Hakuba is right in the centre of Japan’s largest snow and mountain sport areas. Hakuba itself is quite a small village, with a population just under 10,000, but it rose to worldwide prominence in 1998 when it was used as the main event venue for the Winter Olympics. Easily accessible from Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Hakuba is a great location for skiing and snowboarding as well as for onsen (hot springs). There are 7 main resorts in the area, and it is particularly popular with Australian tourists looking to partake in snow sports.
However, don’t think Hakuba is only a winter destination! During the other months of the year, it is a great location for hiking, climbing, mountain biking and rafting. The Happo-One Shizen-Kenkyu-ro is a particularly popular, easy trekking course, coming in around 6km.