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 of just under 10,000. Hakuba was discovered to worldwide prominence in 1998 when it was used as the main event venue for the 1998 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 no-snow months of the year (May – December), 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 at around 6km.
Tours featuring Hakuba include:
- Classic Hakuba Ski 12-Day Self-Guided Trip