Hakuba

Hakuba Ski Packages

Hakuba is the perfect destination for skiers and boarders of all abilities with 10 ski resorts to choose from, including Happo One, Hakuba 47, Iwatake and Cortina. Each of the resorts is accessible via shuttle, although being well spread out, you’ll probably only ever ski one resort in a day. Hakuba is relatively westernised, making this an easy first-time destination in Japan, however you can still experience traditional Japanese culture with local restaurants, temples, natural onsen and even snow monkeys in the area. Book your next Hakuba ski package with Travelplan Ski today!

Difficulty

Beginner 30%
Intermediate 40%
Advanced 30%

At a Glance

Terrain Area

220ha

Summit

1,831m

Mt. Vertical

1,071m

Season

Dec-Apr

Lifts

135

Food & Bars

75

Accommodation

Japan’s Finest Ski Resorts

While the majority of Hakuba accommodation is Western-style, including self-catered apartments, you can also find more traditional Japanese experiences in the local hotels, pensions and ryokans. There are three main areas of accommodation to choose, from according to your needs. If you’re aiming to ski all day and party through the night, book into Happo Village with its close proximity to the Happo Nakiyama base area, where there are great bars and restaurants. Though quieter, Lower Wadano has plenty of dining options and bars, and the added convenience of a ski rental shop and Happo-one Kokusai base area is within a five to 10 minute walk. The more peaceful Upper Wadano is about 15 minutes walk from Lower Wadano and has limited après activity, however it is closer to the Happo Sakka base.

Skiing & Boarding

Hakuba’s Options

With 10 resorts to choose from, there’s new and varied terrain to explore at Hakuba every day, and with an average 11 meters of snow each year, you’re pretty much assured of great conditions. This breathtakingly beautiful resort boasts Japan’s steepest slopes, tree lined powder filled back country (accessible with a guide) and moguls to challenge every advanced skier or boarder. But don’t worry, if you’re a beginner or looking to move to the next level, book into one of the resort’s many fantastic ski schools, which are close to the accommodation and staffed by English speaking instructors. The Hakuba valley also offers endless perfectly groomed runs to help you hone your turns, pick up your speed…or simply enjoy the spectacular panorama. Most of the resorts at Hakuba also have terrain parks for all levels of skiers and boarders.

Activities

With 10 mountains to choose from, it’s unlikely you’ll have a moment to spare during your days at Hakuba, but it’s a great idea to make the effort because despite this being a Westernised resort, you’ll find some wonderful authentic Japanese cultural experiences – from making sushi, to visiting an historic Japanese temple and observing the snow monkeys soaking themselves in the hot springs. Don’t miss the opportunity to savour amazing Japanese cuisine, or soak away the aches and pains in a natural hot spring onsen. And if you just can’t get enough of the cold stuff, experience snowmobiling and snowshoeing or explore one of the many terrain parks on offer. Looking for something to do at night? Happo Village is the place to be with its vast array of restaurants – both authentic Japanese and western style. And finally, be sure to experience the karaoke bars!

Getting There & Around

Ski Resort Transport

To get to Hakuba, fly into Narita and catch the fast train into Tokyo, then swap over to the Shinkansen bullet train for the trip to Nagano, which takes just over an hour and a half. Alternatively from Narita, the road trip to Hakuba is about four hours by private transfer, shuttle, or a daily scheduled bus.

How Far

Airport:
Narita Airport 340km

Transfer:
4.5 hours Bus or Drive

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Hotels in Hakuba

Abest Hakuba Happo Aldea

Located at the bottom of Happo-One amongst the most magnificent Japanese Alps, Abest Hakuba Happo Aldea Hotel prides itself on delivering a comfortable western style hotel, with a beautiful outdoor hot spring bath and stunning mountain views. Offers free shuttle service to local restaurants & bars every evening. Onsite wifi, parking, restaurant, guest laundry.

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Abest Hakuba Resort

Hotel Abest Hakuba Resort is just a 1 minute walk to the Goryu Escal Plaza, where you'll find an international ski school reception desk, ticket centre, souvenir shops, Burton snow goods store, ice cream parlour, and the Goryu Gondola. The hotel recently changed hands to a well-established local hotel chain, and has been newly refurbished in 2015 and offers public onsen hot spring facilities. Onsite front desk, public onsen facilities, coin operated laundry, free Wi-Fi, restaurant.

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Alpine Azumi Apartments

The Alpine Azumi Deluxe Apartments, perfectly located at the base of Happo One in the Wadano/Sakka area, are one of Hakuba's best known ski in and out addresses - The Alpine Azumi is located on Hakuba's Premier Ski Resort and just a stones throw from the Sakka Express Quad Chair Lift, which will put you on Japan's favourite ski resort within minutes. Onsite WiFi, parking, laundry facilities.

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Braze Club

Located just 30 meters from the Sakka ski lifts of Happo One, Hakuba Braze Club is a popular and comfortable property in the perfect location. This is a great option for families, groups and budget minded travelers looking for great accessibility to the slopes at a reasonable price. Onsite guest laundry (coin operated).

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Double Black Hotel

Nestled deep within the picturesque forest area of Wadano, Double Black Hotel offers stylish and modern Hakuba accommodation, and is conveniently located just four hours from Tokyo's international airport, Narita. As well as being perfectly situated within the region's ski fields, Double Black is also only a short stroll to the authentic Japanese mountain villages of Wadano and Happo. Both offering a unique cultural experience and access to local nightlife, including many quality bars and fine dining restaurants in which to relax after a long day on the piste.

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Hakuba Grand Apartments

Located in the Wadano area right next to the Mominoki Hotel, with Hakuba's largest ski resort, Happo One at your doorstep, Hakuba Grand Apartments provides convenient and comfortable luxury in an idyllic setting. Onsite Communal laundry, ski lockers, daily shuttles to ski lifts, supermarkets and restaurants.

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Hakuba Phoenix Hotel

Located in the Wadano area of Happo One. This property has been remodelled with 15 well-appointed rooms, featuring plasma TVs, Cable TV, iPod docks, high speed internet access and the very best in Japanese bedding. Complimentary pick ups from around town upon request. Onsite restaurant, indoor onsen, steam sauna, guest laundry, massage room.

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Hakuba Springs Hotel

A modern Western-style hotel featuring Japanese hospitality, centrally located in the heart of the Happo One village. Onsite Spa, Sauna, Restaurant, laundry facilities, free WiFi.

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Hakuba Tokyu Hotel

The stunning wood and stone interiors of this architecturally impressive, full service hotel epitomise the attention to detail throughout. With enticing French and Japanese restaurants as well as soothing hot springs. Hotel Hakuba Tokyu is 10-minute walk from Happo-One Ski Resort, with a free shuttle services are provided. Onsite hot springs, French and Japanese restaurant, bar lounge, gift shop, ski and snowboard rental.

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Hotel De Laile

A smaller hotel located on the slopes of Happo One. This ski-in/ski-out hotel is only a 4 minute walk to the lift access. It comprises of 35 clean and comfortable rooms. The restaurant offers a selection of Japanese, French and Italian meals. Onsite restaurant and coffee lounge, natural hot springs, karaoke rooms, limited ski and snowboard rentals, internet access.

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Hotel Goryukan

Spectacular views of the Northern Alps with large open lobby lounge area starting directly at the ski slopes, this is a very comfortable Japanese Ryokan Hotel offering a good selection of facilities and very hospitable staff. Located on the outskirts of the Happo Village and only a 5 minute walk from the closest lift on Happo. Onsite lounge, restaurant, gift shop, indoor/outdoor onsen, sauna, beauty and salon facilities.

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Hotel Weisser Hof Happei

A 10-minute walk to Hakuba Happo One Ski Resort, Hotel Weisser Hof features an indoor hot-spring bath, a sauna and a ski storage area. Hakuba Olympic Museum and Hakuba Ski Jump Stadium are both a 15-minute walk away. The hotel is a 5-minute bus ride from JR Hakuba Train Station. Onsite parking, table tennis, Wi Fi.

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La Neige Higashikan

Located at the base of Happo-One, 5 minutes to the closest lifts at the Sakka ski area. Small, boutique hotel with 22 individually styles rooms. Quiet, comfortable and contemporary, the rooms combine lush, warm and modern accents with large open style bathrooms. Onsite courtesy car service, restaurant, bar, massage, Spicy Ski Rental, babysitting services available.

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Marillen Hotel

The Marillen Hotel, just above the base of the Nakiyama ski area, part of Happo One, is styled in a classic Austrian theme with the decor and furnishings found in the hotel. This unique location with spacious, well appointed rooms all featuring a balcony and ensuite make for an unbeatable Japanese ski holiday. Onsite restaurant and bar.

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