Hakuba Sanosaka (Hakuba Village, Nagano)

Hakuba Sanosaka
(長野県 白馬村)
Planned season: Mid December 2019 until late March 2020
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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 has had a recent period of uncertainty and for a while it wasn’t part of the ‘Hakuba Valley’ ticket. It is back into the fold since last season (2018-2019) and is currently of the 10 resorts included in 'Hakuba Valley'. Four lifts should be operating again this season after the Number 5 pair lift returned from a slumber. Hurray!

Hakuba Sanosaka was originally known as 'Sanosaka Kogen' and then until 2009 it was called 'Sun Alpina Hakuba Sanosaka'.

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 50cm 1st 55cm 190cm 1st 55cm 70cm
2nd - - 2nd 30cm 70cm 2nd 55cm 190cm 2nd 55cm 70cm
3rd - - 3rd 30cm 70cm 3rd 50cm 190cm 3rd 55cm 70cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 70cm 4th 50cm 190cm 4th 55cm 60cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 70cm 5th 50cm 190cm 5th 55cm 60cm
6th - - 6th 70cm 70cm 6th 55cm 190cm 6th 55cm 60cm
7th - - 7th 70cm 60cm 7th 55cm 190cm 7th 55cm 50cm
8th - - 8th 70cm 70cm 8th 60cm 190cm 8th 55cm 60cm
9th - - 9th 60cm 110cm 9th 65cm 190cm 9th 50cm 60cm
10th - - 10th 65cm 110cm 10th 65cm 190cm 10th 50cm 60cm
11th - - 11th 65cm 110cm 11th 75cm 190cm 11th 35cm 60cm
12th - - 12th 60cm 110cm 12th 75cm 190cm 12th 35cm 60cm
13th - - 13th 60cm 110cm 13th 65cm 190cm 13th 30cm 60cm
14th 0cm - 14th 65cm 90cm 14th 65cm 190cm 14th 30cm 100cm
15th - - 15th 60cm 90cm 15th 65cm 190cm 15th 30cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 70cm 95cm 16th 60cm 190cm 16th - 100cm
17th - - 17th 70cm 100cm 17th 55cm 190cm 17th - 100cm
18th - - 18th 70cm 110cm 18th 65cm 190cm 18th - 100cm
19th - - 19th 70cm 110cm 19th 65cm 190cm 19th - 100cm
20th - - 20th 70cm 110cm 20th 65cm 120cm 20th - 100cm
21st - - 21st 75cm 140cm 21st 60cm 120cm 21st - 100cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd 75cm 160cm 22nd 60cm 100cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd - 15cm 23rd 75cm 160cm 23rd 60cm 100cm 23rd - 100cm
24th 2cm 10cm 24th 70cm 170cm 24th 65cm 100cm 24th - 100cm
25th 2cm 10cm 25th 60cm 170cm 25th 65cm 100cm 25th - -
26th 2cm - 26th 60cm 180cm 26th 65cm 80cm 26th - -
27th - - 27th 55cm 180cm 27th 65cm 70cm 27th - -
28th - 20cm 28th 70cm 180cm 28th 65cm 70cm 28th - -
29th - 60cm 29th 55cm 190cm 29th 60cm - 29th - -
30th 20cm 60cm 30th 55cm 190cm 30th 30th - -
31st 25cm 60cm 31st 55cm 190cm 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 are no special facilities for children on the slopes. Snow rafting is available. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Easy Park' and 'Cross Course' are both located off the Number 3 quad lift. 

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 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Hakuba Sanosaka is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Hakuba Sanosaka Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 1,700 yen 3,500 yen
3 Hours 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Hakuba Valley 1 Day 6,100 yen 3,500 yen
Hakuba Valley 2 Days 11,000 yen 6,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 3 Days 16,300 yen 9,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 4 Days 21,700 yen 12,100 yen
Hakuba Valley 5 Days 27,100 yen 15,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 6 Days 32,500 yen 18,200 yen
Hakuba Valley 7 Days 37,900 yen 21,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

A Family ticket is available for 7,500 yen. It includes a one day ticket for one adult and one child as well as 2,000 yen worth of meal vouchers.

Pre-school children can ride the lifts for free.

'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.
The 4 Day tickets can be used on any 4 days within seven days of purchase.
The 5 Day tickets can be used on any 5 days within nine days of purchase.
The 6 Day tickets can be used on any 6 days within ten days of purchase.
The 7 Day tickets can be used on any 7 days within eleven days of purchase.
Nighta is 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
- Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- Jigatake
- Tsugaike Kogen

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

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.

>> More information on getting to the Hakuba region by public transport

A free shuttle bus is available from Minami Kamishiro Station. The bus takes about 10 minutes and reservations are required.
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
There is parking for over 1000 vehicles close to the base area.

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