Hakuba Sanosaka (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Sanosaka
(長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Friday 25th December 2020 until March 2021
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Hakuba Sanosaka is located in the southern region of Hakuba village, close to the border with Omachi city. It used to be the northern part of three interconnected ski resorts, but since the middle area (Sun Alpina Aokiko) closed in 2009, the connection with the still-operating third resort (Kashimayari) is no longer available.

Hakuba Sanosaka was originally known as 'Sanosaka Kogen' and then until 2009 it was called 'Sun Alpina Hakuba Sanosaka'. It has had a recent period of uncertainty and for a while it wasn’t part of the ‘Hakuba Valley’ ticket. It was back into the fold since the 2018-2019 season and one of the 10 resorts included in 'Hakuba Valley'.

In autumn 2020 it was announced that Hakuba Sanosaka would not be opening during the 2020-2021 season, citing coronavirus related issues. However, in mid November the intention to open for the season was announced and Hakuba Sanosaka is open for 2020-2021.

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 (at Hakuba Happo-one), 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

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Hakuba Sanosaka Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 25cm 1st - 55cm 1st - 55cm
2nd - - 2nd - 30cm 2nd - 55cm 2nd - 55cm
3rd - - 3rd - 30cm 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 55cm
4th - - 4th - 50cm 4th - 50cm 4th - 55cm
5th - - 5th - 70cm 5th - 50cm 5th - 55cm
6th - - 6th - 70cm 6th - 55cm 6th - 55cm
7th - - 7th - 70cm 7th - 55cm 7th - 55cm
8th - - 8th - 70cm 8th - 60cm 8th - 55cm
9th - - 9th - 60cm 9th - 65cm 9th - 50cm
10th - - 10th - 65cm 10th - 65cm 10th - 50cm
11th - - 11th - 65cm 11th - 75cm 11th - 35cm
12th - - 12th - 60cm 12th - 75cm 12th - 35cm
13th - - 13th - 60cm 13th - 65cm 13th - 30cm
14th - 0cm 14th - 65cm 14th - 65cm 14th - 30cm
15th 20cm - 15th - 60cm 15th - 65cm 15th - 30cm
16th 20cm - 16th - 70cm 16th - 60cm 16th - -
17th - - 17th - 70cm 17th - 55cm 17th - -
18th - - 18th - 70cm 18th - 65cm 18th - -
19th - - 19th - 70cm 19th - 65cm 19th - -
20th - - 20th - 70cm 20th - 65cm 20th - -
21st - - 21st - 75cm 21st - 60cm 21st - -
22nd - - 22nd - 75cm 22nd - 60cm 22nd - -
23rd - - 23rd - 75cm 23rd - 60cm 23rd - -
24th - 2cm 24th - 70cm 24th - 65cm 24th - -
25th - 2cm 25th - 60cm 25th - 65cm 25th - -
26th - 2cm 26th - 60cm 26th - 65cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th - 55cm 27th - 65cm 27th - -
28th - - 28th - 70cm 28th - 65cm 28th - -
29th - - 29th - 55cm 29th - 60cm 29th - -
30th - 20cm 30th - 55cm 30th 30th - -
31st - 25cm 31st - 55cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Hakuba Sanosaka Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski, telemark and snowboard lessons are available at Hakuba Sanosaka. 
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
There is a Kids gelande in front of the Kids room. 
Park Information
Park information

Hakuba Sanosaka Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:20pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:20pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:20pm

Hakuba Sanosaka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
Junior High School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
4 Hours 3,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 season lift tickets

'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 Sanosaka

By public transport
46.6km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
1.2km from Minami Kamishiro Station on the Oito Line
7.7km from Hakuba Station on the Oito Line
Transport Information
Hakuba Sanosaka is just over 1km from Minami Kamishiro Station on the Oito line. Hakuba Station is less than 8km away.

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By Car
42.5km from the Azumino IC on the Nagano Expressway
43.1km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
53km from the Itoigawa IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 148 (0.2km away)
Hakuba village is located in the north-western region of Nagano Prefecture. Route 148 goes north-south through the region.

To get to Hakuba Sanosaka from the central area of Hakuba (near Hakuba Station), turn left at the station onto Route 148. The resort is on the right side, just under 8km from Hakuba station.

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

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