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Address: Hokujo, Kitaazumi-gun, Hakuba-mura 399-9301 , Nagano Prefecture
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First time to Japan, loved Hakuba!

Great skiing across all the resorts and it's really easy to get to each of the resorts by shuttle bus. The only downside is the way the lift tickets are run. While you can buy an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
63Sue63
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Brisbane, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My third time back in Hakuba, granted the last was 10 years ago, however, the skiing remains good and reasonably varied across the resorts. However, this time with the influx of westerners it was clear that Hakuba's shuttle bus system, if you can call it that, is not coping and needs a rethink. Not enough buses or clear timetabling at... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great skiing across all the resorts and it's really easy to get to each of the resorts by shuttle bus. The only downside is the way the lift tickets are run. While you can buy an all mountain pass each of the resorts have different tokens so it's not so easy practically to ski different resorts in the one day.... More 

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Thank 63Sue63
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The town of Hakuba sits beside and nearby 7 ski resorts, all accessible by shuttle or local taxi but, to remain really independent we rented a car from the town's only rental company, Windy Car Rentals. The skiing is as sensational as it is varied with runs to suit everyone from the first time beginner to seasoned experts in search... More 

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Sydney
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst the snow wasn't particularly good it was the infrastructure that was a real shock. Long ticket lines, long lift queues, buses running to the mountain once an hour, no racks on the buses so drag your board/skis with you. Small capacity so when the bus is full bad luck. Atrocious food on the mountain. Lots of sloppy curry rice.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the snow this year wasn't as good as other years apparently (the snow came in heavily for our last two day and was going to continue-isn't that always the way!) it was supreme snow compared to what we get in the mountains in Australia. There are free shuttle buses that take you to all of the different slopes and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, this year for the early the snow wasn't so great, but in 2011 it was awesome! Lift queues on weekends were awesome too - 40 minutes up the top shuffling in the snow to get a gondola ride down! Still, Hakuba is wonderful, and we will return!

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Thank Fell0w_Traveller49
Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Perfect snow, however outdated equipment. 2 seater lifts without protection bar. If there is a little wind it is deemed too dangerous and they close the lifts. 11 days skiing in Hakuba of which 4 days we couldn't ski due to a little wind. Very disappointing. I wouldn't bother going there.

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2 Thank 595jeremy
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

I'm sure the resort is excellent in peak season when there is a lot of snow. However, ski in December at your own peril.. Resort operators lack sufficient equipment (snow guns etc.) to supplement the base when snowfall is limited. If you love skiing through rocks and shrubs, this might be the place for you. As they don't seem to... More 

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4 Thank Hayden S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

There was little snow this year in Dec. Walking about was easier. The town area is near the Hakuba train station. 2 km further is the Happo Bus Terminal. This is the Happo area, near the Happo ski area. Just next to Happo on either side is Echoland and Wadano. 3 km to one side is the Goryu area and... More 

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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Hakuba reminds me of Niseko ... Little ski town with many cafes and restaurants ... there are 9 ski resorts but most of them are not operating in full by mid December due to low snow falls

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