One of Japan’s most expansive mountain hot spring resorts
Hakuba Valley is an international mountain resort made up of 10 ski resorts scattered at the base of the Ushiro Tateyama Mountain Range in northern Nagano Prefecture. Running from south to north, the ten snow resorts are Jiigatake, Kashimayari, Hakuba Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park, Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura Onsen, and Hakuba Cortina. Each of the resorts has distinctive ski areas offering all snow travelers an exciting winter experience. Among these 10 resorts, the center-piece is Hakuba Happo-one — the largest resort with 13 courses, a 1,071-meter altitude differential, and a long course stretching to 8,000 meters. On a clear day, the views of the alpine scenery from the top of the mountain are spectacular.
All the ski resorts that make up Hakuba Valley offer something special for snow travelers. The snow that falls on the north-facing slopes of Hakuba47 is some of Hakuba’s best, and the views of the Ushiro Tateyama Mountain Range and the Northern Alps from Hakuba Iwatake’s summit area are exquisite. The base of the Tsugaike Kogen resort has wide and gentle slopes ideal for beginners, and the virgin powder snow at Hakuba Cortina is a big draw. In addition to resort skiing opportunities, the area’s backcountry is a popular area for snow adventure.