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About Hakuba Ski Resort

Hakuba Valley is at the heart of the spectacular Japanese Alps and just 3hrs from downtown Tokyo. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Hakuba is one of Japan’s largest and most renowned alpine resorts. The valley consists of 11 ski resorts, giving an incredible variety of alpine terrain, accommodating everyone from novice to expert. With this many ski resorts to choose from the slopes are relatively empty during the week and fresh tracks can be found for days. You’ll never be short of new areas to explore.

SkiJapan’s ground services expanded to Hakuba in 2018, bringing over 20 years of Niseko Powder holiday experience to the valley. Located in The Hakuba Gateway Hotel our Resort Services Desk can assist with local information, tour bookings, reservations, and holiday packages. Drop by and talk to one of our friendly guest services staff today.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Statistics

Season December-April
Elevation 1,831m
Average Snow 11m
Lifts 5 Gondolas | 138 Lifts
Terrain 30% Beginner / 40% Intermediate / 30% Expert
Park Available

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Lift Passes

The Hakuba Valley lift pass lets you ride in any of the 10 main zones in the area around Hakuba Village, Otari Village and Omachi City. These zones are Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Happo-One, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura, Hakuba Cortina, Jiigatake, and Kashimayari. Night skiing is open until 10pm in many areas but you’ll need to purchase night skiing passes from the ticket counter in resort.

From 6,100 JPY per adult
From 3,600 JPY per child (6-12yrs)
Kids 0-5yrs Ski FREE

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Transfers

Hakuba Ski Resort is approximately 5hrs from Narita or Haneda airports. Getting there requires a little bit of extra manoeuvring though since taking a bus or the bullet train up to Nagano will need to be followed up with a taxi to your accommodation. Taking a pre-booked private or share taxi from the airport is a good option if you want to avoid the hassle.

From 19,800 JPY Return Per Person

From 19,100 JPY One Way for Per Person (Shared)

Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal

START PLANNING YOUR HOLIDAY TO HAKUBA

Most accommodations are situated at the base of Happo-One Mountain, in the Wadano Village. Alternatively, many guests enjoy staying in Echoland, which is the main restaurant and bar area of the Hakuba Valley. There is a wide variety of accommodation available, including traditional family-run lodges, self-contained cottages and hotels with Japanese and western style bedding.

Prices range from as low as 7,000 JPY per person per night for a twin room at a lodge.

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Lessons & Rentals

English speaking ski and snowboard lessons are available through Hakuba Snowsports School. They offer both group and private lessons and a kid’s program. Group lessons commence from Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort and private lessons can be provided at any mountain in Hakuba Valley. Pre-booked equipment rental is available with NBS Japan Snowsports Specialists through SkiJapan.com. Based within the Hakuba Gateway Hotel in central Happo One along with SkiJapan.com’s very own service desk, they offer a comprehensive range of demo skis and boards for all snow conditions and high-end skis for intermediate to advanced skiers.

Ski / Snowboard Set From 4,500 JPY per day

Group Lesson From 7,000 JPY for 2hrs

Dining

Hakuba provides a variety of International and traditional Japanese cuisines for guests to enjoy. The variety of restaurants includes Thai fusion, French fusion, Italian (pizza and pasta), Izakaya-style restaurants (Japanese tapas), Okonomiyaki, Soba/Udon noodle restaurants, hot pot and more. Nagano local delicacies that can be enjoyed in Hakuba include Nozawana (a Japanese leaf vegetable), Oyaki (a traditional dumpling bun with savoury and sweet fillings), and Shinshu apples.

We recommend trying Harvest restaurant at the Hakuba Gateway Hotel for Italian food, offering delicious wood-fired pizzas and pasta meals, or Yuki Restaurant at Grand Phenix hotel for a more traditional Japanese dining experience, offering dishes such as hot pot, sukiyaki, sashimi and more. Both restaurants are conveniently located in Happo town centre, a short walk from Happo Bus Terminal.

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Activities & Events

There’s plenty to do in Hakuba Ski Resort aside from riding the slopes. Why not try your hand at:

Snowmobiling
Backcountry Guiding
Matsumoto Castle
Heli Skiing
Onsens
Snow Monkey Tours
Try on a Kimono
Snow Shoe Tours
Snow rafting

Getting around Hakuba

Hakuba has multiple transport options in order to help guests travel around town. There are 5 bus routes around Hakuba, as well as multiple taxi options.

BUSES

Happo Shuttle Bus – A free shuttle bus for those planning on skiing (not for general transport). This bus will drop guests off at convenient stops along Happo One Ski Resort including at Nakiyama slopes, Happo Gondola and Kokusai Slopes (Evergreen Ski School), and stops at various points around town. This bus runs from 08:00-11:00 and 12:30-17:00 at half hour intervals.

Hakuba Valley Shuttle Bus – This bus is ¥510 each way or free if you have a Hakuba Valley All Mountain pass. This bus departs from Happo Bus Terminal (or Hakuba Base Camp if you are staying in Echoland), and will take you to all of the different resorts in the Hakuba Valley.

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Goryu / Hakuba 47 Free Shuttle Bus – This bus specifically goes to Goryu and Hakuba 47 Ski Resorts, and is free for all guests. The bus departs from select hotels (Springs Hotel if staying in Happo) and has routes travelling via Happo, Echoland and Wadano.

Genki-Go Night Shuttle Bus – This shuttle bus costs ¥300 each way and runs in the evenings (starting at 17:30). It is designed to help guests travel to restaurants and back. The routes cover Happo, Echoland, Wadano, Goryu and Iwatake.

TAXIS

Taxi companies run from 6am-1am, with one company running 24hrs. The three taxi companies in Hakuba are:

  • Alpico Taxi – 0261 72 2236
  • Alps Taxi – 0261 72 2221
  • Hakuba Kanko Taxi – 0261 72 2144

Insider Tips

Some things that we recommend before coming to Hakuba:
• Bring cash with you. Hakuba is predominantly a cash economy, and having cash is much more convenient for paying at restaurants and bars. There are ATMs located in Lawsons (convenience store) and Happo Bus Terminal.
• The weather can be temperamental and fluctuate between cold snowy roads and icy or slushy roads, so we recommend bringing waterproof shoes with a good grip, so that you won’t have to endure cold wet feet in the snow (or slush).
• Onsens are gender split, do not allow swimmers and will require a towel (or you can hire on premises). The majority of onsens in Hakuba are also tattoo-friendly.
• Tap water is safe to drink in Hakuba.
• Many roads are one-way in Hakuba, so when driving keep in mind road signs. Parking is also limited, so ask your hotel if there are any public parking lots nearby your accommodation.

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