Snowboarding Japan: Hakuba Costs and Resort Guide

Snowboarding Japan: Hakuba Costs and Resort Guide
Japan is a top snowboarding destination with some of the best powder in the world. We’ve spent nearly three months over 2 seasons in Hakuba and will share some of our travel tips to help you get the most riding for your buck $$$.

This video includes info on food and accommodation options as well as how to get from the airport to Hakuba and around the different resorts in the Hakuba Valley.

Plus – stay tuned until the end of the video to see how to get discounts on lift tickets. This was a real game changer for us.

Timestamps:
0:00-1:08 Transportation and accommodation
1:08-4:02 Main resorts: Hakuba 47/Goryu, Happo One, Cortina and Tsugaike Kogen (Green, Blue and Black runs as well as tree skiing)
4:02-5:22 Food and spending costs/options
5:22-6:02 Lift ticket discounts and season passes

Links:
Bus http://naganosnowshuttle.com/Default.aspx
Train http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Lift tickets http://www.hakubavalley.com/en/
Snow Monkey Tour http://www.snowmonkeytour.com/prices/
(not affiliate links)

A few notes:
Long Term Accommodation Deals
A tip with getting a deal on accommodation if you’re staying long term (more than a few weeks) is to contact the hotels/apartments/ryokans directly and ask if they offer a discount. This is what we did over several seasons and it worked well.

The Snow Monkey Tour
This is a full day tour which also stops at the Historic Obuse Town for a 5 course traditional Japanese lunch and Zenokoji Temple. As for the snow monkeys – they aren’t fed or touched by the tourists but yes, it’s very touristy.

Train vs Bus
Although the train is a great experience (Japanese trains ARE awesome), now that we’ve done both several times we would recommend taking the bus. The only exception would be if you have a JR pass. Not only is it cheaper but you don’t have to change trains 2, 3 or 4 times with only minutes to spare. If you’re lugging all your snowboard/ski gear this can be quite a challenge!

*All prices are current as of the 2017 season or as in the case of our accommodation/self catering options, our own personal costs.

If you ever have any questions about snowboarding in Hakuba let us know.

Cheers,
Jam and Andman

Footage from 2015 2016 & 2017

Awesome music: Epidemic Sound

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Snowboarding Japan: Hakuba Costs and Resort Guide