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Hakuba is found on the main island of Honshu in Nagano Prefecture, located just over 200 kilometres from Tokyo and Nagoya and situated at the foot of Japan’s beautiful Northern Alps. Hakuba is easily accessible from all three major cities via Shinkansen, express train or highway bus.


Hakuba Valley Ski Resort is Japan’s largest integrated ski resort, the valley offers great ski and snowboard terrains for the whole family. With 10 resorts to choose from boasting over 200 runs, 150 lifts and gondolas the runs cater to all levels of skiers and boarders from beginners to experts, it truly has to be skied to be believed. All the resorts are accessible with the Hakuba Valley All Mountain Pass which also includes the Hakuba Valley bus network to get you to and from the ski resorts each day.


Due to the size and scale you will often find yourself on beautiful undisturbed runs with minimal lift lines allowing you enjoy more of what the valley resorts have to offer. Hakuba also has Japan's most vast backcountry ski area which gives you access to the magnificent Northern Alps terrain, steep, deep and a Powder heaven.


Hakuba caters well to English speaking guests whilst still providing an authentic Japanese experience with a great village vibe in the main areas of Goryu, Happo/Wadano, Echoland and Tsuigaike.


Hakuba also offers a large range of non-skiing activities. Visitors can soak in an onsen, dress in a kimono, go to a ninja village, explore Japanese temples and castles, drink sake, taste fresh wasabi or visit the world famous snow monkeys.


Surrounded by the natural beauty of Japan’s Northern Alp, Hakuba offers everything you need to relax and re-charge. With so many ski resorts to choose from, the slopes are relatively empty during the week and fresh tracks can be found for days. You’ll never be short of new areas to explore, whilst visiting Hakuba!

Facilities & Attractions

Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.

Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium
Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium

One of the most recognisable landmarks in the Hakuba area is the Olympic Ski Jumping Stadium. The Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium was home to 1998 Nagano Wi

Hakuba Tokyu Hotel
Hakuba Restaurants and Bars

Hakuba has a great range of traditional restaurants and bars for great après action. With over 50 bars and restaurants to choose from, the Hakuba ba

Goryu New Year's Event
Hakuba Events

24th Dec – Tracks Bar Christmas Dinner & Live 31st Dec – New Year’s Countdown Event Goryu, Happo-One, Cortina 1st Jan – Happy New Year Event

Nagano Snow Shuttle
Nagano Snow Shuttle

Nagano Snow Shuttle is a convenience daily shuttle bus from Narita or Haneda Airport to all major ski resorts around the Nagano and Niigata ski resort

Nagano VIP Shuttle
Nagano VIP Shuttle Service

Nagano VIP Transfer is a flexible door to door service that can be booked as a shared service or a private charter for small groups and families. Book

Hakuba Ski Rental
Hakuba Ski Rental

There are wide range of ski/snowboard rentals available in Hakuba. They stock skis to cover all conditions and skier/rider levels. The store offers

Hakuba Snow Sports
Hakuba Snow Sport

Ski Schools in Hakuba have experienced certified English speaking instructors. They provide private lessons or group lessons for adults or children fro

Snowmobile Tour
Hakuba Snowmobile Tour

After a quick introduction enjoy our tour running through the foothills of the Japanese Alps. Each tour is fitted to your riding experience by our know

Snow Monkey
Hakuba Snow Monkey Hot Spring Tour

Snow Monkey Hot Spring Tour departs Hakuba daily in winter. Approximately 2 hours drive from Hakuba lies the world famous Jigokudani Wild Monkey

Recent News & Events

Hakuba Valley Ski Resort

May 30, 2024 | by BrittanyV

Hakuba Wonderland
  • How to Reach Hakuba Valley
  • Resorts & City Guide

By Air

The closest airport is Matsumoto, an hour and a half away by train, however Hakuba is most easily accessed by international visitors via Tokyo or Osaka airports.

By Train

Hakuba is situated on the Oito line, with one direct train between Tokyo each day as well as a variety of local trains connecting to the near by cities of Matsumoto and Itoigawa.  The more common way to reach Hakuba is by bullet train to Nagano Station and then a bus or private transfer to Hakuba.

By Car

Getting to Hakuba is very easy with out the aid of a car, and if you plan to spend your days at the main Resorts of Hakuba then a car is unnecessary or though convenient.  However if you plan to use Hakuba as a base for your stay and branch out to some of the other near by resorts then a car is a very good idea.

By Bus

There are direct buses from Osaka and Tokyo both night and day, as well as direct airport Transfers from both Tokyo airports, which can all be booked in advance (Narita and Haneda).  There are also local buses to near by cities including Nagano and Matsumoto as well and resort transfer buses to Madarao, Shigakogen, Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen among others.

By Private Transfer

There are also private transfer options from Osaka and Tokyo as well as Matsumoto station or Nagano station.

Below are some PDF tourist maps to help you navigate and enjoy your time in the Hakuba Valley.

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Jiigakoka Trail Map in Japanese Free. Work Offline. Share Anywhere

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Kashimayari Trail Map Free. Work Offline. Share Anywhere

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Sanosaka Trail Map Free. Work Offline. Share Anywhere

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