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Hakuba / Honshu

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The Japan Alps are a palatial range of mountains that bisect the main island of Honshu. The highest peak in this range is Mount Hotaka, which sits at 3,190 meters above sea level. These mountains are, quite literally, awesome. Their sharp, soaring peaks are flanked by wide open faces, reminiscent of the Dolomites in Italy or the Canadian Rockies. The Hakuba Valley lies in the heart of this range and is home to 10 ski resorts, all offering a huge variety of terrain including runs steep enough to satisfy even those who suffer badly from vertical snobbery.

Hakuba in Winter

Hakuba is a ski area located around 300km west of Tokyo. It is home to nine resorts, including 135 lifts accessing over 200 runs. It also receives over 10 meters of snow per year, so if that doesn’t float your powder boards, we don’t know what will. Keep reading for our top tips on how to enjoy Hakuba to the max! The Hakuba Valley is renowned for its easy to reach side and backcountry skiing and snowboarding. However, just because it’s relatively simple to get to, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be approached with caution. Avalanches are a real danger so it’s highly recommended that those who wish to venture beyond the resort’s boundaries do so only with an experienced guiding team. You can also visit Snow Pak's website for their in-depth Hakuba Travel Guide.

Hakuba in Summer

In summer, the Hakuba Valley transforms from a winter playground into a warm, green, summer paradise. In summer, temperatures sit at around 20 degrees, which is ideal if you like outdoor activities. There are plenty of blue sky days and the scenery is stunning; think European style mountains as backdrops, lush forests and crystal clear rivers. When it comes to adventures and things to do, the possibilities are endless. You’ll find Hakuba is open year-round with many hotels, ryokans, bars, restaurants and shops in operation.

Mountain Biking
Mountain bike riding is a very popular sport in Japan. The Hakuba region offers numerous trails that will suit anyone from cruisy sightseers to single trail explorers and downhill racers.

Canyoning is a sport that involves sliding, climbing, jumping and swimming down, through and across canyons. Hakuba is an ideal area for this activity, thanks to the mountainous topography. Deep canyons have been carved due to water traveling down from the tops of the Alps for millions of years. This activity takes some guts but it’s worth it for the exhilaration and the scenery.

White Water Rafting
The Nagano Prefecture, where you’ll find the Hakuba Valley, is home to the Shinanogawa, which is Japan’s longest and largest river. You’ll also find other river networks that offer perfect conditions for rafting expeditions. While most of the rivers aren’t classified as difficult or technical, they do offer fun for families and first time to intermediate rafters.

Onsen retreats
There are 10 onsens scattered around the Hakuba Valley, some of them located outdoors, offering views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The hot springs of Hakuba are said to contain a special blend of minerals that ease muscle pain and fatigue. Perfect after a day of outdoor adventures!

Hiking / mountaineering
Keen hikers and mountaineers from Japan and beyond flock to Hakuba in summer to experience some of the best conditions the country has to offer. Hikers can board the gondolas, used by skiers in winter, to access the Alps and trek while taking in the breathtaking high-alpine scenery.

Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is very popular in Hakuba, thanks to the pristine rivers and lakes that are fed by the snow melt. Brown trout are common but the prize fish is the local Shinshu salmon, which is only found in this region.


Hakuba offers an extensive range of accommodation, offering visitors a wide-range of options, from economy backpackers geared towards the budget traveler to Hakuba's many, cosy and comfortable pension/lodges, right through to 5-star luxury hotels.

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Travel Partners

To ensure you get the best deals, best accommodation, and overall the best experience whilst in Hakuba,we recommend booking your holiday through one of our travel partners;

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Hakuba Snow Sports Schools

There are many great ski and board schools in Hakuba, offering specialized programs for kids and adults, as well as private lessons. Here are the companies we recommend;

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Travel Tips

Make sure you carry enough JPY. Japan is a very cash-oriented society and most ATMs don’t accept foreign cards.

Japan uses a two-pin, 100 volt electrical plug, Australian visitors will need to purchase an adapter in order to use electrical devices.

Japanese culture holds politeness as incredibly important, so please be as respectful as possible while travelling through Japan. If you're unsure of how to behave, watch how the locals around you are acting.

Visiting an authentic onsen – especially in winter – is one of the quintessential Japanese experiences, and not to be missed.

Travel insurance is particularly important when on a ski holiday. Be sure to take out ski and snowboard cover so your covering on the mountain.

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