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.
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.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
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.
'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
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
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
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm, no nighta)
2 Days (until 5pm, no nighta)
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
Spring Season (from 1st Mar)
Hakuba Valley 1 Day
Hakuba Valley 2 Days
Hakuba Valley 3 Days
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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