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Hakuba Valley


Hakuba is not a ski resort, but an entire valley comprising 9 resorts spread across numerous small towns and villages, where everyday life in Japan mingles with some of the finest skiing and snowboarding in the country. Standing out among other Japan ski regions for its 'big mountain' terrain and spectacular Alpine scenery, Hakuba has a rich history of skiing having hosted the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and frequent ski jumping competitions. High elevation ensures good snow conditions can be found at nearly any time during the peak season, and abundant light dry powder is a usual feature of a Hakuba ski holiday. 


Vistors seeking a cultural Japan ski experience are well advised to head to Hakuba. Hakuba's own towns such as Happo Village are abundant with Japanese rurual architecture, quaint shrines, traditional ryokan and natural hot-springs, and nearby you can find some of the most sought after sightseeing in Japan. Combine your Hakuba ski holiday with a visit to Nagano's Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle and the incredible snow monekys of jigokudani. Hakuba provides the opportunity to discover all that is great about skiing in Japan, and far more. Find out everything you need to know below.



Hakuba Highlights

Big Mountain Terrain

Hakuba's 3000 metre peaks and impressive terrain have earned the nickname 'the Japanese Alps'.

Excellent Restaurants

With superb Japanese and international restaurants, eating out is a highlight of any Hakuba trip. 

Hot Springs

Hakuba has countless traditional Japanese onsen, many of which offer spectacular mountain views. 

Immaculate groomed runs

Quiet runs offer a piste skiers dream. (Photo: Sanosaka Resort by JSE's Sarah Mulholland)

Japanese Culture

Hakuba Valley retains a traditional Japanese feel for a traditional cultural experience. 

Luxury Accommodation

Hakuba offers a superb range of properties, from luxury apartments and chalets to traditional ryokan.

Monkeys of Jigokudani

If you miss them on the piste, book a day trip to see Nagano's famous hot-spring bathing snow monkeys. 

Powder Snow

You can't beat Hakuba for steep, deep tree-runs! (Photo: Cortina Resort by JSE's Sarah Mulholland)


Hakuba Valley boasts 9 ski resorts providing extensive terrain, and runs to suit everyone!

Hakuba Facts

Hakuba Valley includes 9 ski resorts: Happo One, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Jiigatake and Kashimayari

  • Average Snow Fall: 11 metres
  • Ski Resorts: 9
  • Vertical Drop: 1071 metres
  • Gondolas: 5
  • Lifts: 115
  • Trails: 151
  • Terrain Parks: 7
  • Ski Hours: 07:30-22:00
  • Ski Season: early Dec – early May
  • Longest Run: 8 km
  • Beginner Terrain: 30% - Plenty of beginner-friendly gentle open runs across Hakuba's 9 ski resorts
  • Intermediate Terrain: 40% - Vast green and red runs for improving and progressing. Powder on the sides of the pistes for those trying it for the first
  • Advanced Terrain: 30% - Challenging steep groomed pistes and extensive off-piste and tree-skiing
  • Backcountry Terrain: Extensive backcountry terrain options and backcountry guiding in English available
  • Tree Skiing: Yes
  • Half Pipe: Yes
  • Night Skiing: Yes
  • Snow Monkeys: Yes

Hakuba Resort

Hakuba Trail maps

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Hakuba Village maps

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