Hakuba Valley Shopping
Hakuba has a good selection of shops and stores and several great ski shops in town. Yamatoya and The Boarding Co. near the Hakuba Station have a great range of skiing and boarding gear respectively. Patagonia, North Face and just across the street, Koujitsu Sanso, have top quality outdoor gear and often discounted stock. Rhythm Snow Sports stocks a good range of retail and rental ski/snowboard goods, and even have a dedicated boot fitting service. For the backcountry enthusiasts, Rapie is the one stop shop for all of your ski and snowboard off-piste powder needs.
Hakuba has three main supermarkets where most items are available. Hakuba’s “The Big” is the largest and open until 9pm. Other supermarkets are called A Co-op, which is located two minutes walk away from Hakuba Station, and Delicia which is located 10 minutes walk away from the station. Please note foreign credit cards are not always accepted at the supermarkets, so it is wise to have Japanese yen with you. Other than these three supermarkets there are two 7-Elevens, two Lawson’s and several other private convenience stores, too.
For further shopping information when you arrive into Hakuba, make sure you pick up a copy of Hakuba Connect, this is a great magazine full of information on Hakuba. In addition, a pocket sized guide, the Hakuba Essential Guide lists all the best bars and restaurants in town.