Hakuba is most well-known for its world class ski facilities and abundance of fine powder snow. It hosted the 1998 winter Olympics. Annual snowfall exceeds 11 meters and the collective ski areas boast over 200 runs of varying difficulties, making it Japan’s largest ski resort. In addition to skiing, many other wintertime activities are also available, such as snow rafting, snow shoe walking and cross country skiing amongst others.
In spring, the snow melts and the mountain trails open up to reveal some of the best hiking and biking trails in japan. For the adrenaline junkie, canyoning, white water rafting and paragliding are some of the more exciting activities that one can enjoy.
Summer temperatures in hakuba are generally cooler than most parts of Japan, offering an escape to the mountains to recharge one’s batteries.
Autumn offers a whole new experience as the mountains are transformed into a sea of red and gold. The fall views here are some of the best in Japan.