Hakuba is a small village surrounded by the stunning mountains of the North Alps. It is arguably the most popular winter sports region in Honshu and is home to a number of snow resorts set against an impressive big-mountain backdrop. The resorts that feed into the Hakuba village area all have their own individual style, multi-resort and single resort lift passes are both available. Resorts within the Hakuba village area include: Happo-one, Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu, Sun Alpina Hakuba Sanosaka, Minetaka, Norikura and Cortina. Close to Nagano, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Hakuba’s Happo One hosted the men’s downhill and super giant slalom as well as the ski jump and nordic combined events. Its high elevation and vertical rise make it the steepest of Japan’s resorts.


Snow Resort Stats


  • Elevation Top 1820m
  • Elevation Bottom 750m
  • Vertical Drop 1,070 metres
  • Skiable Terrain 1052ha
  • Longest Run 8km (5 miles)
  • Beginner 20%%
  • Intermediate 40%%
  • Advanced 40%%
  • Total Number of Trails200\+


  • Total 133
  • Highest Lifted Point1,820 metres (5,971 feet)
  • Gondolas & Trams 5
  • High Speed Sixes
  • High Speed Quads 26\+
  • Quad Chairs 
    Triple Chairs 8\+
  • Double Chairs 83\+
  • Surface Lifts 8\+
  • Capacity 48,000\+ people per hour

Snow Making

  • Snow Making n/a
  • Total Number of Gunsn/a
  • Annual Average Snowfall 10m

Terrain Parks

  • Total at least 6
  • Name Marshmallow Park
  • Half Pipes at least 2
  • Half Pipe Size 130 metre half pipe at Happo One, quarter pipe at Happo One
  • Total Terrain Park Area Size