2020 Hakuba, JAPAN
- 7 NIGHT Trip Standard Lodging -
7-nights lodging in a double or triple occupancy room in Hakuba
Breakfast included each day
5-day Hakuba Valley lift tickets (valid at all 10 ski areas in the valley)
US$ 2,378 PER PERSON
Hakuba is the most popular ski town on the main island of Honshu. The town is in a valley surrounded by the large Japanese Alps and with 10 separate ski areas in the valley. Hakuba is the name of the local village where the train station is, as well as how most people refer to the entire valley, but each ski area has a small base village and a unique vibe. Happo is the most popular village and is at the base of the largest ski area Happo-One. This was the site of the 1998 Olympic downhill course and you can still tour the ski jump that was built for the Olympics.
Hakuba is in the Nagano Prefecture (state) and is about a 5.5 hour drive west of Tokyo. A bullet train from Tokyo Station to the city of Nagano takes around 100 minutes and then a bus from Nagano to Hakuba takes about 1 hour. Hakuba is a good blend of western amenities and ski area infrastructure with a town still home to longtime locals.
Day 1 - Arrive in Tokyo and travel to Hakuba Valley.
Day 1 - 8: Stay 7 nights in a SnowLocals recommended hotel in the Hakuba Valley and close to a ski area.
Breakfasts are included in the cost.
Day 2 - 8: Ski any of the 10 ski areas in the Hakuba Valley. Shuttles to the other ski areas will leave regularly from stops near where you are staying.
5-day Hakuba Valley lift tickets are included and are valid at all 10 ski areas in the valley.
Things to do around Hakuba include:
Ski lots of powder
Visit the snow monkeys if there is a down-day
Unlimited backcountry/touring options
Restaurant choices representing a variety of foods, as well as a variety of Japanese foods.
Day 8: Travel day back to Tokyo or onto your next Japanese adventure.
Finally, have a safe flight back home and tell all your friends how much powder you skied!
Guided ski days / Snow Monkey day trip
You can hire off-piste or backcountry guides for one or more days.
We would recommend at least one day of guided skiing for some of the group. To change tings up and to see another part of the Hakuba Valley or unexplored zones from Happo-one.
A few private guides for your group would cost about US$ 175 per person (exact cost depends on number of people going and number of guides needed).
The Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is 1.5 hours from Hakuba and is where every photo you have seen of a snow monkey likely comes from. This can be made into a day tour with a stop at the Zenkoji temple in Nagano as well. A day tour like this would cost about $ 150 per person and include transportation and a guide.