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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Beginner
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Intermediate
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Advanced
  • Non-Ski Activities

Hakuba is blessed with alpine-like terrain and huge variety. It’s a great place to use as a base for exploring multiple resorts on one lift pass.

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 day trip 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

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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 9 resorts)
Grade
30% advanced
40% intermediate
30% beginner

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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 Tokyu Hotel is one of the premier hotel chains in Japan - the epitome of luxury and excellent customer service.
  • Breakfast Included
  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
The Hotel Goryukan is a simple yet convenient and comfortable Japanese ryokan hotel located in Happo Village.

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30/01/2019 John Adkins

The hills are not as large as I'm used to in the Alps and Canada, but the snow was good and the slopes relatively quiet, with some well groomed and the blacks left alone for more challenging skiing. We were there for only 2 days and missed the powder days unfortunately but the powder we came across seemed very light and fluffy! Good shuttle services to other hills although the routes were difficult to fathom. However there were plenty of Australians to explain how it all worked! Ski passes were waiting for us at the hotel as arranged. Good spacious hotel and well positioned close to the slopes. Was a little quiet in the evening as was another hotel we went to on one evening. Rhythm ski rental shop however was buzzing and the service was quick. But I did find that the guy who fitted me with skis didn't understand basic ski measurements I had to direct him on sizing and brand. I'm not used to finding such lack of knowledge in a rental shop. For a quick couple of days skiing in Japan I must say that Hakuba area, and Happo-One in particular, was a good recommendation and hard to beat.

15/01/2019 Alan Brown

For a family pretty good, though there was not much apres ski.

01/03/2018 Colin Weeks

Hakuba was a well organised resort, with free buses to the other ski areas within the Valley. Given the easy access to spend a day at the other ski areas (we tried Hakuba 47 and Cortina), it would be easy to spend a week here. Something for everyone! We stayed for 1 week at Madarao Kogen. An excellent ski area, with a good progression of ski runs suiting all standards of skier from beginners to advanced. (Our party consisted of intermediate and advanced skiers and everyone enjoyed the resort). There were 12 gladed areas in-bounds which were very enjoyable. We will be back!

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