Hakuba Happo-one (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Happo-one
白馬八方尾根 (長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Late November 2016 until Sunday 7th May 2017
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Hakuba Happo-one (often simply known as Happo-one or Happo) is a resort located close to the central area of Hakuba village. Happo-one is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Karamatsu and is one of the largest individual (stand-alone) ski and snowboard resorts in Japan. The resort dates back to 1929 but major development started from the late 50s. During the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Happo-one hosted the alpine skiing downhill, super giant slalom, and combined slalom events.

Hakuba village is just over 40km to the west of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. Hakuba was host to some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics including alpine skiing, ski jump events and cross country events. The backdrop of the North Alps makes for a spectacular mountain setting. Along with the ski and snowboard resorts in neighbouring Otari village to the north and Omachi City to the south - collectively known as 'Hakuba Valley' - this is one of the major ski and snowboard resort regions of Japan. This map shows the ski and snowboard resorts in the main Hakuba region. In recent years the Hakuba region has become one of the most popular winter sport regions of Japan for visitors from overseas.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

Regional information Learn more about the Hakuba region

The Mountain

1831m
1071m
760m
35"
13
8000m
23
20%
50%
30%
Skiers
60%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
40%
0 1 5 3 14 0 0

Hakuba Happo-one Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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1st - - 1st - 80cm 1st - 185cm 1st - 220cm
2nd - - 2nd - 80cm 2nd - 185cm 2nd - 225cm
3rd - 30cm 3rd - 70cm 3rd - 180cm 3rd - 225cm
4th - - 4th - 65cm 4th - 180cm 4th - 225cm
5th - - 5th - 60cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 210cm
6th - - 6th - 60cm 6th - 180cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th - 65cm 7th - 185cm 7th - 190cm
8th - - 8th - 70cm 8th - 185cm 8th - 185cm
9th - - 9th - 90cm 9th - 190cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th - 90cm 10th - 250cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th - 100cm 11th - 240cm 11th - 185cm
12th - - 12th - 100cm 12th - 235cm 12th - 180cm
13th - - 13th - 100cm 13th - 225cm 13th - 170cm
14th - - 14th - 105cm 14th - 215cm 14th - 175cm
15th - 45cm 15th - 110cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 180cm
16th - 40cm 16th - 115cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 180cm
17th - 40cm 17th - 115cm 17th - 215cm 17th - 180cm
18th - 45cm 18th - 115cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 170cm
19th - 50cm 19th - 140cm 19th - 215cm 19th - 160cm
20th - 50cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 205cm 20th - 155cm
21st - 50cm 21st - 165cm 21st - 205cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - 50cm 22nd - 165cm 22nd - 205cm 22nd - 150cm
23rd - 50cm 23rd - 165cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 150cm
24th - 50cm 24th - 185cm 24th - 195cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 50cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 195cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 50cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 195cm 26th - 250cm
27th - 65cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 250cm
28th - 65cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 205cm 28th - 250cm
29th - 70cm 29th - 180cm 29th - 200cm 29th - 250cm
30th - 70cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 250cm
31st - 70cm 31st - 180cm 31st 31st - 245cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Happo-one Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Happo-one. There are also a number of independent ski and snowboard schools that cover the Hakuba area, please check the Lessons in English section for current listings on SnowJapan. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Sakka Kids Park' is in the Sakka base area of Happo-one and entry is 500 yen for children and adults. Opening dates are 17th December 2016 until 26th March 2017.
The area includes a safe ski and board area, a sledging area, a 'snow experience' area, a tubing area and a special mini park area.

The 'Happo Kids Club', open from 17th December, is a child care facility in the Sakka area of the resort. Charges are from 2700 yen for half a day, charges depend on the age of the child. 
Park Information
Park information
'Happo Banks Snow Park' is located on the Kita-One area, by the Kita-0ne Number 3 lift, and is suitable from beginners upwards. 

Hakuba Happo-one Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:45pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Happo-one is generally open from 8am until 4:45pm on weekdays and from 7:30am until 5pm on weekends and holidays.

Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm. Times differ slightly at some points in the season.

Hakuba Happo-one Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Senior
60 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm, no nighta) 5,200 yen 3,000 yen 4,700 yen
2 Days (until 5pm, no nighta) 9,400 yen 5,400 yen 8,500 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 3,800 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 4,200 yen 2,400 yen 3,800 yen
Sakka Debut 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 2,500 yen
Nighta (5pm-9pm) 2,000 yen 1,200 yen 2,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 70,000 yen 34,000 yen 67,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 52,000 yen
Spring Season (from 1st Mar) 32,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 5,700 yen 3,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 10,000 yen 5,600 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 14,900 yen 8,300 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Sakka Debut ticket is a 1 Day lift ticket that is valid on just the Sakka Number 2 pair and Sakka Number 3 triple lifts.

Children ages 6-12 years can ski for free on the 3rd Sunday every month from December 2016 until April 2017 (Ski Happo Kids Day).

A 1 day lift ticket that includes lunch and onsen and night skiing is 4500 yen and valid between 17th December 2016 and 26th March 2017.

'Hakuba Valley' tickets
The tickets marked as ‘Hakuba Valley’ can be used at any of 10 ski and snowboard resorts in the Omachi-Hakuba-Otari valley (listed below).
The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase.
The 2 Day tickets can be used on any 2 days within three days of purchase.
The 3 Day tickets can be used on any 3 days within five days of purchase.
Nighta is not included.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

- Hakuba Sanosaka
- Hakuba Goryu
- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Hapoo-one
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Tsugaike Kogen
- Hakuba Norikura
- Hakuba Cortina
- Kashimayari
- Jigatake

Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.

Getting to Hakuba Happo-one

By public transport
Train
Train
44.8km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.9km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Information
Hakuba Happo-one is just under 3km from Hakuba Station on the Oito line.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport
bus
Bus
A number of shuttle buses that travel around the Hakuba area stop at Hakuba Happo-one. Bus services are also available from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen line) which is about 44km away - that journey takes approximately 60 minutes.
By Car
Car
45.6km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
47.8km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
50.9km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (2.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 322
Direction
Direction
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

There are a few base areas to the Hakuba Happo-one resort, but the main Adam Gondola station in the Happo area is a few kilometres from the main Route 148 road and Hakuba Station. From Hakuba Station, use the road straight ahead (Prefecture Road 322) to head towards Hakuba Happo-one.

Getting to the Hakuba region
There are three main ways to approach the Hakuba region by road – from Nagano city (and the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway), from the south (and the Azumino IC exit on the Nagano Expressway) and from the north (and the Itoigawa IC exit on the Hokuriku Expressway).

Approaching Hakuba village from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway)
From the Nagano IC exit, turn right Prefecture Road 35 and head north for about 3.5km until arriving at the Nagano Minami By-pass (Route 19). Turn left onto Route 19 and drive by the river for around 13km until arriving at the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road. Turn onto this road (the normal charge is 210 yen per vehicle) and then continue straight on Prefecture Road 31 and then Prefecture Road 33 to head into Hakuba, which is well signposted. The journey from Nagano IC to central Hakuba is around 46km.

Approaching Hakuba village from Azumino IC (Nagano Expressway)
From the Azumino IC exit, go straight ahead at the exit traffic lights and follow Prefecture Road 310 for just over 4.5km until reaching Route 147. Turn right onto Route 147 (signposted as Omachi and Matsukawa Village). Follow this road and then Route 148 into Hakuba. The journey from Azumino IC to central Hakuba is around 50km.

Approaching Hakuba village from Itoigawa IC (Hokuriku Expressway)
From the Itoigawa IC exit, turn left to head south on Route 148 to the Hakuba area, passing through Otari Village along the way. The journey from Itoigawa IC to central Hakuba is about 45km.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by car
Parking
Parking
There are a number of car parks around the base areas of Happo-one for about 1100 cars. The seven resort car parks are free to use, though there are a few other paid parking options close to the lifts as well.

More Information

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Address
Address
Hokujo 5713
Hakuba-mura
Nagano-ken
399-9301
Telephone
Telephone
0261-72-3066
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