Happo One

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Resort Summary
Resort Name Happo-One
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Resort Altitude 1831m
Winter Season 5 monthes
Terrain Overall: 700 hectares
Beginner:
Intermediate:
Advanced:
Lift System 26 lifts
Highest Lift 1831m
Lowest Lift 760m
Vertical 1080m
Longest Run 5km
Avg Snowfall 11m
Terrain Parks
Snow Sports
Facilities
Nearest Town
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $
Adult 1 Day $¥4600
Child 5 Day $
Child 1 Day $¥2300


Overview 

Biggest resort in the Hakuba Valley.

Location

Hakuba, Nagano Ken

Pros

Happo One (pronounced Oh-Neh) has an average annual snowfall of approximately 900cm at the base and is home to the largest above treeline lift served terrain in Japan. Although all off-piste is marked out of bounds according to the Local rules, Patrol at Happo apparently have a reputation for not enforcing the rules except in a few high risk avalanche areas. The groomed runs have a reputation with ski carvers for being long and fast. The ungroomed marked runs are well known across Japan for moguls.

Cons

Happo is open and exposed to the wind, so it can get cold on the lifts and the terrain is sometime quite icy, particularly higher up. Like most places in Japan, Hakuba is windy, however Happo seems to have a a weather system of it's own and at times can be quite extreme when other places are calmer. Good for all levels but early or late season the beginner terrain can be a bit limited. In a storm the upper mountain is well known for whiteout conditions. Compared to other resorts in Hakuba, Happo is not well known for great tree skiing. A lot of people enjoy the ski carving and mogul scene at Happo, however this is also viewed as a negative by beginners who wander onto the wrong ungroomed mogul run.

Contacts

Phone: 0261-72-3066

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Planning

Getting There

From Tokyo (Narita):

Catch the Narita Express to Tokyo JR station. Change platforms to catch the Asama Shinkansen that takes you to Nagano. At Nagano, exit the station then turn left (the ticket office is on the right as you come out). Exit the station concourse and walk downstairs or take the lift to the street level.

On the street there's a bus terminal on the left. Bus stop no. 6 is from where the Alpico bus to Hakuba leaves. The trip takes just over an hour. There are a number of stops in and around Hakuba depending on where you are staying. The easiest (probably) is to get off at Hakuba train station and get a taxi to your accommodation. Alternatively, get off at the Happo-one bus terminal, which is closer to the Happo village area. It would take about 10 minutes to walk from the Happo-one bus terminal to the Adam Gondola at Happo-one without luggage so a taxi is better unless you are really keen to save some dough.

Tickets: get a JR-East 4 day flexi pass for 20,000 yen (as at 2008). This allows to to take any train in the JR East region on any 4 days within a month (consecutive or non-consecutive). Even the round trip to Hakuba and back makes it worthwhile. To purchase, you can buy an exchange order outside of Japan and then exchange the order for a pass when you arrive - or just buy the pass in Japan. It is amongst one of the passes that foreigners can buy IN Japan. The travel service centre is one level below the arrivals hall at Narita Airport, Terminal 2 (assuming you arrive there). The staff speak English well enough - you need to fill out an application form and show your passport. You can pay for the pass in cash or by credit card. The staff can also issue you with your tickets for the Narita Express and the Nagano Shinkansen (both of which are reserved seating only).

At the Nagano end, you can buy the tickets on the bus (1,500 yen one way, 2008) paying as you get off. The driver has limited change and will not change notes greater than 1,000 yen. If you get to Nagano early enough, there is also a convenience store on the left hand side as you walk towards bus stop no. 6 - inside you can buy a book of 4 vouchers for the bus for 5,000 yen. Each voucher is good for a one-way trip. Alpico Bus timetable

If you want to get to Hakuba from Narita Airport fast and painlessly, book a ticket on Hakuba Snowbus. With experienced drivers and buses to meet every inbound flight from Australia, the Hakuba Snowbus is the ultimate in convenient travel. There are also discounts available on lift tickets when you book a return trip.

Taxis have a fairly high flagfall (700 yen, 2008) but are convenient to use to get around - especially if you are at Echoland and want to get to Happo-One or vice versa.

Public Transport - cheaper - http://www.ski-hakuba.com/access/tokyo_to_hakuba.html

Tour Services

Accommodation

Booking Agents

Hakuba Tourism Japan offers a wide variety of accommodation options from 5 stars hotels to 1 star. The best hotels in Hakuba. Visit (http://www.hakubatourism.com/accommodation.html) for more information.

Snowbeds Travel offers service second to none in Hakuba. We can put together packages including accommodation, transfers, multi resort lift passes, rentals, lessons and back country guiding. With an honest approach we aim to make your holiday the best it can be. Listing only the best located and value for money properties in town our experience in Hakuba can't be beaten. See: [1]

JAPANiCAN is a major Japanese travel agent with over 25 accommodation options in Hakuba both on and off mountain, starting at ¥5,800 per night. [2]

The Hakuba Accommodation Guide offers the widest range of accommodation options available in Hakuba (in English). Instant booking and online confirmation.

White Horse Property Group As the largest hotel management company in Hakuba we can offer a broad range of accommodation to suit any budget from the Deluxe "White Room" at the White Horse Arctic Hotel to Lodge style at the Monkey Rider. http//www.whitehorse-hakuba.com

Budget

  • The Lab is a fantastic ski lodge located just 500m from the Happo One lifts. Offering great value and a good time with our in house bar and restaurant and various weekly events, The Lab will make your time spent off piste as good as your time on. Rooms range from twin to 8 share, visit http://www.thelabhakuba.com for more information.
  • Snowbeds Backpackers, 2937-304 Hakujo, Kita-Azumi Gun, Hakuba, Nagano 399-9301. Tel 81 90 7310 4032 email Mitch@snowbedsjapan.com or see at [3][4]

Hakuba's first and most famous backpackers, and still the best in town. With a great atmosphere and cheap long term rates, minutes walk to restaurants and bars. Snowbeds was opened in 1998 and was one of the first foreign owned business's in Hakuba. Still the most popular backpackers accommodation in Hakuba due to location and word of mouth, if the Snowbeds staff don’t know something about Hakuba then it’s not worth knowing. Free shuttle bus stop for 5 resorts right out front. Closest ski resorts being Happo One and 47/Goryu. Features western style private and shared rooms, communial kitchen, satelite TV, ski/drying room, workshop and tuning room. Y3000 per night. English spoken.

  • Hakuba Powder Lodge, tel. 090-1147-8741 (English spoken) Hakuba Powder Lodge. Biggest backpacker operation in Hakuba, minutes away from Happo One and Goryu/47. Private double rooms available, great views from the fire place. Facilities include Large kitchen, shower/bath, 2 lounge rooms smoking and non-smoking, cable TV, Large screen TV with a DVD player. ¥3000/night or ¥40000/month.

Mt Hakuba Backpackers Hostel is the newest, cheapest and best located hostel in Hakuba. From the hostel there are free shuttle buses to and from all the 6 major Hakuba ski areas. It is a one minute walk from the closest convenience store, a couple of minutes walk from numerous bars and restaurants, and 5 minutes walk will find you at the closest onsen (hot spring).Mt Hakuba Backpackers is fully equipped with an inhouse bar (separated from the sleeping areas),restaurant,guest laundry,guest kitchen, and an internet cafe (with free wireless). The bar has cozy sofas, a billiard table and a large screen for international sports. You can buy cheap but filling meals at the hostel restaurant.Mt Hakuba Backpackers Hostel has a drying area for gear, and we also rent out ski/boarding equipment at cheap prices. The hostel also sells discounted lift tickets to all of the major ski areas in Hakuba saving you time and money. From 2800 yen per night. Mt Hakuba Backpackers or email@mthakubabackpackers.com, +81-0261-72-3912.

Self Contained

  • Alpine Chalets Hakuba 8 self contained chalets. with everything you need to make your stay in Hakuba comfortable. Each unit is well lit, with sky lights in all 2nd floor rooms. All chalets have private bathrooms and toilets, and we have recently added washing machines in all rooms. The chalets also offer ultra fast 100mb/s unmetered internet connections.The Chalets are located in the forest area of Hakuba known as "Misorano", and are less than 2 minutes drive from Hakuba's most well known ski resort, Happo One. Access to all of Hakuba's many ski resorts is simple as all the major ski resorts in Hakuba have free shuttle buses leaving from our car park.We can fully stock your unit with groceries ordered from our online supermarket, or you are more than welcome to take one of our free supermarket shuttles that operate every Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Hakuba's main Wining and Dining area, Echoland, is less than 10 minutes walk, as is a 24/7 convenience store (with ATM).Guests have access to an emergency assistance hotline that is available 24 hours a day to assist guests when required, and a tourist information hotline from 8:00 - 20:00 which in addition to local information can also assist with calling taxis and making appointments for massages, ski lessons, cooking classes etc. Rates from 8,000 yen. ph 81-261-85-4031 fax 81-261-75-5361

http://www.alpine-hakuba.com

  • ALTITUDE HAKUBA, 4875-4 Aza-Kitasakka,Oaza-Hokujou. (http://www.altitudehakuba.com/) Two deluxe four bedroom apartments. Newly renovated and re-opened, Altitude Hakuba features two of the highest grade apartments available in the Hakuba Valley. These stylishly designed, spacious and beautifully furnished four bedroom apartments comfortably sleep two families, or four couples. Both apartments have modern western interiors with hydronic floor heating throughout and are well equipped with services including high speed internet, cable TV, laundry facilities and shuttle service access. For most of the season guests will be able to clip in at the door and ski/board to the Sakka lifts from where there is easy access to the rest of the mountain. After a day of thrills, excitement and Japan's famous deep powder, getting home at the end of the day is an easy ski straight home along a beginner run. When the snow is very light there is a short walk along the road to an entry point on the piste. ph +81-90-9183-2499
  • Hakuba Apartments This self-contained spacious, modern, ideally located accommodation is the prefect choice for families or groups of friends. Centrally located in Echoland area, you are only a 5-minute shuttle ride away from Happo-one. Echoland is the ideal spot with many bars and restaurants within a short walking distance. If you are looking for a quiet house in close proximity to entertainment, this is the perfect spot. Rates 30000 yen for 6 people or less. ph.090-1147-8741

hakubaapartments@hotmail.com

  • HAKUBA HOLIDAY Hakuba Holiday offers one of the best Hakuba ski-holiday rental houses available for full or part self-catering groups. The holiday house is superbly located right in the heart of Hakuba’s most established ski resort, Happo-One. Happo is the gateway to Hakuba's world class ski runs and Hakuba Holiday’s premiere house is only 150 meters to the Nakiyama lifts entrance. You can actually ski into the house from the lifts and the views of Mount Happo from the house are awesome. REALLY close to Nakiyama lifts. The house is a 180 m2 modern four bedroom home with new western kitchen and appliances. Simply one of the best self-contained rental houses in Hakuba. For more info please google: hakubaholiday.

Please visit www.hakubaholiday.com for more info.


- The Closest cabins to the Happo One GONDOLA - Right in Happo Village near bars & restaurants - FREE Welcome Grocery Pack on arrival. - Sleeps 3-5 each.

Happo Village Cabins are 2 self contained loft cabins right in Happo Village, only 140 meters from Happo Ski Resort. Recently refurbished and within a very short stroll of shops, restaurants and bars.

Happo Village Cabins are the only Western Style self-contained cabins in Happo Village. Each cabin has an LCD TV with DVD player & high-speed internet connection (own laptop required).

Basic amenities included: cooking facilities – fridge, toaster, microwave, cook tops, cutlery & crockery. Tea, coffee, toiletries and linen provided. ph.090-9669-1551 happocabins@hotmail.com www.happocabins.com


  • Snowbeds Cabin Located 50 metres off the centre of Echoland, which is the heart of Hakuba, where you will find nightlife, restaurants and shops, this newly renovated 3 bedroom cabin offers excellent accommodation for up to 6 guests. See: [5]

Mid-Range

  • Snowlines Lodge, www.snowlineslodge.com New for 2011.. We are an affordable, friendly & comfortable lodge. Close to Happo One(800m) and central to all Hakuba has to offer. Our rooms are large & enjoy views of the alps. You will love our breakfasts, big spacious lounge with a great bar to relax and meet friends. Very close(60m) to the free resort shuttle bus stop. If you want great value check us out...For more information visit our website or email us: stay@snowlineslodge.com


  • Yamano Hotel Hakuba, Tel.+81-261-72-8311, www.hakuba-yamanohotel.com. An excellent hotel located in front of the Olympic Ski Jumping Stadium, 5 min on foot to the slopes of Happo One resort (Nakiyama Area). Hakuba Yamano Hotel offers cozy accommodation, great mountain views, easy access to the other 10 ski fields in the Hakuba valley ski resorts, hot spring & sauna, delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Ranked by Michelin Green Guide Book for 2009 for its superior service, food and rooms. Located in the Happo area of Hakuba, the hotel is close to a variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. Free shuttle service for pick up/drop off from ski areas, train or bus station. For more information please contact us by phone or by e-mail at info@hakuba-yamanohotel.com.


  • One Hakuba is deluxe 3 bedroom chalet to comfortably sleep 8, a great choice for one or 2 families or a group of friends. An 8 minute walk from the ski lifts, location-wise this chalet is hard to beat: perfect for a stress-free holiday with small children, but also for a fun time with friends as bars and restaurants are close by. Children will love the games room with its plasma tv, Wii console and games. Warning: the table football has been known to bring out guests’ competitive side. At 170 square metres this is one of the larger chalets on the Hakuba market and was recently completed in 2010. One Hakuba has all the features you would expect from a self-contained, detached luxury rental, whilst retaining a unique character and oodles of charm. You will not be disappointed by One Hakuba, it is a true Alpine gem. For more details and photographs, please visit the One Hakuba website:link title


  • Hakuba Luna Hotel www.hakubalunahotel.com. Refurbished in 2009 and 2010 with further upgrading occuring for 2012-13, Hakuba Luna Hotel is a virtually ski-in ski-out 16 room hotel located exceptionally close to the Sakka chairlift in Hakuba Happo-One. It is one of the very best locations in Hakuba and has a well earned reputation for great, friendly service and very comfortable king size beds. Hakuba Luna Hotel has Japanese styled rooms with tatami flooring and shoji screens but with large western bedding & en-suites. Hakuba Luna has many complimentary features for guests, including generous daily breakfast, wireless internet, separate PC with internet access, heated drying room, DVD player in rooms, extensive DVD library, recreation room with large flat screen TV and separate TV/XBox. It also has a guest laundry with washing machines & clothes dryers. Hakuba Luna also has an onsite Italian restaurant "Eclipse". Ideal for families and small groups. bookings@hakubalunahotel.com


  • Double Black Hotel, www.doubleblackhotel.com, This 22 room boutique hotel has been uniquely designed to blend traditional Japanese aesthetics with the warmth and character of a Canadian style wood lodge. Completely refurbished in 2008, each room has Western style beds and ensuite, with double, twin or triple room configurations.

Located in the Wadano area of Hakuba, the hotel is close to a variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. It is also within walking distance to the Happo One ski area and access to the other 10 ski fields in the Hakuba valley is made easy via the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus service. Hotel features include: Restaurant/Bar/Lounge (fully licensed, Free mountain pick up & drop off bus service, Ski mate guide program, International TV, Free wireless internet, Multimedia and games room, Onsen bath (private sessions available), Drying room, Washing/drying facilities, Ski/board tuning area, Babysitting, Free transfers to and from Hakuba Station [6]


  • Shakespeare Hotel Located at the bottom of the main street in Echoland with a resort shuttle bus stop out front the Shakespeare Hotel is right in the heart of the best nightlife in Hakuba yet only minutes to resorts. Featuring a large courtyard surrounded by shops and restaurants the hotel boasts an Olde English style atmosphere. [7]


Echo Hotel Renovated and reopened in October 2006, this family run hotel is excellent value for money. Echoland, the area it sits in the heart of, is surrounded by bars and restaurants. With its excellent location, great service, spotless new rooms that are both traditional/western mix and competitive rates the Echo hotel is one of Hakuba's best value for money establishments. The traditional style cuisine at the Echo Hotel is a must do memorable experience. Only a five minutes free shuttle bus to Happo One or 47/Goryu. [8]


  • Hakuba House, www.hakubahouse.com, Hakuba House: If you like skiing incredible backcountry trees to your front door then Hakuba House is the only place to stay! One of the best tree runs in Hakuba ends right at our front door, where you can unclip your bindings, come in and relax by the open fire...

Hakuba House is a comfortable and friendly ski lodge accommodation in a great location only 180m from Happo One resort. Sitting at 890m altitude, this mountain ski lodge is in the exclusive area of Wadano. The lodge is above the chair lifts of Happo One Hakuba and is virtually ski in ski out. Most skiers and riders can ski right to the front door and more often than not ski down to the Sakka chair lifts. Otherwise it’s just 180m (2 mins) walk to the entry point of the Happo One ski area. stay@hakubahouse.com

  • Blue Dragon Hakuba, is an exciting Australian-owned & operated art~hotel in a fantastic location.

Blending contemporary Japanese design with western service and facilities, Blue Dragon Hakuba delivers a fusion east meets west experience. Whether its on the mountain, dining out, or finding that great photo-opportunity, Blue Dragon Hakuba keeps you one step ahead of the usual tourist trail. Email us: stay@bluedragonhakuba.com Skype us: bluedragonhakuba Call us: +81 (0)907 017 5331 or visit [9].


  • Morino Lodge, 5 minutes walk from Happo bus terminal and close to Hakuba station with free pick up. Tel. +81 261-85-9098, Morinolodge.com. MorinoLodge has clean, spacious twins, doubles and group rooms in western and Japanese style. The rooms all come with ensuite bathroom, shower and toilet plus televison, DVD player, mini fridge and patio windows with balconies. There is also a huge lounge with big sofas to chill out on. The Lodge is surrounded by great restuarants and bars and is only 4 minutes walk from the Happo gondola. The western owners have been in Hakuba for 7 years and have great knowledge of the surrounding area


  • Green Valley Hakuba, 24196-24 Kamishiro, TEL:+81-261-75-4000 (www.gvhakuba.com). Living and Bed rooms (TV, Heater, Fan Vacuum cleaner, Bed). Kitchen (Gas or electric stove, Refrigerator, Rice cooker, Microwave, Toaster, Pot, Kitchen utensils, grill). Bathroom (Washing machine, Drier, Shampoo and Conditioner, Hand soap, Toothbrush, Towel). Outside (Parking, barbeque space).

High End

Sierra Resort Hakuba, Between Tsugaike and Happo-One ski areas, ph. +81 080 5144 4700, [44]. Largest hotel rooms in the area. En-suite fireplaces, heated floors. Outdoor onsen (hot spring) complex. Free limousine service to ski areas, shopping/eating/drinking areas and station. Long stay and group discounts available.

White Horse Arctic Hotel, [45]. The White Horse Arctic Hotel is a boutique style hotel situated in Echoland. English speaking staff. Japanese rooms with western comforts and situated in the main restaurant/bar area of the valley. Free shuttles to any of the ten resorts in the valley.

Hakuba Apartments, Echoland area, ph.090-1147-8741, [hakubaapartments@hotmail.com]. 5-minute shuttle ride away from Happo-one. Many bars and restaurants within a short walking distance. Rates 30000 yen for 6 people or less.

Hotel Phoenix Wing [47], +81 261 75 2988, a five star boutique hotel and chalets, 300m from the Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort.

  • One Chalets are a collection of luxury rental chalets in the Olympic ski valley of Hakuba, Japan. Located minutes walk from the main Happo One resort lifts, these chalets are unique- a perfect fusion of Japanese and Western design and state-of-the-art luxury. With features such as far-infra-red saunas, private gymnasiums and usage of the private property vehicles, the One Chalets are the ultimate in luxury in Hakuba ski accommodation. Visit the One Chalets website site for more information: [www.onechalets.com]
  • Traumerei Hotel is a five star luxury boutique hotel conveniently located near Hakuba's Echoland district. With personalized service and friendly and accommodating staff, the Traumerei never fails to exceed expectations. The restaurant serves delicious French cuisine and there is an impressive wine list. For more information and pictures visit the Traumerei Site, or call +61 (0)3 9017 1142.

Bears Den Mountain Lodge is a 4.5 star star luxury accommodation located just 400m from the Goryu Gondola in Hakuba. Each room has private ensuite and showers, under floor heating, and Imported western beds with Sherridan linen. The Bears bar and Kitchen serves Home cooked Western meals, has local beer on Tap, a great selection of wines and and open fire. The Lodge has an out door hot tub, satellite TV, wireless internet, and there is also a media room with a classic selection of DVD's and books. Phone +81 261754622 or contact info@bearsdenhakuba.com or skype us on bearsdenmountainlodge .Check out the web for pics of the Lodge and surrounding areas.[3] www.bearsdenhakuba.com

Lift Tickets

Happo One

  • 1Day Adult - ¥4600
  • 1Day Adult - ¥3600 (over 60)
  • 2Day Adult - ¥6500 (weekdays)
  • 2Day Adult - ¥8500
  • 3Day Adult - ¥12000
  • 1Day Child - ¥2300
  • 2Day Child - ¥4300
  • 2Day Child - ¥6000
  • Half Day - ¥3300

Ski School

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Equipment Hire

Ninja Japan Ski/Board Rental Ninja Japan Hakuba Ski and Snowboard Rental has quality ski and snowboard rentals at the best prices in town.

"CENTRAL SNOW SPORTS " http://hakuba.centralsnowsports.com.au -Australian owned and run

Splurge

  • OHARUKANOYU, 2942-17 Misorano Hokujou TEL:+81-261-72-5170 (oharuka.com). Lobby, Dining room, Japanese-style and Western-style rooms (35 guest rooms, Satellite television(BS, SKY PerfecTV), Washlet(Toilet with bided function), High speed internet all rooms correspondence), Indoor Onsen (hot spring), Rotenburo (Open-air hot spring), Ski & board drying room / Separate changing room / locker room / wash room.

Resort Facilities

  • Child minding area
  • Ski School
  • Park

Getting Around

Shuttle buses will get you around to the ski resorts. For apres night-life, choose taxis to get around.

After about 5pm there is a paid shuttle service called "Genki-Go". You have to purchase tickets from local shops to use it; generally the drivers don't take cash. Each trip is 200 yen (2011). Uncle Stevens is one place from which you can buy tickets, and pick up a timetable.

There are 3 routes, each called a line and with it's own colour. The bus stops are numbered - at each stop is a small route map and the time table for that line, with the stop generally highlighted. You can work out from the map and timetable where you want to go - tell the driver which stop number or place and he'll let you off there or thereabouts.

Parking

Ample free parking at either the Sakka or Nakiyama areas. Don't park near the gondola unless you want to pay. expect to pay 1000yen

Activities

Sledding Kids area Restaurants

Dining

In the Wadano Forest there is a range of dining options, including Hummingbird, Mimasakatei, Eclipse Italian, Sari-Sari, Windy Kobeya, Izakaya Kaz, La Neige Higashi-kan, Shara, Linnea, The Pub, Ogino's Steakhouse, Chamonix, Manyou, Nonna's and Yamazaki. The Sakka and Kokusai lift bases also have dining options during the day.

The Top Gondola station has a good selection of food in a huge food hall type of setting. It offers the typical non-gourmet fare for Japanese ski resorts, such as basic curry, noodles.

The Kokusai restaurant serves all you can eat salad for 500 yen or all you can drink wine for 500 yen.

High up on the mountain is Pillar, a cafe and a separate good quality (but relatively expensive) small restaurant that offers some of the best on-mountain food and wine in Japan, with undoubtedly the best views you can find. Bookings are usually necessary.

Bars & Entertainment

At the base of the Happo ski resort is a small compact area known as Happo Village (downhill and across the river from the Gondola. The Nakiyama area is closer). Though not famous for apres ski, if you wander the streets you will find a few places to drink and plenty of nice food.

Shopping

Children

Saka area and Nakiyama area have magic carpets and safe kids areas.

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

Saka area is by far the best area for Beginners

Groomed Runs

The international Area offers the best groomed runs.

Off Piste

Happo falls under the Local Rules in Hakuba, which bans most off-piste skiing. However the patrol at Happo seem to not enforce this except on a few obviously closed avalanche areas. If you ski off piste, you may or may not get caught and told not to - most likely you will be fine. If you ski in the wrong place and patrol wants to, they can take your lift ticket.

Popular places are along the Skyline area and down towards Sakka.

Out of Bounds

A lot of serious side country terrain easily accessed from a sanctioned exit point at the top of the resort. For guiding MountainLife.jp

Cross Country

None on site

Parks & Pipes

Head towards the Kita One area.

Bumps

Usagi area offers some of the best bumps in Japan

Powder Zones

Kurobishi and the Skyline

Sheltered Runs

Upper Saka area and Kokusai areas

Snowplay

At the bottom of the Saka area.


Other

Weather

It snows hard from mid December untill the end of March. average temps of -4 to -15 up high. Prepare yourself for cold weather with a bit of wind.

For live webcams from Hakuba Resorts click here, or visit www.ski-resorts-japan.com/weather for live weather forecasts.

Geography

Happo One is situated on a long ridge that broadens considerably as it extends into the valley from the main alpine range. It is mostly treeless in the upper half and exposed to the wind. This is Japan, so there is very little (none) exposed rock or steep extreme terrain inbounds. Advanced off-piste skiers will get bored compared to what is in offer in Europe and North America, which is why most of them head out of the resort into the world-class side country.

History

Often mispronounced by non Japanese as Happo - 1, the correct pronunciation is Happo Oh-neh. However to most people it is just "Happo". One of the older ski resorts in Japan with over half a century of history.

Hakuba's signature resort and the largest of all resorts in the valley. Shot to prominence internationally after hosting the men's and women's downhill at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

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