of the best seasons to play around Norikura. (more…)