The 10 Best Things to Do in Hakuba-mura, Japan

December 19, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Nestled in the Northern Japan Alps, Hakuba is all about the winter sports. A top ski and snowboarding destination, Hakuba has plenty of snow and nearly perfect powder. Spend the day swooshing down one of the areas 200+ trails, then end with an après ski at one of the area’s cozy pubs or cafes. Local mineral hot springs make great soaking spots for weary muscles.
Restaurants in Hakuba-mura

Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

Happoone

Reviewed By Audun007 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Happone is one of the biggest ski hill is in Hakuba and located centrally, very close to Hakuba station. Very good snow conditions and a hefty 1000 m elevation from the top station to the bottom of the hill, basically ski back to Happo center. Happone has something for all levels of skiers.,

2. Hakuba Snow Sports School

26092 Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9211, Nagano Prefecture +81 80-5357-6420
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Hakuba Snow Sports School

Hakuba Snow Sports School provides professional lessons for adults and children in skiing or snowboarding. You can join a group lesson or book your own private instructor. We want your skiing and snowboarding experience to be an enjoyable one and our instructors will give you all the information and training you need to have the time of your life on the slopes. So whether you are an absolute beginner or a Freestyle guru we have a well-trained, friendly and professional instructor for you. Hakuba Snow Sports School teaches group lessons at Iimori Snow Resort but you can book a private lesson for any resort in the Hakuba Valley. We have instructors who can teach in many different languages, please inquire if you have any special preferences.

Reviewed By tassie7 - Cairns, Australia

Extremely easy to organise a private snowboarding lesson with this company. They picked us up from the hotel and transferred us to the beginners slope of Imori. Teacher was English Extremely patient and had us at least upright on the board within one hour. Unfortunately due to horrendous winds and bad weather the slopes were shut and the ski school allowed us to split our full day lesson over two days which was awesome. Our guide Sam was very accommodating as the second day we invited 2 family members to join us on our private lesson which he did so without issue.
Highly recommend private lesson as a beginner snow boarder

3. Hakuba

Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Hakuba

Reviewed By Mike H - Maryborough, Australia

We stayed at the Hakuba Goryu More Resort, also known as Condominium Goryu Hakuba.
What a great location.
After initial lessons, the grand kids were able to step outside our accommodation and ski straight down to a couple of different chair lifts. Once finished skiing they simply skied back to our accomodation.
Service was excellent. It was just a matter of asking at the desk and transport to the supermarket or to other events was provided.
The units are great for families. Cooking facilities are excellent.

4. Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

5734-1 Happo, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301, Nagano Prefecture +81 261-72-3066
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 713 reviews

Hakuba Happoone Ski Resort

Reviewed By SMYTHTRIBE - Perth, Australia

We just got back from a trip to Hakuba. We went to Happo 2 separate days and had a blast both times. The view from the top of the lifts is incredible on a bluebird day and is well worth the 3 lifts up to get there. With one cat track from the top to the bottom over 7km long there's something for everyone. Unfortunately we weren't here on "snow" days however the amount of groomed runs and options kept us more than entertained. I'd love to go back here on a powder day and see the full benefits of the resort.

5. Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9211, Nagano Prefecture +81 261-75-3533
Excellent
47%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 268 reviews

Hakuba 47 Winter Sports Park

Reviewed By worthwl - Auckland, New Zealand

Along with Goryu, our most favourite Hakuba Vallley skifield so far. Beautiful, powdery snow. Interesting, sparsely populated runs. Varying levels of snow ability catered for, from beginner right through to expert. Great little snow park with halfpipe and jumps. No lines at the lifts. Great food/cafe options. This skifield has character, and its proximity to Goryu makes the day a whole lot more interesting, and adds even more variety. We will definitely be back.

6. Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

22184-10 Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9211, Nagano Prefecture +81 261-75-2101
Excellent
42%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 407 reviews

Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden

Reviewed By Darren B - Wigan

Try to visit this resort during the week. We did the night sky when we arrived on a thursday afternoon. Long wide run without a crowd. Got good snow and staff very helpful. During the bank holiday weekend the slopes got allot more crowded. Don't forget to get your deposit back on your lift pass but no deposit on all mountain passes. Enjoy the powder!

7. Hakuba Jump Arena

Happo, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301, Nagano Prefecture +81 261-72-7611
Excellent
35%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 207 reviews

Hakuba Jump Arena

Reviewed By Gail S - Sydney, Australia

After 7 trips to Hakuba we finally got around to visiting the Ski jump stadium. We hired a little car this time, so made getting around easier although there would be a shuttle bus that passes by I'm sure.
This is really worth a visit. You take a chair lift to the mid point and then there are lifts that take you up to the ski jump height. WOW they are high and I cannot imagine the courage required to take that leap! Really exciting to see first hand from the jumpers perspective, TV does not do it justice.
There is a little museum area with photos of Nagano Olympics, medals, ski jump suits etc.
The view around Hakuba and the Alps is awesome from that height, so well worth a visit. There are some metal walkways and stairs to contend with if you want to get out to the full viewing platform and these can be icy in winter but there are hand rails etc.

8. Happo Pond

Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Happo Pond

Reviewed By Patsy M - Cairns Region, Australia

Drove to the top chairlift, it would have been an expensive excursion to get the chairlift all the way and while the hike was enjoyable for a non-hiker, the pond is a big disappointment. It is a hole in the ground! You think, "this can`t be it" but the scenery is the same, the signs say that it is the pond. The best part is all the Japanese of all ages milling around, enjoying their day and obviously very pleased to be undertaking such a big adventure!

9. Hakuba Iwatake Ski Resort/Lily Farm & Mountain View

Hokujo, Iwatake, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9301, Nagano Prefecture +81 261-72-2474
Excellent
39%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 172 reviews

Hakuba Iwatake Ski Resort/Lily Farm & Mountain View

Reviewed By roger h - Pacific Coast Australia, Australia

Lots of snowboards. Long run( for Japan) top to bottom . Cruisie. Some powder and tree runs. Gondola. Good beginners area and those wanting to take it easy.

10. Happo-one Nature Study Course

Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Excellent
71%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Happo-one Nature Study Course

Gondola Adam (8 minutes) →Alpine Quad Lift (8 minutes) →Grat Quad Lift (6 minutes)→The First Cairn (Happo-Ike-Sanso)→60 minutes on foot→The Second Cairn →40 minutes on foot →Happo-Ike

Reviewed By Bobby B - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

A round trip ticket from Gondola Adam is Y2900. There's an english map at the gondola entrance. Good trip for families. It takes 1-1.5 hours to reach the lake. The furthest chair lift quits running at 1630 so the latest you should start this hike is 1330.

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