With a long season from mid-November to early May, Hakuba, which means ‘white horse’ in Japanese, is an epic valley. 10 different ski resorts and hundreds of kms of trails spread over a huge variety of terrain. Hakuba boasts the longest vertical in Japan and runs exceeding 6km. With such an incredible variety of terrain, these mountains are a bucket list destination for both skiers and snowboarders. Additionally to the snow, the culinary and cultural experiences in Hakuba have contributed to its fame. This slice of winter’s paradise is perfect for your next adventure!


You’ll find perfectly groomed cruisers & super long meandering trails for beginners, plenty of powder bowls for high alpine riding and powder laden forests for the more advanced. With plenty of non skiing activities, great food, a rich warm culture and renowned hospitality of the Japanese, Hakuba is a great place for your next ski holiday.

The town of Hakuba is nestled in the middle of a huge valley, towered over by huge rugged peaks, 10 ski resorts and spectacular alpine scenery.

  • Comprising 10 different ski resorts
  • Incredible variety of terrain – something for everyone
  • Waist deep powder is pretty common here
  • Plenty of non-skiing activities
  • Rich warm culture and great Japanese hospitality

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Mountain Statistics


Top Elevation 1,831 Metres
Lifts 138 lifts, 5 gondolas
Runs 200
Ave Annual Snowfall 1100 cms
Terrain Beginner 30%
Terrain Intermediate 40%
Terrain Advanced 30%

Other Activities

At Hakuba there is more on offer than just world-class skiing and snowboarding with amazing adventures adding to your ski/board winter experience.

  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hot Springs
  • Snow Monkey Tour (Nagano)

Getting There

Getting to Hakuba

Hakuba is located on Honshu (the main island of Japan), about 270 km northwest of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Narita Airport is the main gateway airport for Hakuba.

Ask our Active Travel Experts to assist you in prearranging transfers or a rental car for your stay.


Hakuba has a variety of accommodation options to choose from.

Contact our Active Travel Experts for insider tips on where to stay and tailor-made ski/board experiences.

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