Situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba stands out as one of Japan's top winter resort areas, offering some of the best winter sports action in Japan. The host of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba comprises nine ski resorts stretched across a broad valley, and provides more terrain, vertical rise and advanced ski and snowboard slopes than anywhere in Japan. Abundant snow falls and excellent powder conditions make Hakuba a perennial top choice of skiers and snowboarders from around the world.
For more than 70 years, Hakuba has been providing skiers, boarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for enjoying a superlative winter sports experience. Over 200 different trails, exceptional powder and some of the longest vertical skiing in Japan are just a few of the reasons why Hakuba has earned its reputation as a prime destination for skiers and boarders of all levels.
How Do You Want to Play Today?Nine ski resorts are located across the Hakuba Valley, all within easy reach of the local towns of Happo and Wadano. Plenty of snow, miles of trails and easy access from major Japanese cities are just a few of the reasons why visitors return to Hakuba year after year.
First founded in 1928, Hakuba boasts some of the highest snowfall levels in Japan, with an annual base of snow exceeding ten meters. Winter in Hakuba means opportunities to enjoy an incredible array of winter sports against the backdrop of the spectacularly beautiful Northern Japan Alps. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, winter enthusiasts can enjoy telemark skiing, Nordic skiing, snow rafting, snow mobiling, heliskiing and snowshoeing. Thanks to its dry climate and exceptional powder snow, Hakuba provides an unparalleled winter vacation experience in Japan.
When you are ready for a break from the slopes, take advantage of the opportunity to experience Japanese culture firsthand. Many hotels and local facilities offer classes that allow visitors to try their hand at traditional Japanese activities, including soba noodle making and origami folding. You can even enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony while dressed in a kimono! Friendly staff members are eager to help you enjoy a truly unique experience during your stay in Hakuba.
After a fantastic day on the slopes, be sure to check out Hakuba’s diverse nightlife, which offers something for everyone. Whether you are in the mood for a quiet pub, live music performance or high-energy dance club, Hakuba’s après ski scene has it all. For a more soothing way to end the day, treat yourself to a massage, or enjoy gazing at the stars as you soak in one of the outdoor hot spring baths.
Not only is Hakuba considered one of the best ski areas in Japan, its location in Nagano Prefecture means that Hakuba chefs have some of the freshest, tastiest ingredients right at their fingertips. Restaurants in the Hakuba area are proud to feature local meats and vegetables, providing an unforgettable dining experience. Visitors to Hakuba can choose from a tremendous range of dining options, from romantic candlelight dinners to home-style meals in casual settings. The wide variety of international cuisine ranges from pizza and pasta to steak houses, Chinese food and Korean barbecue. Whatever you are in the mood for, you can be sure to find it in Hakuba.
Hakuba is home to dozens of izakaya, or traditional Japanese pubs, which are known for their casual, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy sampling regional dishes, hand-made buckwheat soba noodles and sake in a comfortable, relaxing environment.
A visit to Japan would not be complete without experiencing the traditional art of hot springs bathing. The mineral water of the hot springs is famous for its healing properties, perfect for soothing sore muscles at the end of the day. Soaking in an open-air bath surrounded by dazzling white snow is one of the highlights of a Hakuba winter vacation.