Winter at Gakuto Villas


Events we're hosting at Gakuto Villas


Though Hakuba, of 1998 Nagano Olympics fame, is primarily known as one of the best winter ski holiday destinations in Japan, most have yet to experience its fabulous greener side.


Things to do:

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Snowshoe
  • Backcountry snow tours
  • Telemark skiing lessons
  • Hiking
  • Onsen (hot springs)
  • Zenjoki Temple – a history of over 1400 years
  • Matsumoto Castle – a “national treasure” one of Japan’s oldest castles
  • Daio Wasabi Farm
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park/Snow monkey hot springs – hundreds of wild monkeys who spend their dayssoaking in natural hotsprings
  • Masuichi Sake Brewery
  • Shouya Marahachi historical house


Winter at Gakuto Villas


Hakuba was home to many of the downhill ski events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and remains one of the most popular ski resorts on the main island of Honshu, Japan. Retaining its local flavor, Hakuba has in recent years been discovered by tourists and overseas ski enthusiasts alike for its abundant greenery in the summer months as well as its impressive snowfall in the winter.



Ski resorts with more than 200 runs in the vicinity:

  • Mt Happo One
  • Hakuba 47
  • Goryu
  • IwatakeSun Alpina
  • Tsugaike Kogen
  • Cortina and Norikura
  • Back Country







Summer at Gakuto


Gakuto Villas lie in the peaceful, tree-lined Wadano Mori at the base of Happo One, the largest winter ski area and the hub of summer activity in the Hakuba Valley. Now approaching its second summer season, each eco-chic villa is in impeccable condition. Self-catering facilities and a charming living and dining area provide a flexible living space adaptable to your needs whether you are visiting with your family, friends—or even your work colleagues. You can also make the most of the gorgeous summer nights on our newly built BBQ decking; a firm favourite of the locals—and the Gakuto Villas staff, too. For that ultimate countryside authenticity you can even catch your own dinner on the local fishing lake!


Half day Biking


Hakuba is best explored by bike and for the first time this summer season we have our very own fleet of Gakuto Villas bikes, available for rental for our guests' ultimate convenience - we are the only property in Hakuba to offer such service.

Spend the afternoon cycling between the paddies on your "momo-chan" and soak up the incredible mountains that surround our beautiful valley. Just ask our English speaking staff for their favourite routes and top tips of where to stop for the main Hakuba sights or that all important mid-afternoon coffee. Fancy something a little more high octane? Why try out one of the many down hill mountain bike tracks - not for the faint hearted! To really earn those evening BBQ beers you can cycle up the mountain to the start of the trails but if your more of a downhill cyclist opt for the Gondola ride up instead!

Summer at Gakuto Villas


Barbecue equipment rental for only JPY2,000 for 2 hours (per group of 4 people). Enjoy barbecue on the Gakuto patio and make the most of the fresh clean air! Take a trip to the supermarket for your favorite barbecue food or ask us to prepare provisions.




Summer at Gakuto


Farming experience - Blueberry packing

Feel and experience the nature and culture of Hakuba both with your body and mind, we cooperate with Shirouma Farm to arrange Blueberry packing farming experience at 10,000 square meter farm, and you can enjoy homemade jam and juice there!




Summer at Gakuto Villas



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The choice of things to do here in Hakuba really is endless and Gakuto Villas provide you with a perfect home away from home from which to enjoy them. Beautifully finished, in an ideal location and with friendly and knowledgeable staff ready to help you make the most out of your stay, we are sure that the only thing you will regret about your holiday at Gakuto Villas is that it came to an end.



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