Hakuba (白馬村 Hakuba-mura) is a village located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, about one hour away from Nagano City, and is one of Japan’s most popular ski areas with a choice of 11 ski resorts to choose from.
Hakuba became a world-renowned ski destination after hosting several of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics competitions. These events were alpine (downhill, super g, and combination) and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events.
The village of Hakuba has a very strong traditional Japanese feel, but also offers many services in English and Chinese, catering to a large number of non-Japanese tourists.
The Hakuba Ski Resorts
With 11 ski resorts on the Hakuba Valley Lift Pass and an average snowfall of 11m, the Hakuba Valley offers a wide variety of skiing and boarding. Boasting over 960 hectares, 137km of piste, 200+courses, 125 lifts and 9 terrain parks the Hakuba Valley has something to offer for everyone. If the resorts aren’t enough there is a strong backcountry culture in Hakuba with several English Backcountry tour operators available in the valley.
The resorts from North to South are:
- Norikura Onsen
- Tsugaike Kogen
- Happo One
Getting to Hakuba
As an international destination, Hakuba offers easy access with bullet trains from Tokyo to Nagano and a short bus trip to Hakuba and a multitude of busing and private taxi options direct from both Narita and Haneda airports.