Hakuba Valley offers 10 diverse ski areas across one lift pass and is a great introduction to any skier looking to hit the mythical ‘japow’ so many have heard whispers of. Put on the map after the 1998 Nagano Olympics the Japanese Alps provide abundant snow falls and powder conditions that will make you the envy of your European skier counterparts. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will enjoy the slopes on offer and whilst the lift system isn’t modern or speedy (contradictory to pre-conceived ideas of modern Japan), the benefits of glorious views, playful terrain and incredible snow allow skiers to overlook these minor offences.
Our accommodation is located in the main resort of Happo One with easy bus links to all neighbouring resorts and with visitors from both New Zealand and Australia there is also a Western influence which means restaurant choice is diverse and English is spoken in most establishments.
Our top tips; if fresh snowfall is forecast, head to Cortina for the ultimate in expert terrain and off piste skiing, Tsugaike offers the best lift system and for tree lined skiing head to Hakuba 47 (the snow park is also great)!
We like to keep things simple, this means your lift pass is included in the price!
Drag lifts 0, Chairlifts 103, Cablecars 0
Things to do in resort
- Local Onsens - our hotels have their own onsens but for any guest looking for an authentic, Japanese onsen Hakuba is home to 3 public paths which can be paid for locally
- Zenkoji Temple - Located in Nagano, any guest taking the bullet train can visit this temple on their way
- Matsumoto Castle - Another site to see in Nagano if you have the time, Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's historical landmarks.
Location in resort
- Longitude: 137.8367462
- Latitude: 36.7069283
For more information on travel and transport visit our Hakuba page