Japan, Hakuba

Japan, Hakuba

Things to do - general

Hakuba is renown as Japan’s premier ski region due to a long winter, the largest vertical and the biggest terrain of any ski area in Japan. Host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, the Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of 10 resorts offering a variety of outstanding facilities and massive snowfall. The Japanese alpine scenery which surrounds the resorts is truly spectacular with huge rugged peaks towering above the village below. Use Hakuba as your base and ski a different resort each day. Choose from Happo One, Hakuba 47, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Sun Alpina, Hakuba Minekata/Highland or Norikura/Cortina. In addition to the fantastic action to be had on the mountain, the Hakuba Valley offers a wide variety of activities including snowshoeing, tubing, snow rafting, Nagano’s Zenkoji Temple and the famous Jigokundani Wild Monkey Hot Springs and lots to experience with onsens, delicious local Japanese cuisine, fascinating culture and the gentle welcoming Japanese hospitality.

The area known as Ecoland is the centre for nightlife in Hakuba with a great choice of Japanese bars and retaurants. Aside from the apres action, Hakuba has 13 public hot springs to soothe weary muscles after a big day on the mountain.

Country Japan
Visa requirementsVisa free on Australian passport
Languages spokenJapanese and limited english
Currency usedJPY
Ski Area Size10 ha
Highest Point1831m
Vertical Drop1081m
Longest Run8km
Lifts130 + in the Valley
SeasonDecember - Late April
Terrain30% - Beginner
50% - Intermediate
20% - Advanced
Nearest AirportTokyo
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Nightlife info

Hakuba nightlife is vibrant, which is rare for a Japanese ski area. It’s not like a western party scene, however after a few sakes nightlife can get going nonetheless.

Après drinking are not common in Hakuba. Many of the specific bars don’t open until later so a trip to an onsen after the slopes can be the way to go.

The bars vary from Japanese style to the western Jacks Sports in the heart of Happo Village. A lot of international visitors pay a visit to “The Pub” next to the Mominoki Hotel in the Wadano Village.

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Culture and history info

At the base of one of the highest sections of the Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba is one of Japan's main skiing and hiking centres. In winter, skiers from across Japan and increasingly overseas flock to Hakuba's seven ski resorts. In summer, the region draws hikers attracted by easy access to the high peaks. There are many onsen in and around Hakuba-mura, the main village, and a long soak after a day of action is the perfect way to ease your muscles.

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Unfortunately there are no hotels at this location at the moment.


Hakuba has a host of near by activities ranging from temple tours to visiting the famous snow monkeys at the hot springs of Jigokudani. For an extreme rush maybe visit the olympic ski jump from the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics.

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Hakuba lesson packages and backcountry tours are available on request.


Bus or train transfers from Nagano or direct transfer options from Tokyo airports. Prices on application
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Hot Deals

Hakuba Lift tickets are generally packaged with accommodation specials. Prices can vary with exchange but available on request