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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.

Hakuba Valley can get complicated, with 11 resorts in one single valley the logistics can be challenging. Most importantly, we need to arrange services for where your accommodation is and then plan an itinerary - however loose - that allows you to get the most from your time. This is where our local know-how will prove invaluable. We've skied all the mountains, we've explored the region and we've had a cheeky beer in most of the villages, therefore we know the lay of the land.

Different Snow can include transfers from Tokyo and Kyoto, equipment hire, ski school, guiding, backcountry tours, activities, excursions & onsen visits. The price you pay will be at best be cheaper, at worst be the same, as what you would pay locally. In Hakuba it is wise to have everything booked in advance - it is a popular resort and availability often is a problem. 

We can also make restaurant reservations for you, which are essential during peak periods. Different Snow have created a 'Hakuba Dining Guide', as well as a 'Onsen Guide' - call us and we'll happily send you copies.

The Hakuba Valley All Mountain Ski Lift Pass covers most of the resorts - Happo One, Hakuba 47,  Goryu,  Sanosaka, Iwatake, Tsugaike,  Norikura,  Cortina, Minekata, Jigatake & Kashimayari. Due to the size of the valley and number of different resorts included, there are a number of conditions attached to their use: 

  • One resort per day - it is not possible to exchange a ticket to another ski resort on the same day, so you can only ski one resort unless you use two coupons. 
  • Night skiing is not included.
  • A 1,000 YEN deposit is required at the ticket window of most ski resorts, as you exchange your lift pass coupon for the IC Chip for the day. This is refunded at the end of each day.

Now for the good news - lift passes build in up to 2 rest days. Also, the daily pass in Cortina, Minekata and Norikura also includes a token for lunch.  

In Hakuba, adults are considered to be anyone over the age of 12. Infants (4 and under) ski for free.

Following are indicative prices:

Two Day Pass (valid 2 of 3 days) - ADULT JPY 10,000
Two Day Pass (valid 2 of 3 days) - CHILD JPY 4,900
Five Day Pass (valid 5 of 7 days) - ADULT JPY 24,400
Five Day Pass (valid 5 of 7 days) - CHILD JPY 11,800

There is one rental company better than all the rest in Hakuba and we are fortunate enough to enjoy excellent rates. It is invariably better to pre-book, thus guaranteeing availability of the best kit and reducing the palaver once you are there. They'll even pick you up from your accommodation when you arrive (we'll give you the number to call) and allow you to then simply leave it at your accommodation when you leave. And service is all English speaking. 

If you want to try 'the other side', swap your ski gear in for snowboarding (or vice versa) once during your rental period. Unlimited equipment changeover when you stay with the same code.

Indicative prices are as follows:

1 day ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Adult) JPY 3,570
1 day ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Child) JPY 2,990
1 day ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Adult) JPY 4,470
1day ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Adult) JPY 3,470
6 days ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Adult) JPY 14,805
6 days ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Child) JPY 12,705
6 days ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Adult) JPY 22,785
6 days ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Child) JPY 16,300
6 days helmet JPY 3,940

We can organsie ski lessons - either group or private - in several of the resorts. However, most will want to focus on Happo One, for this is where your accommodations most likely will be and the mountain itself offers the most terrain - easy slopes to learn the basics, steeper slopes to practice carving, moguls, deep powder just off-piste and a well-maintained snow-park. Therefore, we'll focus on the best ski school working in Happo.

Native-English-speaking instructors are the norm and they offer both group and private lessons (max eight persons). The school is the ideal ski-in ski-out set-up with office, meeting area, public toilets, rest area, day-care room and cafe. 

If you simply look at the respective ski resort maps, you will notice that there are weeks and weeks of possible ski and snowboarding options in the Hakuba Valley. This is where a mountain guiding service will help  you find the best ski and snowboard runs based on your ability; where to find continuous north facing slopes? where to find nicely spaced trees with powder stashes? terrain parks? tasty restaurants/bars? And the team are always good about giving advice for your time in Japan. Our guides can take you on Happo One, Iwatake or Tsugaike mountains and groups can include up to six skiers and/or boarders.

Half day with a private guide JPY 30,000
Full day with a private guide JPY 52,000

The Hakuba Valley All Mountain Ski Lift Pass covers most of the resorts - Happo One, Hakuba 47,  Goryu,  Sanosaka, Iwatake, Tsugaike,  Norikura,  Cortina, Minekata, Jigatake & Kashimayari. Due to the size of the valley and number of different resorts included, there are a number of conditions attached to their use: 

  • One resort per day - it is not possible to exchange a ticket to another ski resort on the same day, so you can only ski one resort unless you use two coupons. 
  • Night skiing is not included.
  • A 1,000 YEN deposit is required at the ticket window of most ski resorts, as you exchange your lift pass coupon for the IC Chip for the day. This is refunded at the end of each day.

Now for the good news - lift passes build in up to 2 rest days. Also, the daily pass in Cortina, Minekata and Norikura also includes a token for lunch.  

In Hakuba, adults are considered to be anyone over the age of 12. Infants (4 and under) ski for free.

Following are indicative prices:

Two Day Pass (valid 2 of 3 days) - ADULT JPY 10,000
Two Day Pass (valid 2 of 3 days) - CHILD JPY 4,900
Five Day Pass (valid 5 of 7 days) - ADULT JPY 24,400
Five Day Pass (valid 5 of 7 days) - CHILD JPY 11,800

There is one rental company better than all the rest in Hakuba and we are fortunate enough to enjoy excellent rates. It is invariably better to pre-book, thus guaranteeing availability of the best kit and reducing the palaver once you are there. They'll even pick you up from your accommodation when you arrive (we'll give you the number to call) and allow you to then simply leave it at your accommodation when you leave. And service is all English speaking. 

If you want to try 'the other side', swap your ski gear in for snowboarding (or vice versa) once during your rental period. Unlimited equipment changeover when you stay with the same code.

Indicative prices are as follows:

1 day ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Adult) JPY 3,570
1 day ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Child) JPY 2,990
1 day ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Adult) JPY 4,470
1day ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Adult) JPY 3,470
6 days ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Adult) JPY 14,805
6 days ski, boots & poles - STANDARD (Child) JPY 12,705
6 days ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Adult) JPY 22,785
6 days ski, boots & poles - PREMIUM (Child) JPY 16,300
6 days helmet JPY 3,940

We can organsie ski lessons - either group or private - in several of the resorts. However, most will want to focus on Happo One, for this is where your accommodations most likely will be and the mountain itself offers the most terrain - easy slopes to learn the basics, steeper slopes to practice carving, moguls, deep powder just off-piste and a well-maintained snow-park. Therefore, we'll focus on the best ski school working in Happo.

Native-English-speaking instructors are the norm and they offer both group and private lessons (max eight persons). The school is the ideal ski-in ski-out set-up with office, meeting area, public toilets, rest area, day-care room and cafe. 

If you simply look at the respective ski resort maps, you will notice that there are weeks and weeks of possible ski and snowboarding options in the Hakuba Valley. This is where a mountain guiding service will help  you find the best ski and snowboard runs based on your ability; where to find continuous north facing slopes? where to find nicely spaced trees with powder stashes? terrain parks? tasty restaurants/bars? And the team are always good about giving advice for your time in Japan. Our guides can take you on Happo One, Iwatake or Tsugaike mountains and groups can include up to six skiers and/or boarders.

Half day with a private guide JPY 30,000
Full day with a private guide JPY 52,000

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.