Hakuba Valley, Nagano Prefecture
The Hakuba Valley is a huge expanse of spectacular alpine mountain ranges which provides the breathtaking background panorama for the surrounding traditional, agricultural villages of Otari and Hakuba and the nearby tranquil city of Omachi.
Located just 270km from Tokyo in the Chubu Region are Japan’s highest mountains and most historical and traditional landscapes. To access Hakuba Valley you need to head northwest to Nagano Prefecture (one hour from Nagano Station). Hakuba is a mecca for mountaineers, trekkers, skiers & snowboarder’s, painters and writers drawing inspiration from Mother Nature, botanists, as well as pilgrims due to the significance of Grand Suwa Shrine (Shintoism) and Zenkoji Temple (Buddhism).
In winter, 10 major ski resorts unite together by linking a shuttle bus service and a Hakuba Valley Ticket (exchange voucher at each resort) for visitors to the Valley. This offers an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Japan Alps, the alpine scenery is truly stunning with huge rugged peaks, towering above the town below. From one end of the valley to the other and with 10 resorts accessing over 200 runs, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan.
Hakuba Valley comprises of many individual ski resorts. The 10 individual ski resorts stretching from Otari Valley (Cortina, Norikura、Tsugaike), Hakuba Village ( Iwatake, Happo-one, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Sanosaka) and Omachi City (Jigatake, Kashimayari) offer an astonishing skiable terrain which encompasses of 41,800m of total lift accessible terrain with a total of 108 lifts and 5 gondolas to take you to the start line of a variety of trails.
When you start to think seriously about where to ski and ride, the scale of beauty surpasses expectation. Actually, in this big mountain valley on the island of Honshu, the statistics are overwhelming. If you can afford the time, we invite you to discover all 149 courses across 10 ski resorts!
Our Valley is proud of its culture and heritage, we invite you to adventure beyond the resorts and also explore the charming small village scenery, soak up the atmosphere in a relaxing ‘onsen’, stay in a traditional ‘ryokan’ and feel the warmth of Japanese hospitality. We know you will also enjoy the chance to meet locals eager to exchange a conversation or keen to teach you some Japanese greetings during your visit. Hakuba is a ski town to return to again and again, your stay here is forever memorable.
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