SKIING

SKIING

With 10 resorts bordering a string of authentic Japanese mountain villages, there’s adventure to be found everywhere in Hakuba. From every resort you’ll see a breathtaking new aspect of the Shiroumadake mountain range; as you choose from wide open groomers to safely gladed tree runs where the off-piste is world class. Whether you prefer the towering alpine runs of Happo-One, the sheltered tree-skiing and easy backcountry access of Tsugaike, or the perfectly gladed in-bounds tree skiing of Cortina - there's truly a ski resort to satisfy everyone's preferences in Hakuba. You can even get a dose of Olympic fever and ski down the same runs where the whole world watched athletes compete for gold.

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DINING

DINING

Dive into delicious bowls of ramen brimming with local Hakuba pork or dine at world-class restaurants on sushi and fish caught fresh from the Sea of Japan less than two hours away. Quaint on-mountain eateries dish up Hakuba pork katsu-curry, while mindblowing Italian food can be enjoyed at the top of Happo-One with sweeping panoramic views of the valley. For those in the know, some of the best eating experiences can be found at the locally owned and traditionally run 'izakayas' – a Japanese style bar, or tavern, serving small tapas-sized dishes featuring the freshest local produce. The best ones only take 6 – 8 people at each of two sittings per night though, so best to book ahead.

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RELAXATION

RELAXATION

Immersed in the silky-smooth waters of a local onsen, all your aches and pains from a day in the mountains will melt away. Remember not all onsen are alike, so choose whether to visit a beautifully manicured onsen resort in town, a traditional onsen in the outskirts where you will feel like the only soul on earth, or drop into a quirky but delightful foot onsen at the base of Happo-One or Tsugaike - just take off your boots and have a seat outdoors with friends while sipping cups of hot sake. When you've had your fill of bliss in the onsen, take a snowshoe tour accompanied by a chocolate fondue and mulled wine in the low lying forests of the valley with your own private guide. It’s the perfect way to wind down while watching the sunset over the valley.

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