Hakuba (n), 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.

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 in an overnight or multi-night visit. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are hot springs (onsen) available around town.

Ten of the major resorts (including all of those listed on this page) have teamed up to offer the "Hakuba Valley Ticket" to be used at any of the participating resorts. A one-day ticket costs 8500 yen. Longer validities and other combination tickets are also available, while some locals hotels offer further discounts to staying guests.

Happoone
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. Lift tickets cost less if purchased online.
Season*
Early December to early May
(December 1, 2023 to May 6, 2024)
Lifts
22 lifts
Tickets
Full day 7200 yen
Half day 6000 yen
Nighter n/a
Access
Bus/Train 6 minutes by bus from Hakuba Station.
Car 2.5 kilometers west of Hakuba village center.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47 group

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

Hakuba Goryu
Hakuba Goryu is located relatively close to central Hakuba village and is located on the same mountain as and connected to Hakuba 47. Lift tickets cost less if purchased online.
Season*
Late November to early May
(December 4, 2023 to May 6, 2024)
Lifts
12 lifts
Tickets
Full day 7500 yen
Half day 6300 yen
Nighter 4500 yen
Access
Bus/Train 5 minutes by shuttle bus from Kamishiro Station.
Car 4.5 kilometers southwest of Hakuba village center.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.
Hakuba 47
Together with its larger brother Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 makes up the second most popular resorts in the area. Lift tickets cost less if purchased online.
Season*
Late November to early May
(December 1, 2023 to May 6, 2024)
Lifts
5 lifts
Tickets
Full day 7500 yen
Half day 6300 yen
Access
Bus/Train 10 minutes by shuttle bus from Hakuba Station.
Car 4.5 kilometers southwest of Hakuba village center.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba Cortina Group

Located just outside of the Hakuba village limits. Tickets cover both resorts.

Hakuba Norikura
Hakuba Norikura is located just outside of the Hakuba village limits next to Tsugaike Koen.
Season*
Mid December to late March
Lifts
10 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5200 yen
Half day 4200 yen
Nighter N/A
Access
Bus/Train 20 minutes by bus from Minami-Otari Station.
Car 10 kilometers north of Hakuba village center.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.
Hakuba Cortina
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 16, 2023 to March 31, 2024)
Lifts
6 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5200 yen
Half day 4200 yen
Nighter 2000 yen
Access
Bus/Train 20 minutes by bus from Minami-Otari Station.
Car 12 kilometers north of Hakuba village center.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Other Resorts

Hakuba Iwatake
Hakuba Iwatake is located close to central Hakuba, and is one of Hakuba's largest single resorts.
Season*
Mid December to late March
(December 15, 2023 to March 24, 2024)
Lifts
9 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5200 yen
Half day 4500 yen
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.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.
Tsugaike Kogen
Tsugaike Kogen is the second largest resort in the area. It is located next to Hakuba Iwatake, just outside the Hakuba village limits. Lift tickets cost less in the shoulder seasons and if purchased online.
Season*
Late November to early May
(November 30, 2023 to May 6, 2024)
Lifts
16 lifts
Tickets
Full day 6400 yen
Half day 5100 yen
Nighter no nighter in 2023/2024
Access
Bus/Train 30 minutes by bus or shuttle bus from Hakuba Station.
Served by express buses from/to Nagano.
Car 7 kilometers north of Hakuba village center.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Getting there and around

From Tokyo

By shinkansen and bus 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, 2200-2400 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 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 highway bus from Tokyo

Several bus companies operate buses between Tokyo (Busta Shinjuku or Tokyo Station) and Hakuba, where the buses stop in the village center and at the bases of selected ski resorts (in summer they stop at the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal). The one way journey takes around 5 hours and costs about 4500-8000 yen depending on the company and day of travel. Online reservations can be made on the Willer website.

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. From Nagoya, the one way journey takes about 3.5 hours and costs around 7000 yen. It is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

How to get from Kyoto to Nagoya
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Hotels around Hakuba

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    • Hakuba Skala Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Just 10 minutes from JR Hakuba Train Station on the free shuttle, Hakuba Skala Inn features a cosy lounge with a library, a bar and a wood-burning stove. Rooms have an LCD TV and a private bathroom. Hakuba Skala Inn has both Western rooms and Japanese rooms, which have traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor. All rooms are heated, with a toiletries and a bathtub. Free Wifi is available in the dining room, lounge, bar, and some of the rooms. Happo-One Ski Resort is 2 km away, and Hakuba Goryu & 47 Ski Resort is about 5 km away. Parking is free at Hakuba Skala Inn. In the lounge, guests can relax on the sofa. Massage chairs and a piano are available. Breakfast is served at the dining room. Beer and snacks are served at the bar.
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    • Pension Ringo-no Ki
      Budget-friendly
      Pension Ringo-no Ki is a completely non-smoking property located in Hakuba. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. There is a hairdryer, free toiletries and slippers on site. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, ski storage and ski pass vendor. The property offers free parking and an open-air bath. Check out Hakuba Koruchina Ski Area located 16 km away. Hiking can be enjoyed in the surroundings during summer season. Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal is 1.2 km away from the property. JR Hakuba Station is 1.4 km away from the Pension.
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    • Log Cottage Epoch
      Budget-friendly
      A 10-minute walk from Happo One Ski Resort, guests at Log Cottage Epoch can rent out an entire cottage. Each spacious cottage comes with free Wi-Fi and includes a kitchen and a living room. JR Hakuba Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. All cottages feature air conditioning/heating facilities, garden views and a living room with a sofa. Some cottages have Western beds with hardwood floors, while most feature bedrooms with tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with an en suite bathroom and a kitchen with a fridge and microwave. Large towels are available for rental. Bicycle rentals are available for an extra cost, and guests can purchase ski passes on-site as well. A mini train track is offered for children to play at, and a tennis court is available on-site. Ski storage and photocopying services are offered at the front desk. A paid private bath is available for guests to relax in upon prior reservation. Japanese and Western dishes are served at the restaurant. Guests who wish to eat at the restaurant must make a reservation at least 1 week in advance. Barbecue facilities are available as well. Epoch Log Cottage is a 20-minute walk from Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall and a 15-minute walk from Hakuba Jump Arena. JR Nagano Train Station is a 90-minute drive away.
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    • Hakuba Ski-Kan
      Budget-friendly
      Situated a 2-minute walk from the Happo Bus Terminal, the completely non-smoking Ski-Kan features a hot-spring bath and hotel-wide free WiFi. The compact Japanese rooms have futon bedding and an LCD TV. Each room at Hakuba Ski-Kan combines a tatami (woven-straw) floor with a gkotatsuh leg-warmer. Air conditioning and heating facilities are included. Some rooms have a private bathroom. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from JR Hakuba Train Station and 800 metres from Hakuba Happo-One Ski Resort. The shuttle stop for free transfers to/from Happo One Ski Resort is only a 1-minute walk. On-site parking is free. The Ski-Kan provides a complimentary costume photo service for each guest, offering them to dress as a samurai or a Japanese princess. Guests can also make a Japanese calligraphy of their own name free of charge. The hotel provides ski storage and sells ski passes. A coin launderette is on site.
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    • Pension Tomato
      Budget-friendly
      A 10-minute drive from Hakuba Happo-One Winter Ski Resort, Pension Tomato offers spacious Western-style rooms with a loft area. Free WiFi is available at the entire property and guests can reserve a private open-air bath overlooking the forest. A free shuttle is available from JR Hakuba Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away and must be reserved at time of booking. Forest views are available from the 2nd floor of the accommodation. Pension Tomato is located within the popular Hakuba Echoland, and several bars and restaurants are within a 5-minute walk from the property. The air-conditioned rooms feature carpeted floors, a sofa and a TV. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Ski equipment and bicycle rentals are available on-site, while ski storage is offered as well. Western dishes are served for breakfast and dinner at the dining room. Tomato Pension is a 25-minute drive from Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park and a 1-hour drive from JR Nagano Train Station.
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    • Wadano Gateway Suites & Apartments
      Luxury
      Located near Happo-One Ski Resort and Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal, Wadano Gateway Suites & Apartments is in Hakuba and provides free private parking and a restaurant. Boasting free shuttle service, this property also provides guests with DVD player. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a picnic area. The units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with streaming services, an oven, a coffee machine, a shower, slippers and a desk. All units have a kettle, a private bathroom and free WiFi, while some rooms here will provide you with a balcony and some have mountain views. At the aparthotel, units include bed linen and towels. A bar can be found on-site. You can play billiards and darts at this 4-star aparthotel, and the area is popular for skiing and cycling. An indoor play area is also available for guests at the aparthotel. Tsugaike Kogen Ski Area is 7.6 km from Wadano Gateway Suites & Apartments, while Nagano Station is 44 km away. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 67 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel La Neige
      Luxury
      Featuring a hot tub, massage treatments and tennis courts, Hotel La Neige offers rooms with a balcony and nature views. It provides a free shuttle service and free Wi-Fi. Cosy rooms have large windows and a living area with a sofa. Amenities include an LCD TV, a DVD player and a fridge. Some rooms feature a spa bath. La Neige is a non-smoking hotel, offering a concierge and ski equipment rentals. Guests can tour the surrounding nature with the hotelfs rental bicycles, or go hiking or skiing. French food is served at the hotelfs restaurant, while drinks can be enjoyed at the lobby lounge. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to/from JR Hakuba Station, Happo Bus Terminal for Check-in/out and the Happo-One Gondola. It is a 5-minute drive from the Hakuba Jump Arena. Guests can contact the hotel in advance to arrange a shuttle bus or a taxi from Narita Airport at an additional charge.
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    • Pension Bonnard
      Mid-range
      Situated just a 5-minute walk from Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort, Pension Bonnard is a cute European-style accommodation with cosy guest rooms. It features a garden that changes its colour each season. JR Kamishiro Station is a 10-minute walk away, and a free pick-up service is provided if requested at time of booking. A communal hot spring bath Juro-no-Yu is a 3-minute drive away. Carpeted rooms at Bonnard Pension come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and an en suite bathroom. Guests can leave their luggage and ski equipment at the property before checking in or after checking out. The property serves homemade Western course meals in the elegant dining room. Freshly baked bread are offered for breakfast.
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    • Sakka Sanso
      Budget-friendly
      With Tsugaike Kogen Ski Area reachable in 9 km, Sakka Sanso features accommodation, a restaurant, a garden, a shared lounge and a bar. Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the lodge free of charge. Some units have a terrace and/or a balcony with mountain or garden views. A ski pass sales point, ski-to-door access and ski storage space are all available at Sakka Sanso, and guests can go skiing in the surroundings. Nagano Station is 46 km from the accommodation, while Zenkoji Temple is 48 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsumoto Airport, 69 km from Sakka Sanso.
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    • HakubaGoryu Pension&LogCottage Arumu
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a ski pass sales point and ski storage space, HakubaGoryu Pension&LogCottage Arumu is situated in Hakuba, only 100 metres away from the Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort lifts. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath. HakubaGoryu Pension&LogCottage Arumu features free WiFi . You will find luggage storage space at the property. Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort is 200 metres from HakubaGoryu Pension&LogCottage Arumu, while Hakuba Jump Arena is 3.7 km from the property.
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