The Hakuba Valley
Nestled in the heart of the Japanese Alps and home to 10 unique resorts with over 200 runs for skiers and boarders of all ability levels. A seasonal average of 10-plus meters of snow. Great rest day alternatives.
In addition, Hakuba’s ski resorts and town center offer fantastic accommodations to fit all budgets, and relaxing hot spring baths, delicious cuisine and friendly locals make for a great après-ski experience. Last but not least, cultural activities and nearby sightseeing spots add depth to your winter vacation. Looking for all of this in one location? Then Hakuba is the place for you this season!
Olympic History and World-Class Resorts
Hakuba took the world stage in 1998 during the Nagano Winter Olympic Games when Hakuba Happo-One hosted three of the Game’s alpine skiing events. Happo-One compares favorably to many North American and European resorts with 1180 meters of vertical, and is widely known as being a first-class international resort with some of the best and most demanding ski and snowboard terrain in all of Japan. Hakuba Goryu, Iwatake, and Tsugaike ski resorts also offer plenty of options for the whole family, and Hakuba Cortina is a paradise for powder lovers. (See snow reports and more information for each Hakuba resort below.)
Snow Activities and Adventure off the Slopes
For those who can tear themselves away from the splendor of the Alps, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snow rafting, one-day tours to the Snow Monkeys and the spring heli-skiing are available in the valley.
At the end of the day head into Hakuba Village, kick back and relax in any number of hot springs and enjoy local restaurants specializing in Japanese style offerings. Or go with more western dishes. The choice is yours.
Learn more about Hakuba’s resorts and see detailed snow reports below.
Japan’s most famous ski jumping stadium is located at the base of Happo-One Ski Resort. Hakuba hosted the ski jumping events for the 1998 Winter Olympic Games as well as various World Cup events. Take the chair lift and elevator to the top of the 90-meter and 120-meter jumps, walk out to the start gates and feel the excitement of being a ski jumper.
Enjoy deep powder snow in while skiing in Hakuba. It will be one of the deepest powder days of your life!
See the Hakuba Essential Guide—your guide to the best restaurants, bars, rental shops, ski/snowboard schools, and shuttle buses, complete with menus and prices. All in one handy booklet! Pick up a copy at your hotel, tourist information, or shops around town.
Experience traditional Japanese culture! Have fun while we teach you how to dress in a colourful kimono, guide you through the rituals of the tea ceremony, and show you how to fold an origami paper crane.
COME AND ENJOY A TASTE OF JAPAN