Hakuba is a beautiful, internationally renowned ski resort in the Japanese Northern Alps. It boasts pristine snow conditions (with an annual snowfall of over 11 meters), breathtaking scenery, hot springs, and wonderful hospitality. It is also slap-bang in the middle of one of Japan’s largest winter recreation areas.
The Hakuba Valley is famed for being the main event venue for 1998 Winter Olympics and offers multiple ski resorts with more than 200 runs and 130 lifts. Twelve of the resorts offer the “Hakuba Valley Ticket” package, which gives discounts on multiple day lift tickets.
There are bars, cafes and restaurants, local souvenir shops, and multiple onsens (Japanese hot springs), perfect for easing those tired muscles.
With so much to do, there is a good chance you’ll need a childminder – so send me a quick mail, and I’ll do what I can to help. 🙂
Nagano Station – Hakuba Bus
This site is in Japanese, but the Google Chrome browser can translate the page.
The simplest routes from Tokyo are via the Nagano Shinkansen (then take the bus from Nagano) or express bus direct to Hakuba. Alternative train routes are also available. Check out Hyperdia and input your start and end station to see a variety of routes.
From Narita International Airport
From Tokyo Haneda Airport
Check out the Nagano Snow Shuttle from Haneda (and Narita) during the ski season.
Some more useful links…
Brave Ski Mom – Why our family loves to ski Hakuba, Japan
Hakuba Nagano – Includes an event guide, local bus timetables, and information about sightseeing.
Hakuba Connect – An independent guide to Hakuba, with information on dining, accommodation, and many more local services
Snow Japan – an independent resource for skiing and snowboarding in Japan.
Liquid Snow Tours – Skiing Hakuba with Kids
Hakuba Tourism – Includes ski maps, a live camera, local recommendations, and more.