Hakuba Ski PackagesHakuba 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!
Food & Bars
Japan’s Finest Ski ResortsWhile 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 OptionsWith 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.
ActivitiesWith 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.
"Hakuba is such an easy destination to get to – only 3 hours from Tokyo and right in the heart of the Japanese Alps. Hakuba hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and is one of the largest, you will never be short of areas to explore with terrain for all! My most memorable experience here was being taken out by a 'local' for lunch on a WhiteOut Day! It was amazing. Hakuba has a great variety of International & Traditional Dining – leaving you never hungry!
Do make time during your stay to visit the Snow Monkeys, Matsumoto Castle & Zenkoji Temple – so much to see and do!"
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
These self contained apartments are located in the Echoland Village near the Happo One ski resort in Hakuba. Offering a sleek and contemporary style and boasting stunning views of the Japanese Alps, all apartments feature full Western kitchens with dishwasher and oven, luxury furnishing and floor heating. Onsite Ski storage and laundry facilities.
Hachi is a beautiful new home with 5 bedrooms plus 2 maid rooms offering true ski-in, ski-out luxury accommodation at the Hakuba Happo Sakka ski slopes. Hachi blends modern luxury with traditional Japaenese. Onsite washer & dryer, dedicated drying room, floor heating and gas fireplace.
Hakuba Canadian Lodge is located at the base of Hakuba Happo-one Ski Resort and a 10-minute walk to the Kokusai Lift at Happo One. There are three types of accommodation options; a three bedroom Log House, a condominium, and cottage type rooms that are in a trailer house imported from Canada. All rooms are equipped with kitchens and cookware. Guests at Hakuba Canadian Lodge can enjoy various discounts at the Hakuba Mominoki Hotel, which is right next door. Onsite WiFi, parking.
Located in the centre of the convenient Happo Village area, an easy walk to Nakiyama chairlift and accessible to all village services. Offering spacious western style rooms with private bathroom facilities, mini kitchenettes, great mountain views and onsite service desk. Onsite: restaurant, rental/retail desk.
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.
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.
Deluxe ski-in/out apartments right on the slopes of Happo One. Incredibly convenient and accessing the Happo Gondola. Open-plan living areas and all the latest modern conveniences with great slope-side views. Onsite in-room laundry, large drying rooms for ski equipment and free Wi-Fi.
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.
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.