Hakuba, Japan, big mountain skiing

HAKUBA SKI HOLIDAYS

Having hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and various other world cup events, Hakuba has earned its reputation as a world class ski and snowboarding resort.

Boasting unbelievable consistent amounts of dry light powder every year, and some of the longest vertical drops in all of Japan, Hakuba is the quintessential ‘authentic Japanese’ epic mountain experience.

Located in the heart of Japans spectacular Alps and conveniently just 4 1/2 hours by train from Tokyo, Hakuba Valley is by far one of Japans most respected ski resorts. Made up from a total of 9 ski resorts: Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo One, Iwatake, Minekata, Tsugaike, Hakuba Norikura, and Hakuba Cortina, combined they offer over 200 runs covering a great mix of green to extreme trail, as well as a fine selection of terrain parks. Complimented with mountain shuttles to get guests around from mountain to mountain quickly and efficiently – your Hakuba powder experience will seem endless!

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Hakuba is so unique with its authentic Japanese architecture, customary bathing houses, and flourishing culture, complimented with its high alp surrounds, and meters of dry, deep powder each year.  Thus, a wonderful reminder that you are definitely ‘off shore’ skiing in a stunningly exotic location. Shona – Amped

10 Top Reasons to Ski Hakuba

  • An authentic cultural experience: Hakuba is a true mix of big mountain sports and authentic Japanese culture and hospitality.
  • Suited to any budget: Hakuba has a large range of accommodation available from Western style apartments, hotels, and budget hostels.
  • Easy to get to: With direct flights ex Australia and New Zealand, Hakuba is an easily accessible ski destination.
  • Great Value: With 9 ski resorts included on your ‘All Mountain’ lift ticket, Hakuba offers great value!
  • Unbelievable snowfall: Averaging over 11 metres of powder a season, Hakuba is a mind blowing powder haven!
  • Untracked terrain: Fresh tracks can be found for days on end here.
  • Suited to any level: Hakuba caters to all abilities whether you are novice or expert, and is a great family destination.
  • Scenery: Situated high in the Japanese Alps, Hakuba’s alpine scenery is breath taking.
  • Night skiing: Enjoy the thrill that only night skiing brings. Available at four of Hakuba’s ski resorts.
  • Off snow activities: Hakuba has an abundance of non-skiing activities, tours, and sights available.
Hakuba ski resort skiers and village
Deep POW on Hakuba skifield, Japan

Hakuba Facts & Stats

HAPPO ONE – With 26 lifts and over 1000 metres of vertical drop, Happo One is the largest ski resort in Hakuba Valley. Here you will enjoy a great mix of terrain to suit every ability from: wide-open grooms, to steep and deep trails, as well the ability to explore off-piste and/or back country skiing.

GORYU – HAKUBA 47 – This combination of ski resorts really does offer everything, from wide open groomers for beginners, challenging steeps for the more advanced, and then Hakuba 47 offers the best terrain park and only super pipe in the area.

IWATAKE – There is always great snow to be found here at Iwatake. This mountain offers wide open groomers, so great for the beginner/intermediate skier/boarder, and also a great spot for families. Also available are a few steeper runs for those more advanced.

CORTINA – Recommended for advanced skiers and boarders, Cortina is Hakuba’s best kept secret! Receiving the most snowfall out of all of the resorts Cortina boasts: a huge open bowl, challenging tree runs and chutes, all complimented with what may seem like an endless amount of untouched powder.

  • Ski Season: Dec – April
  • Mountain Elevation: 1831m
  • Resorts: 9 in total
  • Runs: Steepest: 35degrees. Longest: 8km
  • Number of Lifts: 138 Ski Lifts, 5 Gondolas
  • Terrain: Beginner 30%, Intermediate: 40%, Advanced:30%
  • Average Snowfall: 11 metres
  • Opening Hours: 8:30am-8:30pm 7 days a week throughout the ski season
  • Snow Making: Not needed
  • Night Skiing: Yes – at 4 resorts
  • Parks and Pipe: Yes
Hakuba temple
Hakuba deep pow

Getting to Hakuba

Location

Hakuba is located on the main island of Honshu, and just 4 ½ hours by train/bus combo, or 4 hours by car from Tokyo. Train is however the most cost effective and efficient way to get to Hakuba.

Ex New Zealand

  • Daily direct flights with Air NZ from Auckland through to Tokyo
  • Daily flights from Auckland via Sydney to Tokyo with Qantas
  • Daily flights with Japan Airlines from Auckland to Tokyo, via Sydney
  • Scheduled weekly flights with China Eastern from Auckland to Tokyo, via Taipei
  • Scheduled weekly flights with Korean Airways from Auckland to Tokyo, via Seoul

Ex Australia

  • Scheduled weekly flights to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, via Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Scheduled weekly flights to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, via Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to Tokyo, via Seoul, on Korean Airlines
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tokyo with China Eastern, via Taipei
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney to Tokyo with Thai Airways, via Bangkok
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tokyo with Malaysian Airlines, via Kuala Lumpur
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, with Cathay Pacific to Tokyo, via Hong Kong

Land Transfers

  • The most cost effective way to travel around Japan is by way of a Rail Pass. Schedule Bullet trains are readily available during the day from Narita Terminal one and two through to Nagano Train Terminal.
  • Most of the Hakuba accommodations have their own resort shuttles to transfer guests upon arrival at Hakuba bus terminal. For those few that don’t, a taxi will need to be paid for at the travellers expense.
  • Private and shared airport vehicle transfers and taxis are available at an extra upgrade cost ex Narita.

GETTING AROUND

Ski Resort Shuttles: Ski resorts offer complimentary shuttle services from various hotels and bus stops in Hakuba. Shuttles to/from Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugiake & Happoone are operational throughout the winter season.

Hakuba Village Shuttle: From mid-afternoon to late evening a shuttle service operates on a designated route throughout the Hakuba Village providing access to restaurants, bars, supermarkets, and shopping areas. Timetables are available at time of season commencement.

Taxis: Taxis are readily available in Hakuba.

By Car: There is absolutely no need for a vehicle in Hakuba, although they are available to rent for those holding an international licence.

Happon One Trail Map

Happo One Trail Map

Goryu-Hakuba Trail Map

Goryu Hakuba 47 Trail Map

Iwatake Trail Map

Iwatake Trail Map

Cortina Trail Map

Cortina Trail Map

Hakuba Village Map

HakubaVillageMap

Free Mountain Tours / Ski Hosts

snow monkey baby

 

Snow Monkeys

Other Resort Activities

  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow mobiling
  • Visit the snow moneys
  • Hot springs
  • Local tours to places of interest, i.e. sacred shrine, ancient Japanese Castle, surrounding areas, 7th century temple
  • Origami courses
  • Noodle making and other cuisine courses
  • Guided back country touring

Hakuba Ski School and Daycare

ADULT

Evergreen Outdoor Centre on Happo One offers exciting programs and activities for skiers of all ages and abilities. With a english speaking ski instructors, excel and get more enjoyment from your vacation by enrolling into a lesson.

Ski Services available range from:

  • 1/2 and full day Private Lessons available (max 6 if a group)
  • 1/2 and full day Group Lessons (max 8)
  • Beginners programmes
  • Telemarking
  • Backcountry
  • Avalanche training
  • Powder Clinics

CHILD & TEEN LESSONS

Evergreen Outdoor Centre on Happo One off kid-friendly terrain and a wide variety of kid orientated ski school programs for all ages.

Ski Services Available range from:

  • 1/2 and full day infant small groups 3-5 years (max 4)
  • 1/2 and full day child small groups 6-12 years (max 8)
  • 1/2 and full day snowboard small groups 6-12 years (max 8)
  • Private lessons also available for snowsports based on above ages

CHILDCARE SERVICES / DAYCARE

Evergreen Outdoor Centre is also the location for the Happo One daycare facility. They have fully trained staff, and their english speaking service is on offer from early December to end of March.

Note: reservations are required for all children’s services

Accommodation at Hakuba

The Braze Club – Lead in/budget in ‘slope side’ property

Hakuba Braze is a popular and comfortable property in a fantastic location of being only 30 meters from the Sakka ski lifts of Happo One. This meticulously kept hotel has a lovely restaurant with adjoining lounge area, and the staff are friendly and hospitable. This property is very popular and highly recommended to those looking for location, and good value for money.

The rooms are compact and comfortable with twin and triple room options available. Packages are available also to provide western breakfasts, and cater well to families, groups, and budget minded travellers

Available are:
• Standard room – feature 2 single beds a with toilet.

Aria Hotel – Lead in/budget ‘slope side’ property

Aria Hotel is a 3 minute walk from Happo One lifts, and close to shuttle buses, bars and restaurants. This handy location is next to Mominoki Hotel and the Evergreen outdoor sports store. Good moderate option when budget and proximity to lifts is important.

The Aria Hotel features Japanese and Western rooms, a laundry, public onsen baths, English cable TV, fireplace, and wireless internet.

Available are:
• Western room with bath – feature a full bathroom, 2 or 3 single beds, TV and writing desk. Includes breakfast.
• Western room with toilet – feature a toilet, 2 or 3 single beds, TV and writing desk. Shared public facilities. Includes breakfast.
• Japanese Room with Toilet – feature tatami mat flooring, futons and a toilet. Includes breakfast.
• Japanese Room with Bath – feature tatami mat flooring, futons and a full bathroom. Includes breakfast.

Villa Hakuba – Moderate ‘ski in/ski out’ property

Located at the base of Sakka Lift at Happo One, this property boasts a ski-in/ski-out access. A small 3 star property which consists of 28 rooms, guests will enjoy well maintained and comfortable rooms, along with great service.

Hotel amenities include a bar/restaurant, internet access, shared indoor onsen, laundry facilities & a ski storage room, complimentary ski resort shuttle bus to Hakuba 47 and Goryu Toomi, and shared laundry. Includes breakfast daily. Option for Dinner and Breakfast included available.

Available are:
• Standard room – feature 2 or 3 single beds and an ensuite bathroom, with options for Single, Twin, Triple and Quad configurations.

Hotel La Neige Higashikan – 5 Star Luxury ‘slopeside’ property

Conveniently located at the base of Happo-One Ski Resort, La Neige hotel is just 5 minutes walk to the closest lifts. This hotel is 5 star boutique style hotel with just 22 individually styled rooms. All the rooms combine lush, warm and modern accents with large open style bathrooms. La Neige hotel also boast’s a superb restaurant offering 5 course meals complimented with excellent wines, and attentive, friendly service.

There are also four log cabins which are separate to the main building. Three of the cabins have been furnished with adequate modern comforts, and the fourth has a higher standard with traditional Japanese ornaments, tapestries and personalized comforts. All cabins have a master bedroom, lounge room, bathroom and twin bedroom attached.

Available are:
• Standard Twin (2 people)
• Standard Twin with jet bath (2 people)
• Deluxe Twin with Jacuzzi (2 people)
• Corner deluxe with Jacuzzi (2 people)
• Junior Suite (2 people)
• Standard log (3-4 pax)
• Deluxe log with jet bath (3-4 pax)

* THE ABOVE ACCOMMODATION SUGGESTIONS ARE BASED ON JUST A FEW OF OUR AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS, SO PLEASE CONTACT US TO FURTHER DISCUSS YOUR ACCOMMODATION AND HOLIDAY REQUIREMENTS *

IMPORTANT NOTE: the above images are to be used as guides for room types available. Due to room configurations and decors differing from condo to condo, not all rooms will look or appear the same.