Hakuba is a ski resort in Nagano Prefecture, just 3 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen, in the Chubu district of Japan. The name Hakuba, which means white horse, has its origin in the shape of a horse which allegedly forms in the snow on the mountain side during spring time.
As the surrounding valley has an annual snow fall of over 11.1 meters, Hakuba is the hub for the region’s 10 ski resorts with more than 200 runs. The village was the main event venue for the 1998 Winter Olympics (Alpine, Ski Jump, Crosscountry).
In historical times, traders following the famous Salt Road from the Japan Sea to Matsumoto would make an overnight stop in the Hakuba valley.
Magnificent view of the Northern Japan Alps
The 6-kilometre-long Happo-One Shizen-Kenkyu-ro trekking course
Skiing and snowboarding December-March, trekking throughout the year