Hakuba Valley, located in the north-western corner of Nagano Prefecture, markets itself as Japan’s largest ski resort. The 10 resorts that make up the valley are spread over a distance of 30km from north to south and accessed by shuttles buses. For more in-depth information on Hakuba Ski Resorts please head to our Hakuba Ski Resort Guide .
Over the last 5 -6 years, Hakuba Valley has taken off as an international ski destination, with close to a million international visitors each season. While Australians led the crowd into Hakuba, currently Hakuba see visitors from all over the world, with many Asian and Scandinavians making the trek here annually.
Since the 2017/18 season, the whole valley has been accessible on a single lift pass, aptly called the Hakuba Valley lift pass, however each resort still sells individual day passes to their own resorts. For information on lift passes check out or Hakuba Valley Lift Pass Page.
Hakuba Valley has some of the best Back Country terrain in the world and much of it is easily accessible from the lifts. Hakuba is the only resort in Japan that offers close to 1000m of vertical terrain above the upper lifts. And this back-country bonanza has drawn some of the biggest names in extreme skiing and snowboarding to the area.
There are a wide range of accommodation properties in Hakuba, however there is a lack of large-scale high-end accommodation, with the Tokyu Hotel, the Green Plaza Hakuba, and the Mominoki Hotel being the main large hotels. Villa development has been taking off over the last few years, meaning there is plenty of self-contained accommodation for groups of all sizes, and catering to most budgets. For more information on where to stay in Hakuba, please visit our Hakuba accommodation guide page.
Wining and Dining
Hakuba Valley also boasts some of the best wining and dining options in Japanese ski resorts. From high end Japanese Kaiseki cuisine to basic burgers and fries, Hakuba has something for everyone. Here at JHN Travel we like to support the locals, and especially those who stay open year-round (so we have somewhere to eat in the off season).
Access to Hakuba is quite easy. We operate the Nagano Snow Shuttle Service, which has 7 return trips a day between Tokyo Airports and Hakuba Valley. This service also provides links to the other major resorts in the region, Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen, Madarao Kogen, and Myoko Kogen.
Of course, a trip to Japan would not be complete without a trip on the famous bullet train Shinkansen. The closest stop is in Nagano we operate 7 return trips a day on our Nagano Liner. We also have bullet-train and bus packages that will take the worry about which connections you need to make.For a summary of all transport options head to our getting here page.
During the Green Season from May to October, Hakuba becomes an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. World class hiking, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Canyoning and many other activities.
We’ve been in town for over 15 years and have been asked pretty much every question you can think of, so check out our “How do I…?” page and see if the info you are after is there. If not, drop us a line, and we’ll be happy to answer as best we can.
Our office is located at Hakuba Base Camp in Echoland, which is a major hub for getting into and out of Hakuba Valley Ski Resort, as well as the largest ski shuttle hub in the valley. Come on down and talk to our experienced staff about making the most of your vacation.
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