Hakuba Valley Resorts

The Hakuba Valley Ski Resorts

Hakuba boasts over 11 metres of annual average snow fall with versatile terrain for all levels of skier or snowboarder.

Hakuba combines 11 ski resorts centred around the Olympic ski jump stadium from the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Happo One is the resort with the biggest ski-able area, most lifts, highest elevation, longest runs and best access to the back country – and is right on your doorstep at Hakuba House. The other main resorts of Goryu and Hakuba 47 are just a free shuttle ride away.

Steep and Deep – it has been reported that out of the top 4 resorts in the world for the most annual snowfall, Japan holds 3 of them with Happo One being one of those…and with endless powder days and the steepest runs of all of Japan’s 600 ski resorts, Hakuba is one of the most popular ski destination in Japan.


The King of the Hakuba Valley and centre of all resorts, Happo is the highest and most versatile resort in Hakuba. Wide open beginner to expert runs and only limited out of bounds rules make Happo one of the best choices of the Hakuba resorts.

A skiers and boarders first choice in Hakuba with a great children’s area. Boasting more on-piste riding than any other ski area in Hakuba. The awesome backcountry accessible from mid level and top lifts that will bring you to tears! Home of the 1998 Winter Olympics Downhill, GS and Ski Jumping combined events.

Hakuba Goryu / Hakuba 47

A close second to Happo is the combination of Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47. Boasting a good halfpipe and jump park in the area and plenty of versatile terrain for everyone. The Goryu base station is a new international centre providing for all retail, commercial and information needs and Goryu Imori at the base of Goryu has some of the best beginners terrain.

Like Happo One, 47 has awesome backcountry which is accessible from top lifts. Hakuba 47 has many north facing slopes (meaning powder unaffected by the sun) and has some very steep terrain as well as great cruising intermediate runs. The terrain park at 47 is currently the best in the Hakuba Valley.


With many intermediate level slopes this resort is dedicated to skiers and boarders needs. Featuring a great halfpipe and a lot of wide open terrain, Iwatake is a popular resort on weekends with the locals. A great place to take the family on a clear day as the views back down the Hakuba Valley are amazing.

Tsugaike Kogen

Tsugaike Kogen has something for everyone. Wide groomed gentle slopes for beginners and intermediates. Great access to backcountry and generally much smaller crowds in the backcountry than the other resorts.

Hakuba Kokusai Cortina

Cortina is a powder junkies’ heaven, due to its proximity to the Sea of Japan, it gets very deep here – so don’t forget your snorkel. Fantastic tree runs, make your own Pizza and Japanese Onsen bath included in a 4000yen ticket makes it well worth a visit. It is getting popular so it can get quite crowded on powder days and often Tsugaike might be a good alternative.