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Hakuba (白馬), located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan's most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from.

During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained world wide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events. Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump.

On the slopes of Hakuba 47

Hakuba can be reached relatively easily not only from Tokyo, but also from the Nagoya and Kansai regions. While it is possible to do a day trip from Tokyo, Hakuba is best enjoyed overnight. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are hot springs (onsen) available around town.

Twelve of the major resorts (including all of those listed on this page) have teamed up to offer the "Hakuba Valley Ticket" package, which gives discounts on multiple day lift tickets to be used at any of the participating resorts. Two 1-day tickets (valid over a three day period) cost 10,000 yen, while three 1-day tickets (to be used over a five day period) cost 14,900 yen. A variety of other combination tickets are also available and some locals hotels offer further discounts to staying guests.

Happoone
Description Happoone is the the largest and most famous resort in Hakuba. In 1998 it hosted the downhill, super g, and combination ski events of the Nagano Winter Olympics. It is also the resort located closest to the village center and Hakuba Station.
Season
Early December to early May
(November 22, 2014 to May 6, 2015)
Lifts
32 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
5000 yen
Rentals ski
Local
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
3800 yen
board
Local
nighter
17:00 to 21:00
2000 yen
clothes
Local
Access bus/train 6 minutes by bus from Hakuba Station.
Served by express buses from/to Nagano.
car 2.5 kilometers west of Hakuba village center

Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47 group

A ticket bought at either Hakuba Goryu or Hakuba 47 can be used at both resorts.

Hakuba Goryu
Description Hakuba Goryu is located relatively close to central Hakuba village and is located on the same mountain as and connected to Hakuba 47.
Season
Early December to early May
(2014/2015 season dates to be determined)
Lifts
13 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
5000 yen
Rentals ski
Local
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
3980 yen
board
Local
nighter
18:00 to 21:30
1900 yen
clothes
Local
Access bus/train 5 minutes by shuttle bus from Kamishiro Station.
Served by express buses from/to Nagano.
car 4.5 kilometers southwest of Hakuba village center

Hakuba 47
Description Together with its larger brother Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 makes up the second most popular resorts in the area.
Season
Early December to early May
(2014/2015 season dates to be determined)
Lifts
6 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 16:00
5000 yen
Rentals ski
4000 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 16:00
3980 yen
board
4000 yen
nighter
N/A
N/A
clothes
3000 yen
Access bus/train 10 minutes by shuttle bus from Hakuba Station.
car 4.5 kilometers southwest of Hakuba village center

Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba Cortina Kokusai Group

Located just outside of the Hakuba village limits. A combination ticket to both resorts costs 4500 yen. A half day combination ticket is available for 3300 yen.

Hakuba Norikura
Description Hakuba Norikura is located just outside of the Hakuba village limits next to Tsugaike Koen.
Season
Early December to early April
(2014/2015 season dates to be determined)
Lifts
10 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
3800 yen
Rentals ski
3000 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
2500 yen
board
3000 yen
nighter
N/A
N/A
clothes
3000 yen
Access bus/train 20 minutes by bus from Minami-Otari Station.
Served by express buses from/to Nagano.
car 10 kilometers north of Hakuba village center

Hakuba Cortina Kokusai
Description Hakuba Cortina is the furthest major resort from central Hakuba. It is just next to and partnered with Hakuba Norikura.
Season
Mid December to early April
(December 13, 2014 to April 5, 2015)
Lifts
9 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:30 to 17:00
3600 yen
Rentals ski
4750 yen
half day
8:30 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
2800 yen
board
4750 yen
nighter
17:00 to 20:00
1000 yen
clothes
4750 yen
Access bus/train 20 minutes by bus from Minami-Otari Station.
car 12 kilometers north of Hakuba village center

Other Resorts

Hakuba Iwatake
Description Hakuba Iwatake is located close to central Hakuba, and is one of Hakuba's largest single resorts.
Season
Early December to early April
(December 19, 2014 to March 29, 2015)
Lifts
16 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4200 yen
Rentals ski
Local
half day
8:30 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
2900 yen
board
Local
nighter
N/A
N/A
clothes
Local
Access bus/train 15-20 minutes by bus or shuttle bus from Hakuba Station.
Served by express buses from/to Nagano.
car 3 kilometers north of Hakuba village center

Tsugaike Kogen
Description Tsugaike Kogen is the second largest resort in the area. It is located next to Hakuba Iwatake, just outside the Hakuba village limits.
Season
Early December to early May
(November 22, 2014 to May 6, 2015)
Lifts
26 Lifts
Tickets full day
8:00 to 17:00
4900 yen
Rentals ski
3800 yen
half day
8:00 to 13:00, 12:00 to 17:00
3900 yen
board
3800 yen
nighter
18:00 to 21:00
2000 yen
clothes
3200 yen
Access bus/train 30 minutes by bus from Hakuba Station.
Served by express buses from/to Nagano.
car 7 kilometers north of Hakuba village center

Get There and Around

From Tokyo

By shinkansen via Nagano

Take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano (100 minutes, 8000 yen) and then an express bus from Nagano to Hakuba (60-90 minutes, 1600-1900 yen), where the bus stops at Hakuba Station and directly at the base of several ski resorts. The Japan Rail Pass covers the shinkansen trip but not the bus journey.

By limited express train via Matsumoto

Take the JR Azusa limited express train from Tokyo's Shinjuku Station to Matsumoto and transfer to a local train on the JR Oito Line to Hakuba. Some Azusa limited express trains run all the way to Hakuba. The one way journey takes about 4 to 4.5 hours and costs around 8000 yen. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

By direct highway bus from central Tokyo

During winter, six bus round trips per day are operated between Tokyo (Shinjuku) and Hakuba, where the buses stop in the village center and at the base of the Goryu and Happoone resorts. The one way journey takes about 4.5 hours and costs 4850 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 8700 yen.

By direct highway bus from Narita Airport

During winter, one round trip per day is operated between Narita Airport and Hakuba (Goryu, town center and Happo-one). The one way trip takes about six hours and costs 9,000 yen.

From Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka

Take the JR Shinano limited express train from Nagoya to Matsumoto and transfer to a train along the Oito Line to Hakuba. The one way journey takes about 3.5 hours and costs around 7000 yen. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

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Last updated: November 5, 2014
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