Hakuba Happo-one (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Happo-one
(長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Tuesday 1st December 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
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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.

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The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Hakuba Happo-one Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 250cm 95cm 1st 265cm 190cm 1st 320cm 210cm
2nd - - 2nd 265cm 100cm 2nd 295cm 185cm 2nd 320cm 205cm
3rd - - 3rd 260cm 115cm 3rd 305cm 185cm 3rd 320cm 200cm
4th - - 4th 275cm 130cm 4th 320cm 170cm 4th 300cm 200cm
5th - 60cm 5th 270cm 155cm 5th 320cm 175cm 5th 290cm 210cm
6th - 80cm 6th 275cm 150cm 6th 320cm 190cm 6th 290cm 195cm
7th - 70cm 7th 260cm 150cm 7th 300cm 190cm 7th 290cm 195cm
8th - 70cm 8th 295cm 145cm 8th 320cm 200cm 8th 290cm 195cm
9th - 70cm 9th 330cm 140cm 9th 340cm 220cm 9th 290cm 195cm
10th - 65cm 10th 335cm 145cm 10th 300cm 210cm 10th 285cm 185cm
11th - 65cm 11th 335cm 145cm 11th 305cm 230cm 11th 285cm 185cm
12th 21cm 75cm 12th 335cm 140cm 12th 305cm 225cm 12th 275cm 180cm
13th 27cm 80cm 13th 330cm 160cm 13th 290cm 210cm 13th 280cm 170cm
14th 70cm 80cm 14th 260cm 175cm 14th 290cm 195cm 14th 285cm 180cm
15th 145cm 80cm 15th 260cm 175cm 15th 280cm 195cm 15th 285cm 180cm
16th 155cm 80cm 16th 260cm 180cm 16th 290cm 190cm 16th 280cm 200cm
17th 175cm 70cm 17th 272cm 180cm 17th 330cm 190cm 17th 275cm 210cm
18th 175cm 30cm 18th 280cm 180cm 18th 335cm 195cm 18th 275cm 250cm
19th 190cm 30cm 19th 300cm 180cm 19th 370cm 175cm 19th 270cm 215cm
20th 215cm 40cm 20th 270cm 175cm 20th 360cm 170cm 20th 270cm 205cm
21st 205cm 45cm 21st 260cm 180cm 21st 350cm 170cm 21st 255cm 195cm
22nd 190cm 45cm 22nd 245cm 195cm 22nd 360cm 170cm 22nd 250cm 190cm
23rd 195cm 50cm 23rd 245cm 180cm 23rd 340cm 195cm 23rd 250cm 185cm
24th 175cm 60cm 24th 245cm 175cm 24th 325cm 190cm 24th 245cm 185cm
25th 190cm 65cm 25th 250cm 175cm 25th 325cm 190cm 25th 240cm 200cm
26th 200cm 65cm 26th 240cm 170cm 26th 315cm 210cm 26th 240cm 195cm
27th 200cm 75cm 27th 235cm 170cm 27th 325cm 230cm 27th 240cm 185cm
28th 200cm 85cm 28th 240cm 165cm 28th 320cm 220cm 28th 235cm 175cm
29th 200cm 85cm 29th 245cm 175cm 29th - 215cm 29th 230cm 200cm
30th 160cm 85cm 30th 310cm 170cm 30th 30th 220cm 190cm
31st 210cm 85cm 31st 315cm 185cm 31st 31st 220cm 160cm

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Happo-one Facilities

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. 
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. Opening dates are mid December 2020 until mid-late March 2021; open from 9:30am until 4:00pm. The area includes a safe ski and board area, a sledding area, a 'snow experience' area, a tubing area and a special mini park area. Charges apply.

The 'Usagidaira Kids Park' is located in the Usagidaira area offering sledding and playing in the snow. Entry is free. Open mid December 2020 until late March 2021.

The 'Preschool Mai Mai' is a child care facility in the Sakka area of the resort. Charges are 700-1000 yen per hour. 
Park Information
Park information
'Happo Banks Snow Park' is located on the Kita-One area and is suitable from beginners upwards, usually open in the second half of the season. 

Hakuba Happo-one Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 7:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Happo-one is generally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm on weekdays and from 7:30am until 5:00pm on weekends and holidays.

There will be no night skiing at Hakuba Happo-one during the 2020-2021 season.

Hakuba Happo-one Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
6-12 year olds
60 years & over
1 Day (until 5pm, no nighta) 5,500 yen 3,200 yen 5,000 yen
2 Days (until 5pm Day 2) 9,950 yen 5,700 yen 9,000 yen
Morning (open-1pm) 4,600 yen 2,500 yen 4,100 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 4,600 yen 2,500 yen 4,100 yen
Sakka Debut 3,600 yen 1,600 yen
Season Ticket (all) 71,000 yen 35,000 yen 68,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 53,000 yen
Spring Season (from 1st Mar) 32,000 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,600 yen 3,800 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 12,500 yen 7,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 18,700 yen 10,500 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 24,900 yen 13,900 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 31,000 yen 17,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 37,200 yen 20,800 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 43,400 yen 24,300 yen
Hakuba Valley 8 Days 49,000 yen 27,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 9 Days 54,700 yen 30,400 yen
Hakuba Valley 10 Days 60,300 yen 33,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

The 'Sakka Debut' ticket is a 1 Day lift ticket that is valid on just the Sakka Kita One quad, 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 2020 until April 2021.

Spring ski tickets are available from 20th March 2021.

'Hakuba Valley' tickets 2020-2021

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).
Child classification for Hakuba Valley tickets: 6-12 year olds.
Includes use of the Hakuba Valley shuttle bus on the day of skiing, available from 25th December 2020 until 14th March 2021.

The 1 Day ticket is valid on the day of purchase.
The 2 Day ticket is valid for 4 days from the first day of use.
The 3 Day ticket is valid for 6 days from the first day of use.
The 4 Day ticket is valid for 8 days from the first day of use.
The 5 Day ticket is valid for 10 days from the first day of use.
The 6 Day ticket is valid for 11 days from the first day of use.
The 7 Day ticket is valid for 12 days from the first day of use.
The 8 Day ticket is valid for 13 days from the first day of use.
The 9 Day ticket is valid for 14 days from the first day of use.
The 10 Day ticket is valid for 16 days from the first day of use.
Night skiing operations are not included.

Resorts where the Hakuba Valley ticket is valid:

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

Getting to Hakuba Happo-one

By public transport
44.8km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
2.9km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport 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
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. The journey from Nagano Station to Hakuba takes approximately 60 minutes.
By 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
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
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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