The newest ways and classic ways of enjoying Hakuba Valley


If you want to enjoy winter in Japan, skiing and snowboarding are a must. Among the many slopes in Japan, the number of foreign tourists that visit Hakuba Village of Nagano Prefecture has increased rapidly in the past 10 years. Why not go to Hakuba Village, where the slopes are large in scale, the scenery is beautiful, and the hospitality warm?

The secret of its popularity #1: Express bus service is operated from international airports, and there is a circuit bus through the village too.

Accessing Hakuba Village can be using the limited express from JR Shinjuku Station or the express bus from Tokyo or Shinjuku, etc., but most popular among tourists from overseas would be the express bus from Narita and Haneda Airports. Though limited to mid- December to early March, the bus will be able to go directly to the slopes from the airport which can save you both money and time.
Further, after you reach Hakuba Village, you can go to each slope using the free shuttle buses, and you can also go to Omachi-shi, Hakuba-mura, and Otari-mura using the “HAKUBA VALLEY Shuttle Bus (500 yen per trip, operation in the Hakuba area until March 18, 2018)” which is quite convenient. There is also the “Night Shuttle Bus Genki-go (300 yen per trip)” in operation until February 28, 2018, making your night out a fun one.

“Nagano Snow Shuttle”

“ALPICO Kotsu”
●026-229-6200 (Highway Bus Nagano Reservation Center)

“The Hakuba Valley Shuttle Bus”

“Night Shutle Bus Genki-go”
●0261-72-7100 (Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village)

The secret of its popularity #2: Hakuba is studded with slopes with high snow quality and snow amount

Japan's largest ski resort HAKUBA VALLEY is loved by people all over the world, with 5 ski areas within Hakuba such as “Hakuba Happo-one,” which was the venue for alpine skiing during the Nagano Olympic Games held in 1998, the “Hakuba Goryu,” that has 15 courses on 3 slopes, “Hakuba47 Winter Sports Park,” with a great snow park. Along with the 5 ski areas within Hakuba, HAKUBA VALLEY has a total of 10 ski slopes. A magnificent view of the wilderness spreading from the high altitude of 3,000 meters in the Northern Alps, and rich and high-quality powder snow is also attractive. From the fact that utilizing the vast off-piste, Hakuba is the only place in Japan where the Freeride World Tour was held in January 2018, you can see how much they are drawing attention from the world.

Hakuba Happo-one ski area

Hakuba Goryu Snow Resort
●0261-72-7100 (Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village)

The secret of its popularity #3: Along with Japanese food restaurants, there are restaurants and bars popular among tourists from overseas!

In addition to enjoying the local gourmet at Japanese restaurants, we recommend going to restaurants and bars within the village if you want to enjoy your time at night. There are café bars managed by foreigners in Hakuba village, so you can have a lot of fun feeling like you are in a foreign country. A representative local gourmet is soba noodle. At “Sobadokoro Shoan” near Hakuba Station, you can eat fragrant soba noodles made from Nagano or Hokkaido buckwheat flour with mild soba soup made from Matsumoto-City, Nagano Prefecture's Okubo Jozo Soy Sauce.
Vegetarian Cafe & Restaurant “Roots Café” offers delicious, easy to eat, and fashionable vegetarian food and drinks using locally grown, organic and fair-trade ingredients as much as possible, and is popular among many tourists during wintertime. If you want to go to a bar, “Lucky Pete's Cafe and Bar” is where to go. A cheerful Australian manages the bar, and you can enjoy a large hamburger and drinks.


Roots Café

Lucky Pete's Cafe and Bar

“Sobadokoro Shoan”
●2297-1, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura Oaza, Kitaazumi-gun Nagano Prefecture
●Closed on Mondays

“Roots Café”
●0261-72-5150/0261-85-0034 (only from January to March)
●4377, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
●Open every day during winter

“Lucky Pete's Cafe and Bar”
●6350-3, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
●Open every day during winter

The secret of its popularity #4: You will experience a stay with elegance, at a very hospitable hotel

Hakuba's unique charm is that there are high-quality hotels that are perfect for enjoying the snow resort. Take for example, the “Hakuba Tokyu Hotel.” Along with their Grand spa with an open-air bath, whose hot spring is called “Spa of Beauty” with the Happo Onsen spring as its source, they also have authentic French and Japanese restaurants and a bar that are all very popular among tourists from abroad.
At Trip Advisor, a popular hotel in Hakuba Village is “Sierra resort Hakuba.” Their hot spring building which is the largest in Hakuba Village is an old private house from the Edo period that was relocated. There, you can enjoy their hot spring that is 100% pure with no added tap water or additional heating.

The entrance of Hakuba Tokyu Hotel

The fireplace of the lodge in Hakuba Tokyu Hotel

One of the rooms at Hakuba Tokyu Hotel

The entrance of Sierra resort Hakuba

One of the suites at Sierra resort Hakuba

An old private house turned hot spring building Hime no Yu at Sierra resort Hakuba

“Hakuba Tokyu Hotel”
●4688, Hokujo, Hakuba-mura Oaza, Kita-azumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
* Available with 4 languages

“Sierra resort Hakuba”
●Mizubasho-Onsen(Hot Spring), Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture

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*The above information was last updated December 26, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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