Skiing & Snowboarding
Whilst Hakuba is a mecca to freeride and backcountry, if you are just starting out in your snowsports career and have heard that Hakuba is only for the hardcore, don’t believe it. The whole area is one giant natural fun park, and there is something for everyone here. We give you the inside information on where to find the best off-piste, the best areas for beginners, the steepest and deepest runs, and importantly, the best lunch and sun spots!.read more »
Cross Country Skiing
Get back to nature and explore tranquil cross-country trails at your own pace. Hire the comfortable boots and lightweight skis and poles from any hire shop, and book a group or private lesson to learn the basics. For those used to downhill skis, at first you feel precariously balanced and downhill sections are definitely more exciting on narrow skis with no edges. Once you have grasped the essentials, head off for the 15kms of the beautiful and tranquil cross-country trails at Snow Harp.
Non-Snow Indoor Activites
If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in Hakuba when a snow storm is pouring and the wind is howling, or if you simply want to have a day off all of those extreme sports you've put your body through, there's no shortage of things for you to do in Hakuba. Whether you fancy some pampering at a spa, craft making, visiting a museum or art gallery or learning more about Japanese culture, here are a few suggestions to keep you entertained read more »
Strap lightweight plastic snowshoes to your feet, and walk effortlessly through deep snow. Either set out on your own, or join a group led by a knowledgeable local guide and explore the hidden parts of the valley. On these half day group outings you will get off the beaten track to follow animal footprints, discover mountain flora and fauna and learn the history of the valley. Snowshoes and ski poles are provided. read more »
With all the sporting activities in the Hakuba valley there are many onsens (natural hot springs) throughout the Hakuba Valley. Recommended by dermatologists, the purifying properties of the springs mean you can enjoy total relaxation whilst your skin benefits from the high mineral content. You will emerge scrubbed and refreshed with a glow that’s far more flattering than sunburn! For more information about taking an onsen. see Onsen Listing for more.