Hakuba Skiing

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ethan Male Singapore 2017/11/03

Hi, I will be visiting to Hakuba from 26th Dec to 28th Dec 2017 for Skiing, We are group of 5 people and all are beginners. Currently we are taking some skiing lessons and hopefully when We reach to Hakuba we’ll know abit. Please can you recommend me which slope in Hakuba is best suitable for Beginners? http://www.happo-one.jp/english/plan/ticket.html http://www.happo-one.jp/english/plan/coupon.html I found the above 2 links and not sure to get which pass. Most likely we will only got 1 day skiing. Night skiing is not sure yet too. Depend on how tired we will be during day time skiing. Please can you recommend me which pass is suitable for us? Thanks

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2017/11/06

Hi Ethan,

Of the resorts in Hakuba, I believe that Tsugaike would be the most beginner-friendly. Half of their slopes are for beginners, and they’re wide enough that you won’t have to worry about bumping into anyone else. They also offer a Beginner’s ticket for 3,100 yen, and it can be used on the lifts at the base of the mountain.

If you do decide to go to Hakuba Happo One, I would recommend getting the 1-Day special ticket. It comes with the 1,000 yen lunch and comes with a discount for the nearby hot springs. As a beginner, you’ll probably get tired after a full day so you may want to skip night skiing.

Let me know if I can help with anything else!

Guest 2017/11/06


My hotel is located near Hakuba Tourist Information Center and I don’t think it’s convenient to go to Tsugaike.

I tried to check the shuttle bus route and there is not shuttle bus to Tsugaike from that area.

Please correct if I’m wrong.

For Happo One, Is there any slope for beginner?
Regarding to 1 day pass at I saw many option in the website.

Hakuba Valley 1 day ticket 6000yen

1 day Off Peak (pre-season) 4000yen

1 day – peak 5200yen

Not sure which pass is the correct pass for me.

I also believe this pass only cover lift and slope and doesn’t cover skiing equipment rental.

Is there any price range for the skiing equipment rental?



Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2017/11/07

If Tsugaike is out of reach, Happo One will still be a fine resort for beginners. 30% of the mountain is beginner slopes, and 50% is intermediate. It is also wide open and has great views.

As for lift tickets, there will be no advantage in purchasing the Hakuba Valley pass for only one day. It is designed to be re-usable and can be recharged online to avoid waiting in line at the beginning of the day. The pre-season ticket is also only available until Dec. 15th, so you should purchase the peak season 1 day ticket.

As I mentioned in my post above, this discount ticket is still the best option, including a 1,000 yen lunch voucher with the lift pass for only 5,500 yen.

For rental gear prices, see the Spicy Rentals website.

I hope that helps!


Guest 2017/11/07

Dear Blair,


Really appreciate for the information. I will print out the web coupons for all of us and will get this pass.

I believe to enjoy this promotion need to print out and show this web coupon.


Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2017/11/07

Yes, you will have to print out the coupon and show it to the staff at the ticket window.


Guest 2017/11/07

Thanks alot.

Guest 2017/11/27

Hi Blair,

Just want to check one thing.

We will be staying at Murano Hotel Shinya I believe which is quite close to Hakuba Information Center.

Is there any course near to this location for beginners?


Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2017/11/28

The two closest resorts would be Hakuba Happo One and Iwatake Snow Field, both of which offer plenty of courses for beginners. You may want to check with your hotel directly about shuttle bus options to the resorts.


Guest 2017/11/28

Hi, Blair!

I’m planning to do a daytrip to Hakuba from Nagano City. Is it doable? 

Also, do you know of any site where I can get a snow resort pass? I couldn’t find one as of the moment.

Hope to hear from you.

Nagano Prefecture Tourism PR character “Arukuma” 2017/11/28

Hi there,

A day trip to Hakuba is entirely possible, but may be tiring if you have a busy day. The first bus from Nagano City leaves the station at 7:55 and arrives at the Happo Bus Terminal at 9:10. From there you can take a shuttle bus to a nearby resort and be skiing by 10:00-10:30. Buses back to Nagano are available into the evening, so you could ski until the resort closes for the day.

The Snow Resort pass will be available this year as well, but new flyers haven’t been made yet. Here are the details:

Snow Resort Pass

You can purchase it in person at the Nagano City Tourism Information Center (in Nagano Station) or at the Happo Information Center at the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal.

I hope that answers your quesion.


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