The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of resorts offering an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japanese Alps, the alpine scenery is truly spectacular with rugged peaks towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other, there are 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs making Hakuba the skiing mecca of Japan.
Happo-One is the largest resort with a consistently impressive snow base and family friendly facilities. Our favourite, and Hakuba’s best kept secret is Cortina. It may be the smallest of the 10 resorts but don’t let that fool you, you’ll find amazing tree skiing and steep powder-filled bowls. Off-piste skiing is limited in Hakuba, if you wish to explore the back-country we recommend booking a guide on arrival in Hakuba.
Along with the wide variety of skiiable terrain, there's also a great variety of non-ski activities in Hakuba. Make sure you leave a day to visit the snow monkeys of Jigokudani Park, you’ll find them soaking in the Onsens trying to keep warm in the colder months. We offer a day long Snow Monkey & Temple Tour that will ensure you get your cute animal + cultural fix all in one.
Hakuba Valley is spread across a few main village hubs, all easily accessible by the free village shuttle bus. The most popular areas to stay in are Happo and Wadano, with most hotels offering complimentary shuttles to and from the ski resorts.
Accommodation options range from full-service hotels to deluxe and modern apartments, although very few are ski-in/ski-out. Western style rooms are offered in the majority of hotels.
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Hotel Mominoki, Hakuba
Hotel Goryukan, Hakuba
Hotel Moegi, Hakuba
Alpine Azumi Apartments, Hakuba
Hotel Cultured, Hakuba
BEST ON A BUDGET
Hotel De Laile, Hakuba
Phoenix Hotel & Chalets, Hakuba
Sky Park Happo Apartments, Hakuba
Hakuba Grand Apartments, Hakuba
Hotel la Neige Honkan, Hakuba
Glorious Hotel, Hakuba
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Wadano Forest Hotel, Hakuba
Marillen Hotel, Hakuba
How to get there
The best airport to access Hakuba is either Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) in Tokyo. Direct flights are available from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The direct flight from Sydney arrives into Haneda airport, whereas any direct flight from Melbourne or Brisbane arrives into Narita airport. Flight time to Tokyo is approximately 10 hours.
The city of Tokyo makes a great stopover destination, it is full of culture and history while still offering an unlimited amount of shopping, dining and entertainment options. We recommend 3 days to enjoy all this city has to offer.
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A shuttle transfer is available from Narita or Haneda airports; drive time is approximately 5 hours. Another option is to use a Japan Rail Pass from Narita Airport to Nagano and organise a transfer or bus from Nagano to Hakuba. Ask us for more information about rail options.
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“With 10 mountains to choose from and all on one lift pass, you won’t get bored. The Snow Monkey tour from Hakuba is a must do!”
Sam, Reservations Consultant
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