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EXPERIENCE HAKUBA: 10 SPECTACULAR SKI RESORTS

DISCOVER A JAPANESE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF THE JAPAN ALPS

Hakuba Valley offers vast skiing terrain, with 10 ski resorts set in the sunning Japanese Alps mountain range. The variety of experiences possible in the Hakuba Valley is reflected in the huge range of accommodation styles and locations. Read More

From the convenience of a ski-in ski-out apartment at the popular Happo One, to a hidden gem alpine retreat at one of Hakuba's undiscovered resorts, or a stunning modern chalet in the heart of Hakuba's restaurant district Echoland, everything is possible. Enjoy the hustle, bustle and charm of Happo village's traditional winding streets with convenient access to the lifts, or base yourself at an uncrowded resort like Tsugaike, where you can have the slopes almost to yourself.

With English speaking ski schools and a wide variety of both Japanese and international dining options, Hakuba is well set up to cater for international guests, providing the perfect balance of both easily accessible and offering a Japanese cultural experience. While most accommodations are located within minutes of all the amenities you will need, there are a growing number of properties which come with a complimentary 4WD vehicle, giving you the ultimate freedom to explore everything on offer in the Hakuba Valley. While note a necessity, making use of a property vehicle or even renting one, provides the opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore all of the Hakuba Valley's 10 ski resorts, plentiful natural onsen hot springs and amazing restaurants, at your own pace!

Browse our wide range of Hakuba accommodations below, or submit an enquiry and our team, who offer unrivalled local knowledge, will recommend the perfect apartment, chalet or hotel for yours stay.

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Hakuba Highlights

Big Mountain Terrain

Hakuba's 3000 metre peaks and impressive terrain have earned the nickname 'the Japanese Alps'.

Excellent Restaurants

With superb Japanese and international restaurants, eating out is a highlight of any Hakuba trip. 

Luxury Accommodation

Hakuba offers a superb range of properties, from luxury apartments and chalets to traditional ryokan.

Immaculate groomed runs

Quiet runs offer a piste skiers dream. (Photo: Sanosaka Resort by JSE's Sarah Mulholland)

Hot Springs

Hakuba has countless traditional Japanese onsen, many of which offer spectacular mountain views. 

Monkeys of Jigokudani

If you miss them on the piste, book a day trip to see Nagano's famous hot-spring bathing snow monkeys. 

Powder Snow

You can't beat Hakuba for steep, deep tree-runs! (Photo: Cortina Resort by JSE's Sarah Mulholland)

Variety

Hakuba Valley boasts 9 ski resorts providing extensive terrain, and runs to suit everyone!

Japanese Culture

Hakuba Valley retains a traditional Japanese feel for a traditional cultural experience. 

Hakuba Facts

Hakuba Valley includes 9 ski resorts: Happo One, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Jiigatake and Kashimayari

BASIC RESORT INFORMATION

  • Ski Resorts: 9
  • Ski Hours: 07:30-22:00
  • Ski Season: early Dec – early May

Hakuba FEATURES

  • Average Snow Fall: 11 metres
  • Vertical Drop: 1071 metres
  • Gondolas: 5
  • Lifts: 115

Skiing: Terrain/Trails

Terrain Info

  • Beginner Terrain: 30% - Plenty of beginner-friendly gentle open runs across Hakuba's 9 ski resorts
  • Intermediate Terrain: 40% - Vast green and red runs for improving and progressing. Powder on the sides of the pistes for those trying it for the first
  • Advanced Terrain: 30% - Challenging steep groomed pistes and extensive off-piste and tree-skiing
  • Backcountry Terrain: Extensive backcountry terrain options and backcountry guiding in English available

Additional Information

  • Trails: 151
  • Terrain Parks: 7
  • Longest Run: 8 km

Tree Skiing

Half Pipe

Night Skiing

Snow Monkeys

Resort Maps

Location Map

Trail Map

Village Map

Hakuba Services

A selction of useful services that will help you plan your ski trip. Use the links below to jump to each section.

Rentals

Central Snowsports

Central Snowsports stocks the largest and widest range of Demo skis & boards in Hakuba, and endeavour to match you with the best gear possible to enable progress no matter what your ability. With four stores across Hakuba, Central services all of Hakuba with their convenient complimentary pick up & drop off service.

Child rates apply to children 14 years and younger.

Choose from either Regular or Demo rental packages:

Regular Rental Package - to suit beginner to lower intermediate level skiers. Great for those on a budget who want to stick to the piste.

Demo Rental Package - includes the best of the latest top brands like K2, Line, Volkl, Head, Ride Snowboards, Nordica, Full Tilt, Technica and Blizzard. 

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Rentals can be picked up from 1pm the day prior to your rental start period
  • NEW FLEXI RENTAL includes free rest days! Conditions apply. Please reference the price chart for detailed information
  • Central equipment is available from one of 3 centrally located shops:

- Happo: Opening hours 08:00 - 20:00

- Wadano: Opening hours 08:00 - 18:00

- Goryu: Opening hours 08:00 - 18:00

- Echoland: Opening hours TBD
 

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Lift Passes

Hakuba Valley Lift Passes

Hakuba Valley All Mountain Lift Pass includes 10 ski resorts: Happo One, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Jiigatake, Sanosaka and Kashimayari.

Direct lift access is available with the IC Chip Pass at Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura and Cortina. Ticket exchange is required at the ticket window at Sanosaka, Jiigatake and Kashimayari. With the purchase of the Hakuba Valley Ticket, you can ride the shuttle bus to any of the 10 snow resorts free of charge. Please show your Hakuba Valley Ticket when you get on the bus.  Hakuba Valley has also joined Epic Pass, where as an Epic Pass holder you can receive 5 free days to all 10 Hakuba Valley resorts! 

Pre ordered lift passes will be delivered to your accommodation in advance of arrival.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Adult pass for ages 13 years and above
  • Children pass for ages 6 to 12 years
  • Children 5 and under ski free
  • Ski an unlimited amount of resorts in any one day
  • Tickets are activated from the first day of use and do not have to be used on consecutive days. Please note the validity period of passes purchased.
  • Hakuba Valley lift passes are not valid for night skiing
  • Hakuba Valley lift passes are non-transferable under any circumstances
  • Each ski resort operation period will vary

2019-20 PRICES

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Ski Lessons

Evergreen International Ski School - Private Lessons

PRIVATE LESSONS

Evergreen International Ski School's private lesson programs offer focused instruction for the ultimate in personalized improvement. Suitable for total beginners through to advanced skiers - carving or freestyle - and tailored to suit your level. With one-on-one lessons or private groups of friends/family (up to 5 people per instructor), Evergreen's instructors will focus on improving your skill, confidence and style.

Lesson Types

  1. HAKUBA ALL DAY PRIVATE 6 HR - *flexible start time and location (see below)
  2. ALL DAY PRIVATE 5 HR - 10:30AM~3:30PM
  3. EARLY STARTER PRIVATE 4 HR - 08:30AM~12:30PM
  4. FIRST TRACKS PRIVATE 110 MIN - 08:30AM - 10:20AM
  5. MORNING PRIVATE 2 HR - 10:30AM~12:30PM
  6. AFTERNOON PRIVATE 2 HR - 1:30PM~3:30PM
  7. FIRST TIMER AFTERNOON PRIVATE 2 HR - 1:30PM~3:30PM for first time skiers and snowboarders only

Dates of Operation: 7th December 2019 - 29th March 2020 excluding New Year's Day. During the Chinese New Year Period (22nd - 30th January 2020), private lessons will be limited to 5 hr, 6hr and First Tracks Lessons.

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • Lessons do NOT include lift passes or equipment rentals
  • Prices reflect a per instructor rate in JPY based on group size (1-5 pax). 
  • One instructor can be shared by up to 5 people of the same ability level and using the same type of equipment (ski / snowboard)
  • Private lessons are available for children and adults 3 years of age and up
  • Lessons will operate out of Happo resort unless otherwise requested
  • Evergreen International Ski School access information

Ski/Snowboard Skill Level Information:

  1. Level 1: First Timer
  2. Level 2: Beginner
  3. Level 3: Beginner/Intermediate
  4. Level 4: Intermediate
  5. Level 5: Intermediate/Advanced
  6. Level 6: Advanced

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Evergreen International Ski School - Group Lessons

Multi or single day class programs are available for all levels of skiers and boarders.  Conveniently located in Happo resort, within walking distance from many accommodations in Happo and Wadano.

Programs:

  1. Morning Group Ski / Snowboard Lesson (10:00-12:30) - Adult 
  2. Full Day Group Ski / Snowboard Lesson (10:00-15:30) - Adult
  3. Hakuba Heros Morning Ski / Snowboard Group Lesson (10:00-13:30) - 6-14 yrs
  4. Hakuba Heros Full Day Ski / Snowboard Group Lesson (10:00-15:30) - 6-14 yrs
  5. Yeti Club Morning Ski Group Lesson (10:00-13:30) - 3-5 yrs
  6. Yeti Club Full Day Ski Group Lesson (10:00-15:30) - 3-5 yrs
  7. Full Day Teens Group Program Ski / Snowboard Lesson (10:00-15:30) - 12-16 yrs

Dates of Operation: December 14th, 2019 to March 15th, 2020 excluding New Year's Day

  • Adult Group Lessons are available from December 14th, 2019 to March 15th, 2020 excluding New Year's Day.
  • Teens Group Programs Nagano Ninjas are available from December 21st 2019 to February 23rd 2020 excluding New Year's Day. Levels 4/5 only.
  • Kids Hakuba Heroes Programs are available from 14th December to March 15th (Snowboard) and March 22nd 2020 (Ski) excluding New Year's Day.
  • Kids Yeti Ski Programs are available from December 14th 2019 until March 22nd 2020 excluding New Year's Day.

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • Meeting location for Happo Resort lessons is at the Evergreen Ski School base located at the bottom of Happo One’s Kokusai chair lift.
  • Children 3-6 will not require poles unless Level 5
  • Children's programs include lunch (1 hour lunch break included in lesson times)
  • Lessons will operate out of Happo resort unless otherwise requested
  • Evergreen International Ski School access information

Skill Levels:

  1. Level 1: First Timer
  2. Level 2: Beginner
  3. Level 3: Beginner/Intermediate
  4. Level 4: Intermediate
  5. Level 5: Intermediate/Advanced
  6. Level 6: Advanced

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Airport Transfers

Nagano Snow Shuttle

Nagano Snow Shuttle direct coach transfers between Tokyo airports and Hakuba.  These are scheduled daily departures which align with most flight arrivals.  

See below for 2019/20 rates & timetable information.

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • Operating from 18th December 2019 to 15th March 2020
  • Limited operations 18th-26th December 2019 & 23rd February - 15th March 2020
  • 15:30 and 20:30 departures from Narita and 16:15 from Haneda includes mandatory drop off at Hakuba accommodation fee (JPY 1000 per person / Otari: JPY 1500 per person)
  • Japan Ski Experience will arrange a complimentary pick-up provided by your accommodation from Hakuba Base Camp Bus Stop to your hotel or chalet for check-in
  • Children 4 years of age and under who DO NOT require a seat are free of charge.  If you require a seat for your child, please request this when booking the service
  • Luggage Allowance: 2 pieces of luggage per person (eg, 1 ski or board bag & 1 suitcase)
  • Rest stops are made every 90-120 minutes
  • Travel Time: From Narita - approximately 5.5 hours.   From Haneda - approximately 5 hours.   *subject to change depending on road and traffic conditions
  • Child seats are not provided

2019/20 RATES

 

 

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Chuo Private Taxi Transfer

Direct door-to-door private taxi transfer between Narita or Haneda Airport and Tokyo City and your Hakuba accommodation.

Private Taxi - aligned to any flight schedule and direct transfer to/from Hakuba accommodation.  Accommodates up to 7 guests.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Travel Time: 
    • From/To Narita Airport - 5 ~ 5.5hours
    • From/To Haneda Airport 4 ~ 4.5 hours
    • From/To Tokyo City - 4~5 hours
    • Please note travel times are approximate and is subject to change depending on traffic and road conditions. Times noted above do not account for potential delays.  Travel time includes several rest stops of 10~15 minutes each at pre-designated locations
  • Luggage Allowance:
    • Luggage allowance is 7 bags per vehicle
    • This includes carry-on, suitcases, and ski or snowboard equipment. No extra room for additional luggage above this allowance!
  • Child seats can be provided but are subject to availability. Supply is limited so availability cannot be guaranteed. If you require a child seat, please note this when submitting your transfer request form

2019-20 RATES (1-7 people)

  • Narita Airport to Hakuba - JPY 133,000 
  • Hakuba to Narita Airport - JPY 131,000 
  • Haneda Airport to Hakuba - JPY 125,000
  • Hakuba to Haneda Airport - JPY 123,000
  • Tokyo City to Hakuba - JPY 129,000
  • Hakuba to Tokyo City - JPY 129,000

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Make Your Own Way to Hakuba

TOKYO TO HAKUBA BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The quickest route between Tokyo and Hakuba is by bullet train (shinkansen) to Nagano followed by direct coach to Hakuba.  Travel time from Tokyo is approximately 3 hours.

For detailed information on how to get to Hakuba please click here.

If you prefer to avoid travelling by public transport please note that transfers from Tokyo airports to your Hakuba accommodation can be booked with Japan Ski Experience in advance.

 

Other Services

Snow Monkey and Zenkoji Temple Day Tour

A full day group cultural tour from Hakuba visiting the world famous Snow Monkey Hot Springs and Zenkoji Buddhist Temple, with traditional Japanese lunch at a sake brewery in the historic town of Obuse. Includes all transportation, English speaking guide, entry fee to Monkey Park, traditional Japanese set-lunch and visit to Zenkoji Temple in Nagano city.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • 2019-20 Operational dates: 14th December 2019 - 30th March 2020. 
  • Tour runs: December - February: Daily except 1st January.  March 2020: Departs every Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat
  • Tour departs: 08:00
  • Tour ends: 17:30
  • Lunch menu selection: Vegetarian, Fish, Beef - please select your meal preference when requesting to add the Snow Monkey Tour to your booking.  Children's lunch is set.

2019/20 RATES:

  • Adult - JPY 13000
  • Child 3-11 - JPY 9000

TOUR SCHEDULE:

  • 8:00 - Depart Rhythm Rentals Wadano
  • 8:05 - Depart Happo Bus Terminal
  • 8:10 - Depart Spicy Rentals Echoland
  • 8:20 - Depart Hakuba Goryu Bus Stop
  • 9:25 to 9:35 - Toilet Stop
  • 10:00 - Arrive Kambayashi Onsen
  • 10:00 to 10:30 - Hiking in to Monkey Hot Spring
  • 10:30~11:30 - Monkey Hot Spring
  • 12:00 - Depart Kambayashi Onsen
  • 12:30 - Lunch at Obuse
  • 15:00 - Arrive Zenkoji Temple  
  • 15:00 to 16:00 - Guided Tour of Zenkoji Temple
  • 16:00 - Bus Departs Zenkoji Temple
  • 17:30 - Arrive Rhythm Rentals Wadano

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Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival takes place on 15th January 2019 so this optional excursion is only suitable for bookings that fall over this date.

Nozawa's most famous festival is a must-see cultural experience. Here, fire erupts in a designated area of the village where thousands gather to celebrate and pray for the well being and good fortune of the village, and to ensure a plentiful harvest for the coming year. The Dosojin festival is one of Japan's three most celebrated fire festivals, where torch bearing villagers battle against young men barricaded in a pre-built wooden fort with an aim to burn it down. Space is limited so book early!

Tour includes transport, English-speaking guide, tasting Oyaki steamed buns, traditional Japanese set menu dinner, and insurance

Tour Date: 15th January 2019

Tour Schedule:

  • Tour bus departs for Nozawa Onsen in the late afternoon / meet at your designated meeting point at 15:00
  • Arrive to Nozawa Onsen
  • Dinner (optional) If included in your tour, you will enjoy a traditional Japanese style dinner
  • Dosojin Fire Festival (20:00-22:45)
  • Arrive back to Hakuba (01:00-01:30am.)

RATES:

  • JPY 13,000

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*Confirmed tours are subject to a 100% cancellation fee through Japan Ski Holiday for cancellations made less than 3 days prior to the tour date.

*Tour takes place at night time and ends at a very late hour so please bear this in mind if booking for a family with small children

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