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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.

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 6000 yen, while two 1-day tickets (valid over a three day period) cost 10,800 yen and three 1-day tickets (to be used over a five day period) cost 16,000 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.
Season*
Late November to early May
(Late November to May 6, 2018)
Lifts
32 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5200 yen
Half day 4200 yen
Nighter 2000 yen
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.
Season*
Mid December to early May
Lifts
13 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5000 yen
Half day 3980 yen
Nighter 1900 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.
Season*
Early December to early May
(December 1, 2016 to May 7, 2017)
Lifts
6 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5000 yen
Half day 3980 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 Kokusai Group

Located just outside of the Hakuba village limits. A combination ticket to both resorts costs 4800 yen.

Hakuba Norikura
Hakuba Norikura is located just outside of the Hakuba village limits next to Tsugaike Koen.
Season*
Mid December to early April
(December 12, 2016 to April 2, 2017)
Lifts
10 lifts
Tickets
Full day 3500 yen (4000 yen on weekends and national holidays)
Half day 2700 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 Kokusai
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, 2017 to April 1, 2018)
Lifts
9 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4000 yen
Half day 3000 yen
Nighter 1500 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 early April
(December 15, 2017 to April 1, 2018)
Lifts
16 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4200 yen
Half day 2900 yen
Nighter N/A
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.
Season*
Late November to early May
(November 19, 2016 to May 7, 2017)
Lifts
26 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4900 yen
Half day 3900 yen
Nighter 2000 yen
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.

Access and Orientation

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, 1800-2000 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.

A pass of interest for accessing Hakuba from Nagano is the Nagano Snow Resort Pass.

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, 5-7 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 and must be used within seven days.

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 9000-9500 yen depending on where you get off.

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.

How to get from Kyoto to Nagoya
How to get from Osaka to Nagoya

Page last updated: October 13, 2017