The Hakuba valley is one of the most famous ski areas in Japan.
The Hakuba valley is one of the most famous ski areas in Japan. Situated in the Nagano Olympic arena, an area also dubbed as “the Japanese Alps”, these high, snow-sure mountains guarantee an awesome skiing experience. During a normal season Hakuba gets over 12 meters of snow (!) and the locals keep the slopes in very good condition.
Hakuba Valley has a total of ten quality ski resorts. Elämysmatkat offers a centralised Hakuba accommodation, directly at the base of the biggest and most beautiful resort in the valley, Happo-One. The resort’s slopes, rising to an elevation of 1’800 meters (village at 800 meters), are groomed to perfection every night for the skier’s greater pleasure the next morning. The nearby resorts of Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu complement the area with a great variety of terrain, in such a way that most won’t even feel the need to go to other resorts during their trip. Hakuba’s ten ski resorts boast a total of 135 lifts with Happo-One, and 47/Goryu each accounting for 25 of them.
In addition to perfect slope skiing, all three of the biggest Hakuba resorts offer incredible off-piste skiing. A path leads off from the top lifts, following which you can access large untouched off-piste areas.
Due to the vast amounts of snow which falls in Hakuba each year, the area can be dangerous. Inexperienced skiers have no business venturing outside the marked slopes without an expert guide. Elämysmatkat urges everyone to take the advice and heed the warnings of the local authorities seriously.
Because of the region’s bountiful snowfall, skiers frequenting the area barely dare journey into the backcountry. Elämysmatkat arranges guided freeskiing weeks in Hakuba, during which powder snow can be enjoyed safely and in good company. When correctly practiced, backcountry skiing offers a magnificent experience to the skilled powder hound!
Hakuba does not limit itself to skiing. There are plenty of fun things to do, and hot spots to visit. Good restaurants abound, and the offer is varied. And naturally, since we are in Japan and the sea is near, excellent fish food is in plentiful supply. But Japanese cuisine does not limit itself just to sushi; it offers great delicacies, ranging from teriyaki to Kobe ox. And those choosing to take a day off skiing can soak up the Japanese culture and lifestyle by visiting the old Japanese temples and spas located nearby. A visit to the fire festival which takes place near the end of January is quite popular, as is a visit to the hot springs, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the Japanese snow monkeys relaxing.
Elämysmatkat guides will gladly help you plan your auxiliary agenda, and give you tips regarding the restaurants and sights to see in the vicinity.
In the eyes of Europeans, the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is quite a special and beautiful country, whose culture is extremely fascinating. A ski trip to Japan is also a journey into an exotic culture. Japan is worth experiencing!
|Location: Honshu Island
||Annual snowfall: approx. 12 m|
|Village altitude: 760 m
||Lift tickets/passes: 4400 yen (approx. 31€day)
|Tallest peak: 1831