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About Hakuba

Our knowledge of the resort comes from years of responding to email enquirers, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of Japanese brochures. Find out what Hakuba is like before you visit, learn a bit about the history of the town, the surrounding area, and what you can expect from the weather.
Hakuba & Local Areas

hakuba-echolandHakuba is probably best known as the skiing and alpine capital of Japan. As a destination it has a reputation for the extreme and this, whilst undoubtedly true, can mask a wide array of sporting and leisure activities (particularly in summer), peace and quiet, great nightlife, and superb scenery that can be enjoyed at whichever pace suits you. Hakuba is the perfect place to come for a weekend break, a week's holiday, a season, or a lifetime, as you will never run out of things to do or tire of the views! See "Hakuba & Local Areas" for more.

 
Winter Season

Happo WinterWell, it's all about the skiing really isn't it?! Whether you are a boarder, a backcountry thrill-seeker or new to snowsports, Hakuba's great variety of terrain offers something for everyone. Experience the spectacular scenery and the unique atmosphere of a ski resort - and come explore this amazing winter wonderland!  See Ski Season for more.

 
Green Season

summer hakubaHakuba is of course world renowned as a winter sports destination. But once the snow has melted, lush green meadows appear below the white snow-capped mountains and the clear blue skies, creating truly stunning surroundings. Some of the highest and most stunning peaks in Japan become accessible, easily by lift within a few minutes or after several days of arduous effort. As a destination it has a reputation for the extreme and this, whilst undoubtedly true, can mask a wide array of sporting and leisure activities particularly in summer, peace and quiet, great nightlife, and superb scenery which can be enjoyed at whichever pace suits you. Whatever your interests, a trip to Hakuba in the summer will surely not disappoint! See Green Season for more.

 
FAQ - Resort Information for Hakuba

FAQ Here is a collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to enquirers, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late night bar conversations, plus translations of Japanese brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed something out, or spot we are out of date or just plain wrong, please let us know!.read more »

 
Restaurants & Dining Out

Restaurant Dining HakubaDining out in Hakuba can be a real treat. From hearty winter meals to delicious fresh seafood caught daily in the Sea of Japan, only 40kms north of Hakuba. If international cuisine is to your taste, then Hakuba's wide variety of restaurant including Chinese, Mexican, Thai and Italian to name but a few. See our dining and nightlife section for more information.

 
Weather & Snow Report for Hakuba

hakuba - sanosaka For anyone that spends time in the mountains, be it summer or winter, the weather is constant topic of conversation. It is easy to understand why, as a change in the weather can impact so dramatically on your day. How many layers should I wear? Am I going to burn? Is it going to snow? Check the daily weather reports for an accurate decision on clothing requirements for the day or week. Weather Report

 
Onsens / Hot Springs

onsenWith 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 our onsen list.

 
Living & Working in Hakuba

Hakuba 47 subway So, you’re thinking of doing a season in Hakuba?  Or perhaps you want a change of lifestyle and are making a more permanent move?  Well, we can’t say we blame you!  Whether you are thinking of coming to Hakuba for a few months or a few years we are sure you will find our section on Living & Working invaluable.  With advice on finding work, buying property and more, we aim to guide you through the main processes of life in Japan. See Living & Working in Hakuba for more.