Resort Scorecard

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Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 760 metres

Top elevation: 1,831 metres

Number of lifts: 143 (total Hakuba Valley)

Number of runs: over 250 (total Hakuba Valley)

Access: Hakuba is 165 miles from Tokyo. There are direct coach transfers to Hakuba from Narita Airport, or alternatively you can catch the shinkansen (bullet-train) train to Nagano City, from which it is just a one hour transfer.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

Though there’s enough skiing to keep you going for – well - ever, a visit to Hakuba needn’t be all ski. The surrounding area is alive with Japanese magic – from the imposing Matsumoto Castle to the playful snow monkeys of Jigokudani Valley and the ancient Zenkoji Buddhist temple. We can get you booked on excursions galore.

In your free time don't forget about the unique privilege of bathing in Japan’s rejuvenating natural waters.  In this mountainous region the hot springs flow abundantly and onsens such as Tenjin No-Ju ​and Juro No-Yu offer great views of the mountains that make your soak that little more special. There are various options near Happo Village and Wadano, including several hotels with their own onsen, some of which are also open to the public for a fee. Different Snow have created an 'Hakuba onsen guide' which we'll happily provide for you.

Japanese experiences such as soba noodle making, origami folding, sake tasting, samarai evenings,  and participating in a tea ceremony are all possible and, in many instances, are best booked locally. We can talk you through the options. At Happo-One you can visit the ski jumping stadium and take an elevator up to the top of the jumps to appreciate how crazy the ski jumpers must be. 

The backcountry skiing in the region is an absolute joy - none better that on Happo One mountain itself. Wonderful back-bowls, deep open powder fields and pretty gladed runs lower down. But - as always - local knowledge counts for much and safety is everything. We know one or two reputable local operators who we use for guided tours and we advise you to stick with these - on our last visit it appeared that anyone from Australia with fat skis and a shovel is setting up as a backcountry guide in the Hakuba Valley and we're worried that a few may be cowboys. 


Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 760 metres

Top elevation: 1,831 metres

Number of lifts: 143 (total Hakuba Valley)

Number of runs: over 250 (total Hakuba Valley)

Access: Hakuba is 165 miles from Tokyo. There are direct coach transfers to Hakuba from Narita Airport, or alternatively you can catch the shinkansen (bullet-train) train to Nagano City, from which it is just a one hour transfer.

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.