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The charming Hakuba village is nestled in a valley between high mountain ranges known as the Japanese North Alps with an annual snowfall of over 1100cm.

Once part of the old trade route from the coast to inland Japan, Hakuba today has seven ski centers with more than 130 ski lifts and more than 200 runs, and the village receives up to 3.7 million visitors each year.

 

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.

A 2.5-hour journey by car or train from Tokyo and 3.5 hours from Osaka, a visit to Hakuba is a definite tranquil escape, with vibrant city life still within easy reach.

Visitors to Hakuba can choose from downhill skiing and snowboarding to trekking, mountain biking, fishing and rafting, as well as impressive mountain scenery and a variety of small museums and temples.

 

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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

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
  • Shirakawago Illumination – Dinner at Japan’s most treasured historic village and World Heritage Site
  • 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