The Hakuba Valley, situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, is the best and largest ski area on the main Honshu Island. Easy access to over 5 mountains, with 3 ski areas (Happo-One, Goryu and Hakuba47) within a 5 minute drive from main town Hakuba, makes it a great destination for those who like to explore. However it has just as much to offer beginners and intermediates with some wide, gentle runs at the bottom ends of the mountains. Happo-One was also host to the men’s and women’s Olympic Downhill in 1998.
The Evergreen Outdoor Centre operates from the base of Happo-One and Goryu mountains and offers ski and snowboard lessons with English-speaking instructors.
The food here is varied and wonderful – head to Kikyo-ya for the most amazing sushi in town! Cuisine ranges from Japanese and French to Chinese and Indian, and as well as Japanese bars there are even a few English-style pubs about.