Hakuba travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hakuba

Many people flock to the city of Hakuba in the Japanese Alps to enjoy the many hot springs, winter ski resorts and hiking opportunities.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Hakuba

1. Hakuba Happo-One

This ski resort is one of the most famous in the Japanese Alps, with runs ranging from beginner to Olympic pro.

2. Juro No-Yu

These hot spring mineral baths are open 24 hours a day between December and March and are located near Kamishiro station.

3. Goryu

In the summer this top ski run becomes an alpine garden, with trails letting you hike to other parts of the mountain ranges.

4. Aoki-ko, Nakazuna-ko and Kizaki-ko

These clean freshwater lakes allow for water sports such as sport fishing, windsurfing, swimming and boating.

5. Chōkoku-ji Temple

This Buddhist temple houses treasures from the Heian Era and conducts daily meditation services and sermons for visitors.

Where to Eat in Hakuba

Soba Shubo Zen offers Asian and Japanese food, including noodles, sashimi and goza. Meal prices cost roughly JPY1,200.

When to visit Hakuba

Hakuba in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 127
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hakuba in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 127
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best season to visit is during the winter when the many popular ski resorts open, offering visitors an opportunity to indulge in many snow sports.

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How to Get to Hakuba


Narita Airport near Tokyo is the closest airport, with one way tickets from London costing JPY60,000.


Take the JR Oito Line or the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, depending on your time schedule. The former takes 4 hours and is JPY8,000 one way, while the latter takes just over 2 hours and costs JPY9,700.


From Tokyo, take the Highway 20 and Chuo Expressway to reach Hakuba in roughly 3.5 hours.


There are several daily buses from Tokyo that make the trip to Hakuba in 4.5 hours and costs JPY8,500 for a roundtrip.

Airports near Hakuba

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Where to stay in Hakuba

The Yamano Hotel Hakuba is centrally located within a 5-minute walking distance to the Hapo Ski Resort. Daily rates start at JPY8,500 and include breakfast

Popular neighbourhoods in Hakuba

Mt. Shirouma - There are many trails and runs located around the mountain that offer world-famous skiing opportunities.

Iwatake - Here you can practice on the dry ski slopes during the off-season or take in the thousands of lilies that grow during the summer.

Aokiko - In the summer you can take a lift here to take advantage of the popular sport of mountain biking.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hakuba

Most booked hotels in Hakuba

Hakuba Tokyu Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 164+
Hakuba Paipu No Kemuri
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 70+
Hakuba Onsen Ryokan Shirouma-so
Excellent (10, Excellent reviews)
C$ 96+
Hakuba Highland Hotel
Excellent (9.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 206+
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How to Get Around Hakuba

Public Transportation

Genki-Go shuttle buses run throughout Hakuba for JPY300 a ride.


There are very few taxi cabs in Hakuba, as there are frequent shuttle buses and everything is within close walking distance. Taxi tariffs start at around JPY500.


Rental vehicle prices start at about JPY7,500 a day and can be picked up from the Kamishiro station.

The Cost of Living in Hakuba

Shopping Streets

The majority of tourist souvenirs and ski gear can be bought from the ski resort gift shops. There is currently no major shopping mall in Hakuba.

Groceries and Other

Tsuruya and Matsuya are the main supermarket chains selling food for self-catering. A dozen eggs costs around JPY180.