Hakuba Ski Holidays

There is so much to explore in Hakuba Valley - you can ski multiple resorts on one pass, and it’s an easy resort to combine with Nozawa Onsen or Myoko.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia
There is so much to explore in Hakuba Valley - you can ski multiple resorts on one pass, and it’s an easy resort to combine with Nozawa Onsen or Myoko.
Andrea Selig
Product Manager - Switzerland & Asia

Summary

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Intermediate
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  • Non-Ski Activities

The largest ski area on Honshu island, Hakuba is blessed with alpine-like terrain and huge variety. It’s a great place for exploring.

Nestled in the Japanese Alps, the Hakuba Valley is a collection of ten separate ski resorts. Arriving from Tokyo by bullet train is always exciting, and we love the flexibility of skiing multiple resorts on one pass - you can travel between them by shuttle bus or hire car.

The largest resort of Happo-One (pronounced happo on-ay) is the best base, with a balance of piste skiing and backcountry. From here, the groomers and superpipe in Goruya-Hakuba47 are ten-minutes’ drive away and, for powder days, Cortina is our favourite spot. Hakuba also has some of Japan’s steepest slopes and hike-to terrain so, for the ultimate Hakuba ski holiday, we recommend hiring a guide.

Off the slopes, Happo-One is the main hub for accommodation, amenities and onsens (hot springs). The range of eateries includes Japanese bars, English pubs and Chinese restaurants. For sushi, we rate Kikyo-ya as the best in town.

If you only have time for one cultural daytrip it’s got to be to the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park. City add-ons in Tokyo and Kyoto are equally appealing or, if it’s more skiing you’re after, ask about our Nagano Ski Safari.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Hakuba Resort Guide

Make the most of your Hakuba ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
December - Early April
Nearest airport
Tokyo Narita / Haneda
Flight time
11 hours 30 minutes
Direct flight
Yes
Transfer time
4 hours
Transport
Rail / transfer
Elevation
1,831 m
Vertical drop
1,071 m
Avg snowfall
11 m
Ski area
500 acres
Ski lifts
138 (across 11 resorts)
Grade
30% advanced
40% intermediate
30% beginner

Maps

Resort Map

Accommodation

Happo-One is the main accommodation hub. Here, you can stay in a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn) complete with futon beds and private outdoor baths (onsens). If a ryokan’s not for you, there’s everything from simple self-catering apartments, to luxurious chain hotels serving Western breakfasts.

We’ve stayed at or visited all of our Hakuba accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

  • Breakfast Included
  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
The epitome of luxury and excellent customer service.
Shirouma-so Ryoken
  • Close to Village
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry Facilities
Shirouma-so is a modern Japanese Ryokan which combines cultural and modern Japanese architecture.

Offers

See our Hakuba offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224067 or request a quotation.

Reviews

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If you’ve recently returned from this resort, we’d love to hear from you.

If no reviews are available yet, ask for first-hand advice from Ski Safari staff who have visited this resort. Call us on 01273 224067.

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15/02/2016 Anne Woods

We all preferred Nozawa Onsen as a more traditional Japanese experience, but got to see the snow monkeys from here so overall well worth trying more than one resort. Hakuba is a lot more international, so felt less like Japan

15/02/2016 Lisa Dempster

Much less infrastructure than Niseko, wasn't obvious how to get between the different ski areas there. We were unlucky with the snowfall. However we still really enjoyed it

15/02/2016 Lisa Dempster

Goryukan, a little old fashioned but handy enough for the village and the onsite onsen was lovely and the breakfast buffet was good

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

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