Hakuba is blessed with plenty of snow…
An average of 11 to 13 metres per season– with a more mountainous feel than the hills of Niseko. The bullet train from Tokyo also makes it a little more convenient to access and offers the chance for a stopover in Nagano to see the snow monkeys bathe in the onsen.
Hakuba Valley is made up of 11 resorts, creating a vast range of piste and off-piste terrain. Hakuba was also the location for some of the Nagano Winter Olympics ski events in 1998, so don’t miss out on a close-up view of a towering Olympic ski jump. It also has a range of non-skiing activities that provide an insight into traditional Japanese culture, both locally and in the surrounding areas.
The villages here are slightly more authentic than in Niseko, offering the opportunity for immersive Japanese accommodation! But if you’re feeling a little less brave, go halfway and book a westernised Japanese futon set on tatami mats.
Check out our Hakuba highlights below…
WHERE WE SLEEP
HAKUBA SPRINGS HOTEL
The Ultimate snow retreat, The Hakuba Springs Hotel offers traditional Japanese dining with stylish and spacious Western rooms, tastefully furnished with private en suites. A short walk from the main Gondola of Happo-One resort, you will be staying amongst a myriad of shops, restaurants and après bars so you can relax and unwind after a day on the slopes.
Various room types
A boutique hotel encompassing the best of Japanese and Western aesthetics in the beautiful snow covered Wadano Forest. Experience a traditional but luxurious tatami mat room, or a Western style bed, then wake up to an a la carte breakfast before hopping on the complimentary shuttle that will drop you at any of the multiple ski resorts of the Hakuba Valley. Return after an exhilarating day on the slopes and unwind in the private steam saunas or gorgeous onsen baths, before hitting the bar for an après drink from their unrivalled international wine list.
Various room types
PHOENIX COCOON CHALET
Nestled into the Wadano Forest, Phoenix Cocoon is the perfect snow retreat. The cosy living area has floor to ceiling glass doors that open on to a covered deck which overlooks the forest - the perfect spot to relax after a long day out on the mountain. The third bedroom consists of a bunk bed and two king single beds that can be joined together, making the chalet ideal for families.
Up to 8 people 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms
ONE HAPPO, ONE CHALETS
One Happo, perched on a ridge directly opposite the Olympic mountain of Happo One, is a balanced combination of comfort and luxury, providing the perfect base for your snow filled adventures. Come in from the cold to warm up in your own private onsen and sauna. Then relax with a glass of wine selected from the stunning feature wine room, on the infra-red heated deck, enabling you to make the most of the spectacular mountain views in style.
Up to 10 people 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms
PHOENIX ONE, ONE CHALETS
Phoenix One is a high end private residence with floor length windows providing panoramic views of the snow-covered Wadano forest. It is home to an awe-inspiring range of facilities including a state-of-the-art gymnasium, far infrared sauna, infinity-edge granite bath and a separate mezzanine level providing a children’s escape with a foosball table. Phoenix One is the ultimate retreat for groups and families.
Up to 10 people 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms