Winter Services in Hakuba
Hakuba Valley Ticket
For your convenience, order your Hakuba Valley Ticket lift pass in advance and they will be to your accommodation ready for your arrival. Get straight onto the lifts and on the snow and ski the entire Hakuba Valley whenever and wherever you like, ski multiple resorts in one day, have the freedom to do as you please; pre-ordering allows you the absolute freedom to maximise your ski time and get the best out of the Hakuba Valley. Order now and avoid the hassle!!
The pre-paid lift passes are an all mountain pass, valid at 10 ski resort in the Hakuba Valley and holders can access all resorts through an extensive free shuttle bus system that services the Hakuba Valley.
The lift tickets allow for non-ski rest days, so you can get the most out of the exciting sight-seeing opportunities in the Hakuba Valley and Nagano Prefecture, without your lift ticket going to waste! Check out the validity periods of each ticket on the PDF below.
Hakuba Valley Ticket is accepted at the following 10 Ski Resorts
- Hakuba 47
- Goryu & Iimori
The Hakuba Valley Ticket does not cover night skiing and therefore if you wish to ski at night then there is an additional charge of 2,000 yen per person. Night skiing is available at Happo One, Goryu, Kashiyamari and Tsugaike.
Please note: That the lift tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable under any circumstances including injury, loss or theft, please take care of your lift ticket at all times.
Individual Resort Tickets
Lift tickets can also be purchased at all of the individual resorts. Most of the lift ticket windows accept all types of credit cards now, however we do suggest that you have access to Japanese yen cash at some of the smaller resorts. Senior tickets are only available at the lift ticket windows directly and in this case ID will be required in order to get the discount.
To book your lift tickets, fill out the Ski Japan Holidays Inquiry Form below.
Spicy Rental has complete coverage of the Hakuba Valley with seven convenient shop locations including Happo, Wadano, Echoland, Iwatake and Tsugiake. Benefits of booking with Spicy Rentals includes being able to swap gear anytime at any shop in the Hakuba Valley and an extensive range equipment for all levels at competitive rates. In store retail shopping with great gear and everything you need to compliment your time in the snow with boots, beanies, back-county gear, thermal gear, waxes, gloves and googles Spicy has got you covered..
Spicy is Hakuba’s longest serving ski operator and their key to success is extensive options, great prices followed by excellent customer service.
Rhythm Hakuba located in Wadano next to Mominoki Hotel offers premium ski rentals and has the largest retail shop in Hakuba offering all of the top brands such as Burton, K2, Armada, Volkl, Salomon, Rossignol, Libtech, Stepchild, Forum, Endeavour, Jones, Oakley, and The North Face. Rhythm Snow Sports has a huge range of ski and snowboard boots in stock from all the leading ski boot brands including Atomic, Full Tilt, Head, Rossignol, K2 and Lange . Our expert boot fitters and boot doctors will have your feet fitted comfortably so you can maximise your time in the mountains. Renting through Rhythm offers you the peace of mind knowing that your gear is perfectly tuned and ready to perform for you.
Great gear at a great price in 2 easy convenient locations, with quality service and a great selection. Woody focuses on delivering good gear at affordable prices. Hakuba’s home grown Woody Rentals.
Staffed by local crew very familiar with all Hakuba’s mountains, here they can guide you through what you need while you are out in the snow in Hakuba at the lowest possible price. Woody staff with abundant experience know just what you need and will go above and beyond to ensure you are satisfied with your selection on hire equipment.
Please stop by Woody Rentals and come in for a chat.
Central Snowsports is a black-tie rental business providing top end services to ensure all of their guests are well taken care of and their gear is in tip top condition. With three very convenient store locations across Hakuba at the Gondola area of Happo-One, Sakka ski area of Wadano and Escal Plaza, Goryu/ Hakuba 47.
Find the best gear match for you no matter what your ability. Central Snowsports have a huge range of gear for hire. Check out exactly what models they stock, they are the real deal when it comes to top end and quality gear rentals in Hakuba!
Central Snowsports run the original Hakuba Guest Shuttle! A door to door fast turnaround service from your accommodation to their store for pickups, drop-offs and expert fitting!
NEW for 2019/20 - Pick up from Happo Bus Terminal or Hakuba Train Station. Call 0261 85 0506 when you arrive, Central will collect you and your luggage and then bring you to their stores for fitting. Once complete, you will be dropped off and your luggage at your hotel with your ski or board equipment! Easy, less transfers, more time to enjoy Hakuba. At the end of your stay we collect your gear from your accommodation, no more dragging gear through the snow back to the shop at the end of your trip.
Evergreen International Ski School
Evergreen International Ski School is one of the biggest and longest serving international ski schools in Japan employing a large number of hand chosen, highly skilled foreign and domestic ski and snowboard instructors. Evergreens team of certified ski and snowboard professionals offer you the opportunity to learn your next steps at any level for any skier or snowboarder and show you an amazing fun filled lesson for you or any member of your family. Let Evergreen show you what you can achieve on the snow whilst enjoying the majestic Hakuba Valley.
Hakuba Snow Sports School
Provides customers with a very personalized high level of instruction whereby one will be shown and learn how to be a better skier or snowboarders. Hakuba Snowsports instructors are thorough professionals and will demonstrate and teach you the key techniques needed to make you be all you can be. With a full range of private, group and specific clinics on offer Hakuba Snowsports is a great choice and well recommend school for you and your family. Located at the Imori Ski Resort in Hakuba Snow Sports School has selected one of the best areas for terrain in Hakuba for the development of skiing and snowboarding.
Hakuba Ski Concierge
Hakuba Ski Concierge provide a fully comprehensive lesson for you and up to four others, at your choice of resort in the Hakuba Valley. The day is yours to design, and the instructors will not only provide door to door service and specifically tailored ski or board lessons, or expert resort guiding, but help with any errands around town and give you excellent advice useful for the rest of your stay in Hakuba.
Evergreen Backcountry Tours
Explore the vast Hakuba backcountry and some of the very best powder skiing in Japan. The Japan Alps average 12+ meters of somewhat dry powder each year, and no other mountain range in Japan has comparable terrain. "Japow" doesn't get much better than this. Evergreen offers certified avalanche professionals and seasoned backcountry guides for our Japan backcountry tours.
Bamboo Tail Private Backcountry Tour
Bamboo Tail is a dedicated private backcountry tour provider run by passionate English-speaking locals who will show you all the best backcountry trails that took them years to discover. Take a look through the tour inclusions and minimum requirements, and fill out an inquiry form to make your booking.
Experience a world away from the crowds and lift-lines and explore the silence of Hakuba's more removed areas on snowshoes. The Hakuba area has endless trails on mountain ridges or through old growth forests and shrines, with truly some of the best Alpine views in all of Japan. Full day and afternoon half day snowshoe tours are run daily from December 10th to the end of the season.
Enjoy the novel snowmobile experience instructed by trained guides, whilst gazing at the majestic Northern Alps backdrop. Choose from 30-minute trial lesson, or 60-min riding experience, you may also like to ride tandem with an instructor, leave the hard work up to them, and just take in the gorgeous snowy forest scenery. Tours are run daily between mid-December and mid-March, depending on the amount of snow.
Snow Monkey Hotsprings Tour
Snow Monkey Tours are the most popular day tour to participate in whilst in Hakuba. The world's famous Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park is home to about 200 wild monkeys who spend their days soaking in the natural hot springs, keeping warm from the harsh winter. The park was opened in 1964 and is considered to be the only place in the world to see snow monkeys bathing in the wild. The hike to the hot-springs takes approximately 30 minutes each way. Departing from the monkey park we then make our way to the historic town of Obuse, home to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and Masuichi Sake Brewery. Lunch is a delicious set course traditional Japanese meal with a choice of main courses including dessert and glass of Japanese rice wine Sake. The next stop is Nagano City home to Zenkoji Temple, designated a national treasure and has a history of over 1,400 years. It is one of Japan's most revered temples and houses the first image of Buddha brought to Japan in the 7th century. The streets surrounding the temple are lined with lantern lit shops and tiered roofed stalls, souvenir shops and galleries.
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Monkey photos © Toshio Hagiwara
Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival Tour
Nozawa's most famous festival, held for one night only on January 15th every year, is a must-see cultural experience. Here fire erupts in a designated area of the village where thousands gather to celebrate and pray for the well being and good fortune of the village, and to ensure a plentiful harvest for the coming year. The Dosojin festival is one of Japan's three most celebrated fire festivals, where torch bearing villagers battle against young men barricaded in a pre-built wooden fort with an aim to burn it down. This festival begins in the early evening and rages through most of the night with fire, Japanese sake and good cheer being the main focus of the evening.
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Matsumoto Castle Tour
Explore the fascinating and picturesque near by city of Matsumoto, at which lies the famous Black Castle. Enjoy stops at the Daio Wasabi farm where you can try a variety of wasabi prodcuts including wasabi ice cream! The tour leads you through Matsumoto's traditional preserved town with great souvenirs and photo opportunities, then through the 6 storey castle and over to lunch at a miso factory. You'll also get to visit a sake rice wine factory and take a look inside as well as sake tasting for the adults!