Where to stay to hit the hay after a long day riding the Hakuba slopes.
Comprising of 11 resorts, Hakuba Valley is one of the largest ski areas in Japan. Located on the main island of Honshu, it’s easily reached from Tokyo Narita Airport.
Of these 11 resorts, Happo-One is the most popular as it offers well-groomed intermediate runs, large open fields and easy shuttle access to nearby Iwatake, Hakuba 47 and Goryu ski resorts.
With so many ski fields waiting for you to carve up, you’ll want to make this snow trip go the distance by spending at least a few nights in the area.
To help you complete your skip trip, we’ve ploughed the powder to find the best ski stays in Hakuba. Now all you need to do is decide which slopes to ride.
Best Hakuba accommodation options
1. Hakuba Gondola Hotel Located directly across from the main Happo-One gondola this hotel is an idyllic ski-in/ski-out accommodation.
That’s not the only perk of Hakuba Gondola Hotel. Being the area’s main gondola, Happo-One opens one hour before most other ski lifts - so if you’ve got your gear and are ready to go you can hit the fresh morning powder before the rest of the snow bunnies
Star rating: 3.5 stars
Room types: Double, twin and family rooms
Snow facilities: Ski-in/ski-out, on-site rental shop, hotel and lodge accommodation, breakfast available daily
4. Hakuba Alps Hotel Set in the North Japanese Alps of the Otari countryside, this lavish hotel features a mix of Japanese and Western-style rooms, services and cuisines.
You’ll never be bored at The Alps hotel with the range of facilities it has on offer. This includes an on-site tennis court, Jacuzzi, sauna, Japanese and French restaurant, spa, hot springs, outdoor pool and karaoke rooms.
Star rating: 3 stars
Room types: Western style suites, rooms and twin rooms and a Japanese style twin room
Everything you need to know about the Hakuba snow season
Fast facts about Hakuba:
Ski season: Late November to early May
Distance from Tokyo: 274 km
Lift pass costs: Combined adult tickets from ¥5,700 (access to 10 resorts).Lift pass costs vary depending on how many days or nights you’d like to ski and which ski field you’d like to concentrate on.
Hakuba Valley lift pass information
Pricing for combined Hakuba Valley lift passes, gaining you access to multiple resorts in the area is as follows.
1 day ticket - ¥6,000 (adult), ¥3,400 (child)
2 day ticket - ¥10,500 (adult), ¥6,000 (child)
3 day ticket - ¥16,000 (adult), ¥9,000 (child)
Child and senior passes are also available at a discount. A ¥500 refundable lift pass deposit will be charged during purchase. Hakuba Valley season passes for access to all resorts are available for ¥130,000 (adult) . These can be purchased online here.
All prices quoted are current as at September 2017 and may be subject to change for the 2017-2018 season.
Happo One (2017-18 prices TBC)
Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu
Sanosaka (2017-18 prices TBC)
Jiigatake (2017-18 prices TBC)
Kashimayari (2017-18 prices TBC)
Yanaba Snow Park (2017-18 prices TBC)
Hakuba resorts by the numbers
Hakuba is home to 11 ski resorts. Each have different terrains, lift numbers and opening hours, which you can see here.
Terrain(beginners / intermediate / advanced)
Lifts / gondolas
Opening hours (day / night ski)
30% / 50% / 20%
8am-5pm / 5pm-9pm
30% / 40% / 30%
8am-4:30pm / -
35% / 40% 25%
8am-4:50pm / 6pm-9:30pm
30% / 50% / 20%
40% / 30% / 30%
8:30am-5pm / 5pm-8pm
40% / 40% / 20%
70% / 30% / 0%
40% / 45% / 15%
8:30am-4:30pm / 4:30pm-9:30pm
50% / 30% / 20%
8am-5pm / night skiing on weekends and public holidays
All resorts within the Hakuba area are serviced by a free shuttle bus. Four routes operate to take you to different resorts. All routes can be accessed from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal, which is at the Happo Information Centre.
If you're planning on night skiing, you'll need to take the Genki Go Night Shuttle Bus, which costs ¥300.
How do I get to Hakuba?
Hakuba is easily accessed from Tokyo Narita Airport. From there you have a number of options:
Take a Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano and transfer to a bus to Hakuba. This trip can take up to 4 hours.
Take a shuttle, which can be organised by your accommodation, from the airport direct to Hakuba. This trip can take up to 6 hours.
Take a local train to Shinjuku station and transfer to a shuttle bus to Hakuba. This trip can take up to 6 hours.
Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.
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