Located in the Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba skiing offers some of the best ski and snowboard conditions in the country. The Hakuba Valley is a famous ski holiday destination situated deep in the Japanese Alps. Considered the driving force of Japan snow sports, Hakuba is home to 9 ski resorts featuring more than 135 lifts and 200 runs. The local village is surrounded by huge towering peaks and the combination of western and traditional Japanese dining make it popular with tourists. One of the closest ski resorts to Tokyo, Hakuba skiing is a popular winter activity with visitors and pro-skiers alike.
Hakuba accommodation typically leans towards more traditional Japanese style options compared to that of other ski destinations however western style chalets and apartments are also available and continue to be developed in the area. Most hotels feature traditional Japanese rooms and bathrooms which are much smaller compared to western standards. However rooms are clean and comfortable and are a cosy place to retire for the night after a full day skiing. If you really do prefer the style and space of western luxury you’ll need to be prepared to book early and pay accordingly as chalets and apartments are in high demand, however prices are comparable to other popular ski destinations around the world. Book Hakuba Ski Accommodation
Booking a ski holiday to Hakuba can seem a little overwhelming, particularly with the culture and language barrier, however ski packages offer the easiest way to plan and book your Japan ski holiday. Enjoy significant savings when you combine everything from flights and accommodation to travel insurance and Tokyo stopovers. Hakuba ski packages save you time and money, offering you the peace of mind that everything is taken care of before you leave. Check out Hakuba Holiday Packages
Home to some of Japan’s steepest terrain, there are 9 unique Hakuba ski fields to experience. Hakuba offers something for everyone and each day promises something new with enough slopes and terrain parks to keep beginners and experts busy. With an average season snowfall of more than 14m, Hakuba’s snow depth sits at around 2.5m. Hakuba Ski Map
Situated in the Nagano Prefecture, getting to Hakuba is easy, particularly for visitors arriving at the International Airport or heading out from Tokyo. Catch the Narita Express train from the airport to Tokyo Central Station then ride the Nagano Shinkansen bullet train 90 minutes to Nagano before transferring to Hakuba on one of the regular bus services. More about Getting to Hakuba
Although the biggest attraction in Hakuba is it’s skiing, after a few days on the slopes you’ll be feeling a little sore and stiff. Skiing takes quite a physical toll on your body, so if you’re looking for some down time, there are plenty of things to see and do in Hakuba. Aside from sipping sake by the fire, nearby Hakuba attractions offering sightseeing and an insight into Japan’s unique culture and ancient history, including architectural, natural and historical attractions as well as some fun hands-on attractions. More about Attractions in Hakuba
Hakuba weather is characterised by its impressive 14m snowfall every winter. The ski season runs from the beginning of December to the end of April and offers excellent conditions for skiers and snow boarders. Sun Alpina at the southern end of the valley is home to famous Happo-One, Goryu-Toomi and Hakuba 47 while Cortina, Tsugaike, Iwatake and Norikura are situated at the northern end of the valley. See Hakuba Snow Report
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