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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Outdoor adventure in Japan's sports mecca

This world-class resort in Nagano's Northern Alps welcomes powder enthusiasts from around the globe in winter, then transforms into an outdoor sports wonderland during the warmer months.

Don't Miss

  • Unparalleled skiing and snowboarding across Hakuba's 11 resorts
  • Check out the many festivals running in February
  • Escape the heat and enjoy outdoor adventures in the Summer months

How to Get There

Hakuba is well serviced by a network of trains and buses. The area's major transport hub is Nagano Station and the closest airport is in Matsumoto.

From Tokyo, the fastest and most flexible option is the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagano, then transferring to a bus at Nagano Station. Another option is to catch the daily JR Chuo Line-Limited Express Azusa to Minami-Otari which stops at Hakuba station.

Olympic standard skiing

Hakuba Valley began developing its resorts in the 1950s, but the 1998 Winter Olympics really brought it to the international stage. Hakuba and Otari Villages and nearby Omachi draw winter sports enthusiasts from around the world.

The area enjoys around 11 meters of annual snowfall, some of the nation's best powder. You could easily spend a season exploring the valley's 11 resorts, 146 lifts and over 200 runs for all levels of experience.

9 passes in one

Ten of Hakuba's resorts have teamed up to offer a “Hakuba Valley Ticket” available for single or multiple day use. Getting around is easy with busses running between the resorts and villages. Besides the excellent downhill courses, winter activities like snowshoeing, snow rafting and backcountry skiing are also available.

Check out the winter festivals

The winter months are also packed with events and festivals like the Hakuba47 Snow Sculpture Festival and the Happo-one Fire Festival, which both run in February.

Revel in the village nightlife

Hakuba has hosted international winter sports enthusiasts for decades, and has a lively after-dark scene. Two popular areas to stay and unwind are Happo Village and Echoland. Both are cosmopolitan without losing their Japanese charm: luxury hotels share the streets with small Japanese inns; craft brew pubs operate beside traditional izakayas, while ramen joints are squeezed in next to restaurants offering world class fare.

Where to stay

Just a short walk from the slopes, Happo Village's central location and array of facilities make it a convenient base. English speaking ski and boarding lessons are available, as is English day care. Besides the standard accommodation options, Happo offers plenty of apartments and chalets. The village's restaurants, bars, and shops keep it buzzing until late.

Staying in the adjacent Echoland area requires taking a shuttle to the slopes, of which there are plenty. The accommodation tends to be more economical than Happo's, and it is popular with a younger crowd. Echoland is packed with bars, clubs, and pubs, making its nightlife especially renowned.

Bask in the grandeur of the Northern Alps

The mountains of Hakuba are part of the Northern Chubu-Sangaku National Park. The spectacular alpine scenery, pristine air, and wealth of outdoor activities make Hakuba a popular warm weather destination as well. Its 800-meter elevation offers a cool respite from the heat of the cities.

All-season attractions

Alpine enthusiasts often use Hakuba as a base for exploring the peaks, and many of the lifts operate year-round for easier access. With plenty of outdoor sports adventures on offer, from the placid canoe trips to adrenaline boosting paragliding, there's no shortage of things to do. The Evergreen Outdoor Center offers a variety of green season activities, including mountain biking tours, rafting, kayaking, and even tree climbing.

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