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
Inhabitants: 9500
Halfpipe: Yes
Village altitude: 760 m
Lift tickets/passes: 4400 yen (approx. 31€day)
Tallest peak: 1831

Lifts: 32

Accommodation Hakuba Winter 2015

Hakuba High Mount Hotel

Hakuba High Mount offers quality western accommodation in an excellent location. The hotel’s location is perfect for skier: some of the Hakuba Happo-One off-piste trails pretty much ski down to the pension door. The restaurants, bars and other services of the Hakuba Wadano region are only half a kilometre walk away. The hotel offers free transport to the farthest restaurants in the evenings. Joe, a family member of the hotel’s owners, is very helpful and friendly – not to mention he’s also a genuine walking encyclopedia of Hakuba.

The rooms each have their own bathroom, cable TV, hair dryer, fridge and free Internet. The hotel also has a fabulous Japanese spa, onsen, for relaxing after a successful day of skiing. A tasty breakfast is also included. High Mount is traditional, and with good reason the most popular choice for accommodation in Hakuba.

Hakuba High Mount Hotel  19.-28.12.2014  30.12.-11.1.2015  09.01.-18.01.2015  16.1.-25.1.2015  23.1.-1.2.2014  30.1.-8.2.2015  6.2.-15.2.2015  13.2.-22.2.2014
Room for two/three persons 1 750,00 € 2 130,00 € 1 650,00 € 1 650,00 € 1 650,00 € 1 650,00 € 1 695,00 € 1 695,00 €

Prices per person.

The prices apply based on availability from most North European major airports. Please request an offer for your preferred route using the Booking Enquiry form below. Direct flights to Tokyo are available from Paris, London, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

Tokyu Hotel

Tokyu Hotel is the best hotel in Hakuba, and a member of the reputable Tokyu group of hotels. This big hotel offers all the services of a top hotel: A Japanese and French restaurant, good ski room, shuttle transport services, free WiFi, concierge, and so on. Excellent location, stylish western rooms with spacious and comfortable lounges guarantee a relaxing vacation. The hotel also has a fabulous Japanese spa where you can enjoy various treatments and massages.

Tokyu is situated a few hundred meters from the ski lifts, right in the centre of the Wadano area. Tokyu Hotel suits travellers to Japan who wish to live comfortably and enjoy good services after a day of skiing.

Prices include a praised and comprehensive breakfast. Ask us also for other room classes and the half board option.

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Tokyu Hotel  19.-28.12.2014  26.12.-4.1.2015  30.12.-11.1.2015  09.01.-18.01.2015  16.1.-25.1.2015  23.1.-1.2.2015  30.1.-8.2.2015  6.2.-15.2.2015  13.2.-22.2.2015
Double room 2 050,00 € 2 770,00 € 2 650,00 € 1 950,00 € 1 950,00 € 1 950,00 € 1 950,00 € 2 000,00 €  2 000,00 €
Double room + extra bed 1 995,00 € 2 740,00 € 2 320,00 € 1 895,00 € 1 895,00 € 1 895,00 € 1 895,00 € 1 950,00 € 1 950,00 €

Prices per person.

The prices apply based on availability from most North European major airports. Please request an offer for your preferred route using the Booking Enquiry form below. Direct flights to Tokyo are available from Paris, London, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

Sports Hotel Terry

A good mid-range hotel Terry is located in the middle of Wadano-street and close proximaty from the ski lifts.The location is excellent as the bars of Happo area are within walking distance and one can ski almost to the front door of the hotel. There’s a fireplace surrounded by sofas in the lobby which makes it a great place to talk through the day and enjoy few beers before heading to the onsen. The lounge area has also a new billiard table and big television. All rooms are en-suite. The onsens are on the terrace with great views fo the snowy forest.

Sports Hotel Terry  09.01.-18.01.2015  16.1.-25.1.2015  23.1.-1.2.2015  30.1.-8.2.2015  6.2.-15.2.2015  13.2.-22.2.2015
Double room 1 695,00 € 1 695,00 € 1 695,00 € 1 695,00 € 1 750,00 € 1 750,00 €
Triple room 1 670,00 € 1 670,00 € 1 670,00 € 1 670,00 € 1 720,00 € 1 720,00 €

Prices per person.

The prices apply based on availability from most North European major airports. Please request an offer for your preferred route using the Booking Enquiry form below. Direct flights to Tokyo are available from Paris, London, Copenhagen and Frankfurt.

The benefits of travelling with Elämysmatkat to Japan

Independent travel, or a package from Elämysmatkat? At Elämysmatkat we work hard every day to ensure as many of our winter sports enthusiasts as possible will choose the latter option. We are convinced that on a Elämysmatkat trip, you get more out of Japan and an overall more cost-effective vacation. Below are a few points for anyone pondering this question.

1) Experience and proficiency

Elämysmatkat is the most experienced organizer of skiing trips to Japan in the Nordic countries. Winter 2015 will mark our ninth season in Japan, and with every year that passes, our contacts and knowledge of the resort grow. Travelling and for instance selecting accommodation in Japan is harder than in the Alps; these extra adjustments cost the unaccustomed traveller plenty of time and money, both before the trip, and on-site. A trip can accumulate surprising excess charges if for example the transport arrangements have not been planned right. The resorts, flights, hotels, transport companies, restaurants and local guides we have selected are carefully chosen and proven to be the best.

2) Best professionals in Finland and Japan at your service

Elämysmatkat Finnish guides operating in Japan, and the local guides we work with, are the best professionals of their trade – and great characters. A guide will help you with the arrangements so that you can concentrate on enjoying the trip. It is particularly important in Japan to know the official and unofficial rules regarding off-piste skiing – where you can ski and where you cannot. Our guides always have the latest, up-to-date information.

In turn, the Elämysmatkat office sees to it that all travel arrangements have been made carefully, taking into account all of the travellers’ needs. Old-fashioned customer service is still valued at Elämysmatkat.

3) Price

As the number of our clients increase and awareness of us in Japan grows, we have year-in year-out negotiated better deals with our partners. That is why we are able to offer an excellent price-quality relationship in all of our Japan tours. The package is guaranteed to be more economical than the cost of independent travel – even if you purchase discounted flight tickets. And with the services provided by Elämysmatkat you simply get more for your money. When planning independent travel, you can’t always factor in all of your trip’s expenses. For example, the 120 EUR ski surcharge, expensive land transport in Japan, or airport hotel for the last night are often overlooked in the calculations. At Elämysmatkat all of this is naturally included in the tour price.


Travel info 2015

Prices include the following:

  • Flights Helsinki – Tokyo – Helsinki (connecting flight to Helsinki on request)
  • Ski transport on the flights
  • Airport transfers Tokyo Narita – Hakuba – Tokyo Narita
  • Accommodation in the selected hotel/guesthouse, and the last night at an airport hotel in Tokyo (Hotel APA, or similar)
  • Services provided by Elämysmatkat resort guides.

Preliminary flight schedule from Helsinki

JL 414  Helsinki – Tokyo (Narita)          1725 1010+1
JL 413 Tokyo (Narita) – Helsinki           1130 1500

Please note that the flight schedules are subject to change. Ski transport on the flights is included in the prices.Transport from Tokyo Narita airport to Hakuba by bus according to the flight schedule, travel time from 5 to 6 hours.

If you wish, you can stay in Tokyo for a few extra nights on your way back from Hakuba. For the additional price information, please contact us.

A reservation fee of 350 EUR/person will be charged when booking the trip. The balance of the payment must be completed two and a half months prior to the trip.