Hakuba Valley, Nagano Prefecture

Hakuba Valley, Nagano Prefecture
Japan's Largest Snow Resort

2017-2018 SEASON

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, Hakuba and the city of Omachi.

Located just 270km away from Tokyo in the Chubu Region, and Hakuba is a one of most famous destinations 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 (Shinto) and Zenkoji Temple (Buddhism).

In winter, 9 major ski resorts unite together as HAKUBA VALLEY, with one common lift pass and linking a shuttle bus service for visitors to the Valley. You can access to the chair lift directly at Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura, and Hakuba Cortina with the integrated ticket. (Ticket exchange is required at the ticket windows at Jiigatake and Kashimayari.)

With the purchase of the "HAKUBA VALLEY TICKET" you can ride the shuttle bus to any of the 9 snow resorts free of charge. This offers an incredible variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders alike. Situated in the heart of the Northern 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 9 resorts accessing over 131 courses, Hakuba is the skiing mecca of Japan.

Hakuba Valley comprises of 9 individual ski resorts. The 9 individual ski resorts stretching from Otari Village(Cortina, Norikura, Tsugaike), Hakuba Village (Iwatake, Happo-one, Hakuba47, Goryu) and Omachi City (Jiigatake, Kashimayari) offer an astonishing skiable terrain more than 128,000m in total with the 102 lifts and 5 gondolas to take you to the start line of a variety of trails.

Click on resort name for more details Size
Lifts Longest
Courses Slope
Hakuba Goryu
  120 13 5,000 15 12,620 754 1,680 926
Hakuba 47
  32 6 6,400 8 13,570 820 1,614 794
  220 23 8,000 14 23,000 760 1,831 1,071
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
  125 13 3,300 26 18,220 750 1,289 539
Tsugaike Kogen
  196 19 4,900 14 20,450 800 1,704 904
Hakuba Norikura
  50 9 2,500 16 8,800 700 1,300 600
Hakuba Cortina
  50 6 3,500 16 13,335 870 1,400 530
  30 5 1,500 7 4,800 940 1,200 260
  78 8 5,000 15 14,200 830 1,550 720
  901 102   131 128,995      

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 131 courses across 9 ski resorts with a HAKUBA VALLEY TICKET.

Ticket Type Price Remarks
  Adult Child  
1 Day ticket 6,000 yen 3,400 yen Valid only on the day of purchase
2 Day ticket 10,800 yen 6,000 yen Valid for 3 days from the first day of use
3 Day ticket 16,000 yen 9,000 yen Valid for 5 days from the first day of use
4 Day ticket 21,300 yen 11,900 yen Valid for 7 days from the first day of use
5 Day ticket 26,600 yen 14,900 yen Valid for 9 days from the first day of use
6 Day ticket 31,900 yen 17,900 yen Valid for 10 days from the first day of use
7 Day ticket 37,200 yen 20,800 yen Valid for 11 days from the first day of use
Season ticket 130,000 yen 70,000 yen Valid for the 2017-2018 season

Hakuba 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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